February 7, 2013Vintage Atomic Turquoise Chip and Dip Set Finally Complete!
By Sara In AZ
A few years ago Mom and I were checking out our local thrift store when Mom happened upon this bowl.
I really liked the bowl and thought the turquoise and atomic star combo was super cool………….
…………….however I knew that it was part of a larger set. A 3 piece set to be exact – with a smaller bowl and bracket nowhere to be found in the store. This bowl is the larger “chip” bowl and there is another smaller “dip” bowl that rests in a metal bracket along the top rim of this larger bowl.
Mom was INSISTING that I get the bowl, but I was hemming and hawing because I knew that finding the other pieces would be hard if not impossible (at a cheap price anyway) and I hate not having the complete set when I know it is ultimately supposed to be a set.
Well, Mom just would not let up so we left the store with the large “chip” bowl for $3. I thought, if nothing else, I’d have a cool punch/serving bowl.
I brought the bowl home and shoved it into the back of my kitchen cabinet where it has sat for probably the past 3 years. No kidding! I’d kind of forget about it for a while, then I’d be rummaging around in the cabinets for something and see that lone chip bowl and wonder if I’d ever complete the set……….thinking my chances were kinda slim.
Then a few weeks ago Mike and I were shopping at another thrift store when I spied a couple heatedly discussing the purchase of this EXACT set of bowls…..the large chip bowl and the small dip bowl (unfortunately still without the metal bracket holder). I’m not quite sure why they were discussing it for SO long, it was really kind of odd. They kept on looking at the bowls, putting them down, talking about it, looking at the bowls again. All the while I was circling the store, watching them, and hoping against hope that they would decide not to buy the bowls.
FINALLY after about 10 minutes of discussion they walked away……….without the bowls! I tried to act all nonchalant as they walked away and as soon as they were out of sight I RAN over to the bowls and scooped up the little dip bowl!
Whoo- Hoo! 2 pieces down and one to go! We got the dip bowl for $1.50.
Well now that I had the matching large and small bowls I HAD to get that metal bracket holder!!! I looked around online and found this complete chip and dip set – the exact same style just a different pattern – for $10. I broke down and bought it immediately!
That silly bracket was the most expensive part of my whole set, but I knew once I had the smaller bowl it would drive me insane until I completed the set.
And here it is in all it’s glory……the completed chip and dip set with the metal bracket! YAY!!!!
It only took me a few years to complete the set, but I’m glad Mom finally did talk me into buying that bowl after all!
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