Did I need another retro mixing bowl? Probably not…actually definately not.
Why then did I pick up this vintage Fire King from the Op Shop? It reminded me of a baking bowl Grandma had.
Have I used this Anchor Hocking goodie? (thrifted from the Boys & Girls Club Thrift shop in Spreydon Christchurch)
Yes, several times in fact. Most recently, to marinate steak for a beef fried rice (not something Grandma would’ve made, she was a meat & potatoes kinda gal) & in prepping an apple crumble (a frequent dessert at Grandma’s).
“Am I going to use this?” is muttered frequently when I hit the Op Shops. Most of the time it keeps me from making silly purchases.
Then there are the times when I get home, scratch my head & think,
” Whaa? What were you thinking?”
Case in point:
I must have been attracted to the maple leaves… bloody patriotic Canadian , LOL!
It actually coordinates nicely with the “greige” kitchen. But I’m not really into neutral palettes (my last kitchen had awesome red cabinets)
I was lucky enough to find 2 more of these vintage Pyrex cereal/ice cream bowls, to make a set of 4. I’ve seen several in charity shops, but most have been chipped & I’ve been warned of the deep cuts one can get from chipped or broken Pyrex.
Of these thrifting finds, the most useful piece is going to be this little green chopping board. Its a perfect additon to the crestaware picnic set I picked up awhile back.
Best part: it was in the Free Bin!
There will be many salami and cheese sammies made on this puppy.
What’s been your strangest op shop purchase?
Any finds that have surprised you with their frequent use?
I’d love you to share your thrifting strategy or your own op shopping experiences in the comments below. I’m all about sharing the knowledge, but if you’re one of those Op Shopping Ninjas who thrives on a stealth mission, I get and respect that too!
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