Thrifting in the Outer Banks

We had the great fortune to spend a week in the Outer Banks of North Carolina last month. We had never been to these beaches before. Can I just say, Wow! Such beauty.

Daily walks with our Scotties on the beach at sunrise were quite the treat of our week. That’s the way I like to exercise. The dogs really enjoyed their walks, too.

Into every beach week it seems a rainy day must fall. We decided our rainy day would be the perfect day to go thrifting. Armed with iPhones and GPS we set out to track down as many thrift stores as we could. It’s always fun to go thrifting in a new area.

My first purchase was vintage Homer Laughlin dishes.

I thought they would match some dishes I picked up during the Blue Ridge Thrift Crawl earlier this year. They are certainly close enough in design, if not the same design, to use with them. Normally I would not have paid $4 for this set of dishes as some had chips and I don’t usually collect bowls. I had carried this little stack around and around the thrift shop trying to find someone to price them for me. We were more than ready to head out when I finally got a price so I took it.

I was so excited when I saw a basket of goodies marked 50 cents on the front porch of the next thrift. Inside the basket I found this charming little snack set.

The underside of the tray has a great design.

I also picked up a glass Coke bottle. I don’t know how old it is, but for 50 cents, I thought I could find a use for it. I was really excited to think that there would be even more thrifty treasures inside. I should have taken a closer look at the original prices on my 50 cent finds. While the store had some interesting items, prices were higher than I like to pay. I spent my dollar and we went in search of more treasure.

There were several shops in between from which I departed empty-handed. I did find an old beat-up frame with a worse-for-wear floral print. I liked the distressing the frame showed and the depth of the frame. In the same store, I found a little bear cake mold by Wilton.  I really liked the prices in this store.

The wooden candlesticks were a great find at Goodwill. I never seem to find an abundance of treasures at any Goodwill I visit. I was pleased to find these candlesticks at a super price. I think they may be married to a plate or cheese dome in the future. They look like they could be fine, upstanding supporters.

I found these red and white peppermint stripe candles at a thrift with lots of vintage items with very contemporary prices. Left behind were some very cool vintage mushroom canisters among other lovelies. The Coke bottle and Wilton cake pan are mentioned above.

To end our day we picked up a steamer pot filled with shrimp, mussels, crab legs, clams, corn on the cob and red potatoes which we prepared for dinner. This was certainly my idea of a super way to spend a rainy day at the beach.

I hope to join the parties at Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures, Apron Thrift Girl’s Thrift Share Monday, Knick of Time’s Knick of Time Tuesday, Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm, Thrifty Thursday at Tales from Bloggeritaville, Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove, and The Penny Worthy Project at Hey, What’s for Dinner Mom?



About tammylovesdishes

I love searching for dishes for tablescaping. That leads me to yard sales and thrift shops and fun, fun, fun.
This entry was posted in Beach, Dishes, Scotties, Tablescaping, Thrifting, Uncategorized, Vintage. Bookmark the permalink.

15 Responses to Thrifting in the Outer Banks

  1. Jill says:

    I have passed by snack sets many times and never purchased – now I am seeing them quite often on blogs – I think I need to buy one next time – they are so cute!!

  2. I like the snack set but I really like the underside of the snack set. Lovely❤

  3. Patricia says:

    I like that snack set. I have a set that I was given as a wedding gift in 1975. I have never used them, but they’re so cute that I’ve never gotten rid of them either.

  4. Oh Tammy, I love that snack set!! I have never seen one like that either. And how wonderful to be at OBX!! I really want my husband to see it. We always went there when I was growing up and I just love it there. Thanks so much for stopping by!!!

  5. Karen G says:

    That snack snack is so pretty. I have seen the name of the pattern before, but it eludes me right now. Great finds.

  6. Lauren says:

    Love that little snack set — now you need to add more to make enough for a tea party 🙂

  7. Sounds like a good holiday!

  8. Kate says:

    WOW–love your lil snack set–she sure is a beauty and 50 cents, holla!>?!

  9. Betsy says:

    What a fun filled day! You sure found some great deals and some fabulous treasures. I don’t think any vacation is complete without some good thrifting!

  10. marlis says:

    I love snack sets and your sets are gorgeous.. I love your new plates too.. xo marlis

  11. We took a little road trip a few years ago. We drove from St Louis to Colonial Williamsburg and spent a couple of days there, then drove to Charleston SC. We opted to take the road through the Outer Banks top to bottom rather than the big highway. What a wonderful memory! Beautiful country!

    You found some wonderful things!

  12. Christine says:

    Beautiful set of dishes and I love the snack set too. Happy Thanksgiving to you all!…Christine

  13. Mary says:

    Hi Tammy! I haven’t been to the Outer Banks in ages…my husband goes in the spring & fall for fishing. I thought about your Scotties the other day when I was in World Market and saw and ADORABLE Scottie Dog Tin with shortbread shaped little dogs 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family!

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