Thrift Stores – The Valuable Debate

Can anything of monetary value be found at your local thrift store these days?

It is a BIG question that has been on my mind for quite some time. Since a young age I always thought A. all these thrift stores have regular antiquers/collectors that go in and scout (every day) for valuables, hence by the time I arrive there is nothing left. Or B. there is the occasional person (or staff member) that gets lucky and snags that one amazing piece not knowing its worth.

Today I visited my neighbourhood Value Village thrift store with a watchful eye. Overall Value Village showed me a fabulous time but in the end I did not find anything of much “extra/added” dollar value. This brings me to my next thought that sometimes worth can be measured in more than just resale dollars.

My next visit will be to the Salvation Army and I will compare my findings to these insightful ones below…

Made in England

IMG_1758This exceptional plate caught my eye simply because of its ornate details. I instantly checked the back of this vintage beaut and saw Cauldon England Est 1774 # 2483.

For $5.99 I grabbed this Royal Cauldon and plopped it in my cart. Whether I use it as a display piece or luncheon/dinner plate this Hobnail Flowers Series was a steal of a deal. Online, I have seen the same item sell between $11-$20. 

I plan to dive deeper into the world of back stamps also called marker stamps in an upcoming post. Come back soon to learn all about How to Identify an Antique.

A 16th Century literary landmark


Find # 2 was a plate with an illustration type graphic presenting the wording, The Old Curiosity Shop Immortalized by Charles Dickens Antiques and Modern Art.

The Old Curiosity Shop is a novel written by Charles Dickens in 1840. It has been said the novel was referring to or inspired a building dating from 1567 in central London with the same name. After a solid attempt tonight I was unable to find an exact match to this plate online. I may of overpaid at $2.99. On the bright side it is pretty rad and apparently Queen Victoria read (and enjoyed) the book in 1841 so maybe I should read it to.

Bianco & Nero

IMG_1773Lucky number 3 was a Bianco & Nero, Abbott China mug (or holder of some kind) that I got for 99 cents. I found out that the image imprinted on the mug is from a Vintage Italian Bianco and Nero Dance Theatre poster circa 1908. There are many reproductions and prints out there. As with my curiosity shop score I was unable to retrieve an exact replica of what I got online.

Pricing these two items above is on my list of “To Do’s” this week. Time to bust out the keywords.


The learning continued as the fourth novelty item grabbed my attention with the wording BOUTARI. I just loved the shape of this little mini pitcher/jug. My search results failed me again but after looking at the colourful image on the side on the pitcher featuring a window with the sun outside and bottle of wine with a glass – I put it all together.

IMG_1767IMG_1768I believe this showpiece may of come from (or was a promotional item sold at a shop near or far) Boutari . It is a winery founded in 1879 by an impressive man named Yiannis Boutari. The logo looks a little different than the one on my jug but this is my best guess and people do change their branding from time to time. Greece is on my bucket list of places to go so if I am there I will check this wine out – it has rave reviews as the best wine in Greece. The jug was $2.99.

Taylor G -Dallas Texas 

Art to wear? The last item I grasped was a embellished vest with the label Taylor G- Dallas Texas. What I found out is this apparel came from a company established in 1994 in Texas. Records show it sold read-to-wear women’s clothes. I think the business is closed but regardless definitely think Taylor’s got style. I cant wait to wear this $7.99 find.







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