Beach Cottage Decor ~ Thrifting Tales ~ Vintage Nautical Coastal Style
Fri 20th, Jan, 2012
G’day Beach Cottage lovely lovely ladies, so, I have been spending some time thrifting lately…and found some lovely things for a bit of beach cottage vintage coastal style
(BTW do we have any gents with us today? If so get yeeselves outta Lurkdom and say G’day ;-) )
So, one of my goals for 2012 is to do more finding of vintage things (Mr Beach Cottage doesn’t know this yet…um actually I’m thinking I might actually give telling him that a miss).
In particular I want to finds some more vintage furntiure, especially small little chairs and stools and trunks, stuff like that, ‘cos of course I haven’t got enough of those already
…half of it, of course, is purely the pleasure of the thrill of the chase…not the actual stuff, which is dangerous and can mean one ends up with a garage full of vintage things and one’s husband’s eyebrows are extremely busy…
However, over the last eighteen months or so, vintage treasure hunting has become a lot less fun…you see most of the shops that I frequent around here have got stupid with their prices…and I cannot stand that. When I am out on the hunt for old stuff, for some beach cottage decor, some vintage coastal style I really really don’t want to see a sticker with ‘vintage’ on it, or much worse ‘retro’ and a co-ordinating huge price tag….it’s not the money part, I dunno, it just kinda stinks to me…I always think, hello I am in a charity shop here!
So after repeatedly seeing this again and again at all my local shops, after thrifting with lg, and us laughing at the prices, and after seeing new stuff in places like Target (yes I know not vintage so not a great comparison) for less money, I kinda lost the thrifters urge a bit…I virtually got down to only looking at vintage cooking utensils (which also carry that ‘vintage’ ticket on them…and don’t even get me started on Tupperware, crazy!) and china and even that lost it’s shine…
Anyway this week, I had a bit of a score, it was a beautiful sunny day, actually it was hot and humid and I was on my way to pick up one of the kiddos from a play date…and going past an op-shop that I used to go in all the time, but now is out of my day-to-day route so haven’t been to for yonks.
In there I scored….
First of all these little bowls, I collect bowls, we always have our pre-dinner drink & snack with bowls plus I like to collect them for when people come over…
these are heavily crazed…just how I like them….they were originally $5, but at the register, what started was a hilarious discussion and deliveration of all the things I had gathered by the two ladies residing behind the counter…
after some discussion, they believed that, although these were
they were not ‘BRANDED’
and probably not
….so I got them for $4
Next up this teapot. I always always look out for teapots, for two reasons, one I like them and love the old English ones, two, I drink a lot of (Australian) tea.
This one I thought would be good for camping, because, of course, I do go camping so very much in my life ;-)
When I took it to the register, there was much deliberation over the price, because there wasn’t a sticker on it (some shops I go to have big signs in there about that…if there isn’t a sticker on it they refuse to sell it to you…yeah really!)…so I was a bit hesitant to ask how much it was because they might accuse me of pulling off the sticker to try and get it cheaper (yes I have had that happen to me before, yes really!)…
So, the two lovely ladies behind the counter, first of all checked me out as to whether or not they thought I was a dodgy thrifter and had I removed the sticker…I guess I passed that test…
next they held it up…hmmm, they said, it’s not ENGLISH, but it is old
“do we think this is VINTAGE?’
I’m about rolling up by now, as if ‘VINTAGE’ is a brand
‘hmmm I don’t think so’
and they continued on, they lifted it up, inspected the underneath for a mark or brand, they turned it over and then they opened the lid
‘oooh! needs a clean!’
and continued to tell me how best to clean it….they settled on a bit of vinegar plus some bicarb of soda.
still no price
they started at $8 because, even though they weren’t sure, it was old and they thought it could be ‘VINTAGE’
but in the end, they went for $6.
because I had to clean it
Next up I found my fave Grindley in Petal…I love this china and I have a growing collection of it now…it’s dead plain, with a lovely shape and I love all the colours it comes in, I’ve blogged about it before, it’s English from the war era if I remember rightly, hence the utility feel
This one is green and more unusual, it’s normally the pink that is more common, over here in Australia anyway…
the bowl was $5
This caused much more deliberation
‘Now this one, this is ENGLISH, no I can’t let it go less than $5′
I hadn’t said a word and now am nearly creased up with laughter.
‘Oh yes, this is a GRIMBEE’
I am rolling about on the floor.
‘Yes, GRIMBEE, from England’
the other one agreed
‘oh yes, definitely VINTAGE’
I am in stitches
they look at me quizzically
Do I want it?
LOVE ME SOME GRIMBEE
And then there was the platter.
Oh my, this caused some discussion.
I liked it because I always buy platters, I prefer them to bowls for salads, and two have recently been broken in our house by those Beach Cottage rugrats who do the dishwasher, so this one, plain, white, simple and chic fit the bill perfectly.
Far from ‘VINTAGE’ but it threw another spanner in the works, because this my little Beach Cottage friends is from Country Road…and for some people that equates to posh and expensive.
So we had a little deliberating about this.
As to whether or not we could let it go for any less than six dollars.
‘hmmmm, well it’s not VINTAGE, but it is COUNTRY ROAD you know’
‘Yes, you know COUNTRY ROAD’
I’m on the floor again.
‘So, it’s going to have to be six, I think’
‘Yes, COUNTRY ROAD, so six’
I’ll take it.
And last, but not least we have a vintage quilt.
I have stashed this away, because there is no way we needed any further bedding in our cottage and, actually, we have one very very similar.
It’s white and vintage and gorgeous and tassely and soft and I love it.
I hope you enjoyed thrifting for vintage things with me…I had a fun time…enhanced with a coffee and entertained by the Ladies from Lifeline
Have you had any good thrifted finds lately, or is it the same where you live…are the prices silly? Love to know, leave me a comment….
See you next time Beach Cottage Girls, thanks for the Vlog love yesterday, you girls are just too kind…yes errrm Episode II of Beach Cottage Coastal TV is very much on the way.