Straight From the Horse’s Mouth

Not too much going on in our neck of the woods. It’s been hot, garage sales have been so-so, and the local thrift store has lost its collective mind about pricing. They now price everything for the half-off weekend sale which we NEVER go to because we aren’t crazy. The place is usually packed on the weekend and you can wait a while to get checked out. So, it’s Summertime, but the saling ain’t easy. We persevere because we know that the thrift store prices will come down, we will hit that amazing garage sale, and the weather will eventually cool off, probably right into a snow storm! Then we can start our typical wonderful Autumn.

Let’s just get this out of the way right off the bat. I promise that it gets easier:

I swear to Bob that the seller was SAD about selling this thing! She had had it since she was a kid, and that was quite a while ago. We looked at it, I’m sure with alarmed faces, and she started telling us what a wonderful thing it was to have in the bedroom to hang your favorite treasures from. We both hope those are his feet. I’m pretty sure that one of us mumbled that we weren’t clown fans, and she then looked amazed. If this were in my bedroom, I would never close my eyes again!

See, we’ve ripped the Band-Aid off and have shown you the worst thing first so there is no need to worry about what else we have in store. In fact, here’s a cute puppy picture to soothe you further:

This is my boy, Kokopelli, snoozing in his girlfriend’s bed, which is big enough for me to sleep in, in a pinch. Koko weighs about 15 pounds, but thinks this is just the right size bed for him! Even worse, he has stolen two toys and has fixed it so no dog can steal the squirrel back; the llama is on its own. Some days I wish I were a dog.

This is someone’s wood shop project, probably:

It’s been lovingly kept, and really isn’t a bad thing at all. However, we have to wonder about the family when this is prominently labeled “Letters”. What the heck else are you going to keep in there? Spinach? Goldfish? We have questions—can you just put regular mail and bills in there or is only for letters? I can’t live by your rules, man!

Well, this giant pottery thingie sure caught our collective eye, and not in a good way:

This has to be a first project, right? If you actually knew what you were doing with pottery, wouldn’t you understand that there is a limit to what a tall stem will hold without support? This is the reason why people get sore necks—our heads are great big heavy pumpkins!! It would have been straighter with some support or a thicker stem, or something else that I don’t know about because I’m not a potter. Anyway, here is a goblet/candleholder with an E.D. problem, bad enough to be banished to the thrift store, but not so bad that it was consigned to the dumpster out back.

Looking at this picture, I can’t believe that I didn’t buy it:

Firstly, it’s a weird vacation tchotchke from Glenwood Springs, CO. I have a few weirdo vintage vacation souvenirs, especially if they are made from wood and are from Colorado or Michigan. It’s a strange collection, and mostly boxes, but there are some other oddities, too. This is an animal, which is also a plus, there is a funny saying, and a place for a pen and paper. I’ll have to see if it’s still there with its funny little turned legs and clothespin head. That clothespin looks too new; thank goodness I have some vintage ones!

We have remarked before that the Woman’s Day craft group must have had five martini lunches, or used LSD in the 1970s:

There is absolutely no other explanation for their craft projects and this granny-square poncho (?) is a prime example. I imagine this is what’s laughably billed as the “eye-catching fashions” on the front cover. Honestly, unless you’re going to drape yourself over your sofa, I cannot imagine ever finding another use for this poncho/afghan, and it had better not be those colors! I guess that the wearer could wrap herself around her family to keep them toasty warm on a snowy day. Worse than a helicopter mom, would be blanket mom. I would be afraid to wear this out of the house as it could be grounds for involuntary commitment to the nearest psychiatric unit. We did not drag this home; if they put this on the cover, what is inside?

I can see where this might be handy to have around:

There are times when someone is just too weak to make it to the bathroom, and at least this is an attractive chair. I really hope there is a plastic bucket hidden inside that lower wooden box. I haven’t ever seen a wooden adult potty chair, but it’s much nicer looking than the metal ones. On the other hand, they aren’t as easy to clean as the metal ones that you can take outside and hose off.

Looking at it more closely, I’m wondering if it it a modification done to a standard wooden chair. You would need to have a pillow on the seat if you were going to just use it as a chair. I think that lid might not be comfortable, along with not exactly matching the surrounding wood. Anyway, they had $200 on it, so they will just have to wait for the right person to come along and buy it. OMG, I just made the mistake of Googling Adult Wooden Potty Chair and was directed to someone’s Pinterest page full of Chamber Pots, Potty Chairs & Vintage Toilets. I guess if you wrote historical fiction, or just had a weird bathroom fetish, this would be a fascinating page. I have seen way too many outhouses in my life to ever go there again, willingly.

As an apology for the last set of pictures, I offer this Mid-century modern china pattern:

We have been enjoying looking at the china dishes more closely and selecting some unusual, or just plain wonderful patterns to show you. This one is pretty subtle with the greys, greens, blues, and black. We quite liked it, and were happy when it disappeared, despite each piece of china being priced individually! It used to be that they would put the whole set in a box, and price it at $30, $40, or $50 depending on how many pieces there were. Now, when people don’t want china that can’t go in the dishwasher, they are charging $5 for a cup and saucer. It seems crazy to me.

Hope you’re getting to do some fun summer stuff before school starts back up, or the weather cools off. We will be back next week with more strange and weird stuff that we find in our utterly normal town!

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2 Responses to Straight From the Horse’s Mouth

  1. Yvonne Osborne says:

    Your bathroom comments reminded me of my favorite thrift store and their “single-handled casseroles,” a.k.a. CHAMBER POTS!

    • kathy & deb says:

      OMG, that’s pretty disgusting. I’ve seen people not exactly know what they are, but to sell them as casseroles?! Yuck.

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