TRAVEL TO EXOTIC AND UNTAMED…PANAMA!
It seems just the other day we touched on America’s mid-century marveling of bi-coastal travel and our Babcock Blvd. location has unearthed even more goodies from our blacktop beginnings. A souvenir pillow case? That’s right, it used to be a standard souvenir shop item and they came in all colors and textures but it appears that federal regulations mandated that they all have tassels, period. No pillow case was allowed to go rogue on the matter. We received 12 of these old beauties, some military base designs, Hawaii, Panama, there is a great selection here. Most are in really nice shape and you’ll be happy to note that they all have their tassels. We are making the lot available today for $74.99, and it includes all 12 cases.
OK, NOW WE ARE TALKING!
Keep it coming! Thanks to some very nice donations the last few days we are now fully stocked at our Greentree location’s antiques and collectables area. LOTS of antiques, cool victorian items, some mid-century stuff (let’s not forget games and dvd’s) if there is anything you have been coveting we marked any stragglers down for quick sales too. This is by far the nicest selection we have had in a while so if you are one of our regular thrifters it’s a great time to stop in and check out the new selection before it gets picked over. There is all kinds of good stuff so while it’s still frustratingly chilly out, stop on over and warm up with some fresh thrift!
HAPPY EARTH DAY THRIFTERS!
We have posted many times before about the significant environmental benefits of thrift store shopping but we thought today would be perfect to share some other articles and posts on the subject as well. Take a look at this recent article from Living Green Magazine all about living thrift. Also, fashion blog Unwrinkling somewhat recently had this to say on the matter. And if that doesn’t convince you here’s an article from 2011 that Sierra Club published regarding photojournalist Jenna Isaacson’s environmentally minded trek to thrift in all 50 states!
Enjoy the day Thriftsburgh and pass it on!
"IT’S A FEZ. I WEAR A FEZ NOW. FEZZES ARE COOL" -THE DOCTOR
Perhaps the master Masons have always known more about the Tardis then they’ve been letting on? Or, there really is something about those cone shaped caps that you just can’t help but love. This lot of three Masonic fezzes(?) were donated to our Greentree location over the weekend, all very nice examples and in first-class condition. There are two somewhat common early level Shriner caps, but the real star is the MOVPER (Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm) Islam grotto cap, which is almost certainly from the early to mid part of the 20th century and sincerely more uncommon (Master level members only). As mentioned in a recent post, there is a high level of awareness of vintage Masonic items right now thanks to Oddities and about 100 other collector’s shows on cable, but values are still staying stable which makes it a great time to buy or invest. We are offering the lot of three for a modest $48.99 and they are available starting today! Have a great week Thriftsburgh!
Both our Pittsburgh locations will be closed today so our employees may be with their families. Have a wonderful holiday and we will be back to thriftin’ Monday!
WHAT’S IT’S LIKE OUTSIDE TODAY YOU ASK?
Well, it looks like a perfect day to clean out those closets, basements, and garages if you ask us! Sure, you can swing by anytime during business hours to make a donation but did you know we will even come to you? That’s right, just give our scheduling office a call at 412-937-9010 and we can arrange a free, prompt pickup of all your items and even provide you with a tax receipt for your tax preparer to use next april! It’s that easy and every donation benefits the AMVETS charity! So start redding it up Pittsburgh, we look forward to see in you soon!
IS THERE ANYTHING MORE 1980’S THAN MAX HEADROOM???
Eh, you could maybe argue Pacman but his perpetual appearances on our cultural radar make me think ol’ Max still holds the crown for one of the biggest one hit wonders of the decade. He started out as part of the British cyberpunk movement but quickly become a cultural touchstone as he endorsed Coke, had several shows, and became a one time Veejay for music television. Feeling nostalgic? We got these two great little pieces donated to our Greentree store, first a paperback picture book of the original british television movie that started it all, “20 minutes into the future” and a mid-80’s Max Headroom Coke premium watch. The book is in great condition and while the watch is in mint condition and includes it’s paperwork, it looks like the bezel on the front does have a crack.We are selling the pair, as-is for $9.99 available immediately!
IT’S CLEARLY GOING TO BE A GOOD WEEKEND FOR THRIFTING…
Greentree received a beautiful mystery donation box full of really good stuff, period. LOTS of good stuff. First up, our highlight for the day is this spectacular mid-century B&L military optometry field set, designed to be a portable method of determining prescription it utilizes drop in lenses and a modular frame, paired with a hand held site chart. These don’t actually turn up all that often, and especially not 100% complete as this example is. It includes all lenses, the padding carrying case, the frames, the site chart, and the original B&L inventory list for shipping. Basically it’s the James Bond attache case for optometrists and it’s about as nice as you could ask for! We are offering the full set with all paperwork for $99.99 and it’s available immediately at our Greentree location. Working late? Greentree is open until 8pm tonight so feel free to drop by after dinner and take a look!
WE SOMETIMES FORGET THE FAMILY CAR IS STILL A PRETTY NEW DEVELOPMENT…
Sure, your grandparents had one but in the grand scheme of things being able to travel across the country with relative ease and palatable expense might as well be a current event. For those of you who teethed on Power Ranger toys the perspective is hard to view but when you see great collections like this it starts to make a lot more sense. During the middle of the last century almost everyone had the opportunity to travel further, cheaper, then ever before and people LOVED it. Souvenirs like these abounded on jackets and bumpers celebrating the luxury of coast to coast vacations. Our north hills shop was lucky enough to receive this extra cool donation this week, over 40 different patches in all with a few non-travel vintage pieces like the Snoopy patch thrown in for good measure. We are offering the entire lot for $89.99, starting today!
IT’S NOT TOO EARLY TO GET A TAX DEDUCTION FOR NEXT YEAR!
That’s right thrifters! Money saved is money earned and when you donate to the AMVETS charity your donations are always TAX DEDUCTIBLE! A harsh, extra long winter has meant a huge downturn in our donations so we need your help! Remember, not only are your donations tax deductible, but donating and reselling previously owned items has fantastic environmental benefits and you are helping support American military veterans as well! Our trucks pick up daily and all you have to do is give our scheduling office a call and we can come right to you! For more info or to schedule a pick up call 412-937-9010. Going to be in the area? We will gladly accept your donations at either location during business hours and an employee can provide you with a tax deduction form. Thank you Pittsburgh, we appreciate your support!