I absolutely love the sense of nostalgia I feel when I find a thrift store treasure. If I didn’t despise clutter so much, I’d definitely be a hoarder…I’m talking completely unstoppable. Conversation pieces are necessary when company is around…or maybe I just like thrifting.
These two pieces I snatched from a Salvation Army on a recent trip to visit family and the Taste of Chicago. Side note: I do not recommend driving 16 hours with a husband and three restless children. Just brave the TSA. I was not only exhausted, but my ankles had swollen to the size of large oranges. I’ve always been turned off when I spot passengers in other cars with their feet sprawled across the dashboard or out the side window…half chipped nail polish or bunions the size of onions. Well now, I understand!
We finally arrived in Rockford, a city north of Chicago with a population of about 150,000. Small but not too small when you consider I now live in a town in NC boasting a whopping 4,700 residents. Anyway, the plan had been all along, to spend an entire day thrift store hoping with my sisters. So we left our husbands with the kids and ventured out, expecting to be gone all day on a rummage hunt.
I had to force my ankles to cooperate but I did manage to find a lot of cool and interesting things. Sometimes, you have to travel 900 miles from home to score. My proudest finds were two teapots.
The taller speckled teapot was only $1.50! This was half off it’s white tag of $2.99. I love to research pieces and found it selling online for $59.99 on Replacements, LTD. My web hunt revealed that it’s a Midwinter teapot and lid from England based R. Midwinter LTD, circa 1970. Score! The pot is both understated and impressive. I can’t wait to enjoy some Teavana tea and you will definitely see it used in future posts.
I wasn’t as successful finding information on the other teapot which I got for $2.50 – listed for $4.99. The wording underneath was hand painted and difficult to read. It does appear to be a vintage piece from China but I can’t confirm that. It could’ve been made to just look that way. I love it anyway. If you have any ideas, let me know. I’d love to hear from you.
We ended our trip with a great home-cooked spread before heading out early the next morning. Driving 16 hours back to NC with my feet moving from the dash to the window the whole way.
Until our next adventure…go find stuff.