I’m hearing more and more about things like pretty vintage china and glassware, pattern mixing, blue and white pottery, chinoiserie, and even chintz coming back into fashion. Some are calling this resurgence ‘granny chic’, but I’m definitely not a fan of that name. I prefer grandmillenial style … probably because it sounds more ‘grand’. Whatever you call it, here is what Etsy trend expert Dayna Isom Johnson told TODAY Style, “Millennials are saying goodbye to minimalism and looking to express their personal style with unique, standout pieces, so it only makes sense that ‘granny chic’ accessories, which are filled with character and charm, are on the rise.”
Well, I for one am excited about this trend and ready to be ahead of the curve for once! I am a huge fan of character and charm. So I’m starting to dabble a bit with finding pretty dishes and/or glassware at the thrift store. I merchandise them up a bit with my own unique packaging, and then send them to the shop to sell. So when I saw this set of glasses at the thrift store, I snatched them up.
They looked vintage to me, however there weren’t any sort of markings on the bottoms so I wasn’t 100% sure of that. But they certainly look like they would qualify as grand millennial style to me. Once I got home I did a little google research and discovered that Kraft Foods began selling their cheese in these reusable glasses in the 1930’s calling them ‘swanky swigs’. Well, dang, just the name alone makes them worth the purchase I think. Who doesn’t want a swanky swig now and then?
I also grabbed this crate on the same thrifting trip for about $2.
It wasn’t until I was playing around at home that I realized the glasses fit perfectly in the crate. So I gave the crate a quick paint job using Dixie Belle’s Silk paint in Endless Shore (one of these days I’m going to do another comparison post showing all of the shades of white in the Silk line, complete with another giveaway, so stay tuned for that). I added a couple of simple transfers (from re.design with prima’s Everyday Farmhouse) to the sides of the crate, and voila!
A match made in thrift store heaven. I figure with that transfer, this set could appeal to either lovers of farmhouse style or grand millennial, right?
Of course, it remains to be seen if it sells. I’ll keep you posted.
On the same thrift trip I also purchased another pretty set of china.
I’m still working on packaging for this set, but I know I can come up with something.
Here are a few more of my recent thrift haul finds.
Apothecary bottles are always cool, right? This one was plain when I found it at the thrift store. I added one of the IOD Brocante transfers to it. There are 4 slightly different versions of that transfer, I wish I had 3 more apothecary bottles to put them on. But no, I just found the one.
I added a re.design with prima Classic Vintage Label transfer to the lid on this galvanized bucket. I initially assumed this bucket was for kitchen scraps intended for the compost heap because it has a heavy plastic liner inside …
but then, why would it have a scoop? Those don’t typically come with a scoop. You could use this for potting soil, but it’s not terribly large. How about using it for granular fertilizer in your potting shed. That would work.
At a recent vendor meeting, the shop owners at Reclaiming Beautiful said they’d love to see vintage cookbooks and copper items.
I aim to please.
This french bottle drying rack was a fun find.
It’s not vintage, but it has a vintage feel don’t you think?
According to Eye For Design, “the purpose of the French bottle drying rack was to provide a place for French families to dry and store empty wine bottles before returning them to the vintner for refills.” How fabulous is that? I’ve seen anything from drinking glasses, coffee cups, clay pots, and spools of ribbon or thread as ideas for what to put on one of these.
Most of the things in the next photo came from my picker friend, Sue.
There was a little washboard, some old wooden clothespins, and a few pieces of ironstone inside that cardboard suitcase. I found the bunny mold and the pretty floral platter while out thrifting.
I’d painted one of these cardboard suitcases before, so I thought I’d give this one the same treatment.
I painted it in Dixie Belle’s Midnight Sky and then added a stencil using their Drop Cloth paint.
That stencil is from Maison de Stencils, in case you are wondering.
Once all of the paint was dry, I sanded lightly with 220 grit sandpaper and then used Dixie Belle’s Big Mama’s Butta to seal it.
To jazz up the inside, I added some decoupage paper from re.design with prima called Cobalt Flourish.
I have to admit, it would be about 10 times more fabulous if I had lined the entire interior of the case rather than just the bottom, but that would have taken at least another package of the decoupage paper, and possibly two more. At around $8 apiece, I just couldn’t justify adding that much expense to the suitcase makeover.
Some of these items already went to Reclaiming Beautiful, and some of them will go next week. Which is your favorite?