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Coca Cola Clock a

I have not been as good showing my thrifting and auction finds on this blog, but I am still out there looking for treasures.  I am still listing and selling my finds in my ItsStillLife Etsy Shop.  If you want to keep up with what I am listing, just check out my ItsStillLife Facebook Page and follow.  I will be posting my listings on my page.

The Sprite Boy Coca Cola Clock is my latest listing.

Keep on junkin’.



Pontiac Chief of the Sixes

Pontiac Chief of the Sixes a

I was able to spend a couple of days with my Mom this past weekend going to garage sales and a two-day auction. Just had to show you one of the items I was able to purchase…this Copper arrowhead tray, Pontiac Chief of the Sixes.  It was a promotional piece.  There is a little tarnish by his head, but overall a cool piece.

I continue to list items as fast as I can.  I now have 200 items listed.  A new milestone for me.

What is your latest cool find?

Thrifty Finds – July 21

Green Tool Box a

I haven’t written about any of my junking finds lately.  I have been to some garage sales and a couple of auction sales, but not nearly as many as usual.  I have been working hard this month getting my shop restocked with awesome junk after doing almost nothing with it from late March through early June.  Here are a few items.

This green metal toolbox is one of my favorites.  Love the color.  It is in very good condition and could be used for so many different storage options.

Blue Tool Box a

Not only metal toolboxes, but wood, handled toolboxes are items I always pick up.  Love the blue color on this one.

Blue Train Case a

Finding a few different train cases as well.  This blue train case is perfect for storage.  I have a black Samsonite one that I have to get listed soon.

Sewing Drawer a

I used to find a lot of drawers from old sewing machines.  I don’t come across them nearly as often, but I do pick them up when I can.  This one is a typical design for a sewing machine drawer.  However I have another one with a great pull knob also listed.

Bright Pink Hat a

I have found some fun and funky hats.  I love the color of this bright pink puff hat.

Orange Wool Cloche Hat a

Or this orange cloche hat.  I have quite a few hats listed.  Fall will be coming when wearing hats will be easier than in this hot weather.

Crochet Half Apron Blue White a

I have also listed many different vintage aprons. From this crocheted apron.

Gray Apron Basket a

To this embroidered fruit basket apron.

Funky Flower Full Apron a

To full aprons like this funky flower full apron. Right now I have listed over 25 vintage aprons.

Even though I have not been writing about my junking or my Etsy shop, that is still apart of my life. Still enjoying it.  Life is good.


1970s Pasta Duck

Macaroni Duck Wall Hanging a

Does anyone remember the 1970s craze of painted pasta characters wall art?  I remember having a couple of characters in our house, not sure what the characters were though. I wish I had a photo.

I recently found this macaroni or pasta duck.  I can’t seem to find what this was called.  I am sure it was a 1970s trend.  Anyone else remember it?  Any information would be helpful.

Melmac or Melamine

White Melmac Cups b


Recently I have added some tableware to my shop, specifically cups and sugar bowl and creamer sets that are melamine.  As I was listing them, I wasn’t sure if the plastic for these products was called melmac or melamine. This is important because at Etsy we list keywords for which we think someone might search.

I learned that melamine is the type of material used to make these dishes and melmac is the brand name.  Since where I live every one seems to know it as melmac, I listed both keywords.

Above is a cup from the Lenox Ware coffee cup set I listed.

Lennox Sugar Bowl Creamer bThis sugar bowl and creamer is also a Lenox Ware set.  Love the handles on these, but really the handles on all of these dishes are gorgeous.

Melmac Sugar Bowl Creamer aLook at the mod sugar and cream set here.  The handle is sleep and angular.

Green Thermo Cups aI also added Thermo Serv.  Look at this coffee cup set that is white with green base and silver removable handles.

Thermo Serve Gold Cups bThese Thermo Serve Gold and Black with Gold Removable Handles are retro late 60’s, early 70’s.

The retro cups were usually 6-8 ounces. That was back before the TV show, Friends. Remember the gang sitting in the coffee shop drinking out of ginormous cups.  It started a trend, and we all started drinking from large cups that hold 12-16 or more ounces.  To me these have such awesome lines.  I am hopeful that there are people out there that want to go back to gorgeous lines in their dinnerware.

Melmac Coffee Cups a


I have more Melamine dishes to list.  Like these brown coffee cups.

Sugar Bowl a


This mod sugar bowl.

White Plastic Saucer Plate a


Or these saucers.  My shop is a little slow right now.  Just not putting the time into listing. The boys’ basketball and swimming seasons have about 4-5 weeks left.  Then life will change again.  However, I am enjoying the season and not looking forward to it being over.

Do you remember melamine or melmac dishes, cups and other dinnerware?







Vintage Hat Score

Pink Hat aIn my last post I mentioned I had listed and sold a vintage men’s hat in the same day.  Let me tell you about the other hats that I have been listing.

Recently my sister saw an ad for 10 vintage hats on her local online sales sight. She called me to find out if it wanted them.  Of course I want them, like a child wants a cookie.  I have always enjoyed vintage hats, however, last summer I wasn’t finding any.  I was so thrilled that my “no hat” streak was over.

I am still working on listing those hats, but look at this fun pink hat.  I love the wide brim.  It would be a perfect Easter hat.

Netting Hat Blue bThis turban netting hat is funky with its sequence decals.  It is a light bluish purple, but I really have struggled getting the color right.  I am concerned that might cause a problem for selling it.

Green Feather Hat aSpeaking about funky.  Look at this velour green hat with orange and yellow feathers.  Oh the days of wearing feathers in the hats.  I love seeing those old photos.  I am willing to bet that feathers will make a come back some day.  After all if neon and stretch pants can come back, anything can.

Black Head Cover cI really don’t know what this type of hair band or hat is called.  However, this black velvet petal hat could be a fun, addition to a dress up event.

White Hat aThis off white puff hat would again make a great Easter hat.  It could use a dry cleaning.  I have stated that in the listing.  Do you ever list dirty items?  I do, but I really try hard to describe the flaws or stains and show photos.

Black Fedora Hat b

Finally there was a second men’s hat in the lot of hats.  This black fedora with Red Feather is so stylish. It says, look at this gentleman.  I really hope some nice man purchases it.

I still have a few more to list.  I am thrilled to have fresh vintage hats in my shop.  I have a few that I listed early last year that haven’t sold, but they are just waiting for the right person to find them.

Do you own or sell vintage hats?

Go With Your Gut

Culver Valencia Glasses a

This fall I saw these glasses at a garage sale.  I had no idea what they were, but I just had a feeling…they were heavy, gold and no fading.  The glasses had to be something special.

Finally got around to researching them.  They are Culver 22K gold high ball glasses in the Green Diamond Valencia pattern.  They are selling well online. I got mine listed the other day.  I think they would be beautiful on a formal Christmas table.  We will see if they sell.

I sometimes doubt my “gut”.  Most of the time when I go with a gut feeling, it usually pays off. Not always, but I think I am going to go with it from now on.  I don’t have a smartphone, so can’t look things up while I am out and about.  Sometimes it just wouldn’t be possible even if I had one.  I just think that I have been doing this for almost 2 years now.  I have been learning, and I should just go with my intuition.

So do you go with your intuition?