I did quite a bit of thrift "looking" in B.C. and an obscene amount of purchasing. The first time in I went bananas and over my budget, but I think it was worth it. It's hard when the things are good and the prices are right and the things you find are otherwise hard to find (at least for me, whos time spent at estate sales and the like has been cut off considerably this last year. I need a good friend who will drag me along with them. Anybody?). I'll give you the good stuff, and leave out the boring bits that were more on the Looking For list and less on the Can't Put it Down list.
I'm very very pleased with the glasses. I look at similar ones all the time at a store down the street. I've nearly justified paying in the tens of dollars so I felt completely redeemed in paying the tens of cents. The butter dish is my favourite-- it's plastic and stamped with W.Germany on the bottom. I like that I'm old enough to remember the wall coming down. The rest of it is for here and for others (there are three of mixing bowls and match with the casseroles I'm hoping to take of some friends' hands). I paid a little bit more for the Midwinter cups, but I put everything else back to get them, so it all worked out. Incidentally, I bought those at Talize in Surrey. It is huge and new and set up exactly like Value Village. Unfortunately, the prices are HIGH. Like, silly and in most cases not worth it high. Is this the way it is in Ontario, too? Disappointing. If you're in the neighborhood, try your luck at the MCC store down Scott Rd. instead. The gravy boat is an old English Pyrex-- JAJ. God love Mariko and her handy Pyrex/Midwinter reference guides.
A small box arrived full of Cherry Jam yesterday. Oh My Awesomeness. Thank you so much, Friend . Have I told you how much I love toast? Some of you know. I tend to go on about it if anyone asks me what I had for breakfast. Or lunch. Or in between. In fact, we used to rate PDX breakfast places just by their toast. This was before we had a kid who sort of screwed up the curve. Anyway, Cherry Jam, I love you. So does my toast. And look! Sort of matching saucers for my orphan tea cups . Nice one.