I'm a diehard thrifter and garage sale addict! I love the thrill of the hunt! And I love making CASH from trash so I also resell on eBay and Etsy. I share my successes to inspire you ... and my failures so you learn from my mistakes. Please join me on this wild and crazy ride of making cash from trash!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Thrifty Treasures: I’m Back

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Yes, it has been awhile – actually, a really long time.  Two years this month to be exact.  But I’ve recently gotten the itch to write again and thought I’d start up again.

Back in February 2016 when I wrote my last post, my DD and 2 GDs were living with me; and life was busy.  In March, we made a family trip to San Francisco and had a fantastic time!  Then in June, my youngest GD was promoted from middle school to high school.  With my DD working FT and both DGDs in high school, I was a very busy grandma.


But life is full of twists and turns, and things don’t always turn out as you expect.  A lot has happened in the past two years.  Long story short, my DD reunited with her significant other; and last month, they moved to Tennessee with their youngest daughter with the intention of returning to California some day soon. 

My older GD continues to live with me and is now a senior in high school, looking forward to graduation in June and college in September.I have promised her an international trip as her high school graduation gift and she has chosen Ireland as her favorite destination.  (Actually, she said anywhere outside of U.S. would be fine; she just wants to see the world!)


DS#1 and DGD at The Box, a small performing venue, for a production of GREASE.  My DGD was one of the musicians.

My older son also permanently moved out on his own and is now living in San Diego.  It took him a few years to get a solid-paying permanent job after graduating from Berkeley, but he’s now doing very well.  He just came back from a 2-week vacation in Vietnam, where he met up with some co-workers. 

My younger son is still living with us and is working as an EMT.  He works long shifts and sometimes is gone for days/weeks at a time.  His career goal is to be a paramedic, although I’m trying to convince him to go into nursing.  He’s also doing well and we’re proud of both our sons.

So, with things back to normal (as normal can be), I find that my life is less hectic, and I have some time to blog again.  At least, I hope to post at least once or twice a month.  For now, I just want to share a few Thrifty Treasures I found this month at the thrift stores.

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I love pottery and in particular California and Mexican pottery, like these Gorky Gonzalez Mexican majolica pottery pieces.  Gorky González was a Mexican potter who won the National Prize for Arts and Literature for his efforts to revive Mexican majolica pottery. Sadly, he passed away a year ago, but his son Gorky Jr. has followed in his father’s footsteps and continues the legacy. 

I paid $5.50 for this 2-piece platter and double-dish set.  They are in great condition and a definite score!


This is another Mexican majolica piece that I found.  It is signed T. Ruth Mex. but I cannot find any information on this artist.  There are several pieces up for sale on various platforms, but no one seems to have any information on the artist.  I paid $3.50 for it and I love it!


I also found this plate at the same time I found the one above by T. Ruth. This plate is by Jacqueline Thompson Tattoo Ceramics of San Francisco and depicts a skull that reminds me of Dia de Los Muertos  I had never heard of this artist until now but am thrilled to come across this plate. 


Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday or tradition celebrated on November 1 that celebrates the lives of the deceased. This holiday recognizes death as a natural part of the human experience, a continuum with birth, childhood, and growing up to become a contributing member of the community.  It coincides with All Saints Day and All Souls Day of the Catholic calendar. It’s only been in the past couple of years that my family and I have celebrated this event, and it has now become a family tradition. 

Well, that’s it for now.  I have enjoyed this process of journaling about my thrifting adventures and treasures.  And, I hope to continue as time permits, if for no other reason than for my own personal documentation.

Happy thrifting and selling!


  1. It's exciting to see you posting again! So glad to hear all is well with the family. I adore the plates you found. Are you still actively selling on ebay? I haven't done much thrifting, but hopefully garage sales will start popping up now that the weather is finally improving and I can start looking for things to put in my garden. Welcome back! :-)

    1. So great to hear from you! And happy to see that you are still blogging. Many of the blogs I followed are no longer around, but glad to see that a few of my faves are still at it. Yes, I picked up my eBay game again now that I promised my GD that I would take her on that trip. Gotta find a way to finance it LOL! Here in So.Calif. the weather has been gorgeous and garage sales have been picking up. Haven't been to any for over a year but want to start going again. Love hearing from you and so glad to be back! Thanks.

  2. Glad you're back! We've missed you! :)

    1. Hi Kim, glad to be back! Your comment warms my heart. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I'm so happy your back!!! I also LOVE the Day of the Dead Skulls <3

    1. Happy to be back! A big thank you to you for stopping by!

  4. I forgot, what is DD, DS, DGD, etc? I think GD is granddaughter but I don't recall the rest! Looking forward to your posts.