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Treasures Found in Thrift Stores

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Peg collects vintage treasures and has shopped thrift stores for four decades. Many of her most treasured items came from second-hand stores

Which Items Are Valuable?

Carnival Glass Goblets from the 50s sell for around $10 each.

Carnival Glass Goblets from the 50s sell for around $10 each.

What To Look For

Finding useful items at thrift stores, flea markets, resale shops and garage sales has become more difficult as more people discover this often overlooked resource.

Digging through dusty piles of junk reaps rewards like tools, toys, bicycles, pots and pans, dishes, glassware, knives, utensils and other valuable things. Scrubbed clean and disinfected, these items can be put to good use for a fraction of their original cost.

One thing to remember about shopping in resale places is don't expect to find your beloved item if you go back to purchase it later. They're not making any new antiques and many are one of a kind. Once they're sold, they're gone.

Making A Living Finding Treasure

Finding bargains can be a lot of fun. This pastime is a lifelong hobby for many treasure hunters like Mike and Frank from the TV show, "American Pickers." They drive across the country seeking "rusty gold and barn fresh treasures," which they resell for a profit in their stores.


Hall China, one of the oldest manufacturers of dinnerware in the United States, made this coffee decanter in the Flare Ware pattern during the sixties. It's not only useful, it adds a decorative touch to your collection of serving ware. Finding the original electric warmer and electric cord makes it even more valuable.

The unmarked, possibly Hull coffee decanter in the rare color, Tangerine is highly desirable. The tangerine mug is from the fifties and the Hull dinnerware items that were ovenproof.

Hull Mirror Brown Dinnerware

Hull Dinnerware with Ivory Foam from the fifties

Hull Dinnerware with Ivory Foam from the fifties

American Made Dinnerware

American made dinnerware is a favorite among collectors. This brown dinnerware from the fifties is known as Hull House 'n Garden Ware. It was made in a variety of colors like turquoise, green, orange and mirror brown with ivory foam trim. The sets were advertised as oven-proof, every-day ware. Sets included cookie jars, serving platters, mixing bowls, bean pots, mugs, teapots, pitchers, plates and saucers.

Hull Dinnerware pieces are getting harder to find as the company is now out of business. This collection was found one item at a time over several years. Buy it when you see it.

Auctions Can Be Fun

Auctions are a good place to learn a little about the history of each item. A good auctioneer will tell a story about each item trying to build interest in the crowd. It's important to arrive early and thoroughly check out the merchandise before the auction begins. It's sold "as is, where is."

Most auction houses allow individuals to register if they want to purchase items even without a tax exemption number. They give bidders a paper placard with an assigned number to be used when bidding.

When the bidding gets intense over any one item one auctioneer often announced, "The buzzards are circling." If two bidders want the same item the price tends to get higher and higher until one bidder stops bidding.

No need to worry if you scratch your nose that you've bought an item. It's not usually mistaken for a bid. For rookie buyers, the auctioneer often asks, "Are you waving at someone or bidding?" You'll know when they yell, "SOLD!".

Candy Machines

Gumball machines can be refurbished and reused in a family room or man-cave.

Gumball machines can be refurbished and reused in a family room or man-cave.

Many weekends were spent browsing flea markets, garage sales and antique stores and at auctions. After attending the first auction, I was hooked. The excitement of finding and bidding on a treasured item would inspire me to later open a collectibles store in downtown Wylie, Texas.

Depression Glass

Etched green glass goblets from the depression era from a Thrift store

Etched green glass goblets from the depression era from a Thrift store

Autumn Leaf Mixing Bowls

Jewel Tea or Autumn Leaf pattern was sold in the dime stores during the seventies.

Jewel Tea or Autumn Leaf pattern was sold in the dime stores during the seventies.

Where to Shop?

Thrift stores are rich with vintage items since retirees often donate their excess household items when downsizing. Goodwill, Salvation Army, Donation Station, Friends of Strays, and Junior League stores often yield treasures from dusty attics, barns, storage units and excess items left over from estate sales.

Antique stores in any town often have a bargain area where slow-moving items are marked down. Pawn shops and flea markets often have jewelry, guitars, clocks, planters, kitchenware, glasses, appliances, patio furniture and more.

Watch for signs in subdivisions for multiple family garage sales. This is often a source for inherited vintage items and newer items discarded when home owners remodel.

Ribbon Candy Patterned Glassware

Ribbon Candy Pitcher from the late 1800s

Ribbon Candy Pitcher from the late 1800s

This patterned glass vase is from the late eighteen hundreds in a pattern called Ribbon Candy. It came from an estate sale where the seller's sage words of advice sent me into a land of discovery about items and their history.

Cobalt Blue Collectibles

Evening in Paris talcum powder from the 1950s

Evening in Paris talcum powder from the 1950s

Telephone from the 1940s

Rotary dial telephone with cotton cord

Rotary dial telephone with cotton cord

Researching Item Values

Collector Series books were the source of values before the internet. They listed approximate market values and the history of the pattern. Items can be easily researched on line now. It's easy to find approximate values for items via the latest sales on eBay auctions. Be sure to check the sold prices rather than checking the list or asking price. An item is only worth what the market will bear.

Although many items are available online, there's nothing like the feel and smell of walking around an antique store, touching the vintage merchandise and spending the day with those mementos from the past.

Tupperware from the Seventies

Containers came in vibrant colors in the seventies. These Tupperware containers are hard to find.

Containers came in vibrant colors in the seventies. These Tupperware containers are hard to find.

Downtown is Burning

The phone rang around midnight.

"You'd better get down here," my fellow merchant told me. "Downtown is on fire." Several of the business owners gathered on the sidewalk across from our stores. We watched while firefighters battled the blaze. Next door to Gemini Ranch Collectibles, the well-established Hampton cleaners suffered extensive smoke damage. The shop beside theirs was an uninsured candle shop. It burned completely to the ground. The next day. a second fire broke out across the street causing extensive damage to several more stores. The Fire Department stated that the fire was caused by faulty electrical wiring or an electrical surge.

Reconstruction seemed ongoing. With nearly half of the stores on the street closed for repair, business suffered. One year later, my business closed for good.

Gemini Ranch Collectibles and Furniture

They gutted Hampton Cleaners next door.

They gutted Hampton Cleaners next door.


French-Saxon Dishes

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Peg Cole


Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on October 07, 2020:

LaZeric Freeman, soaking a non-porous item for 20 minutes in a high level solution of 1/3 cup household chlorine bleach to 1 gallon of water will sterilize just about anything and render it germ-free. If you've ever eaten at a restaurant, you've probably sipped from used glasses and silverware.

In the old days, we ate dirt and drank from garden hoses. I believe it built up our immunity. LOL

Thanks for dropping in.

LaZeric Freeman from Hammond on October 05, 2020:

I've seen a lot of nice glassware, but I feel cautious about buying items that have touched others' mouths ... Ugh! Not sure I'd feel comfortable, no matter how much detergent I used.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on June 09, 2020:

Marlo, if you're in the Dallas area there's a clock dealer in Farmersville who trades and buys old clocks. I have no experience with coin dealers other than a few sales on eBay. Thanks for stopping in and good luck.

MarloByDesign from United States on June 08, 2020:

Hi, great Hub. Do you recommend a place to sell old coins or clocks from 1910? Thank you.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on June 08, 2020:

Although Goodwill has changed dramatically over the years there are still bargains to be found there and they do have some good programs. Thanks for your comment.

Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on June 05, 2020:

Thank you for sharing :) I love our area Community Aid and Good Will stores that fund different programs. You never know what u will find :)

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on December 01, 2019:

Glad you could come by, Devika, to check out these finds. What a shame there aren't stores like this in Croatia.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on December 01, 2019:

I love it! Shopping at antique thrift stores is-one of my favorite shopping trips. Haven't done that in Croatia they don't have such stores.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on November 23, 2019:

Thank you, Susan. As you probably guessed, I also love the thrill of the hunt for dusty treasures. For me, it's about rescuing and appreciating things from past generations made with ingenuity and care. Thanks so much for coming by.

Susan Britton from Ontario, Canada on November 23, 2019:

Great hub Peg I remember most of the stuff here. I live to shop at thrift stores but have yet to find the diamond in the ruff that some people make millions on. That said I have found treasures that I still cherish and use today. The become keepsakes that have followed along with me on my journey. Have a good day. I enjoyed looking back to one of my favorite hobbies.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on November 14, 2019:

Hello Kari, I also shopped thrift stores and rummage sales from way back when. My mom steered me toward bargain hunting, and I remember a dress she bought me for 35 cents.Thanks for coming by to check out this article.

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on November 14, 2019:

I really enjoyed this article. I haven't been garage sale'ing in a while. I love garage sales, thrift stores and antiquing. My mother started me on this road.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on June 27, 2019:

Hi Virginia, I'm on the disposing side of collecting these days. I have way too many things that I loved and still do but am tired of dusting. Anyway, the thrill is in the hunt. Thanks for coming by.

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on June 27, 2019:

I used to love going to flea markets and auctions and thrift stores. My family encouraged collecting so I was always looking for something (antique quilts, Hall pitchers, valentines, miniature baskets, Tindeco tins, etc.). My hubby won't brake for yard sales, so my acquisitive nature has had to redirect into other hobbies.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 16, 2018:

Hi Larry, I still enjoy visiting the antique stores and finding buried treasures. Thanks for coming by and for your kind remarks.

Larry W Fish from Raleigh on May 15, 2018:

A fascinating article, Peg. As the photos in your story shows many an unusual item can be found at those type of stores. My wife and I love going through and looking and looking. Sorry about your store having to close, that is sad.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on August 23, 2016:

Hello Vespawoolf, Thanks for the kind words. I often think of the store and the fun I had setting up displays, going to auctions and meeting new customers. I was working a full time job at the time and it became too much to work seven days a week when I started traveling on business about 70 percent of the time.

You and I could have some fun sleuthing for treasures, I'm sure.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on August 23, 2016:

I'm sorry your store had to close. That type of business was right down your alley! You have found some gorgeous items through the years. I also enjoy thrift store treasure hunting and do it whenever I have a chance. Thank you for sharing.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on October 12, 2014:

Hi Merrci, thank you for the visit and comment on this thrift store hub. I'm also trying to resist, but I went to a store last week (bad idea) and found some melamine plates, a teapot, two Corelle platters, a lavender glass pie dish and other things that hopped into my basket. Oh, my.

Merry Citarella from Oregon's Southern Coast on October 12, 2014:

Very fun article to peruse too! Every time I go into a thrift store or stop by a garage sale I wish I had more knowledge of what has value and what doesn't. I'm in the simplifying stage now, so I try to resist these days. It is very interesting to see your finds!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on August 07, 2014:

Hello Kaili Bisson, Thanks so much for checking out these treasures. I wish you all the best in your sleuthing efforts. Good hunting.

Kaili Bisson from Canada on August 06, 2014:

My goodness, you have been lucky! What a great hub.

I love Rookwood, so now I will have to start keeping an eye out at the local Value Village.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on August 05, 2014:

Hi Suzzycue, Thanks for stopping by. I love these old things but I'm on the downsizing mode at this point. There's a lady coming to the house tomorrow to pick up a few furniture items I no longer want. She has a booth at one of the stores in Farmersville. I guess that will give me room for a few more old things.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on August 05, 2014:

Wow! It looks like you have a real knack for finding things in thrift stores. I haven't been in a while. This makes me want to go!

Dreamer at heart from Northern California on August 05, 2014:

I am so glad to meet you too, Peg. All of the short lived shop project experience taught me much about running a retail shop alone. Mostly, I so admired my neighbors next door who gathered used furniture and were partners in business. They could count on each other for ideas and help.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on August 05, 2014:

Starstream, I would love to have visited your shop in OR. Whenever I travel, I try to find at least one collectibles shop to browse. Thanks so much for the generous comments! It's nice to meet you.

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on August 05, 2014:

I'll surely be dropping by Goodwill and other Thrift Shop in Florida on my next visit. I've got some good stuff (old books included) from my last trip to Boston and I love them. Thanks for the tips. I love vintage stuff and treasure hunting. It's fun and I enjoy digging some old stuff from our local thrift store. I think it's exciting than grocery shopping. :)

P.S. Beautiful digs you've got there and yes, I enjoyed this hub.

Susan Britton from Ontario, Canada on August 05, 2014:

I love thrift store finds and your finds are real treasures. I also have done this for years but my house is full to the brim. I found a handmade box this weekend thrown to the curb. It was beatifully made with a lid with chain. So it has become part of my collection. I often wonder how people can throw away hand made treasures of this kind of quality.

Dreamer at heart from Northern California on August 05, 2014:

Awesome finds! In fact they found you. Collecting these pieces adds to our understanding of history too.

Dreamer at heart from Northern California on August 05, 2014:

I enjoyed reading your article which is interesting and informative. Your little shop reminded me of the Angel shop I opened many years ago in Rogue River, OR. It only lasted less than a year because of the old building electric requirements and lack of foot traffic. I love collectibles and wrote a few articles about that at the hub.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on August 05, 2014:

Hello Shyron, My Aunt Jessie had a Singer pedal sewing machine, too. She would let me work the pedal while she sewed. I have such great memories of her.

Thanks so much for reading, voting and sharing.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on August 05, 2014:

I love collectors, they/you have such passion for the beauty you can find in great workmanship, and the pride in finding American made goods.

I love your pictures also.

My grandmother had one of those Singer sewing machines.

Thumbs up across the board and shared.

Thank you for sharing this with us.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on June 14, 2014:

Prairieprincess, what a charming comment you've left for me to find! Thank you. These old things call out to me, and as hard as I try to walk past them, I just can't. It is as if I'm rescuing them from oblivion and restoring them to a place of dignity. I'm so delighted these things reminded you of wonderful memories of your Mom. Bless your heart, dear one.

Sharilee Swaity from Canada on June 14, 2014:

Oh Peg, your hub touched my heart, and was an absolute pleasure to soak in. I loved how you shared your adventures and experiences with these old objects. You obviously have a great passion for beautiful, old things, and I was definitely not offended at having to look at them. I loved it!

Some of the items you have remind me a lot of my Mom's stuff: the black t-cup and the bluebird dish. She also loved picking up these old treasures and once worked at an antique shop. Thank you for an enjoyable read, and wonderful memories of my Mom. Take care!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on June 13, 2014:

You're right about the best time for garage sales, Au fait. During spring cleaning, people are clearing away stuff they've stashed away during the cold days of winter. With the kids out of school in June, it's a good time to hold yard sales to clear space for the upcoming school year. And the holiday season seems ripe for gleaning treasures both new and old.

C E Clark from North Texas on June 13, 2014:

This is the time of year for yard sales, although here in Texas we have them year around. I really like yard sales and thrift stores. They're always full of surprises and often some real bargains. Right after Christmas is a good time to go too, when some people have those gifts they received that they don't want in their sales, and so things are often new. Yard sales and thrift stores are great ways to find some real treasures at bargain prices, plus they're entertaining too.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on September 20, 2013:

Hi there Eileen. I used one of these old sewing machines as a kid also. No electricity needed! Thanks for coming in to take a look at these collectible items and I'm so glad you enjoyed the pictures.

Eileen Hughes from Northam Western Australia on September 19, 2013:

What a wonderful collection you have there Peg. I love the old sewing machine I remember using one of them as a kid.

I love browsing garage sales for bargains but have never picked up anything as lovely as some things in the photos. Great collection of photos too.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on March 25, 2013:

Hi Peggy. Yes. I'm still addicted to the thrift store allure. In fact, just last weekend when my sister was in town, I bought an oak table from the 1880s just to preserve it's beauty. I'll enjoy displaying some more items on it that I found while browsing with them. Hopefully, it will move into my study and become my work desk. Thanks for your insightful comments and for the visit.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 25, 2013:

I love watching Antiques Roadshow on TV. We have been culling things and getting rid of things by donating or giving them away...but a thrift shop has a certain allure. It is always fun finding a bargain. Love your collection of photos and I would say that you did REALLY well when you found those Rockwood vases for a bargain price. Too bad that you had to close your shop. Sounds like operating it was right up your alley so to those nice business trip/vacations to Florida allowing you to find more treasures. Now I know why you like the beaches and sounds of the ocean in Florida! Up, useful and interesting votes. :)

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on March 05, 2013:

Hello Au fait. Me too. Now I have too much stuff and I'm on the selling end. Of course, once I reduce the volume of dust catchers that I am prone to buy, then I'm tempted to go out and use the revenue to buy "new" old stuff to replace what I've sold. I always find something I love when I'm out 'saling' in the thrift stores and yard sales so I have to control my impulse to stop when I see that magnet of a sign advertising a garage sale.

Thanks for sharing your love of this hobby with me and for stopping in to view these finds.

C E Clark from North Texas on March 05, 2013:

I used to enjoy going 'saling' (yard sales) every weekend and I made regular treks through the local thrift stores every few weeks too. I would still go, but I should probably have a couple 'yard sales' myself! I wasn't searching for antiques like you, but just the same, you never know what you'll find. I did sell a few of my finds on eBay and did pretty well.

Great photos of your treasures! So nice that you are sharing your experience in this area with everyone.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on March 03, 2013:

Hi Michelle. The way I estimate value is to go to eBay, sign in, and search under "sold" items. That way you get the market value, meaning what the item actually sold for, rather than what the seller is asking. Thanks for the great question. Peg

michelle on March 03, 2013:

how can i find out how much the amber iridescent dish is worth???

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on February 28, 2013:

Hello MarloByDesign. Thanks for the visit and the great comment and votes.

MarloByDesign from United States on February 28, 2013:

Great finds!!! Thanks for sharing your pictures. Great Hub. Voted UP!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on December 11, 2012:

Trish. I'll be zooming over to check out your yard sale hub. As you know, it is one of my favorite topics as well. Smiles. I was mostly selling on eBay, getting rid of the leftover dinnerware and beautiful glass ware from the store. It's tempting even now to stockpile these beautiful things, but I'm trying to quit! See you soon I hope.

trish1048 on December 10, 2012:

Hi Peg,

You're very welcome. I may have to re-visit my hub about yard sales and give it some tweaking, or perhaps, do it over altogether. This is one topic I love to talk about :)

Oh, I didn't sell on Ebay, all I did was buy, that's why I said if I didn't stop when I did I'd be turned in as a hoarder. I have made an occasional visit to Ebay in the years since, and found myself totally disappointed in their changes. What was once familiar, was no longer.

Have a great day!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on December 09, 2012:

Trish, thanks for your visit and for sharing that great story about your friend with an antique store. I used to love it when customers would stop in and spend a few moments having coffee or just visiting. One lady used to bring me tomatoes out of her garden. I looked forward to her visit whether she bought anything or not.

You were fortunate to sell on eBay when you did. Those years selling on line was very good for me after the store closed. Prices have dropped considerably at the moment, but you know what they say, buy low! Again, I'm so glad you stopped in today.

trish1048 on December 09, 2012:

A hub so dear to my heart! I have always loved old things, and became a very avid collector over the years. I finally found myself in a situation where I had to put the brakes on, and it's now been a good 5 years or so that I've purchased any treasures.

One day, many, many years ago, in my hometown, I ran across an old house, posing as an antique shop. I decided to stop and investigate. When I walked in, the proprietor welcomed me with a huge smile and asked would I like a cup of coffee. Well, let me tell you, I was instantly hooked. I am a huge coffee addict :)

I thought, what a charming woman! Over the years, I purchased many things from her shop, and several times, as I browsed through her shop, she'd offer up an item as a gift. Her reason, she explained, was that she had no room for it any longer. I can't begin to tell you what amazing things she gifted me. I eagerly accepted them and brought them home to grace my home.

I decided one year to investigate Ebay. What a blessing/mistake. Yes, both. I was so addicted that I was on a first name basis with the UPS guy. I had things coming to my home I'd say 4 out of 7 days every week. So, when my bottom fell out, as I look back, it was a blessing in disguise. I am convinced, had I continued, that I'd be featured on the show Hoarders lol.

Thanks for the great hub, your wonderful finds, and for me, a trip down memory lane :)

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on November 23, 2012:

Epi, you darling man, please give my kindest regards to Tiffy and Gabriel. Oh my, Winter. Old man Winter. Makes me want to sing. I'm hoping you had a nice gathering with folks that you love when you celebrated, Epi, of whomever, if fur-based type, my personal favorite type of guests. lol. We had a wonderful time with me spending most of the day in my kitchen where I play the radio and dance around baking. It is like a dream. Sometime if you have time please check out my blog. I do test recipes! Thankfully I have a ready test group who like to eat it, Mom and Louise who turned 92 this year. We are grateful for them being nearby; it is such a joy to have them in our lives.

Thank you Colin, for being in my life as well and although I don't visit often, when I do, it always amazes me at the range of talent you have. Please don't be a stranger.



epigramman on November 23, 2012:

...your fascinating hub presentation (loaded with interesting photographs) is a treasure hunt in itself and it reminds me of the Salvation Army thrift store that I have here where I live in the neighboring town of Dunville - it's just amazing what one can find for such great low prices. And you never know what you will find - there is something for everyone and everyone has a different ideal of what that holy grail is.

I could feel this hub assignment was a true labor of love for you and I got caught up in all of the excitement of the 'big hunt' and its rewards.

Thank you dear friend for coming into my life and my two cats Tiffy and Gabriel are both well as we are all waiting for winter to arrive here now by the lake - today the lake looks like a wild raging ocean with high winds and whitecaps and tomorrow there's a chance of snow flurries as the temperatures drops - sending you warm wishes and good energy and happy shopping (this is far better shopping than that crazy Black Friday madness) from lake erie time ontario canada 2:11pm

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on August 31, 2012:

Hello Carol. Thanks for zipping in on your way to book reviews. The finds are getting harder to locate and lots of the new things like from the 80s and 90s are showing up. Vintage stuff is getting rare. I'm glad you found your way here to take a look and thanks for the great comment.

carol stanley from Arizona on August 31, 2012:

I was about to check out some book reviews and couldn't pass this hub up. Wow you certainly have gotten some great things at thrift stores. We have a bunch here in Prescott, Arizona...but never saw these lovelies. Great hub and photos.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on August 27, 2012:

Hello FullOfLoveSites,

Me too. The dusty boxes that have to be dragged out from under stuff is where the treasure is found! Thanks for the visit. Nice to meet you.

FullOfLoveSites from United States on August 27, 2012:

I love thrift stores, shopping at those stores is one of my favorite hobbies. I like the idea of digging out and discovering old things that become new treasures for me. Thanks for posting! :)

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on August 26, 2012:

Thanks for finding me Carter06. I loved those green glass goblets too. They are delicate and wonderful examples of a different past when we used nice things to drink from rather than plastic or paper cups. Thanks so much for reading and taking time to comment. I enjoyed meeting you at the Cafe recently.

Mary from Cronulla NSW on August 26, 2012:

Hi Peg...I just found you & this wonderful hub! I love reading about finding treasures such as those beautiful green glass goblets & vintage books & china...such fun...thanks...

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on August 17, 2012:

Ruby, I started out with the Hull as my first set to try to put back together a whole set. After I sold the plates and bowls and saucers I couldn't part with the cookie jars and tea pots. Just love this stuff. Glad to hear you like the Hull too! Thanks for the visit today. Peg

Maree Michael Martin from Northwest Washington on an Island on August 17, 2012:

I have a few pieces of the hull dinnerware left. Great hub about some marvelous finds. We still have some old books too. This stuff just never goes out of style, awesome!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on August 03, 2012:

Thank you Whalefeather2! Saturday is a fine day for finds!

whalefeather2 on August 03, 2012:

Awesome Finds!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on July 27, 2012:

Thank you Monica. We'll use them for a toast to our next find. Cheers to us!

monicamelendez from Salt Lake City on July 26, 2012:

Those goblets are beautiful!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on July 04, 2012:

Hi Victoria Lynn, Me too. Maybe we were born too late. I have a great affection for all the clothes from the forties as well as the decorations. Those padded shoulders and matching suits are wonderful. It was back when people actually dressed to go out. I sure appreciate your stopping by and sharing your "grandma house" story. It truly was a compliment. Peg

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on July 04, 2012:

I love yard sales, thrift stores, flea markets, antique stores, and old stuff! When I got my first house, I was just in my late 20's when someone told me my house was like a grandma house. I took it as a compliment, too! If it's modern, I don't want it. And new isn't anything special in my book. Loved this hub and the photos. Great finds!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on July 02, 2012:

Thanks Rebecca! All the best to you in your search for treasure.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on July 01, 2012:

Good for you! I love thrift stores and yard sales. You are the Queen!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on June 22, 2012:

Hello there skye2day! So nice to see you again today, sweet. Yes, it is true that God sends us things to find. Seeking is the fun part! I understand about selling the good stuff when the time comes too. Have done that a few times myself.

Love you too Skye and hope you are well and happy. Peg

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on June 22, 2012:

Hi Angela, Wow. You live in an area rich with old time treasures. Once I was in Omaha for a short stay and spent most of my time in the tiny downtown with its historic shops. I found a beautiful 40s tailored suit with horsehair shoulder pads, an evening jacket and a cosmetic cigarette case with rhinestones on the top. How I longed to go back for more! Let's go. You can show me around your area!

skye2day from Rocky Mountains on June 21, 2012:

peg I love your hub sister. Thank you for a great read. I love the dishes. What a find. I so love salvation army, goodwill, savers, so on. I have scored several treasures. Many have sold when hard times hit, many stay with me. I always consider the treasures I find a God deal. He just loves to send winks to His kids. Love ya peg you are precious indeed.

Angela Brummer from Lincoln, Nebraska on June 21, 2012:

Really amazing finds. I would love to go shopping with you!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on June 21, 2012:

Hi Becky, I had hoped you would stop by and share about your store too. It is so much fun remembering the things that I had in there and even the smell when I would open the door and turn on the lights. I would love to see pics of your precious things. I also have a hand crocheted tablecloth that my Grandmother painstakingly made of cotton twine. I love the Hull vases and I have a tall one in Magnolia pattern with wall pockets to match. Thanks so much for stopping in to remember these things with me. Can't wait to see your hub. Meet you at the cafe? Peg

Becky Katz from Hereford, AZ on June 21, 2012:

Lovely hub Peg. I had a store too, imagine that. Mine was 1700 sq. feet in the old town section of a little town in OH. We had the tin ceiling tiles also. I miss it so much. I loved it.

The searching is such fun too. I have a Depression Glass Thumbprint pattern punch bowl set. Glass ladle, 12 cups that sit on the platter under the bowl. I found it for $7 at a yard sale. I also have an entire set of dishes with matching crystal that was my grandmother's.

I have a couple of old trunks with my great-grandmother's crazy quilt and the year 1905 embroidered in the bottom corner. Also her old Bible from 1895. I treasure these the most but also have a Hall Chrysanthemum vase and several Hull vases and planters. I guess I am going to have to write a hub about my treasures as soon as I can borrow a camera long enough to take some pictures.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on June 20, 2012:

Hello Snakeslane, Wish I could take you on a shopping tour of my area's thrift stores. I have some favorites in Farmersville where loads of bargains can still be found. It's so much fun treasure hunting! Thanks for the votes and for dropping in to check out my dusty stuff. Peg

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on June 20, 2012:

Good morning Peg, so many beautiful collectibles you display here! Your experience with buying and selling these pieces is fascinating. I've inherited and accumulated some porcelain and glass along the way myself, and doing research on what I've found has been really interesting. Great page Peg, voted up and all the buttons, funny too for the ad libbed lines in your story (nice doilies btw). Regards, snakeslane

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on June 17, 2012:

What a great idea, Kartika. That hub should prove helpful to quite a few of us who need to scale down. Thanks again for your visit. It's always nice to see you. Peg

kartika damon from Fairfield, Iowa on June 16, 2012:

I get it! I just went through it - took a lot to a consignment shop - I don't sell on eBay because of the time it involves. I think I might write a hub on the process I went through of scaling down. OM :)

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on June 16, 2012:

Hello Kartika. I can relate to the simplicity mode and in fact have been reducing my collection quite a bit over the past few years, selling it on eBay to weed out some of the clutter. But you know it's hard to let go of these pretty things once they have become familiar items. I'm trying hard to get rid of extra stuff and I'm definitely with you on reducing housework! OOOoooooommm.

kartika damon from Fairfield, Iowa on June 16, 2012:

Peg, Ah yes! I used to be a collector and also a seller of collectables and antiques so I recognize your collections. There is always something exciting about finding those special things at special prices - I remember it well. Now, I've gone a bit Zen and that has its upside - a lot less dusting.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on June 05, 2012:

Good idea, Peg! I might just do that. : )

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on June 05, 2012:

Vespa, Don't you love the dollar part! Too cool. You should take a picture of it and make a hub about the market. That would be awesome. Peg

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on June 05, 2012:

Yes, we have a blast. Tuesday is my flea market day and today I found a beautiful, delicate china plate. It's rectangular and white with handpainted red fruits and leaves. It looks European, but there aren't any identifying marks on it. I only paid $1 and I love it!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on June 05, 2012:

Hi Vespawoolf, A flea market with used objects from the US and Europe? Wow. I wonder if we have a flea market with items from Peru? Yes, it is the amazing things that can be found among all the junk! That is the fun in it. Thanks for sharing this joy with me and for your nice comments. Hope to see you again. Peg

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on June 04, 2012:

I really enjoyed reading about your beautiful finds. I have recently also begun to "treasure hunt". Would you believe, here in Peru, we have a flea market with used objects brought over from the US and Europe? We find all kinds of amazing things and, as you said, it's the sleuthing that's fun. Voted up and awesome!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 26, 2012:

Hello Thelyricwriter! Thanks for the visit to my collection of dusty treasures. You know that research is essential to picking the good stuff out of the rest of the sparkly things. I'm not sure I know the term "cherry pick" other than as a good collection of undiscovered gems. I collect for fun rather than resale these days and for the joy of rescuing an otherwise lost and discarded item. The store's been gone for a dozen years and now houses a pediatric clinic. Time moves on.

Thanks for the nice comments and the visit.

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on May 25, 2012:

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. Awesome finds Peg! I love getting great deals on collector items. I love history and all artifacts. Many people would be surprised at the items people sale that are highly valuable. Very important to research your items so you are able to take advantage of such situations. I know people frown on the "cherry pick", but you are entitled to make a living. Great article Peg. Best wishes and look with your shop.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 17, 2012:

Oh Frank! What a great story about your secret find! I love stuff like that. You know most of the store owners and auctioneers are wise to the treasure hidden within pictures. But what a treasure you found. That pencil drawing above was in a frame with a child's school photograph. I couldn't imagine someone giving that to Goodwill but they did. Anyway, thanks for the comment and for the visit. See you soon I hope. Peg

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 17, 2012:

Hello B.Malin, You are definitely in the right zone when it comes to treasure hunting. There are some terrific stores in your area where amazing items can be found. I lived in Miami for years and went to HS there. You're are a bit north of where we were in a really beautiful part of the country. Thanks for the nice words about my old store. I do miss it sometimes.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 17, 2012:

Hi Girltalksshop, Thanks for the sweet remarks about collecting and for looking at these pictures. I wanted to share that this hobby can be both fun and lucrative with a little research into stuff that appeals to the person collecting. Grandma's table and beyond - that's a good name for a store! I'm glad you stopped by and thanks again. Peg

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on May 17, 2012:

what a great little share... but you can find treasures.. I purchased a small frame from a thrift store and when I was going to replace the set in picture.. filling out the frame I found a Pete Rose Rookie card valued at over 200 dollars.. so the frame cost me 3 dollars and I made 200.. hmm treasures indeed... Great write up

b. Malin on May 16, 2012:

Hi PegCole, I Loved this Hub of yours on Collecting. I love going to Antique Stores, which we have so many of here in N. Palm Beach. What Treasures can be Found! I also enjoyed reading about your business. Bargains are out and you shall find! Thanks for sharing your Wonderful Pieces.

girltalksshop on May 16, 2012:

I don't think anyone should be offended by your photo display of treasures. I like things from Grandmas table and beyond. Very nice selection of goods. Well cared for and worth the cost. : ) Enjoyed your treasures. Thanks for sharing it with us!!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 15, 2012:

Thanks for reading this one Alastar. No money trees in my neighborhood. I do enjoy patronizing the Mom and Pop shops. It is great to see the small businesses thrive. The vase was a special rare find. Come back by anytime!

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on May 15, 2012:

Ah, you learned early that money doesn't grow on trees. That unfortunate fact comes a little later in life for some of us though lol. Goodwill and Salvation Army are great places to thrift shop of course but often its the Mom and Pop's that really hold the unusual and exciting items. Enjoyed your story of ownership, descriptions and thrift pieces Peg, awesome find with the vase!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 13, 2012:

Hello sweet Maria,

Here are your Nancy Drew books! I saw even more of them last weekend but didn't pick them up. They had The Hardy Boys too. Dad had a huge collection from the 30s that he had given us kids. Of course, they went astray in my many relocations. So I have to buy them back now.

Thank you for looking at my doilies and old dusty treasures. I can't seem to resist them. I appreciate your comment about the house. Luckily I didn't photograph the dust bunnies rolling around. Haha.

Hugs back your direction and Happy Mom's Day to you and Aunt Baby.


Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on May 12, 2012:


Over the last few years, I have gained such an appreciation for treasures vs possessions.

Love your attitude, had to even vote FUNNY, along with UP & across the board! I would never 'look away' from you or your lovely home, filled with so much love, warmth and treasures. I LOVE me a pretty doily!

PS-- I have been looking for my Nancy Drew books-- quite the mystery, which has now been solved!

Many hugs, Maria

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 09, 2012:

Oh James. I saw your beautiful collection of paintings that were in your Florida house. They were wonderful. And thanks so much for the visit. I know you are a busy guy! Wow - over a million views? I read that somewhere. Amazing. Hoping you are doing well. Peg

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 09, 2012:

Sofs, thank you for stopping here to take a look at these finds. Having enough space is really important to collecting. Many conversations in the store began with "But where will we put it?" Space really is the final frontier. Come back anytime. I keep adding new pictures! You take care. It was nice to see you.


James A Watkins from Chicago on May 09, 2012:

My mom collects these same sort of items. You have a lot of very beautiful things in these photographs on this page.

Myself, I have been like a rolling stone that has gathered no moss. Or not much anyway.

I enjoyed reading your Hub. Thanks for the journey. :-)

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