Kitchenware, Limit: $5

Because a dessert is only as delectable as the dish it’s in, this week’s challenge is all about vintage serving sets.

Set 1: Vintage Royal Sealy Coffee Pot and 5 Mugs

  • Denise’s Price: $1 for set
  • Retail Price: $30
  • Source: Quesnel Re-Use

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Denise’s Story:

My partner asked me, “If you won the lottery, would you still shop in thrift stores?” I think this summer vacation was a good indication of what I would do.  Yes, I would still shop in thrift stores.  I would go to the same thrift store twice in one day, once when it opened and again just before closing. EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. I only wish I could apply that dedication to other areas of my life, e.g. exercise, cleaning, etc.  But if I won the lottery, I would pay someone else to do those things for me while I go thrift shopping.

I bought this Royal Sealy china, made in Japan from the late 1940’s to mid-1960’s, in Quesnel at my all-time favorite thrift store while on vacation.  I was going every day and finding lots of new treasures.  Included in the treasures are the people who work there, Robert and Shirley. Another gentlemen who works there told me it is their motto that if you don’t smile it costs you more.  I’m already pretty happy so I guess I am smiling when there.  At least the thrift store gods were smiling on me.

Set 2: 1970s Ice-cream Glasses

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Jackie’s Story:

Lovely story, Denise. Old men with big smiles, a small town bursting with charm, and a happy-go-lucky-lady that is just grateful for all that the universe has to offer. Who couldn’t fall in love with your coffee set after a tale like that. Funny how you forgot to include one small detail: You. Don’t. Even. Drink. Coffee.

And wait folks, before you go getting all impressed at how evolved Denise is for not partaking in this highly caffeinated beverage, I should mention she does drink Pepsi. Not the diet kind either, just a can of straight up, rot-your-teeth-Pepsi, FIRST THING IN THE MORNING LIKE SOME KIND OF ANIMAL.

Now for my ice-cream glasses.

No one gave me a discount on them on account of my sunny disposition (what a shocker) but I would have paid twice what the store was asking. They are so freaking gorgeous they make this coffee-ripple look even more delicious than 1980s David Bowie in a Rhinestone bikini.

Heck, I probably would have finished off the whole carton before I’de even had a chance to take these pictures if it wasn’t for the fact that I don’t eat ice-cream.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Scott Kievill says:

    Eeeeeew, Pepsi?!

    Maybe you should look for some false teeth, the next time that you’re in your favourite thrift store.

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    1. D says:

      Where did you get yours from, Scott?

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      1. jackie Amsden says:



    2. jackie Amsden says:

      Oooh, I think we may have just stumbled into a whole new accessory shopping opportunity! I just hope I can find some with rhinestones.


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