Thrifting Finds!

May 7th, 2009

Some recent thrifting finds to inspire.

Thrifting trip #1:


Jens Quistgaard candle holder – I was about midway through my visit and it was a first find that would dictate the colour scheme of my thrifting trip for the day.


A few minute after bemoaning about how I never find these cool vintage clock/radios, I found this cool “Juliette” flip clock. Sadly the flips flip no more (anyone know how to fix that?) but the radio still works.


This lamp needs rewiring but I thought to myself, how hard could it be, really. I could see this lamp looking good at the cottage since it’s taking on a white, black, red and blue scheme.

Trip #2 & 3 all mixed up:


Wow, an unused Le Creuset! We were shocked to see a little out-of-place “Made in China” (ed. Made in Thailand) sticker on the bottom. I thought these were made in France, which is so disappointing because what’s the point of paying a ton of money for a brand who farms out to China? I’ll remember that the next time I am looking at Le Creuset at Williams-Sonoma (not that I ever do that, but if I were to). But it’s otherwise in perfect condition and will look nice at the cottage.


6-piece made in Japan steak knife set. The handles are sparkly.


More Kathie Winkle please.


A little German serving container that looks like a bird. I think we’ll reserve you for maple syrup.


A pretty little copper (ed. enamel?) plate from Quebec (?). Holly from Twice Found sells decorative plates like these.


My parents had a bird sculpture from Hoselton Canada. Your parents probably did too.


And it probably looked like this. Anyhoo, the one we got is apparently a crane.


Graphic trivet from Japan.


Fred Press bowl (background)…


…and I got this Fred Press cheese tray the other day for $1.00 at the Midland Salvation Army! I so want to have a wine & cheese party soon.

One last piece:


Our friend Aprile stumbled across the matching container to our Japanese cutlery set (the coating on the base is not like the coating that was on the cutlery). We seem to be acquiring quite the mustard yellow collection.

I am going through an addictive thrifting phase right now…heh…

– Juli –

Photos by Juli Daoust

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  1. Wow!

    Those are some spectacular finds … love the copper bowl and the iron trivet, and of course the Quistgaard candleholder. Not sure about the clock, but rewiring a lamp is fairly easy.

    I’ve been having the same thrifting “problem: lately too … I suppose some of the finds will make their way to my shop, but I’m not ready to let any of them go quite yet. :-)

  2. I don’t know why I said copper bowl…maybe it’s enamel? I was at Twice Found and they were referring to a similar piece as being enamel. Nonetheless…it’s a beauty of a piece.


    7 May 09 at 1:44 pm

  3. My favorites are the Fred Press pieces – beautiful!


    7 May 09 at 12:35 am

  4. you guys were in midland? is the cottage up that way? the gang of upsidedive grew up just outside of penetanguishene, so we’re really familiar with the area. that midland sally anne’s is a gem of a store.


    7 May 09 at 8:32 am

  5. Mike, hilarious. I am very familiar with the whole area, I’ve been going up for my whole life. The Midland Sally Ann has pretty much been a miss for us (except for that Fred Press tray). It’s probably because I keep dumping what I deem to be garbage off there on a weekly basis. But when I was in the other day, it was shaping up a bit – it’s a bit tidier…any other good shops in the area??? I am thinking of revisiting the antique shop in downtown Midland soon – if it still exists, that is…


    7 May 09 at 1:47 pm

  6. …awesome finds by the way. very much liking the ‘enjoy’ trivet.


    7 May 09 at 8:34 am

  7. I think that Le Creuset kettle is actually marked “Made in Thailand” I was just reading up on where Le Creuset was made.

    The cast iron objects are still made in france, but the enameled steel products are made in Thailand.


    7 May 09 at 12:03 pm

  8. Ok one more comment from me. Again, I was at Twice Found and they had some lovely Hoselton pieces in the store. I just thought that was kind of cool. That is all.


    7 May 09 at 1:51 pm

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  10. ok.

    I am very jealous – what great finds! And so coordinated…
    I really need to hit up some thrift stores this weekend.

    the brick house

    7 May 09 at 9:42 pm

  11. yeah, unfortunately Just In the antique shop downtown closed last year, which was definitely a bummer. there’s a storage building called Huronia Storage just down from the sally anne’s, a bunch of dealers/collectors rent them and on weekends during the summer they open them up. Castle Village is also on that stretch and though it’s more gifty, with some deadstock goods, they have an awe-mazing ‘haunted’ dungeon in the basement with is definitely worth the few bucks admission. i’ll probably be up in that area soon, so i’ll keep you guys posted on any other hotspots i find/remember.


    7 May 09 at 10:37 pm

  12. Juli!

    I picked up 6 Kathy Winkle dessert plates on Monday that I think match the set you bought a little while ago. If you’re interested in them, let me know!



    8 May 09 at 12:09 pm

  13. If you guys don’t pick this up…I will!


    9 May 09 at 11:11 pm

  14. Holy Bananas those are cool! I think we’re running a bit over capacity right now.

    It’s all yours!

    John & Juli

    10 May 09 at 11:34 am

  15. Wonderful finds and the photos are just fab. Great blogging!


    15 May 09 at 4:12 pm

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