Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Garage Saleing!

Hello, Dear Ones! I'm so excited today to show you what I found at a recent garage sale.

A West Bend Penguin Hot and Cold Server/Ice Bucket! Probably a late 1950s model.

Isn't she just the cutest little thing you've ever seen? Um, I had to poke a grey box right there in the middle of my little server because you could see me and it wasn't a good looking day for me! :)

Okay, back to my little Penguin. I paid $5 for this little jewel. When I was a little girl and we'd have dinners at church, there was this lady who always brought her food in a little Penguin like this! I thought it was the most wonderful container I'd ever seen. So I've been on the lookout but didn't want to pay an arm or a leg for one. Then I found her! :) Oh, she looks good too! I washed her and shined her up. Her little Bakelite handles even look like little Penguin wings, don't you think? See all the little Penguins walking around the middle. My heart is just a singin'! :) I love this stuff! Now I can carry food to church in my own little Penguin. Maybe a chicken casserole would stay nice and warm in her.

See? I've already made a chicken dish! :) You know I'm a silly and just couldn't resist! :)

Speaking of chickens, I found this lovely blue honey for $2!! Hallelujah! Isn't she pretty?

With all this vintage kitchy stuff going on, I decided to add my little tea towel I made with 1950s looking fabric. Perfect!

Isn't the little fabric a hoot? Love the little kitchen items. Just like the days of Leave It To Beaver and me. Oh, I had a big time crush on Wally! What a doll! But don't tell Mr. Precious! :)

Here's my little vignette on the counter top. Doesn't this look like 1950? I, of course, would look like June Cleaver with my heels and pearls on. Oh, and I'd have on the cutest of aprons, too! :) Ward, would you call the boys for lunch? :)

I kept playing and ended up setting up my newly acquired things in this little corner area of my kitchen. Oh, and I just realized as I'm looking at that snap - my Penguin has Bakelite handles. My granny's coffee pot has Bakelite handles and my tray has Bakelite handles. Am I good or what? I think the part of my brain that I don't think with just went to town with all of this Bakelite stuff. I'm just so talented and didn't even know it! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Second Hand Rose

Father has a business strictly second hand
Everything from toothpicks to a baby grand
Stuff in our apartment came from father's store
Even things I'm wearing someone wore before
It's no wonder that I feel abused
I never get a thing that ain't been used

I’m wearing second hand hats
Second hand clothes
That’s why they call me
Second hand Rose
Even our piano in the parlor
Father bought for ten cents on the dollar
Second hand curls
I'm wearing second hand pearls
I never get a single thing that's new
Even Jake the Plummer, he's the man I adore
Had the nerve to tell me he's been married before!
Everyone knows that I'm just Second hand Rose
From Second avenue

I'm wearing second hand shoes
Second hand hose
All the girls hand me their second hand beaus
Even my pajamas when I don ‘em
Got somebody else’s ‘nitials on ‘em
Second hand rings
I'm sick of second hand things
I never get what other girlies do
Once when strolling through the Ritz a girl got my goat
She nudged her friend
And said "Oh look there my old fur coat"

Everyone knows that I'm just
Second hand Rose
From Second Avenue
From Second Avenue NU!
~ sung by Barbara Streisand


  1. That is the cutest little pot! I have never seen anything like it. You scored big mi-lady! I have a chicken just like your blue one but mine is red and I payed $10.00 so you got a super deal there too. Love the towel too...:D

  2. Shelia, the penguin warmer is so wonderful. I am glad you it. It is dreadful when the photographer is caught in a reflection. One day I was snapping a church in a red dress and i looked like a great big red blimp! ♥O

  3. Hello there June (oops I mean ;-) Sheila)!! You are such a smart garage sale shopper! What great finds. Love the penguins and little blue hen dish. And such a beautiful little tea towel! ~Susie

  4. Sissie, I got so excited when I saw your post. I have a little penquin also but she has a place to put a candle underneath - someone said she was a fondue pot. Whatever she is used for - I just love her. Thanks for sharing this sweet post.

  5. Shelia..whatever else you do there, don't miss out on going to Temple Square and hearing the Tabernacle Choir, they rehearse on Thursday evenings and perform Music and The Spoken Word early Sunday morning. I am sure your family will know...it is not to be missed! Love you! :D

  6. Sheila,
    I received the exact penguin container 40 years ago for a wedding gift. Yes I have used for hot and cold items both. Don't know exactly what it is made of but mine has keep it's shine and beauty all this time. I do think you found a great find.<;)

    Cathy's Cupboard Calamity

  7. Sheila~ you so so scored!!!
    Love your song as well!
    Cricket @ gypsea nurse

  8. Hello Shelia! I love your penguin! hahaha! She looks so healthy and can make everyone healthy too will all the delicious food she can store. :-) I also love your little tea towel. It comes in my favorite color and the design is so cool! Have a great day!

  9. Shelia:

    Your little vignette is adorable and you got some fabulous things, but if you really want to got back to Wally and Beav days, you've got to lose the granite! Personally, I'd prefer to not vacuum in pearls so I'd keep the granite. LOL!

    - The Tablescaper

  10. Oh my gosh ~ I love this post!! I'm still laughing. Now I am on the lookout for one of those cute little Penguins!!!

    Lots of love,
    Susan and Bentley

  11. Love the little pot with the penguin its sooo cute!

  12. My Mother had one of those. It is an ice bucket! Mother has passed, I need to see if it is in her house. I like your idea of using it for a warmer! Deb

  13. Oh my goodness! I have one of these, Sheila, and it was my MOTHER'S!!!!! I was even going to get rid of it a few years ago, then I said, "Nah, I should keep it. I remember it from when I was little." My mother and father used it as an ice bucket. However, YOURS looks lovely, the person you bought it from must have had theirs in a closet hidden! My mother's is NOT in as good shape, dull, and I think there's a little dent in it. Maybe my mother and father drank more than other people? LOL!!!! I guess I should say they had more "company" and used it more often than the person you bought yours from!! ;)
    Well, if I get up the gumption, I will take a pic and send to you. You'll see how good yours looks compared to mine! Ha-ha!

  14. Now that is a really cool little find Sheila!
    And that fabric is a hoot, I love it!
    And I bet you would be the cutest and best June Cleaver!

  15. People sell things at garage sales that I would hold onto FOREVAH!! What a find!! It's the best feeling to find something you've been looking for, and especially wonderful when it's at a bargain price!! Enjoy!!

  16. What a deal. My Mom has one and won't give it up. I found one at Round Top and paid $18.00. I thought that was a good deal. My handles and round ball top are a light wood though. My Mom's is the dark.

  17. I just thought it was an ice bucket, great to put food in it though. Thanks for the idea.

  18. Using it as a warmer is a great idea. Beautiful piece.

  19. Lovin' your little penguin server Sheila, it's so cute:@)

  20. That penguin server is delightful--now I want one! It will be a great potluck dish.

    I already have that blue hen. She sits on my dresser holding safety pins.

    Great day at the sales!

  21. I actually have one of those!! found mine too at a sale about 4 years ago! So neat and nostalgic. Love the fabric too!

  22. Oh, I do remember these penguin dishes. My mother had one too! That fabric is just sweet and your new vignette is perfect! Have a wonderful day! Blessings, Pamela

  23. Thats an adorable little teapot and glass chickie..
    You found some great new treasures... so cute.


  24. I love all your garage sale finds, Shelia! That little ice bucket is so cute. Great deals there. xo,

  25. Hello sweet Shelia,
    I love your new to you purchases! The little penguin is so sweet! You ARE so smart! Your little song at the end is precious! I felt like Second Hand Rose when I was growing up, but it taught me to appreciate everything, new and used.
    Hugs, Cindy

  26. Well, I must have been living under a rock back in the day, because I've never seen one of these penguin servers! It is adorably cute- and yes, those handles do look like his wings! Shelia, you liked Wally- I was hot for Ricky Nelson! Such a couple of cutie-patooties! Your corner vignette looks so sweet with your vintage goodies. :-)
    hugs, Sue

  27. Hello Shelia; I love your new find, she is a beauty,,, your display is so pretty,,,, have fun with her,,,,,,


  28. Well June...will you be wearing those ruffled stand out slips under that pretty dress of yours! lol Oh my word...at firat all I noticed was the pink 'me' and I thought..'now did Pickle add stencils to that thing!' lol lol oh my word! lol Then when I read what you did I busted out laughing...oh my goodness...it so so good I am here by myself this morning! lol

    Your treasures are gorgeous and I love them all together in the corner like that...love you too...you little doodlehead...Picket

  29. Not only are you brilliant and oh so talented, you are the finder of wonderful treasures. And, you have made them look so pretty together.

  30. Mr. Sweet and I had an ice bucket JUST LIKE this one years and years and years ago. bwaaaaaaa, now I want it back. Maybe that one you have IS mine!!
    xoxo bj

  31. What great finds Shelia and I love love the vignette!! Have a great week, Martina

  32. Hi Shelia, your garage sale find is a dandy. Your vignette is just as sweet and shiney as it can be. hugs ~lynne~

  33. Shelia, I'm overjoyed for you! You did hit the jackpot with some charming little finds! I'm still chuckling, I love your post, actually, all of your posts are so darn cute!


  34. That Penguin's a real gem!! It's gorgeous!!!

  35. What a wonderful find, I love it. Love that 50's fabric also. I so remember all of that era, it was such fun. You've created such a lovely vignette. So fun to see some of the old things again and such interesting pieces too. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  36. Love the Penguin ice bucket thingy! So cute. I've seen them but not at such a great price! hugs, Linda

  37. Shelia, I love what you found! You got some real jewels there, and they are displayed beautifully! I can see you in your pearls and apron and high heels, June Cleavering around and winking at Mr. Precious!

    I have missed you. Lots of craziness here, but I think I'm back on the blog road. I'm sorry that neither of us are going to be able to get to Canada. Maybe we can all plan to meet up in NC next fall when Claudie comes down for that blogger convention.

    I still have a mess in our yard, and there's just so much other stuff going on behind the scenes. Lots of little curve balls, but there's always a home run or two in the mix.

    Sending you hugs and love. Hope you had a glorious Easter. I thank the Lord that by His sacrifice, I get to spend eternity with you, my sweet friend!


    Sheila :-)

  38. Great find, and I love your vignette! So shinny!

  39. What a find! My grandmother has one of these and I've always told her to leave it to me in her will. It was always on the family table for meals filled with fresh made rolls or bisquits. Great memories!

    Romantic Domestic

  40. What a charming litte group! The penguin server is just adorable! Wally was pretty cute I'm afraid Mrs. Cleaver is way out of my league though. All that house work in heels and a dress? I couldn't do it!

  41. Great finds Sheila! I bet you had a wonderful time.


  42. Hi Shelia *hugs*
    That is a real find. I love your Penguin and you'll have to let us know how you use her. I have never seen those before. It is in such good shape and you got her for a steal.

    Your vignette with all the bakelite handles looks so sparkly shiny and like new...you are just so clever.

    I hope you've had a great day. I can't wait until we start having some garage sales around this way...still not very nice weather..*sigh*...rainy and its foggy now and its only been in the low 50s today.

    Have a great evening

  43. Lovin' your finds, and your cute towel too! Also lovin' your kind comment at my place. Thanks!

  44. What a great find, Shelia!
    It's just darling...like YOU! :-)


  45. Good Morning Miss Shelia.
    I LOVE your new treasure. It looks brand new! How fun will it be to cook your very first creation in it. And love your little blue chicken. I've been trying to find some of those, I'd like the milk glass ones - but not so much luck so far. Maybe the garage sales will pick up around here now that the Holiday is over and people stay in town.
    Your tea towel is GREAT! Love the little appliances all over it.
    And aren't you the clever one for very discreetly placing a box in the way to block your reflection. I need to remember that.
    Have a good week!

  46. shelia, You are just too cute.I'm headed off to work and you will keep a smile on my face all day! This weekend I'm headed up to Lakeland Fla. for "The Fancy Flea" I can't wait and hope to come back with a treasure or two or .......

  47. Thanks for popping in Karen and I do hope you find some goodies to share with us. Have a wonderful day!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  48. Some lovely finds, Shelia, it's funny how some things from childhood just stays with us :o) I have a similar dilema, the right contain to transport cooked food to church. I'm after a basket but can't seem to find the ones I like.
    Have a blessed day, sweet friend :o)

  49. So ENJOYED your post! I will be back! Awesome garage sale finds! WOW! Now I am going to be on the lookout for a Penguin dish. :)

  50. Hello Shelia, Yes, I'm home and happy to be here. I had a wonderful time in LA. The wedding was gorgeous and we had several days together. Just like old times.

    I love your Penguin casserole dish. The price was awesome. All of your great finds were so terrific. I adore finding a bargain too. Thrift shopping is the best. A well kept secret for many. We know don't we??? BIG smile. You fifties fabric is so cute and the towel is a perfect accent for your fifties treasures. Lucky you.

    It is so good to be visiting my darling blogging friends again. Six days without a computer was a looooong time. HA! My friend in CA doesn't have a clue. I can't even get her to look at my blog. Her loss!!! Smile!

    Have a wonderful day,
    Love ya, Jeanne

  51. That little penguin is the cutest thing I've ever seen. I've never heard of or seen one of these but how precious that you remember these from childhood.
    Here in GA, we call suppers at the church "covered dish suppers." We always joked that you could show up with a covered dish with nothing in it!!! My sis now lives in IN and they call them "pitch-ins."
    What do you call them???
    By the way, all your pretties look fab on your countertop.

  52. Hi Miss Shelia!! What a cute lil penguin. I have never seen one of these before but now I want one too. Cute cute cute!!

  53. My mom had that same warmer...I can still remember so many wonderful days using it at family dinners and church parties.


  54. That Penquin is toooooo cute! I'm surprised I haven't seen one before. I'm so glad you linked it to the Tuesday To Do party! Can't wait to see what lovely you post next!

  55. I would have bought that little hot/cold thingy also! What a jewel it is and I like the final spot you chose in the corner of the countertop. Too cute! I'm always behind Shelia, but I'm enjoying catching up with the posts about your beautiful home. BTW, bunnies have been hopping off my tables all week long!:)

  56. My mother got the same penguin ice bucket for a wedding present in 1955. I bought one at my local Goodwill store a couple of years ago for $2.99! I love it!


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