Sunday, December 4, 2011

Reasons I love Thrifting #1: $2 art

I feel like I've just now caught my breath and had a minute's time
to sit and post a few of my past thrifting finds.
My kids have been sick, which (blessedly!) hardly ever happens...
but all three being fairly sick recently was a little tough! :)
Luckily everyone is feeling better now!

One of my favorite things to find in terms of vintage
is home decor. I love the unique look that old items bring,
often quirky and beautiful at the same time.
Case in point: this vintage lucite dish.

I love the organic shape, and the butterfly, flowers, and fern
preserved inside.

In the same nature-inspired vein is this shabby-pretty bird cage.

But my favorite home-decor find from the past few 
weeks is this handmade art that I found for $2.

At first, I wasn't too sure about it. 
Although it caught my attention immediately,
I had a long "hmmm...." in which I circled around
the store and pondered it for all of one minute.
Then I told myself, "Are you crazy? It's two dollars!" 
and got it.

It's a great size--18x24--and I have to say, I like it 
just as it is, with the gray frame and all.
What you may not be able to see from the pics too well
is that this is a collage, made with what appears to be tissue paper
and other papers. Up close, you can see all the lovely layers
and little rips and tears and other "artsiness."

I looked up the artist, but couldn't find any info at all.

The more I look at it, the more I find to like :)

I REALLY love vintage linens,
but trying to get a good picture of them is hard.
So, these photos don't show off the beauty of this
soft gray and pink tablecloth all that well,
but maybe you'll get an idea!

I've never found a vintage tablecloth this large
and that is in such good condition.
Not that it is unusually large...I just never seem to 
find tablecloths! 

This vintage kitchen towel is one of the cutest I've ever seen!

Isn't it adorable?

Other finds:

A salt-and-pepper set depicting the RCA dog...

A 70's Goebel figurine...

A tin with fiddling and dancing gnomes...

(hee hee!)

A vintage drinking tray...

An old pincushion...

Christmas stuff! I thought this somewhat odd
pair of pants with the back that opens up
was was with a box of stockings,
so I'm guessing it's meant to be used as one.

I found this one at the same place.

I always love vintage baby keepsake books.
So so so sweet.
It's hard to see the cover in this pic,
but it has a silvery tree with a baby sitting under it,
and the words "Wee Me."

Weren't the illustrations the cutest?

A cute trivet.

Even though I don't know how to sew/crochet myself,
I loved these old books.

Such sweet little sweaters!

I like this one with the scotty dogs.

Although some of the items do cross the line from cute
to slightly creepy.
Like these.

The outfit on little man is definitely a little odd from
a modern perspective.
And the little girl's coat seems so short!

This little carriage set, however, is precious all around.
I can imagine how proud a mama felt back then,
pushing her new baby in one of those cute old prams
with baby dressed in all this finery!

A set of vintage baby bibs...

And some old books.

First is this one by Judson Jerome, 
a children's book titled "I Never Saw..."

It turned out to be signed by the author!

The story itself is very poetic, 
with really neat illustrations--

The other book was this one, "The Wonder Book of the Air."
Neat photographs, and I love that it includes a "Women in Aviation" section.

Looking forward to seeing what everyone else found