Kathy is off vacationing with her family, so it’s up to me to go out hunting–bargains and blog-fodder. Beloved husband accompanied me (I promised him lunch) and we headed out to an estate sale and two thrift stores, that Kathy and I rarely talk about. It seemed like a good day to shake up our routine; it is a bit of an exaggeration to say completely, but I love Monty Python and couldn’t help myself.
The estate sale was in a ritzier part of town, so there were two motives for going: shopping and snooping. The owner was a big fan of sixties music and he had a lot of art, including several fab posters. I’m sorry for all the glare on the following pictures; there was a bank of windows to one side, and all the ceiling and lamps were on, too! I couldn’t find an angle where light wasn’t reflecting off glass.
I’m not sure that it was an original poster from Woodstock, but it was priced at $500 so maybe it was. We rarely buy anything at these sales; the prices are always retail, or higher, and you can’t take chances for that kind of money.
A couple more posters:
The A.R.T. poster was priced at $950, but at least it is signed along the bottom and dated, so it’s probably authentic. I prefer the Haight-Ashbury street fair poster; it’s a flash right back to the groovy Sixties, early Seventies, and my childhood.
After the trip down memory lane, we ended up at a small thrift store that benefits the local hospital foundation. It’s a great thrift store for bargains, the prices are always right! However, the selection is pretty run of the mill; it was quite a surprise to see this out front:
The outfit was silk, with tons of beading, and it must have been from India; it was maybe a size 1 or 2. My dear hubby thought the trousers had to be some sort of sleeves because no one’s legs would fit. The outfit had tons of wear, so hopefully some little girl can take it home and play dress-up.
After lunch, we headed to the downtown thrift store with creative displays, and crazy prices. Here are a couple of pics of their displays:
Inside the store, we ran into this:
Love the old spring mattress as a sunglasses display rack. It worked perfectly! I also have to report that the bra tree was still in use, covered with preowned underwear.
We ran into a recent acquaintance in the back of the store; do you remember this fellow?
And speaking of original art, we found this picture:
I sincerely hope it was a student’s art project demonstrating perspective in paintings. I would give it an “A” for initial design and a “D” for execution. My eyes try to go all catty-wumpus when I look at this.
And speaking of hurting my eyes, this planter is just so wrong:
This poor swan looks like it’s crying; you would too, if your neck were bent at that angle! The whole thing gave me the heebie-jeebies. I don’t think that any flowers exist that could make this planter look right.
I’ll end here; there is more, but it’s always good to have a little something in the bank. I’m on my own again this week, and then Kathy will be home, and life will be back to normal. People tend to look at you oddly, and make a wide path around you, when you stand in front of a weird item laughing by yourself. If there are two people laughing, well, then it’s a party!
We wish all of our American readers a safe and happy 4th of July!