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Anne K Moore
Photographs Anne K Moore

I hesitate to publish the secret of my stash of flower vases because my sources could dry up. If you don’t live in or around Columbia SC, keep reading. Those close by should just ignore this post (for my shopping peace of mind).

Junking, that’s what a friend called visiting thrift shops and consignment shops around town. If you like to shop for bargains, junking can be fun. If you are looking for specific articles to fill out a collection or, as in my case, to have vases ready to fill with flowers to give to friends, junking is not only fun but can be a worthwhile way to save money.

This picture holds a dozen of the small vase finds I have gathered from thrift shops. These range from tall bud vases to small posy holders. There is a clear vase with an etched design, a frosted and clear vase heavily embellished with flowers, a smaller cream colored vase covered with rose impressions and with a gold rim reminiscent of Lenox china but probably not, and a turquoise vase that is quite thick with interesting mottling of the glass and a white design. There is also a beige piece with white lining that feels like soapstone and is embossed with an Oriental bird and cherry blossom design. It turns out to be Avon. This collection cost only one or two dollars apiece. That’s my limit for small glass vases. Once in awhile I do come across something worth a little more.

A huge consignment shop yielded the four containers in this photo.

The squatty rose-embellished piece is Italian. It wasn’t expensive. I think I paid around seven dollars for it and I have to say I love it. The tall purple sandwich glass is arty. I think I paid a whopping twelve dollars for it. The little pottery pitcher is just appealing to me. Pottery is another love but I try to stick to one collection at a time. I also like the design on the tall clear vase. It reminds me of stylized tree trunks.



This swan bowl is out of the ordinary. It is clear and frosted glass. I don’t really remember the price on it, but I think it also was around twelve dollars. I found it for sale on E-bay for forty-five dollars. So, if I wanted to make some money on it, I guess I could, but it is slated as a gift for a very special person.

So, in January or February, after the Christmas rush of buying for others, pack up a few dollar bills and take a walk around the thrift and consignment shops in your area to see what a little junking can do for you and your garden. Happy Junking!

Posted December 5, 2014

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