YINZ GUYS LIKE VINTAGE PENNANTS?
Ok, ok. Admittedly dorm room pennants are perhaps a bit too Richie Cunningham for most millennial collectors, but there are still plenty of you who ask about them every so often. So, if you have been waiting for that goldmine pennant donation to pass through our stores, today is probably your day. If you happen to be a Pittsburgh sports fan to boot, you are really set. A rather hefty pennant donation was made earlier this week but what’s really the crown jewel of this collection are the 6 vintage Steelers and Pirates pieces that date back to Super Bowl 9. They are GORGEOUS. Just fantastic. We have the lot of 6 available through our Babcock Blvd location, starting this morning for $74.99 for the set. Babcock still has LOTS of Halloween on the sales floor too, so if you haven’t started shopping for the big night, it’s a great day to come and haunt the racks. See you soon Thriftsburgh!
THERE WOULD BE NO HOLLYWOOD WITHOUT PITTSBURGH.
Pittsburgh, how have we let this fact become obscured??? Where was the first public movie theater built? Pittsburgh. Where were the major studios Warner and MGM founded? Pittsburgh. Where did the Selznick family start their Hollywood legacy? Pittsburgh. It’s a fact Thriftsburgh, before California got in on the action, Pittsburgh was quite literally the center of the cinematic universe. Go ahead, try to argue, it’s a cold hard fact. So what the heck does this have to do with thrifting??? Um, cause we just received this fantastic movie script? Well, it’s not the best seque but it is a seque. YES, movie buffs and Steelers fans alike will want to take a look at this original “pitch” script we just received from the film “Fighting Back” (The Rocky Bleier story). Now, for those of you who didn’t grow up dreaming of 35mm splicing machines this is particularly cool because it is practically a “spec” script, written before a studio had picked up the script for production, or even an agent had agreed to shop the script in the first place. The screenwriter, Maurice Gable is a Pittsburgh native and had worked with Steelers luminary Rocky Bleier on the first draft of this script, adapting his autobiography for the screen. The film would eventually be produced by Mary Tyler Moore and released four years later as an ABC movie of the week in 1982, but it all started here. Before any back and forth, before any production or executive involvement you had this first, unadulterated screenwriter’s copy. Very, very cool. Since there are only a finite number of copies that would have been made, a genuine copy such as this becomes even more desirable to both film fans and Steelers fans alike. Only one previous copy appears to have been sold publicly so this may be your only chance thrifters, our Greentree store has it for sale for only $99.99 so stop by and take a look today!
IF YOU HAPPENED TO BE A RAZOR COLLECTOR, THIS WOULD BE YOUR WHITE WHALE…
Getting to write about something truly, genuinely rare is such a treat during a time in which almost anything can be found online. The Gillette Aristocrat, produced for over 70 years, has become one of the cornerstones of razor collecting. It’s handsome, functions well, and continues to cultivate an audience of collectors as more and more modern playboys are opting for old school shaving disciplines over the more wasteful, expensive, and complicated offerings of today. BUT, what really makes this set stand out is the fact that it is a nearly untouched christmas presentation from the 1940’s! Pre-50’s holidays were far less consumerist in nature and much more of the gift giving was generally useful items, so why wasn’t this all used up? Although there are many examples of smaller gift sets in the aristocrat, there are almost no examples of a deluxe set such as this out there to be had. Given the rarity we are very excited to be able to offer the set, it is definitely going to be the crown jewel of someone’s collection. Interested? If you would like to see it in person, it is available through our Greentree location for $399.99 starting today. We are pricing the set far below market value so this will certainly be one item you will not want to wait on, wether you are a collector or investor this is a very, very, unusual find.
HE’S PROBABLY ONLY CHECKED HIS LIST ONCE AT THIS POINT, BUT IT WON’T BE LONG…
CHRISTMAS?????!!!! Yep. Thrifters, if you have taught us one lesson over the years it’s that you LOVE Christmas and holiday merchandise and basically, the more the better. Well, we heard you loud and clear so this year we are starting CRAZY early and have called up our holiday troops to start pricing all the goodies and getting them to the sales floor immediately. There is so much holiday stock here at our Greentree headquarters we will have new items hitting the sales floor EVERY SINGLE DAY until the holidays. We have THAT MUCH. If you are a decorating nut, we can only describe our holiday stock in one word: GLORIOUS. We can already tell you that the word on the street (and by street we mean the holiday aisle between the front entrance and the housewares dept) is that this may be the single most amazing holiday season EVER. Sure, sure, we may have that post thanksgiving “too much turkey” look on our faces by the big day starting this early, but folks, we are determined to make this the thriftiest, most excellent holiday season ever, no matter what it takes! Are you with us Thriftsburgh?? Let the pre-pre-pre-holiday season decorating begin!
NOT EVERYBODY PREFERS TO ROCK OUT ON A STRATOCASTER…
If you are more New Order and less AC/DC we finally have some instruments that might be a bit more to your liking. 1st up, a sleek red vintage Hohner (alto) melodica, appears to be in good working order and includes the original matching leatherette case. It’s available for only $24.99. 2nd, a post-WWII Opera 66 harmonica, made in West Germany with it’s original lithographed tin, also appears to be in good working order. We have it for sale for only $9.99. Both pieces are available through our Greentree store in our antiques and collectables area. If you are planning a visit there is plenty to see and browse through so be sure to leave a little extra time, we look forward to seeing you!
FIRST CLASS ALL THE WAY!
Long gone are the days of “jet set” travel for most of the civilized world, but there are collector’s out there who thrive on hunting down and archiving the remnants of air travel’s more luxurious times. Airline memorabilia has many sub-sects and interest groups including uniforms, seating, and paper ephemera collectors but if you want to see some faaaaaaar out prices just start asking around about retired airline service china. BIG numbers thrifters, BIIIIIIIIIIIG NUMBERS. Every so often good fortune shines on us and we get a great donation of “flightware”. Between Pittsburgh’s current and former major air hubs there are many, many employed and retired flight personnel so it’s not hard to imagine some of this fine china made it’s way into local basements and attics. Newly in stock at our Greentree location, this 16 piece coffee/tea set from Mayer for US Air (1979-1996), now known as US Airways. While this set is really from just outside the true jet set era, it’s a very affordable introduction to airline collecting at $49.99 for the entire set. Interested? Our Greentree store is open 9am to 5pm today for you to take a look!
IS THE CULINARY ENVY HITTING YOU YET?
The now iconic KitchenAid stand mixer is a staple on most home chef’s holiday wish lists, year after year it has remained popular and virtually unchanged since it’s introduction. We only get these a few times a year and they never, ever, last more than a few hours. Isn’t it time you gave your kitchen counter a little more curb appeal? These have a standard retail of $299.99, but if you pay us a visit at our Greentree location you can snatch this classic up for only $129.99! The mixing bowl and a selection of beaters is included but you’ll have to provide your favorite recipes and a gallery of neighbors to covet your new hardware. Have a great weekend Thriftsburgh!
WHAT THE HECK IS A MYSTERY BOX ANYWAY?
Thriftin’ is a bit like fishing. Some days you catch a lot of fish, and some days you just end up with 50 pound boxes of dusty Reader’s Digest back issues. But when the tide is high we like to pass a little fun and good fortune on to our customers and one of the ways we do is our “mystery boxes”. We mainly do these with collectables like trading cards and stamps, and the basic idea is that you can buy a 20, 30, 40lb sealed box at a fraction of retail, but the contents are generally unsorted and a mixed bag of eras and brands, etc. So our most popular version of this little offering are our trading card boxes, sometimes its just baseball, but we often (as we do today) have mixed boxes of all kinds of cards, hockey, football, baseball, you name it. IT’S REALLY FUN. You never know what you are going to get and as many of our regulars can attest, you almost always find a couple of gems in there to celebrate, and sorting through your “haul” is half the fun. So, if that sounds like your kind of deal our Greentree location just sent two BIG mystery boxes of trading cards to the floor, both are less than $40 each, how can you beat that? Hope you are having a great week Thriftsburgh!
HAVE YOU CHECKED OUT OUR COSTUMES YET?
Well, if you haven’t we still have LOTS to choose from along with bin after bin of hats, swords, wigs, things that pass for costumes at employee functions, masks, decorations and more. DON’T OVERPAY THIS YEAR! Do you have a sprout that wants to be Yoda? We have it. Want to be cop, fireman, something that requires eyelashes and a miniskirt? We have you covered Thriftsburgh. Let’s have a “green” Halloween this year guys and reuse, recycle, and repurpose as much as we can! See you soon!