Category Archives: Vintage Finds

Federal Glass- Spice of Life Pedestal Mugs

imageFederal Glass Company started in 1900 in Columbus, Ohio.  They made thousands of pieces in many different sizes, shapes and patterns. Federal Glass was hugely popular until the 1960’s where people started to move towards to using more plastics for their glassware and dinnerware.  The company made efforts in the 1960’s-1970’s to enhance their product line, but the attempt fell short and they closed their doors in 1979.

Online retailers have these classics going between $10-$25 dollars a set.  I was able to get mine for around a dollar each at the local Savers.  I Iike the fact that these vintage mugs hold 10 ounces, but I’m always concerned that they will tumble over due to their height.

Overall, it was a great find and I look forward to using them for many years to come.





Vintage Corning Ware Piggy Banks


After searching for over a year, I have finally found a set of the Corningware piggy banks.  Produced by Corning Glass Works in the 1980’s, these rare banks were made available to Corningware employees for purchase.  I do not know what the employees paid for these banks when they were released, but these are a highly collectable item by Corningware collectors today which fetch prices of $50 or more per bank.  These banks are very small about 7″ across, but a must have for a serious Corningware collector.  If you should ever come across one of these in a thrift store or yard sale- GRAB IT.  These are extremely hard to find.



Cheinco Spice Of Life Breadbox


During my visit to Pennsylvania, my sister and I hit some of the local thrift stores in the Harrisburg area.  We uncovered a new store that my sister never visited before.  Located beside a car wash and tucked behind a back corner of a small strip mall was this incredible store. (I’ll let my sister chime in on the name) What made this store so special was it had a feel of an antique store but had amazing thrift store prices. The staff was very friendly and I could’ve spent hours looking at all the items they had there.  Located on the second floor in an area with a ton of cool Pyrex items was this Cheinco Spice of Life breadbox.

Cheinco (known as the J. Chein company and pronounced “chain-co”) started out in 1903 in New York City.  They produced small tin toys for Cracker Jack boxes and toys for five and dime stores.  Cheinco also manufactured comic toy characters (Popeye, Felix and Disney characters) and tin advertising logos for major companies such as Coca-Cola.  In the 1940’s they aided in the war effort by producing nosecones and tails for bombs.  During the 1950’s they migrated into producing metal canisters, cake and cookie tins and of course breadboxes.  The toy division at Cheinco was discontinued in the mid 1960’s and they continued to produce housewares until the late 1980’s.

This breadbox was purchased for $10.00 and retails online for around $25.00. It’s another one of the accessory products that enhances the Corningware Spice of Life line.

For me to complete the Cheinco Spice of Life tin canister series, I’ll need to find the flour, sugar, coffee and tea canisters all with the brown lids (not yellow).  No problem there…. Sigh…..

For more information on the J. Chein Company legacy, p;was visit the Wikipedia article  J. Chein Company



Vintage Three Shade Brass Tension Lamp

Hello all!  Sorry for the lack of posts, I was out of town visiting family and just got back.  I wanted to share with you a find that came from my mom’s house in Pennsylvania. This vintage three shade brass tension light was in my parents living room ever since I was a child.  (I wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t purchased in the early 1950’s.)  I asked my mom for more details about the lamp and all she remembers is buying it from the local furniture store Fisher’s Furniture. This lamp was placed in the attic in the middle 1980’s where it sat ever since.  This past weekend, I managed to climb up there and found it in decent shape.  I packed it up and brought it back to Las Vegas, gave it a good cleaning and brought it back to life.  I’m going to try to find some information about the history of it.  The lamp switch allows you to turn on individual lamps and brings back a lot of fond memories. I’m happy that it remained intact and surprisingly had only minor wear and tear damage after all these years.  I plan on enjoying it for many years to come.


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

George Nelson- Wooden Pixels Wallclock


Some days after scouring through the thrift stores you leave feeling discouraged, but other times you happen to come across an item that makes it all worth while.  Yesterday, I was browsing one of my local Savers stores.  While walking through the isle that usually holds pots and pans, I noticed something that was certainly out of place- this awesome wooden pixels clock!

The clock was created by George Nelson (1908-1986). George was one of the founders of what we know as American Modernism and designed many classic iconic furniture, lamps and accessory pieces of the 20th century.  His accomplishments included being the director of the well known Herman Miller furniture company and his own company George Nelson Associates, Inc.

This amazing clock was purchased for $16.00 and easily retails online between $75.00-$125.00  It’s classic mid-century design is nostalgic and fits well in many design schemes.

george nelson, pixels clock, mid century

If you’d like more information on George Nelson, please visit the link below.

Source:  Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



“Tea, Earl Grey, Hot!”

bodum star trek captain picard
Bodum Classic Captain Picard Glasses

Fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation should certainly remember that phrase along with these cups.  These are the words used by Captain Picard to order his beverage from the replicator and the cups he drank it from.

These cups were produced by Bodum circa 1980’s.  Bodum started in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1944 by Peter Bodum. In the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, Bodum was known for producing unique industrial designs to many of their pieces.

This set was seen today at the Summerlin Savers.  The four piece set is only $1.99, which is an incredible bargin as they are no longer being produced and online websites are selling them for $50.00 (if you can even still find them).  Any fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation would certainly appreciate these gems.

To see more information regarding these cups and an actual picture of Captain Picard using it, please visit the following site.

If you’d like more information on Bodum and their line, feel free to visit

Make it so.