Thrift Finds: Old Driving Lamps, Oil Cans, Modern Kitchen Decor

Good Morning! This weekend was a busy one. We kicked off the weekend by meeting a friend for a nice picnic lunch at the park with the kids, followed by both kids had sleepovers, with lots of video gaming and fun. It was a beautiful Fall weekend so we took advantage of it and worked outside with our thrift finds on the front porch using natural lighting to take photos, edited them, and get the items listed.

Old Driving Lamps

Sales are picking up in our etsy store which kept us busy packaging up the sold items for our customers to ship off.  We did finally manage to take a little bit of a break and find some nice jewelry pieces for our eBay store and I finally listed this cool motor lamp of our clients.


Thrift Finds

Vintage Dietz Union Driving Auto Lamp Car Lantern Automobile 1800′s-early 1900′s

Now before many electrical lights were built into vehicles, lanterns were used to shine the way down the road and establish safety measures as vehicles traveled at night. Motor lamps are now collector’s items often used for display only and seldom used. This particular type of lantern has a large center lens, which amplifies the flame, producing significant light as needed. It has a lightweight wire handle and a sturdy bottom for non-spill placement.  This motor lamp was manufactured by Dietz and was used on a horse-drawn buggy but they were also used on ships and trains. This lampwould also be good for power outages or just reading by it’s light on a calm night since it still works. The Dietz Company has a long history manufacturing oil lanterns, dating back to 1845, when the first sperm oil lantern was introduced. See it On Etsy

For those with a more modern day collection, here’s an excellent item for a vintage garage display, farmhouse, outdoor patio, or any decorative area. A Vintage Galvanized Oil Can – Four Quart with Flex Spout. See it On Etsy

Vintage Galvanized Oil Can - Four Quart with Flex Spout


Thrift Finds

Now, whether you are hosting a dinner party or eating a nice bowl of noodles alone lounging in front of the tv, these Japanese-inspired bowls are designed to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand. Great for noodle soups, stews, rice dishes, stir-frys and more.  See it On eBay


Thrift Finds

Handmade Udon Noodle Rice Bowl Chopstick Holder Snowpea Green

I love it when I’m browsing through the aisle and an item “pops” up from the rest. Here’s a great pair of vintage amber glass salt and pepper shakers Anchor Hocking style from the 1960′s-70′s in great condition. Great for the modern style kitchen! See them On Etsy

Vintage Salt & Pepper Shakers Amber Glass Anchor Hocking 1960's-70's Style


I also found a vintage Morel Mushroom Salt Shaker similar to the 1970′s Ceramic Morel Mushroom Kitchen Canister Retro Cookie Jar I have listed on etsy but in a lighter color tone all by itself which I haven’t photographed yet. I’m hoping to find a buddy for it soon so I can list it. If not, I’ll just list it by itself. It’s very cute as kitchen decor or could be used for a spice shaker.

If you come across anything you like on the Etsy shop or in this post, send us an e-mail or comment in the comment section below.  We do offer local pick up and can combine shipping on multiple items.

Stay tuned for more great treasures…..

Can’t wait to see what stuff you found this week. Have a good week!

Linking to:

Sir Thrift A Lot: Thriftasaurus

A Living Space: The Nifty Thrifty

The Penny Worthy Project –Thrifter/Maker/Fixer/Farm

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About grumpytreasures

It all started with that first visit to the local flea market scouring for timeless treasures. We love to find older things that would tell stories of a time past. We hope to pass that on to others. Noel enjoy family time, cooking and collecting vintage kitchenware. Illya, specializes in Jewelry, collectibles, all types of vehicles; just a little bit of everything.

4 Responses to “Thrift Finds: Old Driving Lamps, Oil Cans, Modern Kitchen Decor”

  1. Anny October 21, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

    That noodle bowl is so cool!

    • grumpytreasures October 22, 2013 at 7:23 am #

      Thanks for visiting Anny! Yes, I like the odd shapes of these Udon bowls, they’re more like pieces of art than a bowl.

  2. laura
    October 26, 2013 at 11:50 pm #

    Thanks for linking up! I’m pretty sure that motor lamp is the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while–LOVE IT!

    • grumpytreasures October 27, 2013 at 7:36 am #

      It’s just amazing how far we’ve come from when people were using oil lamps and lanterns to light their way. It’s a very cool piece of history. Thanks for hosting Thrift Share Laura! Good luck on your new site!

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