A Thrifting We Will Go

I’ve decided.  Winter needs to be over, so if we could just all get together and do the anti-snow dance, it would be much appreciated.  It was nine degrees this morning, for heaven’s sake.  They are predicting a high of 50 degrees for Saturday and then more snow for Monday.  Doesn’t Mother Nature have anything better to do?  Like maybe just a tiny bit of global warming for February?  All I can say is that groundhog had better have gotten it right, or mama’s coming after him with a baseball bat.  Luckily, we have our shopping to keep us warm, even if we are ready for something other than thrift store finds.  At least it keeps us amused, and hopefully, you too.

Our first entry is into the ever popular “shell art” category:

We actually tried for a couple of weeks NOT to take a picture of this, but we decided it needed to be documented.  Mostly because it was very vintage, probably from the ’40s or ’50s, so abusing sea creatures is not a new phenomenon.  If they had just carefully arranged all these shells in a little basket, think how cute it would have been, but nooooooo, they had to go and get out that gunky cement-based glue and paste them onto a plaster base.  We were wondering if a careful nudge off the shelf might have freed them all to go and live better lives on their own, but we resisted.

There was no doubt at all about taking this photo:

It’s hard to get the full effect of this, but honest it was HUGE.  We’re talking an entire cupboard just for it.  We were hoping it was a very dark cupboard, but who knows.  Honestly, what is this for?  Songbird Soup?  If this is a Christmas item, and it may have been, I want to know who gets a tureen for the turkey soup that is the dregs of the festive leftovers?  The only other option is a chamber pot, and we really don’t want to go there, in any sense of the word.

We did kinda like this:

It was behind the counter, so we couldn’t get a really good up close gander, but it still looks like fun.  I don’t know that we could see the price, but a quick look around the internet reveals they are worth a little bit, but not tons, as they made so many of them.  Still would be a fun addition to your game room, and would mystify the younger generation, as they tried to get that touch screen to work.

On the other hand, there is nothing that could make this any more likable:

Well, other than suddenly being struck blind.  A blindfold would probably work as well, and not be so drastic, but a person shouldn’t look at it too long, as permanent brain damage could result.  And of course, it was in the ever popular double-knit that promises to survive on our planet longer than the cockroach species.  We are just glad they quit making it.  Imagine what an environmental catastrophe it would be otherwise.  Enough polyester to ring the planet multiple times, and it never goes away!

What’s better than a jug?

Why a jug with a pair of jugs.  Sorry, we tried womanfully to resist, but hey, can you think of any other comment that would be appropriate?  We were so distracted by the ample bosom, that we sort of missed the fact that the poor woman has a pig nose.  Guess that is the reason for the decolletage.  Gotta distract those marriage prospects somehow.  I suppose this piece of pottery was for milk?  Again, sorry.

We were terribly upset that part of this was obviously missing:

You know it had to have a big ol’ Iowa-size corn candle that came with it, right?  Once the ear of candle was gone, all the shine seems to have worn off, and it made the sorry trip to the thrift store.  It just wouldn’t be the same with an apple, a pumpkin, or a Christmas red pillar candle.  We also wasted several seconds trying to decide if it was once part of a pair.  What do you think?  Either way, it was pretty corny.

Before I move on to this next item, I want to clarify something that someone called us on last week.  We frequently speak of our local used craft store, and several were wondering what sort of thing that could be.  Imagining half used balls of string, and pre-pasted paper, or crafts to be recycled into whatever.  Well, guess what, that is just what it is!  They take donations of anything that might be craft related, and I mean anything, and sell it at a fraction of the cost.  Their goal is to keep this stuff out of the landfill and make it useful again.  Imagine, yarn, paper, frames, paints, jewelry and jewelry findings, silk flowers, fabric, patterns, corks, cd’s, buttons, books, clay, vases, ribbon, yeah, you get the picture.  How cool is that?  Here is a link to their website, if you want to see the stats on just how much they have helped: Who Gives a Scrap.

All that is in aid of these next two items.  Deb snagged this fun child’s craft kit a couple of weeks ago:

Thinking that it was pretty fun, and just the sort of thing we like to sell in our Etsy shops.  She got it home and was looking through it, and did a double take when she saw the booklet for it:

Well, low and behold this same booklet made one of our crazy craft pattern posts.  I can’t believe it took us that long to notice.  For the previous post, see here.  I obviously didn’t notice the cat, as that one is burned indelibly into my memory, and maybe not in a good way.

The same week I picked up this little gem:

Your comment, “OK, I’ll bite, what is it? ”

This probably won’t help either:

I’ve got to say, I have never seen anything like it, but I did some digging after I got it home, and here is a link to video of it in use.  I don’t think there are whole lot of these Red Raven Magic Mirrors in the world, but how adorable is that?  After thinking about it a bit, I high tailed it back to the store to see if they got in any records with it, but I didn’t see a one, so I decided to list it on Etsy.  5 hours and over 45 favorites later it sold for a more than tidy profit. Whew, guess we were the only folks in the dark on this one.

Could be worse, could be like this:

A sign for any woman who has ever hidden a shopping bag in the trunk.  We wouldn’t do that, would we?

Well folks, if you get right on that dancing to clear up the weather, we will keep shopping.  Tune in next week and see what we found.

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2 Responses to A Thrifting We Will Go

  1. Stephanie Gazell says:

    I have to laugh about that dreadful polyester dress from the ’70’s. But I will say, if you shrink it down, it would make an awesome pattern for a retro Barbie dress! :>)

    • kathy & deb says:

      I agree that if we shrink that pattern down to doll size that it would be pretty fun. The problem is at its current size the pattern is just painful! I think that my Barbies would go on strike if I put them in a polyester house dress, no matter how retro! 😉

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