Readers’ vintage collectibles — from shadowboxes to Sundrellas to sofas, and more

Kromex-canisters-pink-and-aquaAfter taking a look back at our recent thrifty finds uploader, I noticed something — thrifty finds were appearing in twos. Sifting through the photos of all your goodies was doubly exciting this week. The reader above was lucky enough to find two sets of vintage Kromex canisters — one in pink and one in aqua. How’s that for double the fun?

retro-shadowbox-Shadowboxes were making a big showing on the uploader as well. Amazingly this fun retro Turner shadowbox from reader RetroSandie (which she notes was her 3rd shadowbox found that day) is the exact same shadowbox uploaded by reader Scott (below) who scored his at a neighborhood garage sale for $1 — twins. Oh, and Pam notes that she used to have one of these — also exactly the same. She sold it to Becky at Circa in Pittsfield as part of the everlasting quest to “lighten the hoard.”


Groovy-Shadow-box-Gents-bathroomHere’s a great retro shadowbox on display in reader LarsErik’s Gents room. With so many retro poodle filled, girly pink bathrooms in our retro homes, it is neat to see one for the guys. What a great idea. I do wonder if this reader has another bath with a ladies theme though.

clawfoot-tub-and-hardwareHere’s one for the ladies — this reader scored this fancy clawfoot tub and all the hardware for her antique feminine themed bathroom.

retro-sofaAnd finally (as far as the shadowboxes go) readers Lauri and Mitch have been looking for a couch like this for years — and they finally had their lucky day. I think the lines of the couch and the lines of the shadowbox work well together, don’t you?

Flexsteel-thunderbird-sofaReader Stefanie scored a very cool green thunderbird sofa — with surprisingly similar lines to the brown one above — from a cabin “up north.” She doesn’t think it was ever sat on. Doubles — I’m seeing doubles…

1961-Divan-sofa-before-afterHere’s a couch transformation that will make you do a double take. These thrifty readers found this 1961 LA Divan couch in shambles and did a great job restoring the sofa to its former glory. Bravo.

seeburg-jukeboxHow’s this for double the fun, two Seeburg Jukeboxes — which I’m guessing are a rare thrifty find — in one uploader.


1970s-pillow-case-and plate with humorThese risqué and humorous finds from a reader’s Auntie Aud’s attic in Australia got me giggling. I’m digging the illustration on the 1970s pillowcase — and the decorative plate is so funny — I’m wishing I could meet this reader’s Auntie Aud. I bet she’s a blast.

Steel-clothes-hamperAbove: Reader Robin S. found this vintage pink metal hamper and gave us two fun views — though I do have to wonder what the skinny compartment is used for. Any ideas readers?

retro-wicker-chairsTwo more fun vintage finds — these cool wicker looking retro patio chairs. The reader who bought them (for $5) wonders — does anyone know who the manufacturer is?

Vintage-Sundrella-resort-umbrellaFinally, the last set of two from the uploader — my two favorite finds. The first of which is the vintage resort Sunbrella aluminum umbrella above — found by a reader in Arizona. Look at that shape and the fun stripes. Pam did a big story on Sundrella umbrellas a few years ago.

1950s-chips-&-dip-setMy other favorite was this 1950s chip and dip bowl set one of our readers scored at a flea market. Not only is the aqua and gold pattern to die for — but look — the dip bowl hooks onto the chip bowl for easy carrying and minimal use of table space. It is genius.

Thanks to all who participated in our Thrifty finds uploader — it’s always so fun to see what you are finding out there!


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  1. Jeanie says

    Regarding the pink metal cabinet–I think the skinny side was for boxes of laundry detergent–powdered & softner–powdered.

  2. Christine says

    I think the pink metal piece is a changing table with hamper and the skinny side is for folded cloth diapers, yes CLOTH. The drawer is for powder, diaper pins and other necessities.

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