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Vintage Items and Bargains - Finding Them is Half the Fun

Updated on May 16, 2018
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Peg is an avid collector of vintage treasures. Her passion for retro goods led her to open a retail Furniture and Collectibles Store.

Rookwood Vase from 1907
Rookwood Vase from 1907

Treasure

This valuable purchase came from a thrift store priced at under ten dollars. The vase has a manufacturer's mark on the bottom with Roman Numerals VII, indicating the year 1907.The engraved letters, KVH, indicate the artist Katherine Van Horne signed the piece. Rookwood Items from this era can sell for up to a thousand dollars.

This is the kind of treasure a bargain hunter hopes to find. But for me, the hunt for treasure is always the best part.

Ceramic Mug by Hull

Hull Tangerine mug in mirror foam finish with matching unmarked caraffe.
Hull Tangerine mug in mirror foam finish with matching unmarked caraffe.

Spending wisely was an important part of my childhood and later when trying to set up a household on a budget. Our family shopped at thrift stores, resale shops and yard sales for household appliances, dishes, bicycles and anything else we needed. We found vintage autos, boats, tools, toys, furniture and more for a fraction of their retail price. After a good scrubbing with a little soap and water, we put them to good use.

Opening a Store was a Long Time Dream

This was my collectibles and furniture store in historic downtown Wylie TX.
This was my collectibles and furniture store in historic downtown Wylie TX. | Source

Many weekends were spent at flea markets, garage sales and auctions. Once I attended my first auction, I was hooked. The excitement of finding and bidding on a treasured item would inspire me to open my own collectibles store in Texas.

Murano Glass

Murano glass was popular in the fifties and sixties used for decoration and as ashtrays.
Murano glass was popular in the fifties and sixties used for decoration and as ashtrays.

The Time to Buy

The best advice when shopping at an antique store, flea market or resale shop is, "The time to buy an antique is now." Never expect to find your beloved item if you go back to purchase it later. They are not making any new antiques and many are one of a kind.

Hull Mirror Brown Dinnerware

Hull Dinnerware in mirror brown trimmed with Ivory Foam from the fifties
Hull Dinnerware in mirror brown trimmed with Ivory Foam from the fifties | Source

This dinnerware from the fifties, known as Hull House 'n Garden Ware, came in a variety of colors like turquoise, green, orange and mirror brown with ivory foam trim. The sets were sturdy enough for use in the oven. Sets included cookie jars, serving platters, mixing bowls, bean pots, mugs, teapots, pitchers, plates and saucers.

This collection was purchased one item at a time over a period of years. It's getting harder to find Hull pieces now as it's no longer being manufactured.

Coffee Server

Hall China Flare Ware Coffee Warmer
Hall China Flare Ware Coffee Warmer

This Flare Ware pattern is from the sixties, made by Hall China, one of the oldest manufacturers of dinnerware in the United States. The electric warmer still works and the pattern nicely matches my modern holiday gold-trimmed dishes.

Finding bargains can be a lot of fun. On one television show, they feature American Pickers who drive across the country seeking "rusty gold and barn fresh treasures." This pastime can become addictive.

Bonnet Dresser

This solid oak Bonnet dresser is from the 1860s. Imagine crossing the prairie with this piece in your covered wagon.
This solid oak Bonnet dresser is from the 1860s. Imagine crossing the prairie with this piece in your covered wagon.

Vintage American made dinnerware is a favorite of my collections. Often discovered one piece at a time, it's a joy to discover another item and bring it home. Soaking them in a warm, sudsy bath makes me feel like I'm rescuing a piece of history.

Tupperware from the Seventies

Containers came in vibrant colors in the seventies. These Tupperware containers are hard to find.
Containers came in vibrant colors in the seventies. These Tupperware containers are hard to find.

Burgundy Lace Pattern

Sugar bowl in the Burgundy Lace pattern from the nineteen forties by French Saxon is difficult to find.
Sugar bowl in the Burgundy Lace pattern from the nineteen forties by French Saxon is difficult to find. | Source

Auctions

Auctions are a good place to learn a little about the history of each item. A good auctioneer will tell a story about items trying to entertain the audience and build interest. One of my favorite auctions is in Fort Worth, Texas featuring container lots of French and English furniture.

Tuesday nights at an auction in Garland, Texas, the auctioneer had a great sense of humor. When the bidding got intense over a particular item he would say, "The buzzards are circling."

Most auction houses allow a buyer to register before purchasing items, with or without a tax exemption number. They give bidders a paper placard with an assigned number used to record the items they bid on. Don't worry if you scratch your nose. That usually won't be mistaken for a bid. For rookie buyers, the auctioneer often asks, "Are you waving at someone or bidding?" before they scream, "SOLD!".

Carnival Glass

Carnival Glass Goblets from the fifties
Carnival Glass Goblets from the fifties

Etched Depression Glass Goblets

Etched green glass goblets from the depression era purchased from a Thrift store
Etched green glass goblets from the depression era purchased from a Thrift store | Source

Two Drawer Mirrored Oak Dresser

This was purchased by a neighboring store to use as a display for her homemade candles.
This was purchased by a neighboring store to use as a display for her homemade candles.

St. Petersburg and Clearwater are great places to find vintage items since retirees that move there often donate their household items when downsizing. During my vacations in Florida, I shopped Goodwill, Salvation Army, Donation Station, Friends of Strays, and Junior League during the week with good luck.

Oak Sideboard

Curved Front Oak Sideboard from the nineteen fifties held a liquor cabinet inside
Curved Front Oak Sideboard from the nineteen fifties held a liquor cabinet inside | Source

Burl Walnut Triple Mirrored Dresser

English Burl Walnut triple mirrored dresser came in on a container from Europe
English Burl Walnut triple mirrored dresser came in on a container from Europe | Source

Ribbon Candy Patterned Glassware

Ribbon Candy Pitcher from the late 1800s
Ribbon Candy Pitcher from the late 1800s

This patterned glass vase is from the late eighteen hundreds in a pattern called Ribbon Candy. It came from an estate sale where the seller's sage words of advice sent me into a land of discovery about items and their history.

These traveling bar sets from the forties used to be popular for parties, picnics, train rides and entertaining.
These traveling bar sets from the forties used to be popular for parties, picnics, train rides and entertaining. | Source

Researching Item Values

Collector Series books were the source of values before the internet. They listed approximate market values and the history of the pattern. Items can be easily researched on line now. Finding approximate item values can be done by looking up the latest sales on eBay auctions. Be sure to check the sold prices rather than checking the list or asking price. An item is only worth what the market will bear.

Tobacco Items and Old Rotary Dial Telephone

Rotary dial telephone from the forties and a Texas ashtray and lighter from the fifties
Rotary dial telephone from the forties and a Texas ashtray and lighter from the fifties | Source

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Vintage LP Album - Elvis' G.I. Blues

Vintage long playing albums are making a comeback at the record stores.
Vintage long playing albums are making a comeback at the record stores. | Source

Long playing vinyl records are making a comeback with vintage items like this Elvis recording bringing high prices.

Jewel Tea Mixing Bowls

Jewel Tea or Autumn Leaf pattern was sold in the dime stores during the seventies.
Jewel Tea or Autumn Leaf pattern was sold in the dime stores during the seventies. | Source

English Oak Bookcase

Secretary and glass front bookcase with drawers
Secretary and glass front bookcase with drawers | Source

Gemini Ranch Collectibles and Furniture

Hampton Cleaners next door had major smoke damage.
Hampton Cleaners next door had major smoke damage.

Natural Disasters

"You'd better get down here," she said. "Downtown is on fire." The call came late one night from one of the downtown merchants. It was past midnight when we sat together on the sidewalk and watched several stores burn, not allowed inside while firefighters from three local stations battled the blaze. Hampton cleaners next to my store suffered extensive smoke damage. The shop next to them, an uninsured candle shop, burned completely to the ground. The next day there was a second fire across the street affecting several more stores causing extensive smoke and water damage.

Reconstruction seemed to take forever. With nearly half of the stores on the street closed for repair, business suffered. The fire was determined to be caused by faulty electrical wiring. I pictured the frayed web of wiring in my attic and cringed. One year later, I closed my business for good and continued working my day job.

I still miss the smell and feel of walking into the store, looking over all the vintage merchandise and spending the day with those mementos from the past.

© 2012 Peg Cole

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    • PegCole17 profile imageAUTHOR

      Peg Cole 

      5 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hi Larry, I still enjoy visiting the antique stores and finding buried treasures. Thanks for coming by and for your kind remarks.

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      Larry W Fish 

      5 months ago from Raleigh

      A fascinating article, Peg. As the photos in your story shows many an unusual item can be found at those type of stores. My wife and I love going through and looking and looking. Sorry about your store having to close, that is sad.

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      Peg Cole 

      2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello Vespawoolf, Thanks for the kind words. I often think of the store and the fun I had setting up displays, going to auctions and meeting new customers. I was working a full time job at the time and it became too much to work seven days a week when I started traveling on business about 70 percent of the time.

      You and I could have some fun sleuthing for treasures, I'm sure.

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      vespawoolf 

      2 years ago from Peru, South America

      I'm sorry your store had to close. That type of business was right down your alley! You have found some gorgeous items through the years. I also enjoy thrift store treasure hunting and do it whenever I have a chance. Thank you for sharing.

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      Peg Cole 

      4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hi Merrci, thank you for the visit and comment on this thrift store hub. I'm also trying to resist, but I went to a store last week (bad idea) and found some melamine plates, a teapot, two Corelle platters, a lavender glass pie dish and other things that hopped into my basket. Oh, my.

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Very fun article to peruse too! Every time I go into a thrift store or stop by a garage sale I wish I had more knowledge of what has value and what doesn't. I'm in the simplifying stage now, so I try to resist these days. It is very interesting to see your finds!

    • PegCole17 profile imageAUTHOR

      Peg Cole 

      4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello Kaili Bisson, Thanks so much for checking out these treasures. I wish you all the best in your sleuthing efforts. Good hunting.

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      Kaili Bisson 

      4 years ago from Canada

      My goodness, you have been lucky! What a great hub.

      I love Rookwood, so now I will have to start keeping an eye out at the local Value Village.

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      Peg Cole 

      4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hi Suzzycue, Thanks for stopping by. I love these old things but I'm on the downsizing mode at this point. There's a lady coming to the house tomorrow to pick up a few furniture items I no longer want. She has a booth at one of the stores in Farmersville. I guess that will give me room for a few more old things.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Wow! It looks like you have a real knack for finding things in thrift stores. I haven't been in a while. This makes me want to go!

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      Dreamer at heart 

      4 years ago from Northern California

      I am so glad to meet you too, Peg. All of the short lived shop project experience taught me much about running a retail shop alone. Mostly, I so admired my neighbors next door who gathered used furniture and were partners in business. They could count on each other for ideas and help.

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      Peg Cole 

      4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Starstream, I would love to have visited your shop in OR. Whenever I travel, I try to find at least one collectibles shop to browse. Thanks so much for the generous comments! It's nice to meet you.

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      CrisSp 

      4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I'll surely be dropping by Goodwill and other Thrift Shop in Florida on my next visit. I've got some good stuff (old books included) from my last trip to Boston and I love them. Thanks for the tips. I love vintage stuff and treasure hunting. It's fun and I enjoy digging some old stuff from our local thrift store. I think it's exciting than grocery shopping. :)

      P.S. Beautiful digs you've got there and yes, I enjoyed this hub.

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      Susan Britton 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love thrift store finds and your finds are real treasures. I also have done this for years but my house is full to the brim. I found a handmade box this weekend thrown to the curb. It was beatifully made with a lid with chain. So it has become part of my collection. I often wonder how people can throw away hand made treasures of this kind of quality.

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      Dreamer at heart 

      4 years ago from Northern California

      Awesome finds! In fact they found you. Collecting these pieces adds to our understanding of history too.

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      Dreamer at heart 

      4 years ago from Northern California

      I enjoyed reading your article which is interesting and informative. Your little shop reminded me of the Angel shop I opened many years ago in Rogue River, OR. It only lasted less than a year because of the old building electric requirements and lack of foot traffic. I love collectibles and wrote a few articles about that at the hub.

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      Peg Cole 

      4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello Shyron, My Aunt Jessie had a Singer pedal sewing machine, too. She would let me work the pedal while she sewed. I have such great memories of her.

      Thanks so much for reading, voting and sharing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      4 years ago from Texas

      I love collectors, they/you have such passion for the beauty you can find in great workmanship, and the pride in finding American made goods.

      I love your pictures also.

      My grandmother had one of those Singer sewing machines.

      Thumbs up across the board and shared.

      Thank you for sharing this with us.

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      Peg Cole 

      4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Prairieprincess, what a charming comment you've left for me to find! Thank you. These old things call out to me, and as hard as I try to walk past them, I just can't. It is as if I'm rescuing them from oblivion and restoring them to a place of dignity. I'm so delighted these things reminded you of wonderful memories of your Mom. Bless your heart, dear one.

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      Sharilee Swaity 

      4 years ago from Canada

      Oh Peg, your hub touched my heart, and was an absolute pleasure to soak in. I loved how you shared your adventures and experiences with these old objects. You obviously have a great passion for beautiful, old things, and I was definitely not offended at having to look at them. I loved it!

      Some of the items you have remind me a lot of my Mom's stuff: the black t-cup and the bluebird dish. She also loved picking up these old treasures and once worked at an antique shop. Thank you for an enjoyable read, and wonderful memories of my Mom. Take care!

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      Peg Cole 

      4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      You're right about the best time for garage sales, Au fait. During spring cleaning, people are clearing away stuff they've stashed away during the cold days of winter. With the kids out of school in June, it's a good time to hold yard sales to clear space for the upcoming school year. And the holiday season seems ripe for gleaning treasures both new and old.

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      C E Clark 

      4 years ago from North Texas

      This is the time of year for yard sales, although here in Texas we have them year around. I really like yard sales and thrift stores. They're always full of surprises and often some real bargains. Right after Christmas is a good time to go too, when some people have those gifts they received that they don't want in their sales, and so things are often new. Yard sales and thrift stores are great ways to find some real treasures at bargain prices, plus they're entertaining too.

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      Peg Cole 

      5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hi there Eileen. I used one of these old sewing machines as a kid also. No electricity needed! Thanks for coming in to take a look at these collectible items and I'm so glad you enjoyed the pictures.

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      Eileen Hughes 

      5 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      What a wonderful collection you have there Peg. I love the old sewing machine I remember using one of them as a kid.

      I love browsing garage sales for bargains but have never picked up anything as lovely as some things in the photos. Great collection of photos too.

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      Peg Cole 

      5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hi Peggy. Yes. I'm still addicted to the thrift store allure. In fact, just last weekend when my sister was in town, I bought an oak table from the 1880s just to preserve it's beauty. I'll enjoy displaying some more items on it that I found while browsing with them. Hopefully, it will move into my study and become my work desk. Thanks for your insightful comments and for the visit.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I love watching Antiques Roadshow on TV. We have been culling things and getting rid of things by donating or giving them away...but a thrift shop has a certain allure. It is always fun finding a bargain. Love your collection of photos and I would say that you did REALLY well when you found those Rockwood vases for a bargain price. Too bad that you had to close your shop. Sounds like operating it was right up your alley so to speak...plus those nice business trip/vacations to Florida allowing you to find more treasures. Now I know why you like the beaches and sounds of the ocean in Florida! Up, useful and interesting votes. :)

    • PegCole17 profile imageAUTHOR

      Peg Cole 

      5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello Au fait. Me too. Now I have too much stuff and I'm on the selling end. Of course, once I reduce the volume of dust catchers that I am prone to buy, then I'm tempted to go out and use the revenue to buy "new" old stuff to replace what I've sold. I always find something I love when I'm out 'saling' in the thrift stores and yard sales so I have to control my impulse to stop when I see that magnet of a sign advertising a garage sale.

      Thanks for sharing your love of this hobby with me and for stopping in to view these finds.

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      I used to enjoy going 'saling' (yard sales) every weekend and I made regular treks through the local thrift stores every few weeks too. I would still go, but I should probably have a couple 'yard sales' myself! I wasn't searching for antiques like you, but just the same, you never know what you'll find. I did sell a few of my finds on eBay and did pretty well.

      Great photos of your treasures! So nice that you are sharing your experience in this area with everyone.

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      Peg Cole 

      5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hi Michelle. The way I estimate value is to go to eBay, sign in, and search under "sold" items. That way you get the market value, meaning what the item actually sold for, rather than what the seller is asking. Thanks for the great question. Peg

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      michelle 

      5 years ago

      how can i find out how much the amber iridescent dish is worth???

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      Peg Cole 

      5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello MarloByDesign. Thanks for the visit and the great comment and votes.

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      MarloByDesign 

      5 years ago from United States

      Great finds!!! Thanks for sharing your pictures. Great Hub. Voted UP!

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      Peg Cole 

      5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Trish. I'll be zooming over to check out your yard sale hub. As you know, it is one of my favorite topics as well. Smiles. I was mostly selling on eBay, getting rid of the leftover dinnerware and beautiful glass ware from the store. It's tempting even now to stockpile these beautiful things, but I'm trying to quit! See you soon I hope.

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      trish1048 

      5 years ago

      Hi Peg,

      You're very welcome. I may have to re-visit my hub about yard sales and give it some tweaking, or perhaps, do it over altogether. This is one topic I love to talk about :)

      Oh, I didn't sell on Ebay, all I did was buy, that's why I said if I didn't stop when I did I'd be turned in as a hoarder. I have made an occasional visit to Ebay in the years since, and found myself totally disappointed in their changes. What was once familiar, was no longer.

      Have a great day!

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      Peg Cole 

      5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Trish, thanks for your visit and for sharing that great story about your friend with an antique store. I used to love it when customers would stop in and spend a few moments having coffee or just visiting. One lady used to bring me tomatoes out of her garden. I looked forward to her visit whether she bought anything or not.

      You were fortunate to sell on eBay when you did. Those years selling on line was very good for me after the store closed. Prices have dropped considerably at the moment, but you know what they say, buy low! Again, I'm so glad you stopped in today.

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      trish1048 

      5 years ago

      A hub so dear to my heart! I have always loved old things, and became a very avid collector over the years. I finally found myself in a situation where I had to put the brakes on, and it's now been a good 5 years or so that I've purchased any treasures.

      One day, many, many years ago, in my hometown, I ran across an old house, posing as an antique shop. I decided to stop and investigate. When I walked in, the proprietor welcomed me with a huge smile and asked would I like a cup of coffee. Well, let me tell you, I was instantly hooked. I am a huge coffee addict :)

      I thought, what a charming woman! Over the years, I purchased many things from her shop, and several times, as I browsed through her shop, she'd offer up an item as a gift. Her reason, she explained, was that she had no room for it any longer. I can't begin to tell you what amazing things she gifted me. I eagerly accepted them and brought them home to grace my home.

      I decided one year to investigate Ebay. What a blessing/mistake. Yes, both. I was so addicted that I was on a first name basis with the UPS guy. I had things coming to my home I'd say 4 out of 7 days every week. So, when my bottom fell out, as I look back, it was a blessing in disguise. I am convinced, had I continued, that I'd be featured on the show Hoarders lol.

      Thanks for the great hub, your wonderful finds, and for me, a trip down memory lane :)

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      Peg Cole 

      5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Epi, you darling man, please give my kindest regards to Tiffy and Gabriel. Oh my, Winter. Old man Winter. Makes me want to sing. I'm hoping you had a nice gathering with folks that you love when you celebrated, Epi, of whomever, if fur-based type, my personal favorite type of guests. lol. We had a wonderful time with me spending most of the day in my kitchen where I play the radio and dance around baking. It is like a dream. Sometime if you have time please check out my blog. I do test recipes! Thankfully I have a ready test group who like to eat it, Mom and Louise who turned 92 this year. We are grateful for them being nearby; it is such a joy to have them in our lives.

      Thank you Colin, for being in my life as well and although I don't visit often, when I do, it always amazes me at the range of talent you have. Please don't be a stranger.

      Love

      Peg

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      epigramman 

      5 years ago

      ...your fascinating hub presentation (loaded with interesting photographs) is a treasure hunt in itself and it reminds me of the Salvation Army thrift store that I have here where I live in the neighboring town of Dunville - it's just amazing what one can find for such great low prices. And you never know what you will find - there is something for everyone and everyone has a different ideal of what that holy grail is.

      I could feel this hub assignment was a true labor of love for you and I got caught up in all of the excitement of the 'big hunt' and its rewards.

      Thank you dear friend for coming into my life and my two cats Tiffy and Gabriel are both well as we are all waiting for winter to arrive here now by the lake - today the lake looks like a wild raging ocean with high winds and whitecaps and tomorrow there's a chance of snow flurries as the temperatures drops - sending you warm wishes and good energy and happy shopping (this is far better shopping than that crazy Black Friday madness) from lake erie time ontario canada 2:11pm

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello Carol. Thanks for zipping in on your way to book reviews. The finds are getting harder to locate and lots of the new things like from the 80s and 90s are showing up. Vintage stuff is getting rare. I'm glad you found your way here to take a look and thanks for the great comment.

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      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      I was about to check out some book reviews and couldn't pass this hub up. Wow you certainly have gotten some great things at thrift stores. We have a bunch here in Prescott, Arizona...but never saw these lovelies. Great hub and photos.

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello FullOfLoveSites,

      Me too. The dusty boxes that have to be dragged out from under stuff is where the treasure is found! Thanks for the visit. Nice to meet you.

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      FullOfLoveSites 

      6 years ago from United States

      I love thrift stores, shopping at those stores is one of my favorite hobbies. I like the idea of digging out and discovering old things that become new treasures for me. Thanks for posting! :)

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thanks for finding me Carter06. I loved those green glass goblets too. They are delicate and wonderful examples of a different past when we used nice things to drink from rather than plastic or paper cups. Thanks so much for reading and taking time to comment. I enjoyed meeting you at the Cafe recently.

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      Mary 

      6 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hi Peg...I just found you & this wonderful hub! I love reading about finding treasures such as those beautiful green glass goblets & vintage books & china...such fun...thanks...

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Ruby, I started out with the Hull as my first set to try to put back together a whole set. After I sold the plates and bowls and saucers I couldn't part with the cookie jars and tea pots. Just love this stuff. Glad to hear you like the Hull too! Thanks for the visit today. Peg

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      Maree Michael Martin 

      6 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      I have a few pieces of the hull dinnerware left. Great hub about some marvelous finds. We still have some old books too. This stuff just never goes out of style, awesome!

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thank you Whalefeather2! Saturday is a fine day for finds!

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      whalefeather2 

      6 years ago

      Awesome Finds!

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thank you Monica. We'll use them for a toast to our next find. Cheers to us!

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      monicamelendez 

      6 years ago from Salt Lake City

      Those goblets are beautiful!

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hi Victoria Lynn, Me too. Maybe we were born too late. I have a great affection for all the clothes from the forties as well as the decorations. Those padded shoulders and matching suits are wonderful. It was back when people actually dressed to go out. I sure appreciate your stopping by and sharing your "grandma house" story. It truly was a compliment. Peg

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I love yard sales, thrift stores, flea markets, antique stores, and old stuff! When I got my first house, I was just in my late 20's when someone told me my house was like a grandma house. I took it as a compliment, too! If it's modern, I don't want it. And new isn't anything special in my book. Loved this hub and the photos. Great finds!

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thanks Rebecca! All the best to you in your search for treasure.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Good for you! I love thrift stores and yard sales. You are the Queen!

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello there skye2day! So nice to see you again today, sweet. Yes, it is true that God sends us things to find. Seeking is the fun part! I understand about selling the good stuff when the time comes too. Have done that a few times myself.

      Love you too Skye and hope you are well and happy. Peg

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hi Angela, Wow. You live in an area rich with old time treasures. Once I was in Omaha for a short stay and spent most of my time in the tiny downtown with its historic shops. I found a beautiful 40s tailored suit with horsehair shoulder pads, an evening jacket and a cosmetic cigarette case with rhinestones on the top. How I longed to go back for more! Let's go. You can show me around your area!

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      skye2day 

      6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      peg I love your hub sister. Thank you for a great read. I love the dishes. What a find. I so love salvation army, goodwill, savers, so on. I have scored several treasures. Many have sold when hard times hit, many stay with me. I always consider the treasures I find a God deal. He just loves to send winks to His kids. Love ya peg you are precious indeed.

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      Angela Brummer 

      6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Really amazing finds. I would love to go shopping with you!

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hi Becky, I had hoped you would stop by and share about your store too. It is so much fun remembering the things that I had in there and even the smell when I would open the door and turn on the lights. I would love to see pics of your precious things. I also have a hand crocheted tablecloth that my Grandmother painstakingly made of cotton twine. I love the Hull vases and I have a tall one in Magnolia pattern with wall pockets to match. Thanks so much for stopping in to remember these things with me. Can't wait to see your hub. Meet you at the cafe? Peg

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      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Lovely hub Peg. I had a store too, imagine that. Mine was 1700 sq. feet in the old town section of a little town in OH. We had the tin ceiling tiles also. I miss it so much. I loved it.

      The searching is such fun too. I have a Depression Glass Thumbprint pattern punch bowl set. Glass ladle, 12 cups that sit on the platter under the bowl. I found it for $7 at a yard sale. I also have an entire set of dishes with matching crystal that was my grandmother's.

      I have a couple of old trunks with my great-grandmother's crazy quilt and the year 1905 embroidered in the bottom corner. Also her old Bible from 1895. I treasure these the most but also have a Hall Chrysanthemum vase and several Hull vases and planters. I guess I am going to have to write a hub about my treasures as soon as I can borrow a camera long enough to take some pictures.

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello Snakeslane, Wish I could take you on a shopping tour of my area's thrift stores. I have some favorites in Farmersville where loads of bargains can still be found. It's so much fun treasure hunting! Thanks for the votes and for dropping in to check out my dusty stuff. Peg

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Good morning Peg, so many beautiful collectibles you display here! Your experience with buying and selling these pieces is fascinating. I've inherited and accumulated some porcelain and glass along the way myself, and doing research on what I've found has been really interesting. Great page Peg, voted up and all the buttons, funny too for the ad libbed lines in your story (nice doilies btw). Regards, snakeslane

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      What a great idea, Kartika. That hub should prove helpful to quite a few of us who need to scale down. Thanks again for your visit. It's always nice to see you. Peg

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      kartika damon 

      6 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

      I get it! I just went through it - took a lot to a consignment shop - I don't sell on eBay because of the time it involves. I think I might write a hub on the process I went through of scaling down. OM :)

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello Kartika. I can relate to the simplicity mode and in fact have been reducing my collection quite a bit over the past few years, selling it on eBay to weed out some of the clutter. But you know it's hard to let go of these pretty things once they have become familiar items. I'm trying hard to get rid of extra stuff and I'm definitely with you on reducing housework! OOOoooooommm.

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      kartika damon 

      6 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

      Peg, Ah yes! I used to be a collector and also a seller of collectables and antiques so I recognize your collections. There is always something exciting about finding those special things at special prices - I remember it well. Now, I've gone a bit Zen and that has its upside - a lot less dusting.

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      vespawoolf 

      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      Good idea, Peg! I might just do that. : )

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Vespa, Don't you love the dollar part! Too cool. You should take a picture of it and make a hub about the market. That would be awesome. Peg

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      vespawoolf 

      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      Yes, we have a blast. Tuesday is my flea market day and today I found a beautiful, delicate china plate. It's rectangular and white with handpainted red fruits and leaves. It looks European, but there aren't any identifying marks on it. I only paid $1 and I love it!

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hi Vespawoolf, A flea market with used objects from the US and Europe? Wow. I wonder if we have a flea market with items from Peru? Yes, it is the amazing things that can be found among all the junk! That is the fun in it. Thanks for sharing this joy with me and for your nice comments. Hope to see you again. Peg

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      vespawoolf 

      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      I really enjoyed reading about your beautiful finds. I have recently also begun to "treasure hunt". Would you believe, here in Peru, we have a flea market with used objects brought over from the US and Europe? We find all kinds of amazing things and, as you said, it's the sleuthing that's fun. Voted up and awesome!

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello Thelyricwriter! Thanks for the visit to my collection of dusty treasures. You know that research is essential to picking the good stuff out of the rest of the sparkly things. I'm not sure I know the term "cherry pick" other than as a good collection of undiscovered gems. I collect for fun rather than resale these days and for the joy of rescuing an otherwise lost and discarded item. The store's been gone for a dozen years and now houses a pediatric clinic. Time moves on.

      Thanks for the nice comments and the visit.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. Awesome finds Peg! I love getting great deals on collector items. I love history and all artifacts. Many people would be surprised at the items people sale that are highly valuable. Very important to research your items so you are able to take advantage of such situations. I know people frown on the "cherry pick", but you are entitled to make a living. Great article Peg. Best wishes and look with your shop.

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Oh Frank! What a great story about your secret find! I love stuff like that. You know most of the store owners and auctioneers are wise to the treasure hidden within pictures. But what a treasure you found. That pencil drawing above was in a frame with a child's school photograph. I couldn't imagine someone giving that to Goodwill but they did. Anyway, thanks for the comment and for the visit. See you soon I hope. Peg

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello B.Malin, You are definitely in the right zone when it comes to treasure hunting. There are some terrific stores in your area where amazing items can be found. I lived in Miami for years and went to HS there. You're are a bit north of where we were in a really beautiful part of the country. Thanks for the nice words about my old store. I do miss it sometimes.

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hi Girltalksshop, Thanks for the sweet remarks about collecting and for looking at these pictures. I wanted to share that this hobby can be both fun and lucrative with a little research into stuff that appeals to the person collecting. Grandma's table and beyond - that's a good name for a store! I'm glad you stopped by and thanks again. Peg

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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      what a great little share... but you can find treasures.. I purchased a small frame from a thrift store and when I was going to replace the set in picture.. filling out the frame I found a Pete Rose Rookie card valued at over 200 dollars.. so the frame cost me 3 dollars and I made 200.. hmm treasures indeed... Great write up

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      b. Malin 

      6 years ago

      Hi PegCole, I Loved this Hub of yours on Collecting. I love going to Antique Stores, which we have so many of here in N. Palm Beach. What Treasures can be Found! I also enjoyed reading about your business. Bargains are out there...seek and you shall find! Thanks for sharing your Wonderful Pieces.

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      girltalksshop 

      6 years ago

      I don't think anyone should be offended by your photo display of treasures. I like things from Grandmas table and beyond. Very nice selection of goods. Well cared for and worth the cost. : ) Enjoyed your treasures. Thanks for sharing it with us!!

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thanks for reading this one Alastar. No money trees in my neighborhood. I do enjoy patronizing the Mom and Pop shops. It is great to see the small businesses thrive. The vase was a special rare find. Come back by anytime!

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      Alastar Packer 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Ah, you learned early that money doesn't grow on trees. That unfortunate fact comes a little later in life for some of us though lol. Goodwill and Salvation Army are great places to thrift shop of course but often its the Mom and Pop's that really hold the unusual and exciting items. Enjoyed your story of ownership, descriptions and thrift pieces Peg, awesome find with the vase!

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello sweet Maria,

      Here are your Nancy Drew books! I saw even more of them last weekend but didn't pick them up. They had The Hardy Boys too. Dad had a huge collection from the 30s that he had given us kids. Of course, they went astray in my many relocations. So I have to buy them back now.

      Thank you for looking at my doilies and old dusty treasures. I can't seem to resist them. I appreciate your comment about the house. Luckily I didn't photograph the dust bunnies rolling around. Haha.

      Hugs back your direction and Happy Mom's Day to you and Aunt Baby.

      Peg

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Peggy,

      Over the last few years, I have gained such an appreciation for treasures vs possessions.

      Love your attitude, had to even vote FUNNY, along with UP & across the board! I would never 'look away' from you or your lovely home, filled with so much love, warmth and treasures. I LOVE me a pretty doily!

      PS-- I have been looking for my Nancy Drew books-- quite the mystery, which has now been solved!

      Many hugs, Maria

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Oh James. I saw your beautiful collection of paintings that were in your Florida house. They were wonderful. And thanks so much for the visit. I know you are a busy guy! Wow - over a million views? I read that somewhere. Amazing. Hoping you are doing well. Peg

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Sofs, thank you for stopping here to take a look at these finds. Having enough space is really important to collecting. Many conversations in the store began with "But where will we put it?" Space really is the final frontier. Come back anytime. I keep adding new pictures! You take care. It was nice to see you.

      Peg

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      James A Watkins 

      6 years ago from Chicago

      My mom collects these same sort of items. You have a lot of very beautiful things in these photographs on this page.

      Myself, I have been like a rolling stone that has gathered no moss. Or not much anyway.

      I enjoyed reading your Hub. Thanks for the journey. :-)

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      Sophie 

      6 years ago from From the land of wonders

      Peg, these pictures here are so beautiful that I am so tempted to collect... I just have no space .. and cannot afford storage for stuff that I cannot use.. LoL you make me jealous. ;) Have a lovely day!

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thanks Lynda. Do-se-do around the bargain table with me. See you soon.

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      lmmartin 

      6 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      Been supremely busy these past several months. Otherwise all is okay. Looking forward to your email -- (and a swing around all the bargain boutiques.) Lynda

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hi Lesley, I kind of had you figured for a treasure hunter. You really have to be with your photographic instincts, to get the really great shots like you do. I did the eBay selling in 2009 and haven't done much since then. Guess I purged the boxes enough to feel okay about keeping the rest. The market has really taken a hit on the values that we used to see on collectibles.

      Thanks for taking time out to drop in and for the really nice comment!

      Peg

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Peg, I love treasure hunting too and have quite a collection of porcelain - finding a home for it all is quite a problem so a lot of it is stored away in boxes, I think I will follow your example and try selling it.

      I loved looking at your wonderful treasures, and thoroughly enjoyed reading, thank you and voted up.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Looks like I have some competition in the hunt for treasure, Suzzycue. I've furnished many apartments with 'Early Salvation Army' style. LOL We called our dog Trixie, a Heinz 57 mix! Thank you for taking time to look at this hub and for your nice comments. Hope to see you again, maybe at one of our secret treasure troves.

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      Susan Britton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I loved this hub and the photos of your teasure finds. I too am a collector and have spent many happy hours in Thrift Shops. In fact I joyfully describe my apartment décor as heinz- fifty seven. This is a term used by dog owners to say a dog is from many backgrounds and nothing matches just like my décor. I enjoyed the read very much.

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      Zebrahut 

      6 years ago from UK

      Lovely hub - it brought a smile to my face as I thought of all of the wonderful items my wife and I have picked up over the years. We love china -particularly art deco. I'm not sure which is best; the anticipation or actually spotting something beautiful sitting amongst some bric a brac!

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Lynda, How nice to see your face this morning. Long time no see. I've been wondering what you're up to. Things ok?

      I would really enjoy meeting you and bargain hunting together next time I get to Florida. Usually it is September but who knows with all that's going on out this way. Yes, cheap thrills and I love it! I'll send you an email with the latest. Loved hearing from you.

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello Moonlake,

      Carnival glass is going quite high these days. It's getting harder and harder to find nice things from the fifties and sixties. Don't you just love it when you unpack a box and discover your own lost treasure? Me too.

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      Gloria 

      6 years ago from France

      Sorry to dissapoint but theyt don't seem to be interested in this sort of thing, having said that next week there is a 2day avent in Lamour Plage, so all being well we will get there. i love a good mooch.

      Oh don't worry about dusting the good China paper plates are fine!! I hate washing up anyway.

      You are more then welcome we woild have a ball.

      Take care friend catch up again soon.

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello there Pamela and so nice to see you today! Yes, I had a dream and unfortunately my work load changed dramatically at my real job. I began travelling about 70 percent of the time which left little time for the store. Also there was a major fire in Downtown and it really affected business as several stores were closed for repairs.

      I'm buying back the Nancy Drew books that I gave away when I moved too many times. They were originally my Dad's but us kids read them growing up.

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hi Gloshei! Well, you may be surprised that we eat off paper plates more than the fancy dishes which is a shame, but that's the way it goes. When you visit I'll dust off the good China and we'll have a tea party. That would be so much fun. Are there garage and yard sales there in France? I will be returning the visit for a picture taking trip to your beautiful area.

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      lmmartin 

      6 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      I'm with you; love "bargain" shopping at Goodwill, BArgain Barn, any of the hundreds of thrift stores in the area. Call it the thrill of the hunt, but there's so much fun and cheap thrills in finding a treasure amidst all the junk. Far outweighs retail shopping. Next time you're in Florida, we'll have to arrange a hunting expedition.... Lynda

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