Yesterday I presented myself with a challenge:
to spend 5 hours thrifting on a roughly-$10-budget.
My hubby was working a short shift that day,
(we only have one car) and since the kids are gone,
it was the perfect opportunity to tag along.
Or, as I prefer to term it, "wade knee-deep into endless thrifting perfection." ;)
So while Nate worked, it was my chance to take as loooong as I wanted
in the thrift shops. I always feel vaguely guilty, even if it's just him waiting
for me in the car. Even though I know he doesn't mind, I always feel a little bad.
I'm one of those people that can spend an hour no problem in a thrift.
At the same time, I was a little worried--5 hours, was that too much even for me?
I pretty much used up every minute.
And, I actually like putting myself on a money limit (now and then, ahem.)
Even though my thrifting skills have sharpened significantly, I can still
sometimes make those "but-it's-cheap!" impulse buys.
And I love vintage so much, things can seem awfully appealing sometimes.
This vintage primary reader was one of those things--
do I need this---do I really need this?
It was just too cute to pass up.
I love that it is a teacher's edition, and has notes about each story.
The pictures do me in every time--
Ah, how I can relate.
I just tell myself, "but they're for the kids room--"
when I get to decorating it vintage-style.
Vintage restaurant ware mugs.
One is different but they still make a cute set.
A small printing block letter, the first I've ever found at a thrift.
These vintage shot glasses were just too
cute and funny to pass up.
Apparently they originally came in a set of 3.
The last one says "just a swallow."
I've already scoped it out on ebay, lol!
I'll have to get that one.
A charming tray,
though in this pic you can't quite tell that.
I'm always wanting to find one of those vintage
metal hangers that are similar to this,
but older--as seen here.
This is the closest I've gotten.
I'll take it :)
So I know I can be a little weird and really
err on the kitsch side of things sometimes,
but I LOVED this sign.
Frank and Betty, I bet you were one pair of cool cats.
An old photo, I'm guessing mom and daughters,
that captivated me because of their neat clothes
and the way they are posed.
A plastic glove form.
I'm going to try and cutestify it by
adding an image where the rectangle is, among other things,
so it can be a quirky decoration.
This is my favorite find from that day.
There's something so lovely about it to me.
I love the paper it's glued onto, and the orange
border going around it--
...and the clothes this Victorian woman is wearing,
her brooch, the umbrella and gloves.
The clerk selling it joked, "Do you know these people?!"
I get that a lot :)
But it's such a neat piece of history, an old photo.
A momentary glimpse into a life and time I can never know,
but certainly wonder and imagine about.
For more thrifty finds, stop by Harper's Happenings