Thursday, March 3, 2011

From the Thrift Store

Yesterday I found a treasure at the thrift store and it only cost $2.99! It's a collapsible wire laundry basket - VINTAGE! I looked around on ebay and found one just like it that's got a starting bid of $81, so I feel like I got a pretty good deal. Pottery Barn also has one similar that they're selling for $159. I think I'll make a fabric liner for it from some striped ticking, and use it to store some of my rolled up rugs.



This is the one on Pottery Barn - the liner is nice, huh?

There's a little metal tag attached to the basket with a patent number on it so I did a bit of searching on Google and discovered that the patent was issued in 1955 - the same year I was born - so that's a fun bit of trivia!

24 comments:

Courtney said...

What a great basket! Don't you just love finding a gem at the thrifts? That's what makes a thrift store so cool!
Hugs,
Courtney

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

I have one and believe me, it didn't cost $2.99!!! Lucky girl!!!

Deb said...

You got a great deal on that basket. What a find! And better yet - made in the same year you were born!!

Deb @ Crows on the Cupola said...

Just love your basket.. what a super find you lucky girl!
Deb

Nedra said...

Yes, you did get quite a find! I've seen these type of baskets in Quilt Stores holding things like fat quarters, or notions.
(what a great year 1955. Same year I was born also, and the year Disneyland opened up!)

Lori said...

Score!!! Finding things like that, for an incredible price, is such a great feeling!

Lori said...

What a deal! It is so cute too!!

Mindy/Raymond Homestead said...

What a lucky find!

Kim said...

That basket is so cool. And a steal of a price too.

Irishgirlsews said...

Another great find, don't you love these little gems that bring us so much delight??
Wendy

Rugs and Pugs said...

Oh, Gayle,
You done good! One of the local hookers has something very similar. She left is unlined and just filled it with wool. It looks wonderful!
Hugs :)
Lauren

Lisa said...

Wow Gayle, what a find. I am so happy for you. I think a liner would just finish it off nicely. I can't wait to see what you decide. Have a great night. Lisa

Tanya said...

What a bargain! Enjoy your basket.

Kaaren said...

You definitely lucked out on this treasure, Gayle!

I think it'll look super with rolled quilts in it. Love it!

Ann said...

Gayle, What a find - how lucky you were. Great idea for a liner and to use as storage. ~Ann

Cammie said...

Great find!! I have two of these and yea I paid a little more than $2.99!
Don't you just love those unexpected bargains!!

Tracey said...

Whoa, Gayle, there are so many possibilities with that beauty! I can not believe the price you paid, too ~ nice going!

Libby said...

What a find! Makes me *swoon* just a little bit.

Mercy Otis/The Stone House said...

What an awesome find!
It will looks way good with a ticking lining.
Enjoy
Mercy

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

What an awesome find, Gayle! I'd have snatched that up in about a NY minute, myself. Show us again when you get the liner made.

acorn hollow said...

What a great find! I just love it.
cathy

Dawn Heese said...

Awesome find! I am so jealous.

GailinVirginia said...

Hi Gayle...drool, what a nice thrifty find...I first saw one in the Kindred Spirits magazine pages of their wonderful shop...glad you found it:)

I remember you fondly from P&R forum and never thought I'd try blogging...but, I am still at it after eight months. Glad to see you are still hooking great prim rugs...I took another path for a bit learning to punch needle and do counted X-stitching.
Glad I recognized you from a bloggers following:)

~Gail

Angie Berry said...

SCORE!! That is an awesome find and it looks like it's in mint condition for being from 1955! Not that that is old... hehe.

I think a ticking liner would look awesome in it and a great idea to use it for your rolled up rugs.