2nd fl 8 School Street - Gorham - Maine

Friday, August 12, 2011



Hard to believe that my little shop, 2nd fl Thriftiques has been in business for a full year. The comments and support from friends, family and the community have been amazing and it's given me the resolve to go forward with expansion plans. For the past couple of months I have been searching for a new location for the shop, one with better parking and more square footage. This search continues. Until such time as a new space presents itself, the shop will remain at 2 School Street, Second Floor, Gorham, Maine.

As a thank you for making this past year a wonderful success, everything in the shop is on sale 20% off August 8th - 13th. Please join me in celebrating...... Remember, Everything Old is New Again.

Tins, Tins, Tins. I just love the colors and the graphics.

Original price of this Flash can "21 cents"

I have never seen this product before.......Glass Wax

"Glass Wax" How to clean a window a minute.

1. Shake can
2. Pour a small amount of Glass Wax on a damp cellulose sponge
3. Apply thin coat to glass with sponge
4. As Glass Wax dries, wipe off with soft cloth. Dirt vanishes. No skips. No misses. You see where you're cleaning.....know where you've cleaned.

How did our mothers do all of this?

My new favorite piece in the store is this Oxford Company chest, with original wire rack and knobs and the top is fabulous green enamelware. Priced at $100.00, it won't last long.

Hope to see you in the shop.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

More toys at the shop

What is could be more fun than playing once again with a toy from our childhood. How about Tinkertoys - One of the most Iconic Toys of our Childhood.

Spokes, spools, rods and reels . . . Playskool's Tinkertoy® Construction Sets, the tools of America's tinkerers were invented in 1914. Tinkertoy® Construction Sets are one of the truly classic toys of all time. They have driven the imaginations of children for generations, proving that fun and stimulating toys never lose their appeal.

Tinkertoy® Construction Sets are the invention of Charles Pajeau, a stonemason from Evanston, Illinois who established The Toy Tinkers company. Inspired by watching children play with pencils, sticks and empty spools of thread, Pajeau developed several basic wooden parts which children could assemble in a variety of three dimensional abstract ways. He designed his first set in his garage, and with high hopes, displayed the toy at the 1914 American Toy Fair. But nobody was interested. He tried his marketing skills again at Christmas time. He hired several midgets, dressed them in elf costumes, and had them play with "Tinker Toys" in a display window at a Chicago department store. This publicity stunt made all the difference in the world. A year later, over a million sets had been sold. Playskool acquired the Tinkertoy® line from Child Guidance in 1985.

I love the price tag. It reads $1.18. Below that price is says "Price West of the Rockies $1.29". The actual price of the can of toys was $1.15.

This 1952 set is complete with the original 100 pieces and an additional 30 odd extra dowels and spools. In good shape $12.00

This next game Alley Oop is based on a comic strip that appeared 78 years ago. At its height, Alley Oop with its caveman and dinosaur characters was carried by 800 daily newspapers. It was popular around the world in both comic strips and book formats.

The game featured the comic strip character in an interesting mural on its reverse. One to four players get to flip their "oops" into the can. Manufactured by the Royal Toy Company, Inc. Copyright 1937 Stephen Slesinger Inc. (Stock Number 005alleyoop)

1937 game, with instructions, mint condition. I hope I should look this good at 74. Please stop by the shop to play. $30.


Monday, February 21, 2011

Chidhood Memories and the Wild West

The Wild West has come to the shop. Currently we have a 1950's Vintage Hubley Double Barreled Flintlock Cap gun with Bakelite Handle. How's that for some fancy shootin'. Bakelite was originally used for molding items that were previously done of celluloid or hard rubber. It is a synthetic resin chemically formulated -- think early plastic. Bakelite is very collectible.

Even better, a pair of 1960's Tootsietoy Pony Boy Cowboy Toy Cap Guns with holsters. Mint condition. One of the guns appears to have never been used. Tootsietoy is America's oldest toy company, dating back to 1876 begun by the Dowst Brothers. The Tootsietoy name originally applied to only some of their die-cast products. It wasn't until one of the brothers had a granddaughter named Toots, that they decided to name the doll furniture line after her. The trade liked this name so well it was adopted for all of the company's die-cast toys.

So grab your hat, saddle up and mosey on over to the shop. Your childhood is calling.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Pinkalicious at the Shop

February has been very "Pinkalicious" at the shop. We have put together a large display of pink jewelry, dishes, glassware, vases, linens, and so much more.

Valentine's Day may have been February 14th, but why not celebrate being "Pink" all month long.

See you at the shop.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Something shiny new in the shop

A new addition to the shop's inventory, this charming vintage lead crystal Owl.

Approx. 7 inches high, this is a John Reikes Kristaluxus creation. Handcrafted in Old Mexico, it is in Mint Condition with its original sticker. Recently discovered in a box of packed away items, covered in dust, it can be used as a paperweight, bookend or simply as a sparkling sunlight catcher.......... it deserves a good home.

Please check it out at the shop. The sidewalk has been plowed and the stairs salted, ah the fun of being a shopkeeper during winter storms in Maine.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Papa's Study

2nd fl Thriftiques has so much more than vintage jewelry, Pyrex and McCoy. In "Papa's study" you will find books, bottles and other fun goodies. The selection is always changing.

Not only are there oodles of skeleton keys, there are vintage locks with keys.

I love these 2 Made in Japan Bears displayed with a 1948 Cub Scout Guide.

This sign would look great nailed on your smelt shack. Hey we live in Maine. The rivers and lakes are frozen .... let the Ice Fishing Derbies begin.

The sign offer some sage advice:
If you wish to be happy for an hour, get intoxicated.
If you wish to be happy for three days, get married.
If you wish to be happy for eight days, kill your pig and eat it.
If you wish to be happy forever, learn to hunt and fish.

The tobacco tins are a favorite.

Bottles are also fun collectibles, especially the local ones.

Casco drinks were produced in Portland Maine and the bottles have great graphics.

Why not make that gift of a tie for Dad or Husband, a vintage tie?

For the space enthusiasts, this great condition 1952 science fiction book is waiting to be read. (The oh-so cute astronaut has just sold)

And, If you are looking for that perfect gift or decorating piece that says, actually screams, that it will be one of a kind ..........

why not take Georgette home? An actual female skull for $50. Wouldn't she look lovely on your living room shelf?

Please be sure stop by for a visit and to say Hi to Georgette. She and I would both love to meet you. Thanks.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Furniture for your Home

You might think that the shop is nothing more than Pyrex and other Kitsch-collectibles. While those are both very popular with our customers, we have been doing a brisk business with our furniture pieces.

This charming chair had seen better days. With a new coat of paint and new cushion, it would make a great addition to any room.

This table also needed some work. The old finish gave it an unappealing dated look. Now with a fresh coat of paint, the details pop out. Ideal for a hallway table or positioned behind the couch, it is priced at $60.00.

This is a beautiful signed print (55/200) titled "Bottenkil Fly Fishing" by local artist William King. Nicely framed and matted, it picks up on the colors of this vignette, black, green and chartreuse.

Although not a Vintage find, it follows the store's mission of repurposed treasures and showcasing original art. $28.00

The chair is $25.00 and the pillows are $6.00 for the pair.

The second framed signed print (6/95) titled "Ducktrap Bridge II" is by Willie Eaton. $25.00.

The shop also has larger pieces that are multifunctional. This 3 drawer chest would be perfect for a Bedroom or in a Nursery repurposed as a changing table...... a piece that could transition from infant through teen years.

Measuring 3 feet wide, 19 inches deep and 35 inches tall, this chest of drawers would work equally as well in the Dining Room as a buffet, suitable for storing silverware and linens.

The 6 gorgeous glass knobs are original to the piece which is priced at $200.

Of course when you think Vintage, a piece like "Nana's kitchen stool" certainly comes to mind. This sturdy stool is $55 and is part of a table set that will soon be up in the shop.

So if you are redecorating your home or looking for furniture for your first apartment, please be sure to pay us a visit. We will be glad to help.