Monday, September 23, 2013

Cottage Thrifting

I’m lucky to have a great cottage where I spend my weekends….and even luckier that there are some fantastic thrift stores and estate auctions nearby! Lately, I’ve scored some pretty good stuff as I think you’ll agree when you see the pictures.

First up, a slew of Care Bears. I have a friend with 3 little kids who go berserk for these colourful little guys so I buy them at the thrifts whenever I see them in good clean condition. These 6 spent their mandatory 2 week quarantine in my freezer and then were sent off to their new home with my favourite munchkins. Since then, I’ve got 5 more on ice.

These clocks came from a local estate auction. This Ingraham mid century beauty is spectacular – and huge at 15½” in diameter. I absolutely love it and it’s in danger of being added to my ever growing personal collection. The West German pieces were also collected from the local thrift stores and estate auctions, including the large Roth Keramik with original label still intact, and are part of the EMV permanent collection.

This Westclox Choo Choo Electric clock from the late 50’s is such fun! There is a train connected to the sweep second hand and it runs around the clock and through a tunnel. Wouldn’t it be fabulous in a country kitchen or a child’s room? This was auctioned as part of a larger lot of clocks. I had stepped away for a minute and left Mr. EMV to bid. He lost the bidding on the lot but negotiated with the winning bidder to buy the Choo Choo clock. What a great hubby!

I got my first Boda Zoo Series hippo at a local garage sale. This is the smaller of the hippos. I love his little face!

I’ve been scoring lots of Hornsea in cottage country. These cute salt and pepper shakers are from the 1980s. I had the matching canisters but they went to a new home before they could even pose for a photo.

I love teak handled Scandinavian kitchen tools. The ladle is made in Norway and is in fantastic condition. Its photo op friend, a West German pottery vase, has such great colour – also now part of the permanent EMV West German pottery collection.

And lastly, this fab mid century bar set. Look at those fun horse heads on the handles! These were found in the original box, some still tacked into place. Giddy-up!

The creepy wooden carved hand came from another thrifting adventure and is the new Vanna White at Eight Mile Vintage.

Thanks for checking out my scores! Pop over to Etsy to see these and other interesting vintage finds at Eight Mile Vintage on Etsy. Wishing you good thrifting luck!


  1. I absolutely adore your train clock. What an understanding hubby!

  2. Oh the train clock and the horse head bar set are just wonderful! This post would be perfect for my new link party, We Call It Olde - I invite you to join in! My blog is Hope to see you there, party starts on Tuesdays but goes a full week, anything vintage or antique. Take care - Dawn @ We Call It


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