Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Never Again, Sally Ann

I have used this space many times to malign my local Salvation Army thrift store. To me, it is like the Wal-Mart of thrift stores- huge, noisy, smelly and filled with junk no one wants. It makes even a die hard thrifter like me not want to go there- I almost always go somewhere else when I need a fix.

But lately, my two preferred thrift stores have not had much of anything vintage, much less clothing or Pyrex, the two things I buy most often. Such was the case yesterday when I made my weekly trip- I actually walked out of those stores with nothing. I can't remember the last time I did that.

So, I had some time to kill and thought I'd stop in at the Sally Ann, just for kicks. Well, darned if I didn't score. 

They had tons of Pyrex! Of course, I scooped up the only Butterprint, a 402 mixing bowl- and for only $2.49! I have almost completed my set of fridgies and Cinderella bowls in this pattern, but this is my first mixing bowl. I left a lot behind for someone else- a complete set of Forest Fancies casseroles with lids, a set of Town & Country Cinderella bowls, and a few others- I think maybe a Colonial Mist mixing bowl- as they are not patterns I particularly care for. (This is the same store where I found my turquoise 503 fridgie and my jadeite mixing bowl- why did I ever doubt it?)

I have also had good luck with blue Ball jars at this store in the past- every other thrift I go to prices the blue ones at $3-$5 each, which is a pass for me. I got this one for only 99 cents, so this was definitely a deal. And I use them all the time to store pantry staples- I was just thinking I could use another one.

The Tupperware ketchup & mustard dispensers were 25 cents each. Tupperware tends to sell well in my Etsy store so I definitely will list them.

But the most fun, and unexpected find of the day was a toy I remember from my childhood:

Remember Alphie the Robot? This version came out in 1983, when I was 8. 

I saw him on the shelf and had to bring him home for $3.99. I was hoping he would work and after a few tense moments because the batteries were in backwards, he came to life! My son, who will be 8 on Friday, really fell in love with him. I originally bought him to resell (thinking of Van over at Thrift Core) - because who doesn't want to buy back a cool robot toy from their childhood?- but have a feeling he may be sticking around for a while. He is so cute!

In case you don't remember, here is the original TV commercial from 1986:

So, I want to take a moment and apologize for bashing my local Sally Ann, who has been so good to me of late. I'm sorry!!!!


  1. HAHA! I love that you call it the Sally Ann! I may have to use that one. I love my local Sally Ann. Like yours, it's filthy, crowded and a great location for spotting stars of People of Walmart but man, it is always loaded with awesome vintage and has the best prices in town. That pyrex bowl is gorgeous!!!

  2. I know, I was trying to figure out the Sally Ann connection and then went d'oh!
    Nice finds! I've been slowly collecting some old pyrex, fire king items when I see one that catches my fancy for cheap. =)

  3. My grandmother used to refer to the Salvation Army store as "Sally's Boutique" ;-) Congrats on the swell finds! The local one here is really hit or miss. Rarely any vintage clothing, because apparently is doesn't sell well in this town, but I've found great vintage housewares and such.

    Happy thrifting! ;-)

  4. I don't know how we missed buying that robot back in the day. My daughter was 5 in 1983, and I can't believe she didn't ask for it. Congratulations on the great finds.

  5. Oh my, I had Alphie too! We didn't even use it properly we just likes pushing the sqooshy buttons.

  6. Hahaha! I remember that robot! Great find!

  7. find that the Sally Ann is like the russian roulette...sometimes you win sometimes you loose!

    Great finds by the way!

  8. The robot! I must have sensed him over here ;) He's beautiful and definitely a keeper. Great scores all around. You never know what you'll score even in the thrifts we hate the most. It's always worth it to stop in for a quick look if we have the time. And space...