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Monday, September 19, 2022

Let's Go Thrifting: Auction and Thrift Store Finds Vol 4


School is back in session, which means this mama is back hitting the roads

Although my kids are old enough to stay home alone, I try hard not to leave them for extended periods, which usually limits my trips to quick pickups from auctions and Facebook Marketplace.  

Now that they are back in school, I've been hitting the roads and traveling further to hunt and pick for my home, vintage markets and my shop at Sweet Clover Barn.  

Thrift stores

I've been thrifting, auctioning and picking for years now and have my usual routes, which usually take me through Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania or Virginia.   I hit a variety of places including auctions, antique stores, antique malls, flea markets and thrift stores.  

antique shopping

Before I get to my recent vintage finds, I thought it would be helpful to share some tips to get the most out of shopping on Facebook Marketplace.

Helpful Tips when shopping Facebook Marketplace

1.  SET YOUR LOCATION AND RADIUS.  I am willing to travel for the right piece, so I set my radius to the max, 100 miles. 

2.  SAVE ITEMS THAT CATCH YOUR EYE. Even if you don't plan on purchasing a particular item, click "Save" to train the algorithm to show similar items when they become available.  

3.  CHECK SELLERS OTHER LISTINGS.   You never know what additional items a seller could be offering that you may also be interested in purchasing.  More than once, I've been able to pick up two dressers from one seller, simply by checking their other listing. 

4.  FOLLOW SELLERS.  Do you tend to buy a lot from the same sellers?  Make sure to follow them in order to stay up-to-date with their listing. 

5. CHECK OFTEN!  High quality, affordable items will go quickly.  Maximize your chances by checking often and don't forget to check the "Today's Picks" and "Newly Listed" categories.   (If you've been saving items that are your style and catch your eye then the algorithm should show you similar items in the "Today's Picks" category. 

6. ALWAYS REPLY TO SELLERS.  I can't emphasize enough how important it is to respond politely to sellers if they reply back that an item is "pending pick up."  Many times I received a message a day or two later asking if I was still interested because the original buyer was a no-show.   A simple "Ah bummer!  Thanks for letting me know.  I am still very interested, so please keep me in mind if the sale falls through" can go a long way. 


I'm a HUGE fan of vintage green and amber pottery and have been incredibly lucky to find some awesome pieces over the last couple of weeks.   Secondhand stores, particularly church missions and thrift stores are the best places to find super affordable vintage pottery.  

vintage planters and brass duck

Vintage planters

Vintage planters

Can you believe the amazing collection of vintage green pottery below was found on one trip to my favorite thrift store?   
Collection of green vintage planters


With Fall markets in full swing, I've been concentrating on collecting and curating a large variety of vintage neutrals.    

I'm a neutral decorator myself, so hunting, picking and gathering vintage neutrals comes easy and naturally.  The hardest part is resisting the urge to keep everything! 

Tiny vintage cloche
I'm a vintage wood sign lover, so as soon as I saw this chippy old "Wholesale/Retail" sign I knew it would make a great addition to my office.  
Neutral vintage decor, picking and thrifting

Vintage modern office, vintage decor

vintage juggling pins, vintage wood weights
I'm also a sucker for vintage brass animals and have been able to pick up a variety of great ones over the last couple of weeks. 
vintage neutrals, brass ducks
I love using crocks as planters and these larger ones I just scored will be perfect for larger plants and trees. 
vintage crocks, vintage neutrals

styled vintage neutral decor, raw wood dresser

Antique Dressers/Furniture

Over the past year or so, finding affordable, good quality, secondhand furniture has become much more difficult.  It takes a little more time and a lot more patience, but it can be done.  

found Facebook Marketplace furniture
The dresser was a $30 auction buy and the oak cabinets were a $60 Facebook Marketplace find.   

I gave the dresser a raw wood look makeover and the oak cabinets will get repaired, receive new tops and black metal sofa legs, the same ones I used on my oak card catalog
Antique oak file drawers

raw wood dresser
This $20 antique dresser was stripped, bleached and updated with new hardware.  
antique dresser before

sanded and bleached wood dresser
I shared the pair of drop leaf side tables last month, but it's worth sharing a quick before and after.  
drop leaf tables before

raw wood look drop leaf tables

vintage holiday decor

I'm a sucker for vintage blow molds, especially Halloween and Christmas ones.  I mean, how can you resist a bright orange pumpkin or jolly Santa?  

Orange really isn't my color, but I make an exception for blow molds and wouldn't dare paint over them.  
vintage pumpkin blow molds

I did, however, paint over these adorable inexpensive jack-o'-lanterns that I bought a couple weeks ago.  I gave them a faux concrete makeover and they're the perfect addition to my neutral Halloween decor. 
thrift store jack-o'-lanterns

Fourth quarter is the biggest quarter for retailers with Christmas decor and gifts being top sellers.  Because of this, I collect vintage Christmas decor all year long and just recently picked up a few great items.

vintage Christmas decor

I'm pretty sure I'm keeping the Santa blow mold, but the rest of the items will be for sale and heading to my vintage booth this winter!  

Do you have a favorite from the finds I shared?

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