Bargain Day at the Thrift Store

About 30 years ago, my oldest daughter gave me a beautiful set for Christmas that included a tiered plate, a basket, two candle holders and 4 mugs.  They were purchased at Lazarus department store in downtown Cincinnati and I have loved them and used them every Christmas.


On Saturday, we visited a lovely thrift/consignment shop (Vintage Market & Thrift, Loveland, Ohio) and saw eight dessert plates to this set on display.  The original price was reasonable, but there was also 75% off on Christmas items, so I snatched them up.  They were still in their original boxes which were in mint condition and  still had the remnants of a Lazarus label on the side.


I also picked up a plaque to add to my Dutch collection …

…and a Homer Laughlin platter.


The total cost was $14.95.  Now, that’s a bargain.

From the archives – January 4, 2011

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

15 thoughts on “Bargain Day at the Thrift Store”

  1. NO WAY! What an excellent bargain, you must be thrilled to bits. I love finding something special in the op shop, or at a garage sale, it really makes my day 🙂
    I am so pleased for you, the Christmas pieces really are lovely.

  2. What a great deal! Something you love at a price you love 🙂 Thrift stores are fun to shop at because you never know what you’ll find – and you found treasure! I’ve been meaning to go to my local thrift store but have not had a chance… maybe this coming week. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

  3. Now that is my kind of shopping. Or maybe it’s treasure hunting! How exciting to find matching desert plates. That is a really pretty pattern. Many years ago I found some beautiful Christmas plates at Home Goods, when they where still here on Beechmont Ave. They only had the plates, but I got them for $1.00 a piece. Needless to say I purchased 16m later I found two matching bowls. I love putting those out every Christmas. Oh if those dishes could talk, the stories they could tell, and they would all be of fun family times. Thanks for sharing. One last thing. I have a small platter very similar to the Homer Laughlin. I use it all the time. I look forward to hearing your stories this coming year. Take care.

  4. Oh, my gosh, Lillian! What a find those plates are! That is amazing. And all your finds for less than $15? That’s a miracle! LOL Who says one has to have lots of money to have fun and be happy?

  5. ♫♫ Lucky-Dog, Lucky-Dog ♫♫

    How nice that you were able to add to your vintage collection right after Christmas!! You were just meant to find them! I would have been dancing out the door. LOL

    I remember the store name of Lazarus, but I don’t think we had one in our town. Boy, that was a long time ago. We had Strous-Hershberg’s which then was bought out by Dillards.

    I hope you have plenty of milk & bread & coffee/tea because we’re in for a rough couple of days!! Be careful if you DO have to go out.

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