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Special Feature: Thrift Score Thursday

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed that I use the hashtag #thriftscorethursday on every photo of a vintage treasure.  Thrift Score Thursday is a fun weekly party hosted by the lovely Trisha (from Black and White Obsession) and fabulous Brynne (from The Gathered Home).  All week long, treasure hunters share their thrift store, yard sale, classifieds and feebie finds on Instagram or Twitter using the magic hashtag (#thriftscorethursday).  Trisha and Brynne then comb through the submissions and on Thursdays they share their favorite picks – they’ve even featured my goodies from time to time!  Now they’re adding guest bloggers to the fun, and this week it’s my turn to join along and pick my favorites, in addition to showing you what I scooped up.  I was made for this because not a week goes by that I don’t find something incredible.  It’s partly because I just love decorating my home with vintage wares, but it’s also because I’m re-opening my Etsy shop soon so I’ve really ramped up the search!

First up, the finds that made me pine:

Jess McGurn (@brightgreendoor) found a set of hobnail glasses with matching pitcher.  The price?  Only $3!

If you’re into mid-century furniture, then you must follow Sabina (@futuristichuman).  But if you see something you like, act fast!  This gorgeous pair of dressers already sold.

Jenn Pflueger (@suite22antiques) takes the most beautifully styled instagram photos.  She recently found a sweet pair-shaped vase to make her vignettes even more gorgeous, if that’s possible.  If you spot something you can’t live without, she has an Etsy shop too!

One side effect of the hastag party: you’ll want to start hitting the thrift stores even more!  Sometimes I’ll scroll through great find after find and then get this urge to drop everything and go thrift.  It’s bad because I’ve come home from a town run and realized I’ve forgotten groceries because I made an impromptu thrift store stop instead!  This week was particularly delicious as I scored two stand-out finds.  The first is a textured West Germany pottery vase.  My Mom has a small collection and so I technically picked it up for her on my way to her place for lunch.  It sat on the counter while we munched our salads and by the time I pierced the last tomato, I said, “Mom, I’m sorry, but I’ve decided to take it home.”  I had a total Gollum moment.  Sometimes things look blah in the thrift stores when they’re covered in muck and bathed in florescent lighting.  All cleaned up and basking in natural light, this vase called out to me.  It’s perfect in the lakehouse – especially with the George Nelson bubble lights.  Don’t feel too sad for my Mom because I’ve lost track of the number of things she’s scooped, bartered for, or just plain stolen from me 🙂

Although the vase is all mine, I found something adorable for the Etsy shop as well: a Rörstrand luncheon set – cups, saucers and small plates.  Pristine condition with a mod, mid-century design in blue and grey, trimmed in silver.  To me it has an Orla Kiely feel.  Rörstrand was (and continues to be) a famous Swedish porcelain manufacturer and you can feel the quality in how delicate these pieces are.

Just a quick tip: if you see something stamped or marked with three crowns, that typically means it was made in Sweden!  I’ve learned this because my Mom (although of Hungarian ancestry) was born in Sweden so whenever we’re out treasure hunting, things from Sweden get scooped up.

I’m betting that now you’re feeling like a stop at a thrift shop might not be a bad idea.  If you do find something awesome, play along!

  • You can share any thrifty find, no matter the source (craigslist, kijiji, yard sales, etc.)
  • Use #thriftscorethursday on Twitter or Instagram (or both)
  • Share your finds all week long and tune in Thursdays to see if your find was featured
  • Remember, by using the hashtag you’re providing consent for your finds to be shared on social media and on Trisha and Brynne’s blogs

Speaking of Trisha and Brynne, check out their blogs today to see their scores for the week, and to see which fabulous #thriftscorethursday finds they decided to feature.


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You can also click here, plus you can find her on Twitter and Instagram!



  1. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
    July 24, 2014 / 11:32 am

    oooh i love the german pottery! awesome! and those hobnails pieces were a steal!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      July 24, 2014 / 2:26 pm

      Thanks! I love the size and scale of my new vase. I forgot to mention: $9.99! Not quite the same steal as that incredible hobnail set, wow!

  2. Trisha D
    July 24, 2014 / 1:40 pm

    1. you totally nailed your #thriftscorethursday post!! 2. that vase is drop.dead.gorgeous. I too would have Indian Given that piece! Florescent lights sure do have that affect on people! 3. It's totally true that after we're done strolling instagram that I have to fight EVERY urge not to get out there and hit up the thrift stores!Thanks again for agreeing to be such a fabulous guest host!!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      July 24, 2014 / 2:27 pm

      Yay, I'm happy I did it right 🙂 thanks for having me!!

  3. Brynne Delerson
    July 24, 2014 / 1:43 pm

    Wow! I adore that vase! It's incredible. I wouldn't have passed it on to my mom either 😉 Those plates are lovely as well!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      July 24, 2014 / 2:28 pm

      Mom gets the gift of me, everyday, now that I've moved 1600 km closer, lol.

  4. Sarah D. Brown
    July 24, 2014 / 1:44 pm

    Ahhh…you are so right, I need to go to the thrift store immediately! This is great, I'll be sure to post some of my finds next time.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      July 24, 2014 / 2:29 pm

      Go now, hurry!! And yes, share so we can all ogle and be jealous 🙂

  5. Jordana @WhiteCabana
    July 24, 2014 / 3:08 pm

    That hobnail purchase was amazing! $3?!? Crazy good! Thanks for the info about Swedish design. I had no idea.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      July 24, 2014 / 6:48 pm

      Isn't that a sweet price?? I'm happy to share what I know – I haven't seen the triple crown on anything not from Sweden but it's always a good bet to google to be sure.

  6. Sabrina
    July 24, 2014 / 4:57 pm

    Thanks for the feature! I love your find and the painting behind it 🙂

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      July 24, 2014 / 6:49 pm

      Happy to!! And thanks 🙂 The painting is by my hubby's grandfather who is a professional artist. His work always garners a lot of compliments which I hope makes him smile.

  7. Katja Kromann
    July 24, 2014 / 5:40 pm

    That vase is gorgeous. Goes GREAT with your new(ly finished) console!!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      July 24, 2014 / 6:50 pm

      Thank you!! I now photograph everything on the console – it's such a lovely spot.

  8. cred
    July 24, 2014 / 8:23 pm

    I love west German pottery, although I didn't know I did until I discovered hindsvik. They have a lovely collection. I really love your white vase- it can fit with any decor. I just scooped a beautiful GWP plant pot, it's an earthy brown with a red & white glaze that doesn't match with anything I have. But it was too lovely to pass up for only a $1.

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