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Treasure Hunting Report: Vintage Treasures

I have been hoarding my thrifty finds and not sharing any pictures (or what I’ve learned) with my lovely readers.  So selfish!  Well, here’s a peek at a few thrifted treasures, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

1. I bought this Royal Norfolk Pottery piece (from the 1950s), for the tidy sum of $2.99 at Value Village.  I saw a similar one on Etsy for $15.00 or $20.00 but I’m less concerned about the value and more excited about how perfect the colours are for Mom’s place.

2. I also brought home this small, silver lustre Susie Cooper for Wedgwood tray, also from Value Village, for $8.99.  A bit steep for a thrift store find, yes, but Mom loves Susie Cooper and look what a trinket box with the same design is valued at.  A bell with the same pattern is priced at $90!  But I’m not selling it.  Mom already snagged it and uses it in her sewing room for straight pins.  How fancy. 

3. You already caught a glimpse of my thrifty necklace, purchased at the Almonte Antique Market.  For $5.00, this turquoise necklace sure does make any outfit that little bit more happy.  You know I can be a bit of a snob when it comes to materials, but I actually like that this necklace is plastic.  It is so light and comfortable to wear.

4. I found this pretty, mid-century modern enamel dish at a yard sale for $1.  It looks like it is signed “Victoria,” so I am guessing this might have been a school art project in the 1960s. . . ?  For a little light reading on enamel, check out this article.

I already have an idea in mind: I think I might incorporate this into a DIY gift for my friend’s upcoming birthday. 

5. At a church rummage sale I found this mid-century modern cast iron taper holder.  My treasure hunting partner in crime thought I was nutty for buying this, until I sent her this link for a similar (maybe identical?) candle holder.  I think knowing what it actually is helped her appreciate this purchase.  Now I just need some skinny tapers  Or an Etsy shop!

Even though I try really hard to edit what comes into the townhouse, I am starting to amass quite a few vintage and one of a kind treasures, so I’ve toyed with the idea of opening an Etsy shop to sell fun, retro finds and maybe even some handmade goods and artwork.  My Mom & I even came up with the perfect shop name and set about creating a shop until I found out the name was taken (but not being used).  That totally knocked the wind out of my sails and I temporarily abandoned the idea.  But now I’m thinking about it again . . . wait until you see the rest of my thrifted purchases!   Too much for one thrifty gal, even if my Mom does ferret away some of it.



  1. Ashley
    May 7, 2012 / 1:37 pm

    I LOVE that Wedgewood dish!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      May 7, 2012 / 11:06 pm

      Thanks! It is so gleamy in real life, not sure I captured the lustre on camera. It's so fun to find little treasures like this.

  2. Monica of
    May 7, 2012 / 2:07 pm

    Love the vase and dish!! Great finds!

  3. Dora
    May 7, 2012 / 2:24 pm

    I love the Value Village finds 🙂

  4. Dana@Mid2Mod
    May 7, 2012 / 5:22 pm

    Great finds! I love the Royal Norfolk piece especially.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      May 7, 2012 / 11:05 pm

      I will have to tell my Mom, because that is a favorite find of hers too (aside from the Susie C dish). You two really have to meet!

  5. Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication
    May 7, 2012 / 8:37 pm

    Amazing finds! I love the taper holder!

  6. Lets just build a house!
    May 7, 2012 / 11:20 pm

    wedgewood tray = gorgeous! I wantttt

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      May 8, 2012 / 2:50 pm

      Maybe lightning will strike twice and I'll find another one!?! If I do, maybe I can host a giveaway with it? Who am I kidding, I am so not that lucky!

  7. erica | wicked bride
    May 8, 2012 / 5:35 pm

    Amazing finds! I especially love the Susie Cooper piece and iron taper holder. You should open an Etsy shop! You have such a great eye for these treasures, I know you'd be a success.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      May 8, 2012 / 6:40 pm

      Thanks! You think? I'm seriously thinking about it but am seriously nervous.

    • erica | wicked bride
      May 8, 2012 / 8:30 pm

      A shop is free to set up, and listings aren't expensive – it's a minimal initial investment, and if it takes off, it takes off! If not, you're only out a few bucks, but gain an awesome vintage collection 😉 I say go for it! Nothing to lose! Have you read through the seller's handbook on there? It's crazy comprehensive (I haven't made it all the way through yet – as evidenced by my amazing product photos, gah!)

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      May 9, 2012 / 4:43 am

      Crazy comprehensive, indeed! I read through some of it. I'm worried it will be a total time-suck. Thanks for the vote of confidence, I appreciate it 😉

  8. kelly@refresheddesigns.
    May 8, 2012 / 9:19 pm

    The wedgwood tray is amazing! Great finds.

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