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Treasure Hunting Report: What We Keep

I planned to do a giveaway today, to thank you all for your support launching the Etsy shop (Minden Shop), but I haven’t decided what delectable item to offer up.  We have already stock-piled sweet finds for when we re-open the shop in 2013 (remember, we close our doors August 15th) and I’m trying to figure out a giveaway goody that you’ll all love.  While I think on that, and nurse an embarrassingly bad sunburn (it’s like I’m new to this planet and didn’t know what the hot red ball in the sky is), I thought I’d tease you a bit with some treasure hunted goodies that didn’t made it into the shop.  Okay, and a few that did!

I spotted these Shelley England moulds at a rummage sale on my third time perusing a table.  Definitely need to be patient as a treasure hunter, and look under every rock.  I saw a set of 5 minis like this for sale here for 78 British pounds.  

The moulds live a Mom’s now, and were perfect for displaying earrings for the shop, like these deep, dark Baltic amber earrings:

Or these Sputnik-inspired earrings (they come with a matching pendant, too):

On the subject of miniatures, I bought all five of these wee little jars (about the sizes of the jellies above) for $1.00!  I plan to spend way too much time painting them (with this project as my inspiration) for a play kitchen.

With play kitchens still on the brain, we scored some sweet melamine pieces.  Three different manufacturers, all the same shade of pea green (some are Melmac, some are not)  At one time, this colour was super hot.

Three (shame, not four) stainless steel egg cups for . . . you guessed it . . . a play kitchen.  Stamped Denmark.

Something for the real kitchen: my Mom found these gorgeous, lustre ware ramekins.  They are pristine, never used.  I have a feeling they might remain that way, as objects to admire only.  We have a few Fire King lustre ware pieces for sale in the shop, like this pair of sweet laurel bowls (thanks to my Grandma’s treasure hunting skills). 

A pitcher perfect for maple syrup on lazy breakfast days.

We found this sweet, mid-century platter for my Mom.  It is the perfect bridge piece between her creamy, somewhat ornate everyday china and the stream-lined mid-century mod pieces she loves, because the colour perfectly matches her china but the style suits her other serving ware.  I made her keep it. 

There’s more.  I’m still unpacking my loot from the drive home.  But you can see that we haven’t kept the juiciest finds to ourselves.  What we’ve kept is cute and all, but our best goodies have gone into the shop, where I pine for them.   I’d actually really love to keep this turquoise and gold tiled tray we have for sale:

Or maybe this yellow Dansk butter pot.  I think it would be perfect in a kitchen just as an objet d’art.

These gold Regency-style wheat sheaf glasses are so glam, and then I found an even sparklier set.  So perfect for holiday parties.

But, we can’t keep it all.  Hubby was suspicious of this whole Etsy “business”  and theorized it was a ruse to thrift and keep more.  I’m trying to prove him wrong!  Although, proof-reading this post, seems a lot of these goodies went to Mom’s, huh? 

Have a lovely weekend, and happy thrifting.

P.S. Tell me what kind of prizes you like to win!  I’m overwhelmed with ideas, here.  Too much pressure.



  1. Dana@Mid2Mod
    July 6, 2012 / 2:56 pm

    I love the Dansk butter pot. It becomes a whole different ballgame when you know you're buying things you have to sell, doesn't it? There have been so many items at the store that I could hardly bear to let go (and still grieve their loss), but there's no way you can keep every great piece you find. Still, can be hard to say goodbye to some things. Somehow, Joe stays pretty objective and doesn't allow himself to get attached…but not me. πŸ™‚

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      July 6, 2012 / 3:33 pm

      Oh, I'm so glad you feel the same way! I admire Joe's objectivity.

  2. Ashley
    July 6, 2012 / 4:19 pm

    Oh gosh, I LOVE those jelly molds! I have a wee collection of vintage molds going on and I'm always on the lookout for them. Too bad they aren't for sale πŸ˜›

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      July 6, 2012 / 9:24 pm

      Really? If I could pry them from my Mom's hands I'd happily sell them to you. I'll keep my eye out treasure hunting, see if I can't rustle up some more πŸ˜‰ Any particular styles (metal, ceramic, china)?

    • Ashley
      July 11, 2012 / 2:28 pm

      Any and all at this point, to be honest. I have both metal and early plastic ones from the thirties-ish.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      July 11, 2012 / 3:39 pm

      Okay, I'll let you know if we happen to find any, and I'll zero in on ones from the 30s.

  3. brismod
    July 6, 2012 / 9:34 pm

    I'd be hopeless having my own shop…wanting to keep it all. Love all the Lotte you have! xx

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      July 7, 2012 / 3:03 am

      You have the BEST luck treasuring hunting – I've been jealous over your glassware finds.

  4. modern jane
    July 6, 2012 / 10:37 pm

    I love those glasses. They reming me of some that my parents have.. I always tell them I want them when they are gone. They think I'm morbid:)

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      July 7, 2012 / 3:04 am

      Well, if they live forever you know where there's a set, lol. Most parents LIKE the idea of their kids wanting their things. My maternal grandmother is petrified of her stuff being thrown out. I feel like rolling up with a U-Haul and loading up her goodies just to prove she has nothing to worry about!!

  5. Jill Marie
    July 7, 2012 / 4:58 am

    Great shop and I love the name, its perfect! I have started my own shop and just bought the Etsy Sellers Kit by ) and it’s awesome! I highly recommend it to anyone with an Etsy shop. I’m curious if anyone else read it? So far it's helped a noob like me setup my shop and avoid some pitfalls.I hope that I can get my store going soon because I want to keep staying home with my kids!!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      July 7, 2012 / 5:04 pm

      I haven't read it and might need to check it out. Good luck with your shop! What do you sell?

  6. Amy
    July 9, 2012 / 1:47 am

    Great finds and absolutely love the shop!!

  7. yoojin
    July 9, 2012 / 6:48 am

    Very cute shop! πŸ™‚ I like the Baltic amber earrings and love the yellow Danks butter pot!!!Best wishes, yoojin

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      July 9, 2012 / 8:57 pm

      Thanks Yoojin!

  8. ecel
    July 9, 2012 / 2:36 pm

    No Wonder our moms would keep the china's

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