I went thrifting yesterday with mask firmly in place and hand sanitizer ready in my purse. I’m always careful to keep about 10 feet apart from another shopper and sanitize before and after each store. This was the haul yesterday from three different thrift stores. I was surprised at how much Christmas was still being put out in the stores but pleased at some of the finds. Everything you see on the table in the picture above was a total of $30-$35. A great day of thrifting.

I think the best find of the day was two Cuisinart baking dishes with red on the outside and white on the inside with a border of red superimposed on the white interior. I don’t think these baking dishes have ever been used. There are no marks anywhere including on the bottom of the dishes. I love when I can find brand name dishes in such great condition. They are enamel over porcelain and great sizes for using everyday in the kitchen. The larger one sells for about $55.00. Not sure about the smaller one but I would guess somewhere between $25 and $35.

This set of 20 pc. Cambridge Poinsettia and Ribbon flatware will look great in a Christmas table setting and was about $2.00. I was really surprised at the price but happy to put it into my cart. Another never used item and the inside was in the original packaging as well.

I found this really pretty set of Christmas or Winter wine glasses. There were nine in the set (always seems to be an odd number at thrift stores. They are rimmed in gold and there were no scratches or chips on any of the glasses. I think they are vintage Arby glasses. If anyone knows more about them, please let me know.

The first picture shows a San Francisco cable car in hand blown glass. It will look great on the tree next Christmas. I love to find and collect these hand blown ornaments. You can find them pretty often in thrift stores for a fraction of the cost. This one was about $1.00. I also found two Fitz and Floyd plates and a couple of wine stoppers, one from Pier 1. Wine stoppers make great gifts in a basket of food goodies or a gift of wine around the holidays. I keep a stash of Christmas gifts for the holidays and add to it as I come across interesting items in brand new condition.

The next thing was a cheese board and spreader in the original box. This had original tags on it and the original ribbon. Looks like it has never been used. I always pick up any mercury glass trees that I find. Behind the tree is a hand thrown pottery pitcher. Quite nice and a great size for milk, juice or flowers for the table. The last picture shows a couple of additional ornaments. One is a Mikasa glass house and the other is a Sea Turtle.

Pillar and regular candles are a great thing to pick up. They always are much less expensive than in a retail store and come in handy for table settings all year round. I found three crowns made from metal. I plan to use them for Valentine’s Day to hold candy or napkins or ? They were very cute and still have the original tags. The last picture shows this really sweet red bird round gift box. The outside is covered in felt with the bird and leaves, etc. made from felt. It will be great for a gift box or a box to have out during the winter.

Next, I found this American Atelier set of cups and matching dessert plates. The boxes are a little worn but the packaging is all original and looks like it has not been used. I thought the design was quite nice and would go with a lot of different place settings. The mugs sold originally for $25 as did the dessert plates. So $50 originally for these two items.

Lastly, I ran across this original watercolor painting by Ashley Kirby. He’s a local artist so I knew his work. I don’t buy a lot of art work anymore as I don’t have any space but I do love watercolors. A painting this size (8″ X 12″) would typically sell for upwards of $250.00. This one was less than $10.00 …. a real find. Lucky me.

Lots of times I go to the thrift stores and come back with very little to show for it. It’s nice to come across so many good items in a few short hours. It’s never too early to stock up on holiday items and January may just be the month to do so.

Hope your next thrifting adventure is fun and profitable.

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