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August 7, 2011

The Cat’s Meow In The Cupboard

Filed under: Animals,Thrifty Finds — Laura R @ 9:48 AM

I have been working on clearing out and reorganizing my main display area of the house, a built in china hutch between my galley kitchen and breakfast nook.
I am sure it was originally designed to hold the household dishes but when I moved in this display case was taken over by gnomes and dog figures and cat collectibles and, at some point, COWS.

Since they were pushed back behind other, more recently found treasures, I guess they were from my early days of farm living. Or pre farm dreams. 
Some will be spared but others are soon to find their fate on CraigsList or some other venue.
I love my thrifting but have come to the age where if I am not displaying, appreciating, and enjoying my treasures I want them to go to other shelves…in other homes.

I was browsing thrift blogs, as I prefer to do for relaxation and online window shopping time. On one of the link ups I saw a very familiar thumbnail leading to A La Modern.  The reason this got my attention is those Modern folk (Bryan & Linda) know their collectibles and valuables.  I was downright excited that maybe I had something good and had picked it up for a quarter or half dollar.

In the same cabinet with all those cows reside a larger and smaller version of clay cats. I apologize in advance for the fuzzy pictures. Those darn cats would not sit still.

So, they are not the designer cats described by A La Modern, but to be honest, I like mine better. Are they really designed to be Chia Pets?

 Only the larger one is marked.

You can see mine do not have the black outlined faces.

The question this week at The House On The Side Of The Hill is: What do you treasure?
While famous names might increase the value of simple objects I am still happy with low prices and objects that make me smile.


Linking to The Penny Worthy Project
Visit Laura and find out what trouble she is getting into at BlogHer.
Then hop over to see what Flea Market Finds people are sharing with Sophie.
Terry is sharing some Sunday Blog Love at Cherished Treasures. She’d love for you to stop over.

Congratulate Rhoda on her new “job” at Thrifty Treasures.
(It is a real job, I just hope she’ll also have a great time doing it.)
Hop across the pond to wish a Happy Blog Birthday to Missie Lizzie and link up with Magpie Monday.

Nita shares Mod Mixes with us every Monday, and this week could use some prayers. too.
Apron Thrift Girl Selena has been having a full yet frugal summer herself.
Link up your finds with Thrift Share Monday.

To see my list of thrifty and vintage treasure parties, click here.

Tuesday brings time to party at Club GW.
Share your Tuesday Treasures at My Uncommon Slice.
Tuesday is Nifty Thrifty!



  1. I have been getting rid of things I collected but not longer use or enjoy as well. I look at it and wonder why I bought it in the first place lol

    Comment by djsdustyattic — August 7, 2011 @ 10:26 AM

  2. Yes, the time does come for us to pass our collections on to others! I have found that large collections do well on eBay. I’ve sold two large penguin assemblages from my days of collecting there!

    Comment by Laurie — August 7, 2011 @ 11:09 AM

    • My family does not have the same tastes as I and do not wish to be the ones my collections are passed on to. They would prefer a collection of cash.

      Comment by DogsMom — August 7, 2011 @ 2:39 PM

  3. I love what I love and if it has $$ value great but I still love it! I also have some collections that need a new home but haven’t figured out how to do that yet.

    Comment by Linda @ A La Carte — August 7, 2011 @ 11:26 AM

  4. It’s fun to look back at old collections isn’t it? Remembering when or where we bought something, wondering why we bought something or wondering why in the world we kept it. LOL So those cats were chia pets??

    Comment by Wanda @ Just Vintage — August 7, 2011 @ 2:05 PM

    • There is a chia theory

      Comment by DogsMom — August 7, 2011 @ 2:38 PM

  5. It is fun to look back on previously precious collections. Sometimes we end up with collections because others hear we like this or that and it turns into the go-to gift. We are innocents. 🙂

    Comment by tammylovesdishes — August 7, 2011 @ 2:37 PM

  6. It is funny that you wrote this, because just as I sat down at the computer I looked at some ‘stuff’ on display in my home and thought “Mmm, I really don’t like you” (I was talking to the inanimate objects) So, off they go. You can’t take it with you after all

    Comment by nick@collecting feathers — August 8, 2011 @ 6:48 AM

  7. Hmmm, wonder if my pomanders will meet this fate!!

    Think of it this way – more room for more stuff!

    Comment by Liz Burton — August 8, 2011 @ 9:08 AM

  8. Thanks for your encouraging words today! This is something I’m doing too, trying to get rid of collections I don’t truly love. I love some of yours though, lol! Happy Monday HUGS to you!

    Comment by Kelly Howard — August 8, 2011 @ 11:33 AM

  9. thanks for coming around and leaving a comment on my blog….. and fun to visit you… I totally agree it is not necessarily the $ that make something a treasure…

    Comment by Fiona — August 8, 2011 @ 6:22 PM

  10. Love your little cow collection.Happy days.

    Comment by Bev C — August 8, 2011 @ 6:35 PM

  11. It is good to repurpose things you no longer want…one mans trash etc. Your little cats are very cute.

    Comment by michelle rag-tag stitchin' — August 8, 2011 @ 6:48 PM

  12. I guess I was expecting to see pics of your real cats inside the cupboard after you cleaned out stuff. You never know when a kitty will pop out of a spot least expect! Hubby’s aunt collected cows for awhile… I started with mice ( who’d of guessed! Haha) and have an assortment of chochskies… many have been boxed up & donated and my mouse collection was miserably massacred in the move here (20 years ago) so never made it out to display… but I think a few of them I boxed up & put away… I do have a very active collection of dust bunnies that grow daily!
    As far as the clay cats… I have no idea if they were chia pets… but my neighbor was born with that special “eye” that finds things for pennies & brings them home to find out they are worth big $$… and she is lucky to not “need” money… sigh, but that is why she probably has the eye. she displays for awhile & lots get broken & tossed away. if her dog doesn’t chew them up, LOL

    Comment by GrammyMouseTails — August 8, 2011 @ 7:37 PM

  13. I am totally with you on this! It’s great to make a “score” when thrifting, but nothin beats really LOVIN’ it! Thanks for linking up over at Club G.W. with Charm Bracelet Diva. It’s always great to see you there!


    Comment by kathleen — August 8, 2011 @ 8:04 PM

  14. Hehe, thanks for the shout-out! I think your kittycats are great too. And that’s really interesting that you have small and large versions. I’ve been thinking of trying to “chia”-ize one of ours, one of these days. Oh, an online acquaintance found one of these little cats that has a wider open back, like a planter, but otherwise identical.

    Comment by A La Modern — August 8, 2011 @ 8:18 PM

  15. What a fantastic post. I’ve never seen anything like your little ceramic cats. They are delightful. Thanks so much for linking in to Tuesday Treasures.

    Comment by Melody — August 8, 2011 @ 9:08 PM

  16. Love those kitties! Yes, looking through our collectables is so fun. I even remember when and where I bought some items. *grin*

    Comment by Sandy — August 9, 2011 @ 2:01 AM

  17. These look so cute!

    Comment by Nehha — August 9, 2011 @ 3:08 AM

  18. Love your post and the little kitties. I thought maybe one of your live and breathing kitties had gotten up into your china cabinet!
    Now, I’ll have the party running through Wednesday night if you have time to gather your yard birds.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

    Comment by shelia — August 9, 2011 @ 10:20 AM

  19. Stopping by for the first time and enjoyed perusing many of your posts! So nice to meet you! 🙂

    Kindly, Lorraine

    Comment by Lorraine — August 9, 2011 @ 6:15 PM

  20. Those kitties are so cute! My favorite things to collect right now are old bottles and anything vintage sewing. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

    Comment by Kelly Deal — August 10, 2011 @ 2:06 PM

  21. I love those little cats. I have a couple of cat ashtrays that were my grandmother’s. One of them is really unusual – it has a topper that when you push it to open the ashtray it squeaks. I don’t smoke, but I like the ashtrays 😉

    Comment by Two Bears Farm — August 12, 2011 @ 3:23 PM

  22. Cute kitties! They really do look a lot like the designer kitties you pointed out!

    Comment by Cheapskate Mom — August 12, 2011 @ 4:14 PM

  23. Hey girl! Always love your comments, thanks so much for taking the time to stop by…..I have a love/hate relationship with thrifting. A few years ago, I went hardcore simple around here, and got rid of SO much – I LOVE to thrift, but find that I spend money on things I don’t really need, just cause it’s cute, or it’s a good price! I need to find a balance, and only pick up things that REALLY make me happy. I love bird things – bird pottery – shabby chic stuff!

    Comment by Jayme, The Coop Keeper — August 13, 2011 @ 7:15 PM

  24. I’ve never seen anything like your clay cats, pretty neat!

    Comment by Rebecca — August 14, 2011 @ 5:44 PM

  25. Look at all of your cute cows. Those cats are so unique. Who knows, maybe your cats will be valuable some day. I’m with you. I buy what I like for as little as possible, and most of the time it is worth very little. If I enjoy seeing it in my home, then I don’t care what it’s worth. laurie

    Comment by laurie — August 22, 2011 @ 6:34 PM

  26. Never heard of black cat day and I have two of them! My grandmother would have loved your cows there. She had all kinds of livestock dishes. I agree with you about showcasing or using things. Makes me want to go through some of my items that I have in plastic tubs!

    Comment by spraypaintqueen — August 22, 2011 @ 9:56 PM

  27. Interesting post.

    Comment by c w — September 1, 2011 @ 11:19 AM

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