Category Archives: Barware

Guest Post: Orange Luthje Wood Ice Bucket


Hi there! I’m Brian, Jeff’s friend and fellow thrift store hunter. He asks me to collaborate now and then when I find something amazing during our excursions.

I was on my own at a Goodwill in the older part of town when this orange ice bucket caught my eye. I love anything orange, and if you came to my house you would completely agree. Tucked among the tired plastic ware and ugly trays was a very cool looking Danish Modern ice bucket by Luthje Wood.

Of course I had never heard of Luthje Wood, but as I excitedly stood in line I Googled more about this fantastic piece of classic Danish design.


Although The Danish Modern movement began in the 1920’s, it truly began to become popular in the mid century and 1960’s. Catherineholm is a popular designer of serveware and the gold standard of beautiful Danish design. But Luthje Wood also produced an amazing array of beautiful items from ice buckets to cheese boards. I couldn’t believe someone had parted with this fantastic little gem, but I was happy to scoop it up.

The best part of thrifting is realizing you’ve found a little piece of history. And at $5.99…it’s worth a text to your BFF to brag about the amazing deal you’ve found. This lovely piece of Danish Modern serve ware is displayed proudly on my countertop…a testament to persistence and a little bit of luck from shopping at the local thrift shop.


-Brian T.    Las Vegas, NV


The Classic Sangria

Today’s Featured Cocktail

The Classic Sangria

One of the best things to do when collecting vintage items is finding great recipes to allow you to use them. If you have a set of vintage barware or only have a couple of

Sangria Dorothy Thorpe Silver Rim Decanter



Sangria is a common beverage in both Spain and Portugal.  It was introduced to the United States in 1964 at the Worlds Fair in New York.





favorite glasses, this is one of the best and easiest recipes to utilize your favorite barware.  Sangria is a classic signature cocktail which includes red wine, fruit, brandy and a sweetener. You can choose to make your Sangria either plain or exotic, the choice is really up to you.  I’ll provide you a basic recipe, but those of you who know me will know that I never do anything basic!

My basic sangria recipe consists of the following:

Fruit (oranges, apples, strawberries, lemons…etc.). Remember it’s all up to you.

1 bottle Red Wine.  The better the wine- the better the Sangria.

1 cup Brandy

1 cup Seven-Up

Cut your citrus in slices removing seeds and place them in a large pitcher.  Core and slice apples in wedges, clean and remove any leaves on the remaining fruit. Add the fruit, wine, brandy and Seven-Up to the pitcher, stir and let marinate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Make sure you have your Sangria chilled as you never want to dilute your Sangria with ice.


Small Dorothy Thorpe Decanter Roly Poly Glasses Silver Rim
Small Dorothy Thorpe Decanter With Roly Poly Glasses



When life gives you lemons, make Sangria!






Things to keep in mind when serving:

You have many different choices when serving your Sangria. For a party with 8+ guests, choose to serve your sangria in a punch bowl and keep the glasses small.  A vintage roly poly glass or punch bowl glass will be perfect. Serve each guest the first drink, afterwards let them know to feel free to help themselves. If serving 4-6 guests, a nice vintage pitcher or decanter with either wine glasses, hurricane glasses or rocks glasses will work great.  Always be sure that guests receive some marinated fruit with their beverage (after all it is the best part), a slice of fresh fruit on the rim of the glass and a sprig of mint will complete the cocktail.

The key to using vintage items successfully is all in the presentation. You want to make your guests feel special when using these treasures.  With the right recipe, presentation and delivery, any set of vintage glasses can turn into the hit of a party. The picture above shows the use of a Dorothy Thorpe decanter with roly poly glasses.



-The Thrift Store Collector

West Bend Penguin Hot and Cold Server Ice Bucket

West Bend Penguin Hot and Cold Server Ice Bucket
West Bend Penguin Hot and Cold Server Ice Bucket


This is a true classic and brings back memories for many people. The West Bend Aluminum Company located in West Bend, Wisconsin was founded by Bernhardt C. Ziegler in 1911.  At the time, the company produced aluminum cookware and household electrical appliances (see my previous post with their slow cookers) and also built outboard boat motors.

Even though the ice bucket was released in 1944, the 1950’s and 1960’s is when it really became popular. What especially makes this ice bucket so cool is the insulation which allows it to be used for both hot and cold items.

I purchased this item from a local thrift store and paid around $4.00, but online retailers are selling it for $35.00+

I really enjoy this item as it always reminds me of classic cocktail party in the works.  Go find yourself one- you’ll be glad you did!




Vintage Wurlitzer Stereo Console (Update)


Well, this has certainly become a project. I’ve been working on this for two days and had to make some modifications. I really wanted to use the vintage electronics inside, but it needed too much repair. So, I had to change my plans.  I had to gut the electronic system and I’m going to find a decent amp to put in its place. I have the speakers running with just my iPhone/iPad and it sounds amazingly well. I’m really leaning towards using the unit as a bar to house my barware. (I’m still deciding). But, I was able to add some cool LED lighting. Stay tuned…

1960’s Libbey Silver Wheat Juice Glasses

vintage libbey silver wheat glasses duz
Libbey Silver Wheat Juice Glasses


These mid century Libbey Silver Wheat juice glasses also came from my mom’s cabinets.  These were similar to the golden foliage and silver foliage lines that were out around the same time.  Libby glass started in the early 1800’s and is still in business today. Duz detergent included a glass with each purchase which discontinued in the 1970’s.  A set of glasses in today’s market will be about $20.00-$25.00. During the 1950’s and 1960’s they offered some amazing glasses.  It was glassware straight out of Mad Men- Fantastic!

Mid Century Black Square Atomic Sunburst Glasses

atomic black gold sunburst vintage
Atomic Black and Gold Sunburst Glasses

I was convinced to purchase these mid century black square atomic sunburst glasses from the Goodwill months back.  The total price was $4.00.  A retail website online shows a set of 4 of these glasses going for $20.00. Unfortunately, I cannot find much on the Internet on who they are made by or their age.  But, overall not a bad investment.