Awesome Thrift Store Finds!

It’s been a long time since I’ve found anything really good at thrift stores. I’ve just figured with the rise of eBay and the popularity of antiques & collectibles that I don’t stand a chance against the people who shop for a living. I’m happy to find something I like every now and then.

So imagine my face when I spied this on the top shelf at a Goodwill recently:

I’m pretty sure I did a classic double-take. Thinking the price was exorbitant (I’ve mentioned the broken $50 bedside tables I regularly find in our area stores, haven’t I?), I carefully turned it over.

And nearly dropped the plate I was holding when I saw the price- $4.99! Yeah- I know, I’m still shocked. And can I tell you how much I love this box? Sure, it’s only from the late 50’s or 60’s- not the coveted 30’s or 40’s boxes, but the lid is delightfully distressed copper, the white is creamy and only slightly marred and the “Bread” label is pristine.

I love, love, love it. And if that weren’t enough, I found a few other treasures at this small-town Goodwill that I rarely frequent (oh, but you know I will now, don’t you?):

Isn’t this a great trio? The large platter is from a California pottery, though I can’t tell which one from the faded imprints on the back. I loved the shape, though, and it was only $3.99.

I’ve seen the J&G Meaken Renaissance pattern dishes before and have always been drawn to them, so I decided to go for it with these bowls at $1.99 each. Now I’ll have some fun looking for a new thing at the stores. *smile*

Sweet vintage pots have been on my radar for a decade now, so when I spotted this creamy beauty, I picked it up right away. Know what? It was only $1.99, too. Score!

This is another one that I can’t read the markings. Does anyone know the pottery that uses this mark? I’m assuming it’s another California pottery company.

This oil painting was actually from a little thrift store we stopped at when we stayed at the coast a few weeks ago. It had a garish painted gold frame with faux-wood markings that was stained to boot. It’s taken me this long to get a coat of creamy white paint on the frame. I distressed it a bit, but decided not to antique it because that faux-wood graining reminds me of plastic, so I’m thinkin’ it wouldn’t be such a good idea to highlight it.

I’m not sure if you can tell from the picture, but the colors are muted creams and greens and pinks.

Which looks wonderful with a couple of other paintings I’ve collected at thrift stores and antique malls that sport similar colors (remember when Brian and I showed you the paintings we like to collect?). All three of them have greens, pinks, creams and blues and are landscapes so I’m really enjoying them together.

Have you found anything good at thrift stores lately?






  1. says

    I never found cool stuff for low prices anywhere near large urban centers, but now that I live in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere (or pretty close!), I find amazing stuff all the time… Pays to visit small towns!!!

  2. says

    I found a beautiful mahogany bedside table with a small shelf underneath for $5 at a local thrift store. This table is sturday with no water marks so I’m in shock someone got rid of it. It has a label underneath with a name and some numbers but so far I can’t find who made it. I want to refinish it, but part of me just wants to wipe it off and display it.

  3. says

    I am with you on the prices at thrift stores, but sometimes they slip up and let really stuff go for decent prices. Great bread box.

    I was looking at your 2011 preserving count on your side bar. Very impressive, you have been busy.

  4. Sherri B. says

    Great finds! I too have been a bit put off lately with the prices at most all of the thrift shops, so when I find deals like you did, I get very excited! – I am not familiar with the marking on your pot, sorry.

  5. says

    Wow, you hit the motherload, Jami! I have a repro bread box similar to the one you found and I didn’t pay anywhere near a mere $4.99 for it. I haven’t had a chance to blog about these finds, but I recently found three queen size top sheets at my local Goodwill–two from the Simply Shabby Chic line, and another that looks like it could be, but there was no tag. They were only $2.50 a piece and since I love using sheets to make pillow covers, these were fantastic finds!

    Carolina Country Living

  6. says

    I *heart* that bread box! The creamy white and the clear Bread lettering is to.die.for.! Then the price? Shut the front door! You did very well!

  7. says

    Wow- I love the pottery you found! I’ve been on the lookout for some lately but haven’t found what I’m looking for. I haven’t come away empty handed though. I just decorated my living room with thrift store finds. My favorite recent finds? A ton of slipcovers (no kidding, 4 for my couch, 4 for my dining room chairs), a Waverly tablecloth new, in the package for $4.95 and an awesome bookshelf for $20! You can take a peek if you’re interested: One day I’d love to have my own little cottage. In the meantime, I’m trying to get there one room at a time. :)

  8. Anonymous says

    That piece of pottery that has the triangle mark is McCoy. I think it dates to the 40’s. I recently found a toothbrush holder from an english company called Holmes, stonier and Hollinsworth, which I was able to date to jan 15, 1881. Saw it at the salvation army, and picked it up for 1.49. Nice work!

    • Jami @ An Oregon Cottage says

      Oh, thank you! I love McCoy, so it’s no wonder I was drawn to it. :-) I don’t think I’ve found anything that old at a thrift store- kudos!

  9. Brian says

    Those are lovely objects. You never know what you will find at a thrift shop, and it really pays to check them out. I could not believe my luck when I saw a Staub “pumpkin” cast-iron 5-quart pot on the bottom shelf of my local thrift shop. I’ve seen these in the high-end stores, selling for about $400. The one at the thrift shop was brand new, with the original stickers still on it. Best of all, I got it for only $19 (nineteen)!

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