Drama at the Dentist and Vintage Thrift Store Finds

I hate dentists, not even gonna lie, I straight up hate them – I’m sure most people can relate. I’ve had some nightmarish times in the dentist’s chair in my day and going usually gives me panic attacks. Luckily in the last two years I’ve found a really sweet one whose entire practice is pretty much all women – from the dentist herself, to the receptionists, the hygienists – everyone. I love the women who work at that place, but going to the dentist is still nerve wracking – though much, much better than it used to be.

Why am I talking about the dentist you ask? Because I had to go twice this week – on Monday and then again on Tuesday. The appointment on Monday was fine, the one on Tuesday on the other hand was a super bummer full of nothing but very bad, very expensive news that I’m majorly stressing out about – luckily there is a thrift store directly across the street and a Fabricland a quick bus ride down the street, so usually after getting poked and prodded and drilled I like to go and do some fabric shopping or thrift store hunting to soothe my soul. On Monday I went to the thrift store and found some pretty amazing things that I wanted to share with you all.

Plus, I’ll be honest – writing about these cheap and cheerful vintage finds are a wonderful distraction right now from trying to figure out how to pay to replace the crown that I’ve apparently worn a hole through (Thanks TMJ and excessive stress levels causing me to grind my teeth in my sleep!) and a mouth guard to stop said grinding. Needless to say, I was sitting in my very nice dentist’s chair swearing like a sailor for a good few minutes, apologizing and trying not to cry. Ugh. When it rains, it pours, right?

Okay, enough of that, onto happier and prettier things!

The first cool thing I found was a bag of nine vintage metal and nylon zippers – three of which were in their original packages!

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A rainbow of vintage zippers!

I’ve been hunting for vintage zippers everywhere, so these were a wonderful, wonderful find! Three were actually still in their original packages, which was amazing! The brands are Tailorform, Lightening and Lady Fashion. The packaging for the Tailorform zipper/slide fastener is a hoot, stating, “The woman who sews…knows.”

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Love it!

The back of the packaging is also illustrated with a cute vintage gal:

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Adorable! All three of the zippers that are still in their packages come with instructions on care, how to do a lapped zip, etc, which is so awesome! I hope I can find some more vintage zippers like this! I’d love to have a large collection one day because I absolutely loathe modern zippers and have had such horrendous luck with them since I started sewing. It would probably be pretty fair to say that I hate the terrible modern plastic zippers with a passion. None of them could certainly ever brag that they are “Guaranteed to last the life of the garment” that’s for sure, and all three of the vintage packages gave similar guarantees – you just don’t see that anymore, not on anything. 😦

Next up was an enormous amount of buttons! These were all in a plastic bag for $5.99 (the bag of zippers was the same price), and included a few surprises in among some very beautiful and fun buttons, which I will be sharing at the end of the post!


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So many buttons! And that isn’t even all of them – just what I could photograph!

Expect to see the zippers and buttons pop up in future sewing projects! πŸ™‚

Before I get to the two really cool things I found buried in with these buttons, I’ll share two cute books I found that are not vintage, but look like they’ll be a lot of fun to read!

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I love the cover art!

They are the first two books in The Flappers series by Jillian Larkin, which looks like such an amazing series! I can’t wait to read both of these and (hopefully) review them for this blog. πŸ™‚ Reading is one of my favourite things to do and these books seem like perfect escapist fun, especially right now!

Okay, now onto the two surprise finds from that big bag o’ buttons!


vintage pearl safety pin brooch

So pretty!

The first is this pearl safety pin brooch, which is so pretty. I don’t know when it is from – or even if the pearls are real – but I love it! If anyone has information on these types of pins/brooches, I would love to hear it!

And last but not least, something that made my face lit up when I found it buried in the bag of buttons…

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A Canadian Red Cross Corps pin! The two photos show the front and the back of the pin. I’ve been trying to find more information about these pins, because I love learning the history of things like this, and also am trying to date it, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to find out much. I found ones very similar to it on this site and this one, but that is just about it. The pin/fastening in the back looks different to the one shown on the first link of the WWII cap pin, but I don’t know if my pin is older or newer than the WWII one.

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Here are both pins side by side for comparison, with mine on the left and the one from this site on the right. As I said, the one on the right is stated to be from WWII. It is 1 1/2″ in diameter, compared to mine which is just shy of 1″.

Here are two more photos of mine taken this morning with much better lighting:

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Does anyone have any idea when this could be from – or anything else about it, for that matter? I’m thinking the that the back could provide some clues as to the age because I’ve personally never seen anything like it. During my hunt for information, I found this amazing page on the Canadian Red Cross website, celebrating 120 years of the Canadian Red Cross, with an amazing timeline that actually made me emotional to look through – yes, I am a total sap! They don’t show any pins like this one, but if all else fails I just might contact them and see if they could help me date this amazing pin, as well as provide any other information about it.

This Canadian Red Cross pin is one of my all time favourite vintage finds – and to think it was just hiding in a plastic bag of buttons in a thrift store! I like to imagine the woman who owned it, who she was, what she was like, what her life was like and what happened to her. Was she the same woman who owned all of these buttons and the brooch? I know finding out anything about her will sadly be impossible, but I hope I can find out something about the history of this amazing pin at least.

What about you? What are your favourite vintage finds? Do you know anything about this pin or how to date it? Have you ever read The Flappers series by Jillian Larkin? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments! πŸ™‚

19 thoughts on “Drama at the Dentist and Vintage Thrift Store Finds

  1. Oof, I feel you on the dentist. When my husband was in the army, I spent that time making up for a decade of missed dental work (thank you Uncle Sam for covering that bill!) I’m glad you are able to treat yourself, those finds are fabulous!


    • Yay! I’m so excited to hear that! I just started reading the first book in the series last night and I’m really liking it so far! πŸ™‚ I’ve heard of Anna Gobersteins books but haven’t read any of them because I haven’t been able to get my hands on them yet, but I’m definitely hoping to! πŸ™‚


  2. I too have had news of crowns this week – and its the cost of them that scare me most. I am okay with dentists as I had to get a lot of work done some years ago and got into the habit of a type of breathing to relax – I did grind my teeth for a while in my 20s and I think it was related to a wisdom tooth trying to come up. The dentist at the time recommended before I went to sleep to put my tongue in between my back teeth and bite down (sufficientl to feel the bite) a few times. Then to go to sleep with my tongue to the side of my mouth in between my teeth as it was a type of brain training to remind my head not to do that or I would hurt my tongue….anyway it did work for me. I dont know if it really works for everyone ….. great finds in your thrift store…. I have to stay away from ours as I have far too much in my sewing room and why I keep picking up old linen napkins I will never know!

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    • Oh no, poor you! It sounds like it has been a bad week for crowns! I’m the same, since I know that the procedure itself won’t hurt it is the expensive that has me freaking out. I’m going to have to give that tip of yours a try! I’ve never heard it before, but it sounds like an interesting way to try and stop grinding, that’s for sure!

      Thanks! I don’t get out to thrift stores nearly as often as I’d like, but I love finding vintage sewing notions and sewing patterns when I do go! Sadly there weren’t any neat patterns this time, just some yucky 90’s ones – and as a child of the 90’s, it is a decade I don’t wish to return to fashion wise, that’s for sure! LOL. But I can see it easily becoming a problem for me if I went more often – I already have too much stuff for the small space I live in! It’s probably time to downsize a bit on my collections!

      I’d love to see your collection of old linen napkins, by the way! Sometimes we’re just drawn to things – and who knows, maybe one day you’ll put them to use! I can envision whole quilts being made out of linen napkins, for example. πŸ˜‰

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    • I definitely will! I have a couple of projects coming up that I’d love to incorporate the buttons and zippers into and I’m really excited about putting them to use. I love using vintage sewing notions! They really add something special to a garment. πŸ™‚

      And thank you so much! I’m hoping the dentist stuff won’t end up being too bad – luckily my dentist is super nice and always tries to help me find ways to work around problems, and she tends to put me right at ease during stressful dental procedures so that helps too! πŸ™‚

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  3. I’m so sorry about the dentist!! I hope it all works out in the end!

    Such nice finds though! I wish I could help you date the pin. I feel like awhile ago I remember some bloggers doing reviews of those books, I think it was mixed in response though.


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    • Thanks Janey! πŸ™‚
      I’m still struggling to date the pin, but I’m still thinking of contacting the Canadian Red Cross about it – though it feels like such a silly thing to bug them about! Lol. I’ve started the first book in The Flappers series (“Vixen”) and I’m enjoying it so far! It’s obviously a modern take on flappers and the 1920’s, but that’s pretty unavoidable, of course it won’t be 100% period accurate, but I enjoy it on the same level that I enjoy watching or reading any period piece, really. It is a fun book so far (I’m only on page 67) and just what I need right now – a nice light and easy read. πŸ˜‰


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