Category: thrift

Vintage carry-on bag – thrift find

You know how they say you find love when you stop looking for it? Well, that happened to me this week. In the form of a vintage carry-on bag at the local thrift shop, in beautiful deep red. I was smitten at first sight!
Vintage find at www.nestinthewest.comThe back story is this – I bought myself a camera for Christmas and am finally getting over my intimidation and learning to use it. Cameras lead to other stuff, like additional lenses, maybe a tripod and definitely a notebook in my case. I have a little canvas camera tote that holds just the minimum essentials. So I did some on-line window (or is that screen) shopping for a bag big enough for all the gear but still a bit stylish. Like the purse-style bags. Oh, they’re so nice and come in gorgeous colors with padded pockets and everything a girl could hope for. However, the price tags stopped me in my tracks. Most are in the $200 range, ouch. I put that dream aside for now.
Vintage find at www.nestinthewest.comWhile out for a walk in my neighbourhood, I stopped to mail a parcel, get a latte and wandered into the thrift shop….since I was right there. That’s when I spotted this vintage vinyl carry-on bag and did a little internal squeal. It’s in near new condition with side pockets, a zippered inside pocket, solid bottom and lots of room for gear. Then I found what became the absolute selling feature – snaps on each strap which make them adjustable to 3 different lengths, including on the shoulder.
Vintage find at www.nestinthewest.comI cleaned it up with mild dish soap and a toothbrush and love it. I’ll add some interior padding so I can safely use this as my beginner camera bag. Then it might get additional lives if I decide to become an Air Canada flight attendant or someone who goes bowling. Until then I’ll enjoy my “new” $3 camera bag!

Vintage mixmaster – thrift find

Vintage mixmasterCheck out the thrifted treasure I found! It’s a mixmaster with a milk glass bowl…and it works! Part of the fun of thrift shopping for me is the hunt and another big part is discovering the history of the purchase.
Vintage mixmasterWhat we have here is the Sunbeam Mixmaster Model 12. It was made from 1957-1967 and was the longest running classic model for Sunbeam. It has 12 speeds ranging from ‘folding’ to ‘beating’ with really cute descriptions like ‘one bowl cakes’ and ‘prepared cake mixes’. I can totally imagine a newlywed homemaker starting out with one of these back in the day!
Vintage mixmasterThis gem’s been well used and has a few little dings in the finish but runs perfectly. I gave it a good cleaning with soapy water and a magic eraser then tested it out with a batch of cinnamon honey butter. It works like a charm! The only thing missing is the original full-sized bowl which I’m now on the lookout for. Such a great find and only $5!