Monday, March 21, 2011

The Object of My Desire: Have a Cow!

The sunny days like the ones we had this weekend that make me thing of my favorite garage sale adventures like the one a few years ago in Santa Monica that turned up this cheery pitcher. I almost left this piece behind because the man running the sale said he wanted $10 for it. I mean, he was asking for 10 whole bucks from a guy who hits garage sales with a Zip-Lock bag filled with change. And $10 is a garage sale budget that usually lasts a whole day!

So I held the pitcher in my hand as I wandered the yard inspecting other items strewn about. I loved the bright red accents, the undamaged relief and the shimmery golden bell. Heck, I couldn't buy a new pitcher for $10, so I gave in.

While I definitely didn't buy the vessel because I thought it was a collectible, I later discovered that it actually was. What the seller told me was Borden's Elsie the Cow actually came from the Old MacDonald Collection made by Regal China in the 1950s.


Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter


  1. Well done! I'd rather have that one perfect item than lots o' ditzy things. A few years later, it gives pleasure still. Now that is an excellent investment. And it is a "collectible" as well. So "bravo!" for following your instincts!

  2. I love this delicious bit of kitsch! Sometimes you just have to splurge on one-of-a-kind items. (Even if it hurts our thrifty souls.)



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