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May 13, 2011

Thrifty Faux pas

Filed under: Thrifty Finds — Laura R @ 11:28 AM

Friends who have known me for more than half our lives have no doubt about my affinity for collecting “stuff.”
Chances are they have gone dumpster diving (good selection of tees)


or to an estate sale with me.
Rare is the person who has not slammed on the brakes when I pointed out a yard sale sign.   

Those are my people.

So when one of “my people” was helping his mother clean out “old stuff” from her basement  he saw vintage Contac bottles.
Yes, before most of you were born, Contac (cold and allergy medicine) came in clear glass bottles.  I really tried to get a picture but my web search came up empty. They are that old and most people thought unremarkable. 

He set them aside for me intending to surprise me when he came to visit.

Can you see the expiration dates?        1982  and 1983.

  (I apologize. Once again the pics are not going where I place them.)

He did tell his mother he was saving them for me but failed to mention I would appreciate the label intact. She assumed I was going to put beads or crafting supplies inside and thought she would do me a favor and take off the labels.

Vintage Contac Medicine Bottles

 They are still a thoughtful gift and will be useful in the craft room.

Something good that came out of my search was discovering a site dedicated to Wisconsin bottles.
Before this the only bottles I associated with Wisconsin contained milk or beer.
While I am grounded I have time to catch up and take photos of some more of my finds.
You may also get to see more posts about the dogs!


Bears photo from

Linking up to (right click to open in new tab or window)

Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground

Flea Market Finds  

Magpie Monday   

Common Ground



  1. My cousin made his fortune (literally)digging up old bottles. I love them, too, although most of my collection went dogknowswhere when I ran away from home, 4 years ago!

    Comment by Cyndi — May 13, 2011 @ 12:36 PM

  2. Hi — I saw your link on Facebook, where we are friends, but I hide behind my dog, “Dion DiPoochy,” so that people from high school won’t find me.
    I love the “Dead People’s Things For Sale” sign. Around here, “estate sale” is used for tag sales, moving sales and so forth, and I wonder why the homeowners don’t feel creeped out thinking that people coming assume that they have gone to the Great Beyond.
    Or, they don’t know what “estate sale” really means.

    Have a great Friday — hope there are good yard sales in your future.
    who is old enough to remember Contac in glass bottles!

    Comment by Cass at That Old House — May 13, 2011 @ 1:21 PM

    • It is funny how we tend to “disguise” ourselves on Facebook. We are from that age group that believes the warnings.

      Comment by dogsmom — May 13, 2011 @ 1:25 PM

  3. I love all the old bottles and they seem hard to find cheap.

    Comment by Linda @ A La Carte — May 13, 2011 @ 2:04 PM

  4. I remember those bottles and when Contac first hit the stores! Yikes!

    Comment by deb — May 13, 2011 @ 3:54 PM

  5. Thanks for trip down memory lane…I love old bottles. Those signs put a big smile on my face. I love the one advertising dead peoples things; it’s straight to the point!

    Comment by Betsy — May 13, 2011 @ 4:05 PM

  6. I love to hit estate sales and any thrift sale really but I would have a hard time with one that said dead peoples things. I have been to some that are just that but I try really hard not to think about it when I’m there. I know they don’t need it anymore or care about it but it kinda creeps me out. That’s just me. My friend I go with could care less. A sale is a sale 🙂

    Comment by Annette — May 13, 2011 @ 6:04 PM

  7. I am one of those peoples too! LOL… esp when I am with a certain ‘friend’ or have a few bucks to spare in my purse… the worse brakes are the ones where they have a real goodie sitting out prominently where you can see it from the road… so far no rear end accidents! wheww! Still waiting here for signs… we did find a few medicine bottles when we helped clean out DHs grandma’s house after her death… I wonder if I still have them????

    Comment by Faythe @ GrammyMouseTails — May 13, 2011 @ 7:05 PM

    • I knew from the start you are one of my people.

      Comment by dogsmom — May 14, 2011 @ 1:08 PM

  8. There’s a place in our woods where the former occupants used to throw their glass trash. I have found old mouthwash bottles (glass), mayonaisse jars (gave to kids to collect bugs old school method;), orange juice jugs and countless other everyday products in neat, old glass packaging!

    Comment by gina — May 13, 2011 @ 8:49 PM

  9. Thank you for a fun post.

    Comment by toasty redhead — May 14, 2011 @ 2:49 AM

  10. Old bottles? I have a case of old Pepsi bottles that were good for deposit when you took them back, sitting on my pantry shelf. I didn’t get them returned back in the day when they were doing that. So there they sit, collecting dust, but also for reminising about the days of glass. I prefer glass to plastic, but not many choices these days. I do see where some companies are bringing glass back, but not enough to revive an old factory in our area to re-open for jobs. Too bad, as we need jobs so bad everywhere. Miss you on other site, hope all’s going good. If you get time, please stop by and catch us up. Are the folks doing ok? Keith at home and working yet?

    Comment by 4evered — May 14, 2011 @ 6:46 PM

  11. I’m old enough to remember stuff coming in glass bottles and I sure do miss them. I used to love getting our milk delivered on the porch in glass bottles with cream at the top. Ah… those were the days! Have fun!

    Comment by Callie — May 15, 2011 @ 12:40 AM

  12. eerie, that sign ‘dead people’s…’. i don’t want to think of how it’d sound in my language. creepy, springs to mind. poor people.
    but oh yey, oh yey for thrifting…

    Comment by woolf — May 16, 2011 @ 12:31 AM

  13. When I saw the “Dead Peoples Stuff For Sale” sign, it just cracked me up because it so wouldn’t surprise me to see this someday while driving around! I brake constant on trash day! As you can see from my post for the party, I did a little dumpster diving just recently. Thanks for sharing this on TTF. I hope you have a great day!

    Comment by Diann @ The Thrifty Groove — May 16, 2011 @ 9:23 AM

  14. Oh all sounds very exciting, thanks for sharing :)) x

    Comment by Carole — May 16, 2011 @ 3:41 PM

  15. I love those signs/badges! They are brilliant I need to get Tshirts made of them.

    The Dead People’s things for sale makes me smile – our family refer to a local monthly sale as ‘Dead Men’s clothes’ Not very PC and not all that many people ‘get it’. LOL

    Thanks for linking up x

    Comment by Liz Burton — May 16, 2011 @ 4:32 PM

  16. I love the signs especially the Dead People’s Things for Sale. Like this post altogether.
    My finds are over at

    Comment by mumsarcade — May 19, 2011 @ 9:23 AM

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