Thrill of the Hunt #33

August 16, 2016

thrill of the hunt #33

Yes, it's that time again. Time for Thrill of the Hunt #33 - where I share my latest thrifty finds. This time it's ironstone, stainless steel, collector plates and tins. Some vintage, some not so vintage. Either way I hope you'll stick around and see what thrifty finds I've got for you this week.  

Salmon Fish Kettle Poaching Pan

First up, this spectacular stainless steel......any guesses? I really didn't have a clue as to what it was when I brought it home from Goodwill. I just knew that I could use it for oh so many DIY farmhouse home decor ideas!

Salmon Fish Kettle Poaching Pan

Most of you have probably already guessed what it is. Me, I had to look it up. But once I found out what it was I understood why I had never seen it before. It's a Salmon Fish Kettle Poaching Pan!

Salmon Fish Kettle Poaching Pan

We're not big fish eaters in this house. Like no fish at all. Nada. Zero. So even though I sometimes think we own every possible kitchen gadget known to man, we have never owned one of these.

Salmon Fish Kettle Poaching Pan

I love the fact that it has a lid, and I can totally see me doing something funky with the inner metal strainer thingy.

Salmon Fish Kettle Poaching Pan

Salmon Fish Kettle Poaching Pan

I'd say this one falls under the category "Silver Plate Accessories" like some of the items I shared with you in my recent Top 5 Things to Buy at Thrift Stores post. I've seen it selling on eBay for $35.95. I got it for $3.99. I'll keep you updated on what I actually use it for.
 vintage ironstone pitcher

Here's another item that I mentioned in my Top 5 list: Ironstone. I mentioned all kinds of ironstone, but pitchers in particular. I love using them as vases as well as just plain and simple farmhouse decor.

vintage ironstone pitcher

vintage ironstone pitcher

If you have a bunch to display together they look so darned cute all lined up. On a mantel, sideboard, hanging shelf, you name it.

vintage ironstone pitcher

Some of them have maker's marks which make them more valuable, although this one does not. But that's okay since I only spent $2.99 for it at Goodwill and, well, I love it!

Lookout Mountain Tennessee Collector Plate

Any state plate collectors out there?  At one point in time when we thought we were moving I had this grand idea of starting a kitschy state plate wall in our new home. When that whole thing fell through I was left with some collectible state plates and a penchant for buying them!

Lookout Mountain Tennessee Collector Plate

Lookout Mountain Tennessee Collector Plate

Lookout Mountain Tennessee Collector Plate

While I never heard of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, I thought it was an interesting-sounding destination. My hope was that the plate was vintage (as the Incline Railway has been in service since 1895) but I'm feeling now like it's probably not. Apparently it's quite the tourist destination near Chattanooga, Tennessee. One of my more expensive Goodwill purchases, I paid $3.99 for it.

tin tray with red birds berries and flowers

Last but not least is this tiny tin tray. It's only 7 1/2" x 6" with some darling little birds, berries and flowers on it. Another find I hoped was vintage, but I really can't tell for sure. But that's okay since I spent all of 50 cents on it and it makes me smile.

tin tray with red birds berries and flowers

Would you say they're robins?


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Barb said...

That beautiful silver item is what I believe to be a fish steamer. I saw something similar at Macy's. The little tray is adorable, but coming from the NW, the birds are not robins. I will be anxious to find out what they are. I just found two small red trays with a floral motif. Don't know what they were used for...any guess?

VintageSouthernPicks Florence S said...

I would have thought the stainless steel thing was a vintage sterilizer pan for doctor's offices, but not with that strainer inside. Otherwise, it looks like a sterilizer pan.

Oh yes, Lookout Mountain in Tennessee is a destination. Very scenic place.

Curtains in My Tree said...


I knew what the fish pan was soon as I seen it. I use to see these in European cookbooks.

I guess you were never in the southern states if you had never heard of Lookout Mountain Tennessee. I was there several year ago and there use to be several billboards advertising Lookout Mountain.

mjmaterazo said...

yes that's a fish poacher. we actually own one. i love fish (not salmon in particular tho) and i think i've used ours maybe once. i think we registered for one when we got married and that's how we have it. i'm gonna break it out, now that you reminded me. i'm guessing yours is stainless steel like ours. i love the ironstone pitcher. don't blame you for snatching that up. thrifting is so fun! see ya tomorrow @ vintage charm party. xo- mj

My thrift store addiction said...

Great finds, Kathleen! I know you are going to have fun with that fish poacher! Why cook with it when you can decorate with it instead?! ;)

fabulosa said...

The stainless steels vessel can also be use as a terrine maker by removing the tray. Double use.

Diana Petrillo said...

You got yourself some good finds there, Kathy. I'm partial to ironstone pitchers myself, so I think that's my favorite :)

Sharon @ Blue Willow House said...

You found a bunch of great things on this hunt. Love the Lookout Mountain plate and the ironstone pitcher. Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle.

Shannon P The Recycleista said...

fun! I too thought some kind of medical sterilizer until i read your post. Huh. learn something new.
The state plate idea is great! I was thinking the same thing but with plates and other souvenirs from places we lived or where we grew up. I did a blog post about decorating with state plates too. :) http://www.therecycleista.com/decorate-with-vintage-a-vintage-state-of-mind-souvenir-state-plates/

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