Hal Borland has it right, even though this winter gave him a run for his money! Spring isn’t skipping its turn in northern Colorado–it’s here with bells on! Yesterday it was nearly 80°, and while today is cooler, it’s still pleasant and sunny. Best of all, we’ve been to garage sales for the past two Fridays–woo hoo!! I want to warn y’all that there is a clown in the very first picture, but as clowns go, he’s pretty benign.
Now, I’m not saying they were good garage sales; folks are just warming up for summer, or so we hope. Take these first two finds, both from the same sale:
When we first looked at this table, we knew there was something troubling, but we couldn’t put our finger on what was bothering us. Aha, the duck decanter had its head on backwards, making it pretty creepy. But, then we realized why the duck had made that painful decision: if its head were on the normal way, it would have to stare at a clown! All righty, that was probably the only way to go.
Then we glanced over at another table and saw a couple of doll things:
This is one of those kits where you “sew” the outfit; probably glue it on is more accurate. The doll body is dress-shaped just to help you along. We have found similar kits in the past, but have never really felt the need to buy one. Kathy found a cute badminton set for dolls, but they wanted too much for it. It was about 50¢ of fun in a $2 package.
We aren’t sure exactly what you might do with this party decoration:
Unless you are a bar, frat house or sorority–then this might be a well-used party prop. We aren’t sure how you store it either, since it was probably around six feet tall and looked pretty rigid. It might inflate, but it sure wasn’t rocking back and forth as people walked by; it had some heft. We should have asked the owner where she got it, but she was pretty busy chatting with neighbors, so it’s still a mystery.
Heading back from a disappointing garage sale we saw this sign, laughed, and then turned around for a picture. We KNOW that all parents feel like this sometimes:
Evidently, the seller felt the need to clarify too–just in case you can’t read my typed foot note, it says “the goat kind lol”. By the way, isn’t that miniature horse in the back ground adorable? He looks like a tiny little appaloosa to me.
It’s kind of hard to make fun of this next thing:
Not because we think it’s pretty, but because it looks like the kind of pincushion a little girl might buy her mom/grandma. If it were purchased by an adult, well then–what were you thinking? Pepto-Bismol pink plastic with rhinestones and silver rickrack aren’t signs of a mature, developed taste. I’m sticking with the little girl thing just so I don’t lose faith in humanity.
This cruet set is kind of cute in a ’50s sort of way:
That is until you look at the decal. Coffee?!?! That’s something I’ve never heard of–coffee vinegar or oil on top of a salad. What’s wrong with some nice olives, veggies, or bottles of Chianti like they usually use for decoration?
I was so excited when I saw this:
We haven’t seen a real, honest faces in places for a while. Carrying this purse (as ordinary as it is) would make me happy because I would be smiling at everyone going by. Honest, I just visited Faces in Places to make the link above; it’s not my fault that I was there for twenty minutes! The internet can be a dangerous place for people like me who aren’t real disciplined about “getting things done”.
Probably at the top of the list for things I wouldn’t buy at a thrift store:
Okay, quick, something cute, weird, and so us; hopefully this will wash Prep H right out of your head:
I’m not even sure if these were commercially made; they kind of look like a kit, or maybe a pattern from a vintage craft book. The eyes are definitely hand drawn, and the nose is a bead. Of course we bought them–Kathy the cat and me the dog. If they get lonely for one another, we can always arrange a play date.
We’ve been noticing fruit ever since a reader told us she makes “topic boxes” and “story sacks” for visually impaired kids and likes to use plastic fruit, cloth, and odds and ends:
Unfortunately, this is a whole wall of heavy resin or maybe even glass pieces of fruit–we couldn’t tell through the plastic bags. The grapes are kind of cool if you’re a fake fruit sort of person (we aren’t). Honestly, Lyn, if there is something you need, but can’t find, let us know. We’ll mail it to the UK, no worries.
This pillow has way too much personality:
But we much prefer it to the bed of nails pillow. I can just imagine the pattern of indentations on your face after you had a nap on this pillow, and god help it if you’re a drooler. Do you think it’s color fast? This poor thing would last an hour at the most, in our house, after the dog found it–it’s exactly what he likes to rip apart and eat.
Have you ever played one of those caption games on the internet? This picture seems like a perfect starting point:
We’re doing a Mother’s Day giveaway:
If you would like to win this print, leave us a comment on one of the next two weeks’ posts and you’re entered. If you would like one extra entry, go to our Facebook page and leave a comment there in the next two weeks. The link to our Facebook page is right beneath Ruffles the Ugly Bunny on the right side of the blog. We’ll draw a name on Mother’s Day and announce it on Facebook and the next Friday’s post. Good luck everyone!