swanky swigs.

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?


14 thoughts on “swanky swigs.

  1. Love all of your new finds Linda! The suitcase turned out fabulous, and that bottle with transfer…. yes please!


  2. This is genius! The packaging and the vintage finds are both so great. I would love to receive a gift like this and I think it will be popular. the perfect gift for yourself or someone else! I see so much great China at the thrift store but you can only keep so much! Great ideas for what to do with it now!


  3. Sounds like you are becoming a regular contributor to the Reclaiming Beautiful marketplace. Are you still doing consignment? Your upcycling pieces are fabulous, I’m sure you are selling very well. Next you’ll start selling on eBay! So glad you retired so you can create beauty for use to drool over and be inspired.


    1. Yep, still doing consignment. If it weren’t for the shipping aspect, I’d probably think about eBay. I’d have to get set up to make shipping more efficient in some way. But, never say never, who knows what direction I may go in next!


  4. As always, it’s fun to see your thrift store finds and their transformations! Will millennials really say goodbye to minimalism? My ‘kids’ and their friends are, for the most part, saying no to their parents ‘stuff’. BTW – the lidded galvanized bucket and scoop is an ice bucket. I purchased one in red about 20 years ago. 🙂


    1. I have to admit, I find it hard to fathom that suddenly millennials want the frilly stuff too. But I keep reading about it, and seeing it on YouTube. I was quite sure that Avocado and Golden Harvest would never make a comeback as well, but here we are. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it’s true! As for the bucket, of course! ice bucket! Totally makes sense.


      1. I think they are two broad classes of millennials, Those who have a nice house and attempt to create what they would like to remember as a warm family home, and those who are on the minimalist, tiny carbon footprint, end of the scale.


  5. I’ve never seen a set of swanky swigs like yours. Love them! I’ve been selling the ones with cartoon characters for years-they have come and gone in popularity. All of your do-overs are wonderful, but I am partial to your suitcase makeovers.


  6. Another great post! Love the swankly swigs and of course how you package things! I love the pretty floral china and hope it makes a come back in popularity!


  7. Love the drying rack even if not vintage. And I’m not sure if it is a pitcher or a gravy boat in that suitcase but anytime I hear ironstone, my heart skips a beat🤣

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  8. You’ve been so busy Miss Quandie! Going out thrifting as well as getting all these projects done…….to you I “bend the knee”! I always love your suitcase upcycles so it’s a fav as well as the galvanized bucket. Do you work on your projects in meditative silence? Or do you watch a program or listen to talk radio while you rub on all those transfers? Inquiring minds want to know! Hahahahahaha……….I just love your confident attitude that you’ll figure out a way to up-package the dishes and glasses that you find……


    1. It’s music all the way for me. In the winter I stream Pandora on my TV and listen to 70’s or 80’s stuff, jazz, swing, and lately I’ve discovered the 60’s French Pop station. In the summer when I’m out in my carriage house workshop I have a really dusty CD player and all of my old CD’s are out there. You’ll hear a lot of Diana Krall, Pink Martini, Jimmy Buffet, The Carpenters (what can I say, I like the old love songs), and I really like The Great American Songbook CD’s by Rod Stewart. I’m definitely an old soul when it comes to music.


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