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It’s taken me a while.

It’s taken me a while.

But I’m finally getting around to another None Left Behind post. And that? Is just a post where I showcase something that I never leave behind, usually something vintage found in my thrift hunts.

Have you ever seen one of these?

It’s a West Bend Penguin Hot and Cold Server Ice Bucket. I can’t remember if my parents or even grandparents had one of these, but apparently they were a staple in many households post WWII. Made in the USA and mass-produced, they came in a chrome-toned or copper-plated aluminum, with either wooden or bakelite handles.

Technically speaking, this entry over at Off The Presses has a LOT of info and is worth a look if you’re into these little pieces of vintage wonder!

I found my first one for around $4 in a thrift store. I’d seen them featured in my online thrifting and vintage communities, and had been coveting one for their kitschy goodness for quite some time. I nearly squealed when I finally found one for myself! It was a chrome one with bakelite handles, and just needed a good cleaning.

In the blog post I referenced above, the author states that the copper ones are more rare, so I nearly squealed AND jumped for joy when I found one of those – again, at one of my local thrifts. It’s in much worse shape on the inside, with cracked aluminum on the inner bucket. But I can easily always put a plastic container of similar size in there if I want to keep ice or a food item at a certain temperature. It, too, has bakelite handles, and I also picked it up for really cheap – although I don’t remember the price I paid.

Since this pic was taken, I’ve come across another chrome one. The chrome has seen better days. The wood handles have definitely seen better days. But still? I couldn’t pass it up.

I don’t plan on starting a MAJOR collection of them, but I will never leave one behind. I can always send them along to good homes, right? They’re so versatile, and look amazing with pretty much any home bar setup.

So…whether you’re a thrifter, antique-r, estate sale enthusiast, or Target/etc. shopper…what do you never leave behind?

(To see more of what I never leave behind, check here.)

Summer so far…in pictures

Summer so far…in pictures

I had really hoped to be back up and running way before now, but since I last stopped by here, quite a bit has happened. I’ve continued to split my time between my home here in the Huntsville area, and my family’s home in Mississippi. Work and home improvement duties keep me busy while here, and many of my off days find me on the road. It was exhausting at first, as I was traveling every time I had time off. But now that I need to keep a tighter reign on my funds, I’ve backed off to every other weekend. And on the weekends I spend here, I am desperately trying to stay caught up on things which need to be done. You would think with three adults who basically pick up after themselves that there wouldn’t be much to do in the way of housework, but you would be wrong in our case. I just never seem to get on top of things.

So much good has happened that I am so thankful for, though…

I brought this chair home:

After seven years and over 200K miles with my Beetle, Bibi, the heat and AC had stopped working. Winter without heat wasn’t so bad due to the very mild winters here. But when the AC quits? That’s about the time I part ways with a car. The Beetle was already 8 years old when I purchased it back in the summer of 2010, making it 15 YEARS OLD this year!! The time had definitely come for a new daily driver. I am now the proud owner of this 2011 Toyota RAV4:

Bonus? I still have my Beetle as a backup car.

I saw The Damned:

…and Muse:

One of Matt from the show Tuesday. Thanks, @justlaurahere ! #atlanta #livemusic #muse

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…(with Special Guests) Thirty Seconds To Mars:

(If you want to see more of these grainy TSTM photos, hover on the pic, then click through!)

And I was completely against this, but my son brought home this adorable, chubby little pit bull puppy. Meet Aristotle Butterbean:

The beginning of a #pitbullsmile ! #aristotlethepitpup #pitbullsmilesarethebest #pitbullsofinstagram

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He has muscled up a lot in the month or so that we’ve had him, and he is working on his manners and doing very well. Here he is in his earlier days with us:

I hope everyone has been having an amazing summer. I’m still very much enjoying mine! And if you haven’t been by here in a while, you might notice that I’ve given the site a (slightly more) summery makeover. I have no plans to vacation this summer, but believe me…I would love to be on some beach, somewhere with a cold margarita! Watching a beautiful sunset burning up the atmosphere, of course.

Libbey “Holiday” for Jack’s Santa Glasses

Libbey “Holiday” for Jack’s Santa Glasses

Manufacturer: Libbey USA
Year Produced: approximately 1976

Earlier this fall while out thrifting, I came across these fun, festive, and super-cute Santa glasses, and of course I had to bring them home with me! I recognized them immediately as Libbey’s “Holiday” Santa tall cocktail glasses from the 1970s. In fact, according the the catalog at that link, these were around in 1972.

But my set was different. Obviously branded for a holiday promotion with Jack’s Restaurants, they were in such fantastic shape I was sure they were a reissue. I went to the Jack’s website and searched it as thoroughly as I could before reaching out to Jack’s via their on-site feedback form. The next day, I received a response from Brand Manager Christy Gravitt stating that she believes they were offered in 1976. They’re 40 this year, y’all!

These glasses are also out there with the DQ logo. And although I haven’t found anything on the Libbey site to confirm this, there are a lot of searches on the net that turn up these glasses as designed by Holt-Howard.

These are definitely added to my “None Left Behind” list.

What do you NEVER leave behind?

What do you NEVER leave behind?

It’s day six of #NaBloPoMo (Edit: most NaBloPoMo entries have been removed in an effort to clean the blog up a bit.) and already, I’m feeling a bit burned out. But it’s Saturday, and we get an extra hour, so there’s that.

And I guess this is as good a late night day as any to launch a new category, “None Left Behind”. It’s not as serious or philanthropic as it sounds, though. It’s just that as a vintage collector AND reseller, there are some things that I grab whenever I see them, no matter how many I currently have (as you will soon see). Some things I add to my own home, and some get listed in the shop. Some were shopped per request from specific clients (ooh! I like the way this sounds! so much better and more professional than just “people”!), in which case they are acquired, then packaged and sent to their new owners. There are some things you just never leave behind.

I’ll start out with one of my own collections, the Libbey Bierglas in smoke. That link is to a scan of an actual 1972 Libbey Catalog, and if you enjoy learning about that sort of thing, or ever need to identify a Libbey Glassware pattern (or rule it out as being Libbey), then visit Libbey Glass History. It is a fantastic, comprehensive online resource!


Aren’t they simply stunning? The shape is unusual, the bases are heavy and the perfect size, the smoke color is actually almost clear, but those bases? I’ve never been able to get a good photo of the base, but they’re a dark, smoky gray upon first sight. But in the light, they turn from a greenish to an almost lavender color. (You can see a little bit of the lavender in the header image at the top.) It’s like magic!

I began collecting these after I found them in my Papaw’s house after he passed away in 1989. To the best of my knowledge, they had been my Nanny’s, who passed away in 1976. I’m not sure I ever saw them before I got them from their house, so they must have been reserved for special occasions even though they are not crystal. My grandparents were frugal people and their set of six were probably the only matching glasses they owned, so saving them for company and special occasions makes sense.

When I began thrifting some years ago, I kept seeing them at amazing prices, and just couldn’t pass them up! I originally intended to stop after acquiring a dozen, but I just couldn’t help myself. What if one – or SOME of them got broken? If I picked up extras, I would be sure to always have plenty on hand.

Over the years, they’ve multiplied like bunnies! At last count, I had 31. 31!! And below are 26 of them:


No, the one in front isn’t dishwasher damaged – I’m thinking that must have come from the filter I used to try and make sure all the edges of the glasses showed up! But sadly, I do have one really badly-dishwasher-damaged one. Not pretty enough to photograph, but still holds a drink just as well as the others!