Vintage finds can be exciting and unique, adding a touch of nostalgia and character to your style or home. Exploring thrift shops, antique stores, and second-hand shops can yield very unique vintage decor. Join me thrifting for 4 days of vintage finds while visiting our family home in Maine.

Transferware vintage finds in red and greens for winter decor.

The holidays are over; it’s a new year with new reflections and goals to look forward to. As I sit here in front of a fire in the fireplace after a day of vintage shopping, I reflect on this same time just a couple of years ago as I thought about the year ahead. See more in the 4 Top Thrifting Goals For 2022 post.

Thrifting with the Gals

It’s the third Thursday of the month, and that means it’s time for “Thrifting with the Gals.” A monthly blog series where my friends and I share our vintage finds, tips, tricks, and home decorations from all around the country. You may sign up here for Dabbling & Decorating and never miss a post.

Next up on today’s “Thrifting with the Gals” blog series is Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse, who is sharing her vintage finds and styling tips here. And you won’t want to miss the other gals sharing all their vintage finds today, too:

Thrifting with the Gals

Scouting For Vintage Finds

On the first day’s agenda, first things first, get my hair done…

And almost directly across the street was “Anytime Antiques,” my first stop for vintage finds of the weekend. And boy, did I find some goodies!

Although I didn’t buy one, how about all of these vintage cookie jars? Wow right?

During the 1930s to the 1960s, cookie jars reached their peak in popularity, with various manufacturers producing a wide range of designs to cater to different tastes and trends. Many of these vintage cookie jars were made in the shape of animals, characters from popular cartoons, or household objects, adding a whimsical touch to kitchen countertops.

shelves filled with vintage cookie jars.

Whether you’re an avid collector or simply appreciate the charm of vintage kitchenware, vintage cookie jars offer a delightful and nostalgic addition to any home. Their whimsical designs and historical significance make them cherished pieces of art that evoke memories of childhood and bring a touch of vintage flair to any kitchen or collection.

White Metal Snowshoes

The first vintage find I picked up were these white metal snowshoes. I love snowshoes in all shapes and sizes. And they work well in decor year-round, in my opinion. So, I bought this unique pair and hung them up on our front door for the winter.

You may see last year’s snowshoes in the Front Door Ski Lodge Vintage Snowshoes post. And at our home in Vermont in the Ski Lodge Vintage Snowshoes post.

White snowshoes are traditionally used by professionals and adventurers in various fields. Mountaineers, researchers, photographers, and winter rescue teams may utilize snowshoes to navigate snowy and icy environments safely. The U.S. services have been known to train in white winter snowshoes, too.

Vintage Mannequin Dress Forms

Vintage dress forms are not only functional tools for garment creation and display but also beautiful pieces of decor that add a touch of elegance and nostalgia to any space. These antique dress forms, also known as mannequins or tailors’ dummies, have a rich history and are highly sought after by collectors and vintage enthusiasts.

Fairloom Sears Roebuck and Co.

I have looked for affordable vintage dress forms for what seems like ages. And now, in one month’s time, I found two! Today, I found this tabletop dress form in blue and tan. It was only $40.

Vintage Dress Model in Blue and Tan: Vintage Find

See what I used before I found my new vintage dress forms in the Meet My Ol’ Gal, Miss Mannequin Dress Form post.

Wolf Model Form

The second dress form mannequin that I purchased was from a second-hand shop that was going out of business for 75% off. I couldn’t pass this up with its heavy-duty metal frame.

This dress form mannequin is a Wolf Form. Because of the Wolf Form’s quality and accuracy, it is used by designers, manufacturers, and fashion schools throughout the world.

Vintage Mannequins in Home Decor

Vintage dress forms can be incorporated into home decor in various ways. They can be displayed as standalone pieces, either on a decorative stand or mounted on a base. Dress forms can also be used as functional tools in sewing rooms or studios, providing a practical and visually appealing way to work on garments or display finished creations.

Vintage Finds:  Two Mannequins and Bernese Mountain Dog

See more of this craft space in the Sunroom Home Office Inspiration: Triple Purposed with Craft Space post.

Whether you’re a collector, a sewing enthusiast, or someone who appreciates the beauty of vintage decor, a vintage dress form adds a touch of elegance and history to any space. These timeless pieces evoke a sense of nostalgia and celebrate the artistry and craftsmanship of the past, making them cherished items that can be enjoyed for generations to come.

vintage fur hat on mannequin with blue Islandic sweater.

I just adore mannequins in decor. Here is a dress form mannequin that I have on display in my vintage window booth with a vintage fur hat, another vintage find from this past week’s thrifting in Maine.

Vintage Finds Indeed

A few other vintage finds from the second-hand shop going out of business were some blue and white platters, Currier & Ives plates and bowls, and a patina silver pitcher, all 75% off.

Vintage silver pitchers are not only functional but also embody the craftsmanship and elegance of a bygone era. These rustic pieces add a touch of sophistication to any collection or table setting.

Here, I added white tulips to the pitcher for a table centerpiece matched with thrifted Royal Tara China.

There was also this white laundry basket that I thought I would paint, similar to this other magazine rack that I also found.

Painted Laundry Basket

I chose a blue paint mix and stain that I already had on hand.

With a stenciling brush, I added the “Amith Verma’s Brown Antique Glaze for Chalk Finish Paint” all over the laundry basket, then used the paint color from the trim in our guest bedroom in Maine to add the blue striping. I share the paint color’s formula in our Coastal Maine Home Tour.

Vintage Baskets in blue and rustic charms
Finished painted laundry basket.

Vintage Find Pastel Ship Watercolor

This watercolor framed ship was another vintage find that I purchased to accent our Coastal Maine home. It’s part of a pastel sailboat theme that I have created throughout our home. Each is thrifted and inexpensive yet elegant in its coloring and nature.

See more in the Quaint Nautical Decor Corner With a Vintage Wow Factor post.

Pastel Ship framed print vintage find

More About The Trent Ship

The Trent Ship that is portrayed here was built in Freeport, Maine, in 1801 for Salem, MA, shipowner merchant William Gray Jr., whose blue and white house flag flies from the fore-topgallant masthead. Her original master was Nathaniel Kinsman from Salem, but when ownership of the vessel passed in 1807 to William Ward, he was replaced by Captain Peter Lander. Her Salem ownership ended in 1809 when she was sold to Boston Interests.

The original painting, from which this hand-colored print has been made, is in the collections of the Peabody Museum of Salem. It has been in the museum since 1864, when it was given to the Salem East India Marine Society, the organization from which the modern Peabody Museum was to spring.

You may enjoy the Best Vintage Finds for Winter Collections post.

Are there any good online thrift stores for vintage decor finds? When searching for vintage decor finds, you can explore thrift stores, flea markets, antique shops, online marketplaces, and specialized vintage stores. It’s always exciting to discover unique treasures from the past! You may also enjoy this How to Vintage Decor Shop Online post.

Wooden Snowflakes, Amber Cake Stand, Spongeware

A few more vintage finds were these wooden snowflakes that look handmade, an amber cake stand, and a spongeware pitcher and basin. Beautiful, affordable collectibles all coming back to Vermont with me.

Vintage Cathedral Glassware Pattern

I recently learned that the amber glass cake stand is a cathedral pattern. Cathedral glassware typically refers to glassware that has a textured or paneled design reminiscent of the architecture of cathedrals. The amber color is a warm, golden shade that adds a vintage and elegant touch to the glassware.

An Irish Twist at the Fabulous Find

Royal Tara

Royal Tara China is a renowned Irish pottery company that specializes in the production of fine bone china. Founded in 1953, Royal Tara China is known for its exquisite craftsmanship, attention to detail, and traditional Irish designs. The company takes its name from the Hill of Tara, an ancient ceremonial site in County Meath, Ireland.

And here I found a 13-dinnerware set made in Galway. I have dreamed of finding a beautiful Irish set just like this one. And there she was.

And since it’s 13-place settings, I’m going to split up the set and resell almost half of it in my vintage window booth. You may learn more about vintage booth vendoring in the How to Start a Vintage Booth Business post.

You may find my vintage window booth at The Vintage Soul in Manchester, Vermont.

The blue glassware was also a vintage find, and I’m thrilled to be able to offer both options for sale now in my vintage window booth.

Irish Royal Tara China Place Setting

I couldn’t wait to put together a table setting with these lovelies. See this Royal Tara China displayed on our table in the Bless Your Table with Irish Royal Tara China post.

You may also enjoy the Bring Irish Charm to Your Home with Antique Crocks post.

8 More Vintage Finds at The Fabulous Find

The Fabulous Find is a not-to-be-missed second-hand shop in Kittery, Maine.

It is a non-profit resale boutique that benefits the local community. You’ll forget you’re in a resale store as you peruse designer clothing, jewelry, home accessories, furniture, music, and books.  Your purchase or donation of gently used items will benefit Piscataqua Region arts, environment, food pantry, fuel assistance, animal shelter, and educational organizations that their board selects each month! 

It is there that I also found the blue glassware, vintage milk glass vases, and a second cake stand.

The magazine basket is going to match so nicely with our new vintage Revival rug in our Vermont living room.

If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind vintage rug, Revival has the most amazing selection. Visit my storefront and save 15% off your own vintage rugs.

Revival Vintage Rug

You may also enjoy This Season’s Thrifting Trends post.

A little painter’s stool topped it all off, and phew, that was a lot of vintage finds for 4 days of thrifting in Maine.

Vintage finds:  Step stool with green bowl with paperwhite on table.

I hope you found all the inspiration here today, and thanks so much for following along with “Thrifting with the Gals.”

You may also enjoy the Grow Paperwhites for Saint Patrick’s Day post.

Vintage Finds on Table in Dining Room

Equally important, I’m so glad you dropped by, and if you are new to my blog, welcome! I hope you enjoyed your visit with us here today at our Home in Coastal Maine.

Additionally, check out our Home in Vermont, where we spend winters enjoying the coziness of home in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

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14 Comments

  1. cheryl atkinson says:

    Hi Ann! I have scrolled your blog posts many many times mostly to see the beautiful finds but today i sat and read each word and I’m about to go back and hit some links you put in there. I appreciate the history you tell of each product. Thank you for that. I really love Thrifting with the Gals.

    1. Oh Cheryl, I’m so glad you enjoyed it all and we love having you. Thanks for your sweet note and happy thrifting!

  2. I was delighted to see your amber cake stand – an early American glass piece. The pattern is called “Cathedral” and was a favorite of my parents as they collected it for many years. I always enjoy seeing your new discoveries and treasures!

    1. Cathy, thanks for letting me know that. I didn’t know the pattern was called Cathedral. I’m going to add that into the post. Thanks kindly!

    1. Thanks so much Kim, have the best weekend!

  3. Wow! You really scored! Love the blue and white table top dress form! That cookie jar is impressive! Sounds like it was a fun visit!

    1. Me too Molly it was such a find for $40. So many goodies heading back to Maine again next weekend!

  4. You have a great eye! What is the china pattern of the octagon plate under your new silver pitcher? Love all your finds….

    1. Thanks so much Beth, It’s a blue and white platter stamped Barqnial Castles on the bottom. I can’t read the rest of the stamp. But it’s fabulously old and I stole it for $6!!

  5. Lisa Anderson says:

    You got a lot of loot up there in Maine! Impressive…love the new dress form too:)

    1. Thanks Lisa, yes and I’m off again today for some more fun!

  6. Rachel Harper says:

    Ann
    What great finds. Such a fun post.