Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Vintage Thingie Thursday: Thrifty Finds - A Bull and Shakers

Welcome everyone to Vintage Thingies Thursday. If you have a love for vintage things, have come to the right place. We have a "dog-gone" good time each and every week!!! If you are new to this party, please take the time to read and follow the instructions for participating in Vintage Thingies Thursday, click HERE. I try and keep things fairly simple, so  please make sure you follow the instructions.  Please only ONE link per week. 

I always seem to be attracted to lonely little ceramic animals when I am out and about at garage sales or thrift stores. I found this sweet little guy on one of my outings. I thought he was so cute. 

I seem to have a lot of orphan little animals that come home with me. They have a nice home on a vintage shelf in my laundry room. This little guy is marked Japan on the back.

I turned him over and this was on the bottom. I have several bunnies that are dated with names too. I often wonder if they were gifts to teachers, or gifts to parents. It seems they were important enough to date and name the recipient but yet they ended up in a thrift shop or Salvation Army Store. It makes me sad so I rescue them and love them and they have a happy home with me.

Single salt and pepper shakers always find a way to my home too. This one was so small and dainty, I thought it was sweet and not a bad price of 25 cents.

Funny story about these.

I was at a neighborhood garage sale last weekend that is located close to me. I stopped at one sale and there were three ladies sitting at a table. I asked the lady how much for the shakers. She said, 25 cents. Trying to contain my excitement, I said I'd take them all but wanted to look around some more. I went to pay and the guy taking the money told me that they would be $4.00. I looked puzzled and informed him the lady said that they were 25 cents each. So he went and asked the lady again, and she said, Oh, $6.00. Heelloooooooo??????? To make a long story short, I did pay $2.00 for all of them, but I attention!!!!

I have not even cleaned these up, they were just pulled out of the sack for a photo. The lids are tarnished which is what I wanted.....I have seen great little things made with shakers like I am going to see if I can do the same....turn them into something cute!

Have a great Vintage Thingie Thursday everyone!!! It is supposed to get cooler here tomorrow and I am sure hoping I am not having to haul plants in from outside!! We will see........

Oh, and I have a new blog for you to visit and welcome to blog land. I won't say who it is....but maybe you will figure it out. I'll give you a little hint......she is the apple of her daddy's eye.....and mom's too!!! Stop by HERE and welcome this new blogger!!!


  1. Hi Suzanne, love all of your little treasures, expecially the first one on the list. That face...sooo cute! LOL. Don't forget about our giveaway...ends tomorrow! Hugs

  2. I love all your pretty little S&P shakers, especially the painted one. Wow, what a deal too.
    Thanks Suzanne for hosting each week.

  3. Haha -- funny S&P shaker story! You did get a bargain! :)

  4. What a great story and what wonderful S&P's!

    Susan and Bentley

  5. great find with the salt and pepper shakers. It does make you wonder about who the items belonged to when it is marked on the bottom?

  6. Your shakers are great. Good thing you were on the ball with those sellers, though. Glad you got them for a good price. Thanks for hosting!

  7. The shakers are useful, but I like the little doggie best.

  8. The little cow is so cute! Maybe the animals were orphaned as parts of estates. If it was a teacher they may not have any meaning to the heirs. But now they get to be special again with you!

  9. I love your cow! And what a great story about your shakers. That's always fun, isn't it?
    Thanks for hosting!

  10. You know I am a sucker for orphan salt shakers myself! The painted one is so pretty and the others will be great to craft with! Hugs, Linda

  11. Loving your little vintage finds. The cow is just way to cute.

  12. Oh Forgot to mention how much I love your blog that I am now following it.

  13. Your little shakers are so cute...I collect those too! Is it possible that the painted one is actually a hat pin holder? I know they're often mistaken for shakers but if they have more than a few holes, I'm pretty sure they're for hat pins. I picked one up similar to yours at an antique store and it had the remnants of salt. I joked with the owner about someone putting salt in a hat pin holder... I was really embarrassed when she said she had thought it was a shaker! Oops!! Anyway, hope you have a lovely week!


  14. That is a funny story about the salt shakers. Guess it would be a good idea to buy it when the price is so good, just in case they change their minds ;-)

  15. Good morning Suzanne, I'm happy to be joining you again today. Life has been crazy busy lately. Actually constantly!!! HA!

    I love the animals from Japan too. They are well done. Not as good as Germany but very sweet. Your S&P's are very sweet and a great find. Yes, pay attention at a yard sale. Sometimes different people quote different prices. However, you can usually find some awesome bargains You sure did.

    Have a great week.
    XO Jeanne

  16. Hi Suzanne! I came back to see what other vintage treasures were added since last night and I just have to say again that I love that cow! She is just too, too, sweet! :)

  17. Now that's funny about the yard sale pricing! I like those shakers, though, you got a great deal. It will be interesting to see who you do with them. Got my post up just now, so I'll be linking :)

  18. Wow the shakers were a great fine...I love the story behind everything. Awesome! Thanks for hosting!


  19. Great little salt and pepper collection you found. I love the shapes and tops.
    Love the little ceramic animal, great vintage find.
    I hope you like the vintage Halloween man I'm sharing today. He belongs to my sister and she displays him in her courtyard.
    Thanks for sharing and hosting VTT.

    The French Hutch

  20. I loved this. I too have a soft spot for orphaned(gift-marked all the better)animals and lonely S&P shakers. Your little silver grouping is so FULL of potential! One of my favorite treatments was someone wiring them to a chandelier like crystals! :)
    Sorry for linking in so late. I almost didn't, but that old cookie jar I found NEEDED to be shared!
    Happy VTT!

  21. How cute, I love cows. Have a great weekend!

  22. Love all your sweet salt shakers, so much fun! Hugs Marilou


Sometimes someone says something really small, and it's like it fits into this empty space in your heart!

Thank you for stopping by and leaving your thoughts here, they really mean a lot to me!


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...