Friday, January 4, 2013


Or maybe I should say Mick-torious! While on Christmas vacation Patricia and I met up with Missouri Michael for our second annual "Thrift-A-Thon" to see what we could dig up!
(Missouri Michael, who refused to turn around, already sniffing out deals!)
 (Patricia scouting out finds with her newly thrifted opera glasses!)
  Well I could hardly wait to  show you my first prize catch. I finally got the six foot Aluminum Christmas tree I've always wanted!  I had dreamed all year of a six foot tree we saw last Christmas that was $200. I made up my mind that I was going to save my money and if that if by some miracle the tree was still there it was going to be mine! Well we get to the antique mall and the tree I had dreamed about... wasn't there.
But fear not! There were still trees (and thankfully at MUCH lower prices) for the picking! It came down to this reasonably priced "Pom-pon" Aluminum Tree and this six foot "Pine" Aluminum Tree.
(P.S. I had never seen a GREEN Aluminum tree but at $250, it was too green for me.)
So we make our way through the store, and I hem and haw and rack my brain about which tree I'm going to get. They were only $9.00 apart in price. The Pom-pon looked full and ratty, the pine looked sparse and wonky.  But rest assured I was leaving with a tree, then I noticed that not all the branches were the same size on the pine tree and knew it must look wonky because it wasn't put together right. so the six foot Pine it was!
When I got it back to my Aunts house we sorted the branches I found that my hunch was correct. The tree had been put together wrong, and when done correctly it filled out and looked much better!
I was so lucky, even the original instructions were in the box!
(From 1959!)
We all came away with treasures, it was a fun afternoon of traveling and smart-assery!  I picked up a few other neat things.
(A really cool, and working gold plate thermometer. $2.00)
(A trio of Tupperware tumblers! I can never have to many of these. $0.98.)
This small snowman blow mold was purchased at the same shop the Aluminum Tree came from. $8.00.
(I have no idea why this is upside down, but a neat Missouri travel plate for $0.50.)
The Two Pyrex Thrifter Sisters have had me green with envy and pining to make my vintage ornament collection bigger, so I did. Haha I found one single shiny bright that a paid a whole $0.25 for!
Last but not least, I found these baby saddle shoes for $1.00. I snatched them up and will provably be using to decorate/giving a pair of them to friend Lara for her Casablanca baby shower.

All in all some great finds! We had lots of fun running around with Missouri Michael, and I'm SO thrilled I finally got a tree.

Hope you all have a happy Friday!



Dana@Mid2Mod said...

Great finds, especially your tree. I know you've been dying for one for ages. I'm glad it just needed some branch adjustments! :)

Old Fashioned Gal said...

OMG! Those baby shoes are excellent! I need to find a pair for my little bundle!
I am so happy you finally found your tree. I hope to be as lucky this yard sale season. I'm getting tired of stepping on needles for months after Christmas. Just when you think you've got them all vaccumed up....

Tracie MiddleClassModern said...

Great finds! I'm glad you finally found your tree.

Send some good thrift store vibes my way, because I'm breaking the cardinal rule and GOING WITH A SPECIFIC ITEM IN MIND. Yes, I'm probably setting up my own failure.

ThrifterSisters said...

Better late than never! I am so happy that you finally found a tree. Now all you need to do is hunt down some more Shiny Brites and load that sucker down next year. I can't wait to see it in all of it's glory.


Linda @ A La Carte said...

Yay on the tree! It is perfect for you! oh Shiny Brites are wonderful, keep an eye out for them all year!


Missouri Michael said...

It was so much fun! Considering how much I enjoy having my picture taken for blog posts, it is probably best that all you got of me was when I was testing out that heater. (It works great, by the way!)

No photos of you modeling clothes from your new wardrobe? ;)

That chair that Patricia was sitting in was definitely one of the ugliest chairs I have ever encountered. It was suffering from an identity crisis!

Glad you got your tree. With as much as you had been wanting it. Although, it might have been a bit humorous to me if the store had been closed! LOL!

I may need to go through my vast collection of Christmas ornaments to find something fitting to send you for your tree.

Happy Friday!

SixBalloons said...

Sweet find with that tree!

Jim said...

Mick, you always manage to eventually get what you want. I guess the key is patience! And you have that in spades it appears.
I remember the first time I saw one of these trees and it was back in the late 50's. They were the rage then as you know. Sounded like a good 'vintage trip' you had.
A great weekend to you Mick!

Anonymous said...

Love the new banner, the house is really coming along!

Zootsuitmama said...

Yea! Glad ya got one. I need a color wheel! Which thrift store were you at?

Vonlipi said...

Congrats on the tree!

Now it is my turn to get one! At a very reasonnaly price please!

I have the exact same snowman blowmold!

I'll check to see if I have something for your tree....

Mom Wald said...

Faaantastic Tree!

JKaye said...

Great shopping trip. I agree with your choice on the style of the aluminum tree. We had one with straight branches like that when I was a kid. (My mom sold it in a yard sale when I was in my twenties, and didn't have my mind on what was truly important, like keeping cool Christmas trees.) Mom hung only blue Shiny Brite ornaments on our aluminum tree, which looked very nice. (We had a real tree too, which got all of the other ornaments.)

SusieQT said...

Congrats! It will be perfect for the Casablanca.

Mecky said...

Thank you for visiting my blog!
Cool tree! I finally bought one after Christmas last year. It isn't as nice. I hated those trees when I was young. I wanted a real tree so badly, but no, my mom used that ugly silver tree. Now I wish I had her's.