Mad Maine Vintage Shop

This little blog will chronicle my ventures into selling vintage items in a local antique market.
My booth is called Mad Maine Vintage Shop - it features items inspired by a certain popular TV show,
and I am located in lovely Maine. Viva Vintage!



Friday, February 8, 2013

Priorities before the storm: Visiting Goodwill of course!



So, the snow has been coming down here in Maine today, and right now it is basically all about hunkering down in front of the wood stove while the kids (who are off from school) do puzzles, color, and play WII.  Not sure when the power will go out, but it is inevitable that it goes out at some point since I live in a very windy area close to the ocean.  Yesterday, while all was quiet (as the saying goes), people stocked up on the usual storm necessities, and the line at the gas stations were long.  I, however, headed to Goodwill since I knew that I would be trapped at home all weekend and even my antique store would be closed for business.  This all seems logical to me, and I know my fellow thrifters would understand.  Right?

Anyway, here is what I came home with last night after an hour browsing for necessities at the nearest Goodwill. 

 

This is not only a weather-appropriate, mint-condition Pyrex dish, but it is the pattern that I more or less collect.  I am not a fan of the divided dish (not sure how to use it effectively to be honest), so I have to figure out if I should keep it or be generous and put it in my booth.  What do you do with divided dishes?


This darling butter dish has some slight dishwasher wear, but not too bad.  If I had to list which Pyrex pieces have been the most popular in my booth, it has been the butter dishes and the small fridgies.



More Mad Men glasses.  Now these are not the desirable Dorothy Thorpe glasses.  They are both smaller and have a much skinnier silver rim.  However, the shape is right, and I bet if I place them next to my Mad Men sign, label them Mad Men glasses, somebody will pick them up.  If so, this would be my 7th sale of Mad Men glasses. And they ARE really cute.


Before I started my booth, this is not something I would have picked up.  However, I have found that vintage cute/kitsch is a big seller, so I have expanded my horizon.  It was mainly the red flowers that attracted me.  It is a learning experience, right?


This is really adorable.  Not sure if it is an original drawing or a print.  I love the way the girl has her bonnet on backwards - a little rebel!  Also, does anyone know what kind of framing this is?  It has a very heavy metal frame that looks sort of melted onto the glass (both front and back).  It makes the whole picture quite heavy and substantial.  Is this a special vintage framing technique?


Finally I had to pick up these still-in-their-packaging light switches for 99 cents each.  The packaging says 1969.  Are they really that old?  Would be so cool in a boy's room or man cave (are those more or less synonyms?)  I might put these on ebay instead of in my booth since they probably have more appeal outside of Maine - and they would be a breeze to ship!

 
This is the view of my porch from my kitchen window at the moment.  And the actual storm has not even started yet.  Good thing I stocked up on my necessities from Goodwill!
 
Stay safe my fellow New England thrifters.
 
(Will link up with A Living Space)
 
 
 
 

19 comments:

  1. With fussy veggie eaters in my home I get good use out of the divided dish - heating up two veggies at once in the microwave. (but mine's not vintage!)

    That frame is intriguing - looks like stained glass soldered technique.

    Good luck with the storm this weekend!

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    1. That is such a good idea - heating up two veggie sides! Of course, it seems so obvious now! And yes, it looks just like stained glass edging. Hm...

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  2. I like the way that you think! You got some great stuff so you were 100% right. Y'all stay safe!

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  3. Well at least you have your priorities straight...I have no idea what a divided dish is used for ...Good question! I love Pyrex and one with a cover is a great score!! Hope you do OK with the storm!

    Carol

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    1. Yes, any time I find a dish with a perfect glass cover it is a no-brainer. Even when I am unsure of the utility value :-)

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  4. WHAT A PERFECT VIEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am JEALOUS!!!!!!

    Just sold a butter dish this week in the booth!!!!!! And those dang divided dishes do NOT sell fast here unless is turquoise or pink!

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    1. Thanks - I like my rustiv view too (with and without snow). I have sold one divided dish before - a white with orange flowers and no lid. I think I will be keeping this one though...

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  5. Well, got on to answer your questions, but Jackie K. is right on about the divided dish. Great for little bits of left overs or to allow for side dish choices. She is also correct that someone soldered some lead onto your little girl pic. I have some great gilded Mad Men glasses that have been languishing in my booth, maybe they would sell in yours, where the folks are a bit more cosmopolitan.
    Stay warm, I used to live in Standish, where we would loose the power at least once a month and our wood stove and gas stove were a great help. Now, luckily, I don't loose power hardly at all since I am near the fire station and police station and Goodall hospital.

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    1. Yes, I am actually thinking I will keep this dish for just that purpose now, and it IS my favorite pattern...
      That is so interesting about the soldering - explains why there is glass both in front and in the back of the picture. Makes it quite hwavy though.
      Good thinking beig close to a fire and police station - they should advertise that in house-for-sale listings here in Maine :-)

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  6. I've used a divided for chips and dip, I've also made my apple crisp in one, it didn't matter about the divider!

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  7. I have a couple of divided dishes. Delphite and Pink Daisy. They are good for putting out snacks and that's about it.

    I'm guessing you can't remove the picture from the frame to inspect it further? Be sure to look up the artist signature because you never know. I got lucky on a drawing one time. Wasn't no Rembrant, but I was pleased with the return.

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    1. I like the snack presentation! Yes, I need to look at the picrure more closely - it feels so "substantial".

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  8. I only use my divideds while serving dinners or at parties, so I put different kinds of fruit/chips/dip/breads/whatever on each side. Looks fab.

    - Sir Thrift-A-Lot
    http://www.sirthriftalot.blogspot.com

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    1. I want to look fab too - love the fruit and snacks idea :-)

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  9. i have been looking for a full set of gorgeous bar glasses just like those. great finds!

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    1. Thanks! Although it is the real Dorothy Thorpe glasses that are super gorgeous :-)

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  10. Divided dishes are great for serving pistachios. Whole pistachios on the left -- empty shells on the right.

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