Reunited, and it Feels so Good!

by Katy on January 4, 2011 · 27 comments

Peaches and Herb may think they own the whole Reunited thang, but I beg to differ. I think the best gifts/ thrift store finds are those that reunite like items. Please glory in all that I received as birthday gifts from my mother and what we then gleaned from local Goodwills today.

My mother gave me the red Pyrex mixing bowl, which was "needed." (Okay, not needed, but really wanted.)

The beauty of a perfectly nested vintage bowl set.

I bought one of these Pier One patio chairs at Goodwill today. I already had one from another thrift store excursion, maybe two years ago. Don't they look cute together?

I had been actively coveting this one of these unused Hall China kitchen canister from my mother's house. (I already had the other one.) Guess what showed up in a gift bag for birthday number 43?

And it feels so good . . . .

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

glenn January 4, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Did you get a “reunited thang” for your birthday today? Happy birthday!!!


ListfulWistful January 4, 2011 at 5:43 pm

I’d say your mother knows you well! What perfect gifts!


Stacy S January 4, 2011 at 5:59 pm

I have the same set of vintage mixing bowls – all 4 too…aren’t they awesome?!? Happy Birthday!


ellen January 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm

that is cool about having matching chairs!
my mom has part of that set, that she has had since the begining… I think some have been lost…


Alison January 4, 2011 at 6:40 pm

It probably feels so good because you waited for these items…although it would be nice to have complete sets right off the bat, I’m guessing it wouldn’t feel so gratifying if you were able to buy everything together at once.


Tammy January 4, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Happy Birthday!


Canadian Doomer January 4, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Like Alison said, it was the waiting and wanting that made it so special. Part of our society’s trouble is we “see it, want it, get it”.

I love your bowls, and the chairs are sweet.


Katy January 4, 2011 at 11:03 pm

I think the chairs look somewhat Disney-esque, like they’re going to start prancing around the backyard. In which case, they should grab a rake. 😉



Cheryl Breuer January 4, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Love those bowls! My mom collects Hall china, mostly teapots. I think that’s what gave me the bug for vintage stuff. I just blogged about my love of thrift shopping and posted some pics of my all-time favorite secondhand finds.


Kristen@TheFrugalGirl January 5, 2011 at 2:49 am

Oh, how fun that you have these matching sets now. I have picture frames from Goodwill like that…I bought them on two separate occasions, but they are the exact same frames with the exact same mats. Love it!


Beth D. January 5, 2011 at 6:26 am

I love finding Pyrex at the thrift store and I bet finding a missing piece to a set really made your day! I wish there was more Pyrex in the stores around me 🙂


Kate January 5, 2011 at 7:36 am

I had the green bowl from that set – it had been my grandmother’s – and spent a bit of time hunting down the rest of the set. It’s pretty common to see the set for sale with one of the pieces missing, so I just had to wait until I found the set missing the green one – and I finally did! The satisfaction is rather delightful, isn’t it? 🙂


ellen January 5, 2011 at 8:31 am

I still want to know how come my goodwill doesn’t have as nice stuff as some people get!


Marie-Josée January 5, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Happy Birthday Katy. My half brother Yves shares your birthday and he is one special guy. I love your vintage Pyrex bowls. What joy!


Kathryn January 5, 2011 at 6:06 pm

What great finds! I love seeing photos like these–it’s a good reminder that you don’t have to buy new to find great items. And my grandmother had that same mixing-bowl set, but in pastels. When I was growing up, I just thought they were so beautiful–sort of pearlescent.


Jessica January 5, 2011 at 7:00 pm

I love your bowl collection, we have the large yellow one and have been on the look out for the rest without having to pay a ton of cash for them. We’ve seen a whole set but for too much 🙁


Tracy Balazy January 6, 2011 at 3:50 am

What a great post! I love that! I have the big yellow mixing bowl, too, that a friend generously gave to me. And I use it all the time. I love when thrift/garage sale finds fit with previous finds that way!!


Rachel January 6, 2011 at 7:01 am

I have the big bowl in red – use it all the time!


Katy January 6, 2011 at 7:35 am

The big bowl in RED?! I bow deeply.



Jennifer January 6, 2011 at 8:33 am

Happy Birthday. Sounds like it was a good one.


maryperk January 6, 2011 at 9:42 am

My mom had those pyrex bowls. Well, the yellow, red, and blue ones. The green one was broken or lost before I was around. Hmmm, I wonder what happened to them? I got most of the dishes, but those weren’t in there. Weird.


rhonda January 6, 2011 at 12:07 pm

I so agree!! I have been thrifting and accepting friends’ cast offs for years and I always get so excited when I find things that go together as if they were made for each other. It adds a whole new dimension!


Jennifer January 6, 2011 at 1:02 pm

OK, after my first foray into Goodwill today, I was dismayed at A) the junk, and B) the utter chaos of the shelves. One cooking oil dispenser I picked up had traces of oil and assorted herbs still in it. Is this the norm, and I just have see it as a huge treasure hunt? Or is my Goodwill just not the norm?


Katy January 6, 2011 at 2:49 pm

The Portland Goodwills are pretty well organized, but I know that is not the case elsewhere. Sometime I find fantastic stuff, and other times nothing at all. It’s all about keeping an eye out for certain things and being patient.

Better luck next time!



jana @ the empty kitchen January 7, 2011 at 7:19 am

i am jealous, jealous, jealous of those mixing bowls!


Zaheen January 7, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Delurking to wish you a belated Happy Birthday! I hope your day was all that you wanted 🙂


Con January 26, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Happy Birthday,
I can’t help but LOVE this post as I actually have a vintage shop called ReUnited! And yes we named it for the very song of which you speak!
I love what you do here it is inspiring and necessary:)


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