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Vintage Treasures from the Landfill

I share weekly thrift store and landfill finds in my Instagram stories, but this recent landfill haul was too good not to share in a blog post as well!  It actually got me thinking: I’d like to bring back my Treasure Hunting Report (here’s an example and here’s an old one from my townhouse days)!  Before Instagram, I used to share every treasure I found (from thrift store, yard sales, and yes, even the landfill or side of the road) in a blog post.  Now I share these finds in my Instagram stories, because Instagram is instant – which is fun!  But I’m going to make an effort to share more of these finds here for you!

Vintage Treasures Found at the Landfill

In a recent trip to the landfill, I scooped a vintage (made in Canada) serving platter with turquoise design.  I see sharks, what do you see?  I believe it’s vintage Restaurant ware – here’s a set of cups in a different pattern from the same manufacturer.  I’m obsessed with the aqua on cream:

Vandesca Canada Platter

I also grabbed this lidded dish, with a pretty pearl glaze:

Lidded Dish with Pearl GlazeSaved from the Landfill

Plus this  snowflake shaped glass votive holder, which I’m sure is just Party Light, but it was too pretty to leave behind:

Glass Snowglake Shaped Votive Holder

I also grabbed this glass bowl and drinking glasses for my beach glass project (I’m making beach glass in my rock tumbler, using glassware destined for the landfill)

My final find was this pretty dishware (four plates and one bowl).  I almost left them behind because it was a bit random to have just the five pieces, but the pattern and color palette were too pretty to resist.  The design is Ridgway Ironstone Blue Vista – you can buy whole place settings on Etsy.

Ridgway Ironstone Blue Vista

The next week, I found four more plates, so now I have a total of eight plates!  Maybe I’ll end up finding more when I thrift – not that I needed more dishware, lol.  It just makes me happy to save these beautiful things from being thrown away.

Ridgway Ironstone Blue Vista

When I found the other four plates, I also found this pretty green divided dish.  I found it on Etsy and it’s the divided Fairfield serving dish with scalloped edge from Anchor Hocking.  It also came in aqua (and it’s gorgeous).

Fairfield serving dish with scalloped edge from Anchor Hocking

If you’d like to see (almost) everything I’ve brought home from the landfill, I have all of the stories saved in two different Instagram story highlights, called “Landfill Finds” and “Trash Finds 2“.  Those story highlight share almost everything I’ve found at our local landfill since moving here – except for a few early finds, like a McCoy planter and butterprint Pyrex bowl.

Cesca Chairs

Some of My Favorite Past Landfill Finds:

Vintage Finds from the Landfill

Have you found any great vintage lately?



  1. Jamie
    May 28, 2022 / 5:01 pm

    Our local Waste Management station used to have a warehouse next door with items for sale. I once found a set of five vintage Kaare Klint canvas and wood safari chairs for $15. They were not put together and I had no idea what the pile of wooden legs and canvas was but I took a chance. It took me days to figure out how to put them together. I see single chairs listed for $1000-2500. Sadly, they closed the warehouse and now everything gets dumped into a big pit and immediately bulldozed. I love these kinds of posts….keep them coming.

    • May 29, 2022 / 6:59 pm

      That is an AWESOME find! And I’m so sad they closed the warehouse near you. I wish more landfills offered this kind of thing because people will throw away such good items otherwise.

  2. Valerie
    June 9, 2022 / 2:07 pm

    OH MY!! I too wish a landfill warehouse was a requirement for all landfills!! I cringe to think about all the wonderful things that people throw away because they aren’t aware of other resources. . . .I use local thrift stores to donate items. . . I take a lot of items to a Resale Store and then I get a check from them every month. . . I utilize a clothing resale shop up the road and last month I received a check for over $200 as I had done a serious closet clean-out however usually my checks are $20-$30-$40. . . . some areas have local online ‘neighbor’ resources where you can post items. . . . I feel fortunate to have local resources when a lot of people don’t have any other choice except to throw their things away. . . .

    • June 9, 2022 / 3:18 pm

      Thanks for sharing all of these wonderful ideas! I really don’t know why people throw away good things when there are better options.

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