Friday, July 25, 2014

Are you in a fowl mood?

So are we here at the Goodwill Treasure Chest! Lately there have been several kindly donated pieces of ducks & geese. So if you are in the mood, will take a peek at some items currently up for bid and a few other bird related items too.
Wouldn't this art glass paper weight duck would look dandy on someone's desk! 
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This clear glass duck decoy is from Murano. It is beautifully large; measuring 11 1/2 inches long, 5 inches wide and 6 1/2 inches tall.
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We have a collector plate featuring a little Russian girl and her goose from Heinrich Porzellan of Villeroy & Boch of West Germany. This plate series of Children Around the World benefited the UNICEF Children's Fund.
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And for a few bird's of another feather: 

There are several vintage John James Audubon collector's plates for the Birds of America Series.

Ruffled Grouse
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Cedar Waxwing
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Snowy Egret
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Happy Treasure Hunting!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A home coffee bar

Why not create a coffee bar in your home? You could have all of your favorite coffee indulgences in one cozy corner. We have a few ideas we found around the web, and then we thought it would be fun to take a one stop photo hunt at our Goodwill Store to see what could be found to create a coffee bar - thrift store style!
Visit and see how she created her "cafe corner"! We love it!
We are sweet on The Scrappy coffee bar. Love the red coffee maker!
We appreciate desire to repurpose used furniture. This coffee bar has a vintage retro vibe. Sweet!
XOXO to the The Long Awaited Home! A farmhouse style coffee bar, with purple!

The Long Awaited Home

We pinned these ideas plus more on our Goodwill Style  Pinterest Board.
Now for some more fun! We headed down to our Alcott Retail Outlet in Kalamazoo to see what could be found for setting up a coffee bar in one shopping trip.

First we found three pieces of furniture that could be our "bar".

A Baker's Rack. This item needed a little cover up of some scratches, maybe a dark stain to match the metal patina?

A Secretary. You could leave the top folded out all the time with your coffee items arranged, or keep them tucked away. If you repainted this piece, what color would you choose?  
A dresser with a fold down top. Again a piece like this has the option to stay left open or not. The drawers could be filled with extra mugs, linens, plates etc. Or keep your Christmas cups and such tucked away in one of the drawers.

We found a couple of shelves to hang your mugs, hold sugars, flavored syrups, and display knickknacks.
And of course the coffee makers;
A carafe, thermal coffee holders or a vintage thermos?
And Goodwill always has lots of mugs. These mugs would be great with a rustic coffee bar or art house style. What do you think?

And how about a free coffee art to print? Download this at (and be sure to look around her site, it is full of inspiring ideas!)


Friday, July 11, 2014

Interesting Collectibles

Here are a few interesting collectibles up for bid on this week!

First up is a Official Girl Scout Doll from the Terri Lee Sales Corp. in great condition. Her name is "Ginger", the darling of the doll world. She comes with a few clothing items and pamphlet all in her original box. The box has a little water damage and shows some wear, but the doll looks great with no damage that we can see. Cute!


Our next item is a pair of iron book ends in great condition. Little terriers? Each one stands 6 inches tall and are 3 3/4 inches by 3 3/4 inches in diameter. They show a little bit of wear and both have flat head screws to fasten them.

Vintage Iron Bookends


And in a nod to summer beach fun, how about this sweet vintage Tonka Dune Buggy? It is in excellent condition, (part of the steering wheel might be missing) a few scratches and scuffs to the paint but overall very nice. It measures 7 inches long.

Tonka Dune Buggy
You never know what you will find on!
Hope you are having a great summer. Keep warm next week and 
Happy Treasure Hunting! ___________________________________________________________