This week I took a trip to Our Thrift Store. It’s not a store I go to very often, as it’s a smaller store and sometimes the prices are a bit high. But I still found some things worth noting, and even something pretty cool (and historical!) for me.
First, an archeological site that I was not interested in.
I made it past the VHS table unscathed. Now, housewares.
Suddenly, a Lego… crocodile… clock… thing.
Remember when we all had so many CDs we needed large storage racks for them?
Now here’s something interesting. This teacup looks like it might be depression glass. I’ll hang onto it as I explore. It’s only $1.49.
I thought this commemorative sesquicentennial plate for Todd County, KY was pretty neat.
There were a number of these ponchos available, and they were pretty tempting. But I already have a raincoat, it’d be too big for my one kid who does need a raincoat, and Husbandman is just not a poncho guy.
This chair is cool; I like the unusually tall 6 rung back on it. But I like my straw bottom chair better.
I don’t have the eye for furniture to tell me if this is a real antique or a 20th century reproduction.
I’m still looking for a mat and frame for my Charley Harper print. Will I find it here?
I did find a good reminder for all of us:
And now, a brief look at the shoes:
Let’s go back to that little green teacup, shall we?
I did some research, and I was right! It is depression glass!
According to this article, this pattern is called “Block Optic” and was made by the Hocking Glass Company (before they became Anchor Hocking) between 1929 to 1933. The value to collectors is around $5 for a single cup.
What is depression glass?
I’m sure you’re all familiar with The Great Depression, but what does glass have to do with it?
Depression glass is machine made, inexpensive glassware that was sold at very low prices, or was sometimes free with the purchase of a food item.
I find some depression glass patterns a bit too fussy for my tastes. However, I really like the Block Optic pattern.
Now I just have to decide if I’m going to put it into my regular rotation of cups, or use it to hold tchotchkes. Oh, and in case you’re worried that I’ll get uranium poisoning; don’t worry, I’ll be fine.