Paranoia Sets In, or They Really Are Following Us?

We have never considered ourselves unbalanced, well, at least not in an unhealthy way, but the paranoia sure sank in this week.  One of our first, and scariest, finds was this:

Surely, there can’t be two of these?  Well, different thrift store, different day, and look here: kissing pigs.  We always felt there might come a time when we begin to repeat ourselves, we just never thought it would be this early on!

Just in case you think this post will be going to the dogs, you might be right.  We stopped at a garage sale early in the day and spotted this.

What?  Timmy has NOT fallen in the well?  Really, we loved it, as well as the entire flavor of the sale.  Check out the whole table.

This is our favorite kind of sale.  All the little odds and ends that collect in forgotten cupboards.  Just laying in wait, to jump into our hands, and into our own cupboards.

We love Lassie, but this lassie, not so much.

Frankly, I find the image incredibly disturbing, especially the human hands on the dog.  Not sure if it is a human with a dog head, or dog with human hands.  Either way, it’s a pretty unfortunate combination.

We headed over to one of the smaller thrifts this week, and were well rewarded in the badness category.  This one had us both rolling, and not in a good way.

Special Disco Version?  Like, Gag me with a Spoon.  Surely the band didn’t OK this.  Must be a bootleg bad mix from Taiwan or something.  (And no, we couldn’t bring ourselves to purchase it, to hear just how bad it was.)

I can’t pass a pile of fabric without pawing though it.  There might be something wonderful, and the umpteen boxes of fabric I have at home will never be enough, right?  So the pile at this thrift yielded this treasure:


There was a whole bolt of it.  Enough for new curtains should you feel the need to redecorate your Gothic abode.  The bolt was marked 100% pure imported linen vat dyes screen printed.  Not sure where it was made, or what it really was for.  Probably why it was at the thrift in the first place.

In the knickknack department, we found this treasure:

The thing was bigger than most folks’ aquariums, and I think the fish would need some major psychiatric help after swimming around this for a while.  Not to mention what might leech into their tank!  It really does win the ugly prize for aquarium art.

And now for your home decoration pleasure.  Who can beat these nifty lamps made from flower pots and the ubiquitous tri bead?

There were actually two farther in the window, but hard to get a photo of.  So you can see just how these were made, a close-up:

Each slot has a bead inserted into it.  I remember seeing these kits in the 70s.  Sometimes craft stores have a lot to answer for.

We thought the next offering was actually very clever.

Each piece of this picture is a thinly shaved piece of wood.  Someone did an amazing job putting this together, and it is pretty too.  Much more worthy of crafting than flowerpot lamps.  I think a lot of this type of work is Scandinavian, and I have always been fond of it.

Wanted to add this last item to our pink bathroom series.

Just what every pink bathroom needs.  A kind reader sent us a link to a fun site called Save the Pink Bathrooms, and we wanted to share it with you.

And last, but certainly not least, I wanted to share some quick pix I took at a garage sale this past weekend.  This place was so much fun, and she was obviously our kind of person.  We were greeted at the street by this:

I was relieved to see she was Not For Sale.  How could you sell something with this much personality?  Of course, if your front porch looks like this:


you probably have enough personality for two people!  Even my hubby, who can be rather curmudgeonly, got a kick out of this sale, and all the fun stuff.  We even bought a couple of things.  Who can resist a pink sequin flamingo patch?

Here’s hoping all your finds are good ones, and if not, you know where to send the pix.

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14 Responses to Paranoia Sets In, or They Really Are Following Us?

  1. MJ says:

    Uhmmm… I have a Pink Bathroom, but I DO NOT want that pink mess of a thing. LOL. And thank you that doghumanthingy will now be giving me nightmares. LOL.

    • Second Hand Roses says:

      Did you go to the Save the Pink Bathroom link? It’s a really fun site, and no, they don’t have pink roses and hobnail jars as decoration. ;- ) We agree, the person who did the dog/human hybrid picture was seriously disturbed–but we had to laugh after being horrified.

  2. Connie says:

    Wow… looks like it was a fabulous garage sale! So many things to look through. I wish this darn 9-5 job didn’t get in the way of fun time… would be great to hit some garage sales. Did you guys purchase anything at this sale?

    • Second Hand Roses says:

      At the “Lassie” garage sale, Kathy bought an adorable toy Llama made of llama or alpaca hair; it had red pompoms and a saddle made of wool! I got 7 vintage 3×5 picture frames and a deck of cards for $2–these are our kind of prices-lol.

  3. corsetkitten says:

    Wow, ok…just wow!

    I have to admit that I’d have probably bought that medieval-esque fabric if I ran across it! ;D

    • Second Hand Roses says:

      Ok, we are dying to know what you would do with that fabric–besides store it in a closet?

      • corsetkitten says:

        Ok, I’m totally into the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) and we’re always on the look out for medieval/ semi historical kind of stuff to decorate our events and stuff. Frankly, the fact that it’s linen (100%! Ca-ching–expensive) and the fact that it’s got pseudo-14th/15th century figures and mock heraldry on it…yea, in my book it’s totally cool. I’d make a couple of wall hangings out of it, maybe a throw pillow and certainly, if I were going to an event I’d volunteer some for decor.
        I think like the pink pigs and the lassie pics…it’s a big case of One man’s Trash is another Man’s Treasure! ;D
        Thanks for sharing it!

      • Second Hand Roses says:

        We love the Lassie picture–what fun memories of poor Timmy’s weekly peril–“what’s that girl? Timmy’s …..”. Pigs aren’t really our thing, but someone who reads the blog has a pig collection so we like to tease her. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure are words to live by; we will occasionally look at one another’s purchases and do an eye-roll.

  4. Terri Gold says:

    Now wait a minute…some of that stuff was nice. Hehe. I am sure I have kissing pigs. I used to collect pigs but most are packed up. Sigh. They will remain packed and on to the new house when we find one.
    I love pink flamingos but that porch…wow. I’d love to see that.
    Best of all was the portrait with the dog’s head. Did you know there is a complete coffee table type book filled with famous portraits in which dog’s heads are substituted. The book is a riot. That might be a copy from the book.

    • Second Hand Roses says:

      OK, I’m on a mission to look at the portrait book with dog heads; it would be hysterical to see The Mona Lisa with an Italian Greyhound head. Knew you would like the kissing pigs redux, that was part of the reason we posted it. ;- ) We feel your pain about packing things up and moving; hope it’s for a happy reason.

      • Terri Gold says:

        You will find the book definitely amusing.
        Moving is for a wonderful reason – leave NY, pay less taxes, get more house.

      • Second Hand Roses says:

        Sounds like a great reason to move–check out the thrift stores in the new area, it can only get better from what you report!

  5. Vinca Taviani says:

    I would have snatched up that fabric in a heartbeat! It looks to be based on the Bayeux Tapestry. I could see a table runner or wall deco for a feast hall. Belt favors, pouches! Oh yes, I could do many things with it!

    • Second Hand Roses says:

      Wish the fabric was somewhere you could get to it; we love for things to be matched up with someone who will love them! You have the imagination to do the fabric justice ;- )

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