Thursday, March 31, 2016

That glow

After my last post, a reader contacted me and let me know that the ice cream bowls I had posted about could be made of something called "uranium glass" also known as vaseline glass. I looked it up online and found that uranium glass glows under UV light. I sent the bowls in to work with my husband where they have a UV light for checking out currency, and sure enough, he sent me these pictures of them glowing up a storm.

How cool is that? It's kind of like finding hidden treasure in my garbage treasure :)

So, here is a look at the things I picked up on my latest run.

At a pile with a "SOLD!" sign at the curb, I rescued...

This large flower print. Not a thing wrong with it. Check out the original price on the back.


This little baggie of NHL collector coins. I tried to find out more about them, but after many Google searches, I just couldn't find ones that looked exactly the same. If anyone out there knows where they may have come from, please let me know.

Here is a closer look at them and their size

And this CD mixing machine. No cord was found, but they can be ordered online for about $12. My husband gave this to a co-workers son who has a lot of DJ-ing equipment. He'll tinker with to see if he can get it working with any of his equipment and cords. If so, we'll go ahead and order the cord online and re-sell it. Fingers crossed!

Daintily placed on top of the garbage bags of another pile were these decorative wall items. 

A nice plate rack

This mirrored tea light holder

and this shelf/towel holder. This still has part of a plastic tag on it. It was in impeccable shape, so I doubt it was ever used or hung up.

You can see the plastic tag holder still hanging on it on the left.

This snowboard is still in great shape 

As are these Judo outfits (though I threw them in the was anyways before I donated them)

At another pile with a bunch of crappy furniture, I pulled a few household things out to donate to the second hand store like hair dryers, curlers, and straighteners. There was also a box full of electronic junk with a ton of cords and stuff that the scrappers would love, but at the bottom of the box was something that I wanted. I couldn't get it all untangled though, so I pulled whatever was mixed up with it and just threw it into my car to deal with at home. Old Nintendo consoles are really collectible right now, and I could quickly sell this one for about $60-$70, but I have a real soft spot for Nintendo stuff, so I tend to keep and hoard it :P

At another pile I took a box that contained...

2 different cordless phone sets

a pretty beaded snowflake tree skirt


and this wooden storage box that looks like a book

At another pile I found this bird cage that included an unopened package of food, some sanded paper liners and a cuttlebone. Everything looks pretty unused, so I don't think they ever got that pet bird. 


They also had out 3 boxes... one contained 31 wine glasses, and 2 were full of glass mugs. The mug boxes have 2 layers of 24 mugs each. That's a total of 96 mugs! I wonder if these people owned a restaurant or something, or maybe they just bought and used them for an event and didn't know what to do with them all afterwards.


I quickly stopped and grabbed this flower print which was leaned up against a can. It's got a sticker on the back indicating it was professionally framed. I find it rather pretty so I'm going to keep it for my wall of found art that I'm hoping to get up this summer.


I stopped at the next pile to grab a nice looking shelf. There are a few dings on it that can easily be touched up, but it was probably thrown out because one of the decorative "X" things was broken. The broken one was quite obvious on one of the sides, but I managed to pry out an unbroken one from further down below and have them switch places. Now it's much less noticeable.

Can you spot the broken one?

Also at this pile was a kids keyboard that still had some of the packaging screwed into the back of it. I'm pretty sure it's been used as there is a ripped sticker and a few small marks on it, so I wonder what the reasoning was to keep the cardboard packaging on?

I also picked up this twin bed set with a comforter, pillow case, and sham all in excellent shape.


At another pile I spotted some Rock Band drums sticking out of a box. I see so many Rock Band drums and guitars, it's crazy. I grabbed the guitars for the second hand store, and a small computer monitor that was in there too, but I didn't have any room for the drums. In the box I also pulled out a Playstation 2 system and remotes, but I oddly didn't find any games at all.


There was also another box with a pair of roller blades and a full set of pads inside

And lastly at another pile I picked up...

A pristine Reebok hockey bag

 This cool vintage wizard game

 And this old comic

Right on the back of the front cover is a full page ad geared towards kids on getting their first gun. Oh how the times have changed!

That's all for this entry! Keep looking out for treasures (and the hidden treasures within them!), and happy picking!


  1. I have heard that curlers sell well on ebay.

  2. Another great find... Love when houses sell... Canning with Cathy

  3. I love the shelf! It looks like it would hold CDs. But I'd fill it with little knicky knacky things in my booth. Ingenious way to "fix" it. Are you planning on selling the NHL coins (my friend is a Flyer fan)? If so, please post a link.

  4. I wonder what the story behind that bird cage could be... makes me feel kinda sad.
    I found a used one last Dec and sold it within two weeks.