I I don’t believe I have ever found a piece of Russel Wright’s American Modern dishes in a thrift store. Ever. I’ve seen Franciscan out the wazoo, tons of California pottery, carnival glass, Morris chairs … you name it. But never Russel Wright.
Well. That all changed today. We’re in southern Arizona visiting Brian’s parents, so we set out this morning to see what yard sales are like in this area (more on this later). Afterwards, we hit a couple of thrift stores in Sierra Vista. I was surprised to discover that the prices are considerably higher here than at Wichita thrift stores. I only bought a few doll arms (50 cents) at St. Vincent de Paul and after scanning the shelves at the Salvation Army I didn’t think I’d fare much better there.
The first thing I looked at were a couple of state souvenier glasses, which I’ve also never seen out thrifting. (I have a fairly sizable collection, but I’ve purchased all of mine at auctions or well-priced antique malls.) These weren’t in great condition and were priced at $5 and $6, so I passed.
Then the crowd parted, a ray of light streamed down from the acoustic tile ceiling, and I saw them.
Three small salad bowls in chartreuse (my favorite color in the series), coral (my least favorite) and seafoam. Six plates. A couple of other coral serving pieces.
I’m on an extremely tight budget, so I knew there was no way I’d be able to afford them, especially given the other prices I’d seen ($3 apiece for Canada Dry Ginger Ale glasses, to cite one example).
The six plates were marked as a set for $8.99. The bowls were $2.50 each. At $13.49, this would be my biggest splurge of the trip, but undoubtably the best deal I’d come across so far.*
So of course I bought them.
I left all the coral serving pieces behind. Hopefully they’ll make someone else’s day.
I have lots more to report on, including a few thrifting stops in New Mexico on the way here. Some of the pictures are on Flickr already.
Until next time, happy thrifting!
*I sold American Modern at my shop. The plates went for $10/each and the small serving bowls would have been $30 apiece.