Saturday, April 21, 2012 Californ-i-yay :)

You know what they say...when in California, go thrift shopping. So that is just what I did ;) Thanks to my mom and sis, I got more flea-market and thrift-store action in than I have in a looong time. Mainly, that has to do with these three little monsters (and the golden word, babysitting)

And yes, that is a frog toilet peeking out mischievously in the background.

I bought quite a lot of stuff. As usual, my hubby was nice enough to just smile
at my ideas for how I will use the vintage stuff I bought. He's used to it by now :)

Here is what I got:

(Correction; here is a part one of what I got):

I'm always smitten with vintage figurines, mainly
of the Virgin Mary. The rose is a little wall plaque I found
at a thrift store that I loved. And the tiny books
are really fascinating to me--they are Irish religious booklets
for children from the 1930's.

I love the type inside, the pictures/graphics,
and the fact that they were meant for children
makes them sweet.

I've always been drawn to vintage kids' stuff.
This is a cute book I found.

I really liked the cover, and the pictures inside were cute.

(I'm a total dog lover.)

My daughter would love to do this!

This is another cool one, that I bought for $1.

Again, cute cute inside. A lot of classic stories,
like Winnie-the-Pooh--and a lot of poems.

This dad is so 1950's, don't you think? :D

This was the clincher in buying it. 
I found this poem so cute.

This is a more quirky find. Mail art.
A letter from the 80's--filled with little odds and ends...
a game piece, a sticker from Death Valley.

This is my favorite bit:

And here is the "letter."
Funny huh?
Does anyone else like things like this?

Now on to owls.
One made of string--

the other ceramic.

I am always buying cute mugs these days.
Maybe it's the much colder than California weather
here in Oregon, lol. 

A tiny tiny illustration scene of Italy...

...and an equally pink and equally tiny souvenir plate
of San Francisco. 
I've been there a few times but never enough.

Whoa, I guess I like pink, huh? :D
This is a vintage curtain panel made of the prettiest fabric.
It's really silky and vibrant.

I thought the bangles were fun,
and I really like the rose brooch.

I really liked this photograph as soon as I saw it--
and it was SO cheap.
The guy selling it asked me, "Now what do you want with
an old photo of someone else?"
I just smiled and said I love vintage things...
and hey, if he can't appreciate it, I'll gladly take it!

What's funny is that I didn't notice this sneaky little boy
peering out from behind the fence until much later.

Lastly, this chalk portrait.

It was in a really big, kind of ugly frame,
which I promptly (accidentally) broke.
But luckily, it was able to survive the 
12-hour drive back to Oregon with us
without getting smudged like heck.

It is quite large. I really love the colors,
and the jewelry she wears. She looks almost regal.
And she kind of reminds me of one of my favorite 
poets, Anne Sexton.

I hesitated about getting it, but I'm glad I did :)
And it was only $4!

I am linking up with Her Library Adventures.


Helen and her Daughters said...

That old photograph is great, I love the little boy peeking around the fence!

Liz said...

Wow - the portrait is gorgeous! Love the books too.
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

honeybee said...

AHHHH, that pink plate, I am dying. (Kind of obsessing over souvenir plates right now.) GREAT finds!

Cameron said...

Hey Marty!

Looks like a great trip!! You find the neatest fave, of course, is the pastel portrait! I bet she is amazing up close :)

Glad to hear from you and peek into what you've been up to!

Anonymous said...

Wow---you SCORED!
Thrifting is almost impossible with kids, huh?
For me, it's just not much fun unless I'm alone.