September 10, 2009

The savvy shopper goes to the dogs (and cats).

That's right -- it's back-to-back savvy shopping trips for me. Three people in two weeks' time recommended the Monmouth County SPCA's Maureen O'Brien Cats and Dogs Thrift Store, so it was high time to check it out for myself.

First let me say that the Monmouth County SPCA is one impressive place. I've never seen a nicer animal shelter.

It is surrounded by what Realtors would describe as a "wonderful park-like setting."

While I was looking around, a gorgeous pit bull-mix named Teddy was out for a frolic with one of the volunteers. I made the mistake of making eye contact with Teddy. The last time I made eye contact with a pit-mix at a shelter, I came home with her. So I quickly diverted my gaze and moved on to the thrift store (which is not to say I didn't think of Teddy the rest of the weekend).

Lovely and organized...just how I like my thrifts!

I spotted a bunch of reasonably priced items that I liked, like this set of four owl glasses ($2 for the set of four):

This gorgeous covered dish ($5), made in "Occupied Japan" so it has some age to it. It's maybe a bit too classy for moi but in absolutely spectacular shape. I did a little online research and found her side dish mates on eBay ($36 for six).

A nice little marble covered cheese dish ($3) that was thisclose to coming home with me:

This little set of plates below ($3 for seven) was a bargain. Only one plate had some damage, and that still leaves you with a nice set of six.

And how about this absolutely fantastic chartreuse dream? The pitcher and six glasses were marked $15 -- definitely one of the higher priced items in the store, but really lovely.

I couldn't help but think of Jean Martha when I saw these ties. She may have just strapped the bucket to her back, and would have whipped up some crafty goodness mere hours later.

Of course, I didn't leave the store empty handed. That would be crazy!

The milk glass pieces were $1 each, and the silver vase was $4 but required a little elbow grease. I forgot to take a before picture, but here's a little glimpse at what the "during" looked like:

Filthy. Mess. But look at her now, with her lovely little Deco detailing:

She just needs a quick buff to remove some residual gunk, and she'll be a total peach. Add some white roses and she'll be a knockout.

I couldn't resist the 50 cent ties, either.

Four of the five I bought will be used for a craft project...but not this one:

Talk about a diamond in the rough! I think the silk Burberrys of London will actually be worn by Mr. Shorehouse at one of his fancy-pants business thing-a-ma-bobs.

I have an appointment tomorrow to drop off some stuff leftover from a yard sale I had last month (which was such a whirlwind, I didn't even get to take pictures. I think I enjoy *going* yard saling a lot more than I enjoy hosting.). I'd be shocked if I don't come home with something...maybe even that cheese dish.


Purple Flowers said...

I love reading about all your goodie finds. It's an enjoyable story time. You are an excellent shopper!

Kathy said...

Yes girl...You can shop! Cutest finds...Hope you had fun! xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Beth Dunn said...

I need to do some investigating like that! Great finds. xo

Renovation Therapy said...


I'm such a sucker. I picked up 4 Metropolitan Museum ties the other day at Sally's that are presently being cleaned for the Fiance. He's a sucker for the museum.

LOVE that silver vase. Nice score. Now, go back and get me the covered cheese plate...LOL

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Good finds, Laura! You did well!


Sheila :-)

A Day That is Dessert said...

You are quite a shopper!

Have a wonderful weekend. xoxo

Keetha Broyles said...

Oh, go back and GET that cheese dish!!!

Caren said...

That place looks fantastic. I love thrifting but haven't had quite as much luck as you have. I'm still very proud of my Ralph Lauren tops with the tags still attached though...

Sue said...

Okay...send daughter directions to this joint....I spied all that milk glass and for time I'm up I will for sure have to find this place....and for a good cause to boot!!

heidi said...

I covet thy owl glasses.

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

Great finds, great cause!

I went to an Estate Sale yesterday, just up the street from me where the rich folks live. I mainly went to see the house (it was amazing and had TWO full kitchens), but managed to find a couple of things that fit my budget. I really wanted the $5,000 armoire though, it was a real steal………I mean the only way I could afford it was if I stole it. lol j/k

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a great store! I love the owl glasses.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Very nicely done!!! You found some great stuff..I have got to get over there. I was in your neck of the woods yesterday morning (8 AM). Breezed through the flea, but so many did not even set up. The Atlantic Highlands flea was postponed till next Saturday :)
that means...more shopping.
♥, Susan

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Nicely organized thrift shop and for a very good cause --what more could anyone ask for? Again you found the best goodies!

I wonder what that Buberry originally cost? Nice tie!

Anonymous said...

Laura, when are you taking me shopping with you? You find all these amazing trinkets, antiques, chachka's etc etc etc. I love reading about your forays and great deals.

That said, looks like we're heading to the post season, although I'm definitely worried about AJ and Joba!

Weef! said...

Fabulous finds, as usual! Especially the Burberry tie!! I think I'll have to make a trip to Monmouth county one of these days... now just so long as I don't come home with a dog or cat, I'll be in business!

Kwana said...

What a great job I'm loving that milk glass. Sweetness!

Maureen said...

Well, for starters, that is a fabulous name for a store. No bias here.

I can't believe you let that cheese-plate/cloche go by without purchasing it. Just love it.

As for the formerly tarnished vase - I love it. Great shopping (as usual!)

Mallory said...

#1- Go back and get that cheese dish!!

#2- While you are there, pick me up that classy and adorable covered baking dish that reminds me oh so much of my grandma!!

Just found your blog and I'm lovin it :O)

Shorely Chic said...

These pictures j ust painted one of my favorite days! Awesome thrifting!