Friday Finds Us At it Again!

You would think that after literally years and years of being on the hunt every Friday, that we would get bored, wouldn’t you?  Well … you would be wrong!  Another Friday, another chance to find the most wonderful thing in the world, and if we don’t?  Well, there’s always next Friday.

So with hopes held high, we were delighted to see an estate sale listed.  Even more delighted to find that it really was one.  Nothing ticks us off more than folks trying to pass off an ordinary garage sale as an estate sale, since our joy comes from the crazy little things of ordinary life that never show up at a garage sale.

It started out really promising; check out the wonderful house:

Hadn’t had a darn thing done to it since the 50s.  So it was a kick to wander around in.    Why bathrooms fascinate us, I can’t say, but this one was no exception:

Isn’t that mirror amazing?.  You need to get a closer look at the contents on the shelf:

See, told you it hadn’t been touched!  The prices were a bit odd, as all the books and framed pictures were priced in the hundreds of dollars, but I picked up a darling vintage paper doll for $1.00 and Deb got a great unframed painting of Venice for $5.00.

Totally satisfied by the experience, we moved on to the next sale, and came face to face with this.  We could not come to a consensus on whether it was good or bad, but it did make us laugh, so good enough criteria for a photo:

Guess you would be cross-eyed too, if you had a butterfly on your nose.  Somehow this picture should be cuter than it is; maybe a different breed than Deputy Dawg?

This next item really had us scratching our heads:

Each pair of owls is a salt and pepper shaker.  For the family that can’t share anything?  I know owls were popular in the late 60s and early 70s, but I think they went a bit overboard here.

Moving on to the thrift stores now, we came upon this delightful addition to anyone’s linen closet:

This was bridge table size, not your average tea towel type souvenir.  It still retained its amazing colors, and crispy linen.  I suppose you could use it on your table whenever you are dying to show those 300 slides from your latest vacation to S.D.  “Funny, you should mention that; I just happen to have the projector set up!”  Your guests would vacate the premises as fast as could be.

We could hardly believe that the above item was the sum total of our finds at this thrift, so we decided to move on to, in our opinion, the worst of the thrifts.  The only thing we can say in its behalf, is that we can absolutely COUNT on the them to have something blog worthy.  As usual, it didn’t disappoint.  We no sooner walked in the door, than this coat rack reached out to stop us in our tracks and mutter, “What the heck is it?”:

Yeah, we know it’s a hall tree (rather literally in this case), but you tell me what these creatures are?

Whoever carved it, had no idea what the creatures they were carving looked like.  I am not sure they even had the faintest idea what they were trying to achieve.  Whatever it was, here it is.

To finally polish off our day we were absolutely horrified to see the next piece of “art”:

Deb attempted to take several photos of it, only to conclude that no matter how you look at it, it is just too horrible to contemplate.  How would you like to live with this on your wall?  Schizophrenia would soon set in, just has to.  [Deb:  I’m shocked to report that this picture was gone when I visited the thrift store today.  Let’s be nice and say that someone bought it as a Halloween decoration.]

On a final note, we were informed by several people that last week’s clowns should have come with a warning label, so we promise from now on to give a heads-up when something that bad pops up.  [Deb again:  beloved husband pointed out that we probably should have warned you about the above painting.]  By the way, the clowns are missing from the thrift store.  Don’t you feel sorry for the poor slob who is going to get those as a gag gift?  At least we hope that is the use they were put to, unless it was just straight target practice.  As always, feel free to pass on your thrift store finds; we love to share.

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11 Responses to Friday Finds Us At it Again!

  1. Rhonda W Vinylounge Lizard says:

    Don’t’ know about anyone else but last week when I saw your thrift finds for the week defined as clowns, I knew better than too even click on your blog! I went through withdrawals that day but better that than the nightmares that would of ensued had I looked 🙂

    • Second Hand Roses says:

      You know us–we wouldn’t just put ordinary ugly clowns in our blog. They have to be the worst, creepiest, ugliest, most nightmare inducing clowns on the face of the earth!! Glad you missed the horror show for your sake; but they are still there if you want a good scare ;- )

  2. Terri Gold says:

    Oh crap…I just wrote a long funny reaction to the coat rack and accidentally erased it. Oh well.
    The picture looked like a shark attack at first. It has to be someone’s depiction of a nightmare. Sadly this artist has no concept of perspective. And who is the happy nude with the big bosoms in the boat below? She has one oar. Hmmmm…..oh wait a minute, that’s her other leg crossed over. Oy. She has no arms. The more I look at it the more I see. The red area is a boat. I see two other fish in the blue area. Very troubled artist.

    • Second Hand Roses says:

      Oh crap is right–would love to hear your opinion of the coat rack. It’s still there by-the-way; it’s much to disturbing to go home with someone. The painting was hard to look at, which makes it almost impossible to decipher. We were afraid all that red was blood!

  3. Judy Rae Jackson says:

    I LOVE that South Dakota cloth. I was born in SD & still have family up there. I never find anything that good here.

  4. Ruth says:

    LOL – as always you have found some ‘incredulous’ pieces!!! I think the wall art is the worst … let’s hope that the shop keeper decided it was only fit for one place and just filed it under G!!!
    And that hall tree is frightful!! That would also make a wonderful Halloween decoration!!!! The creatures brought to mind the freaky bunny from Donnie Darko!!!!!!
    I know I say this often but I can’t help it …. your blog never ceases to entertain!!!!!! :o)
    R.

    • Second Hand Roses says:

      We’re thinking that the painting was purchased for a house of horrors–right where it belongs. Too bad they didn’t take the coat tree too; those animals are Lovecraftian creations for sure!

  5. Connie says:

    I too, am stumped by whatever those creatures are, lurking in the hall tree. The face is somewhat bat-like (or at least the one on the bottom), while the form is almost sloth-like. In any case, these are the creatures from which nightmares comes. I can’t even begin to imagine what the house decor was like from where this little relic was plucked? Maybe it was someone’s first wood carving project? Any bets that it will still be there next week?

  6. Adel Zem says:

    My brother recommended I might like this blog. He was totally right. This post actually made my day. You cann’t imagine just how much time I had spent for this information! Thanks!

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