Sunday was simple. We Antiqued and Thrifted for a hot minute, then picked up my sick child from her father’s house. After medicating her, Shawn and I cleaned up the house, and had separate “us” time… him playing video games, me editing pictures of the cutest baby ever that I took for one of my friends. Professional id photographer I am not, but they turned out nice nonetheless.
Monday, Sophie stayed home sick. I ran errands while Shawn kept an eye on her. We had my sister and her husband Josh over for a post-birthday (his birthday was yesterday) dinner; salmon, asparagus, roasted potatoes… and Richelle brought Riesling and made a peanut butter cheesecake pie. About an hour after they left, Jenn and her husband and their kids came over for a SHORT visit so Jenn could get her camera and we could FINALLY EXCHANGE CHRISTMAS GIFTS. Hopefully she liked hers, and Dan liked his. The kids loved theirs (it seems) and Sophie loves hers!
So after that, we were kind of peopled out. We decided to watch Ghostbusters together in memory of Harold Raims. We poured out a 40 in his honor, except not really.
I’ve always been a fan of thrift shops, but recently it’s become more of an every-week type of deal. And I can’t help it. I love it. I love to see all the old things people gave away. I like to take pictures of the creepy things that someone, at some point, for whatever reason HAD IN THEIR HOME.
But most of all, I like finding insanely awesome bargains every once in a while. I’ve found a $75, new in bag Target comforter for $3. I found a brass owl, a brass unicorn, pewter owls, a pewter clown and a multitude of decanters and bottles, all for .97-$3 a pop. Parts of me might be gruff and I may be somewhat of a tomboy, but show me a dainty little teacup or a carousel horse and I’m game. And let’s not forget the hundreds of dollars worth of toys and stuffed animals that I’ve picked up for Sophie that would retail at $12-$20 for around .97 each.
Sure, all of this was just STUFF I liked…until recently, I didn’t officially “collect” anything… just sort of odds and ends I deemed worthy of my shelves. Then I came to realize that I DO collect, if only by accident.
I currently own all 8 of the 1973 Garfield McDonald’s glasses. I have over 25 teacups, and 22 varying Welch’s juice glasses (jelly jars… remember the dinosaur ones or the muppets in space or the tom and jerry ones?) I own a plethora of owl merchandise and artwork. I’m also starting a rather impressive carousel horse collection which includes a porcelain one from when I was a kid, 2 musical ones, a miniature pewter one that plays it’s a small world (HA!) a cross-stitched horse, and a stained glass horse as well. I’m also starting to admire and purchase vintage cameras… I’d say that one is kind of a given as to why I like those.
I can’t say that all of these were massive bargains, or “special finds” (even though they are to us) but on rare occasions, Shawn and I do pull a rabbit out of a hat.
A couple of months ago before Shawn moved in, we were scanning Goodwill in Lancaster, and in the discount room we saw a leather chair… like a BIG leather chair that would typically be priced around $250-$300 for $9.97 because it had no feet. Shortly thereafter, we found a practically identical leather ottoman for $4.97. I bought a cuckoo clock from the 50′s for $19 and it would go for about $250 online. Right before Shawn’s birthday a couple of weeks ago, again at a Goodwill, I found a 1920′s Normal Rockwell Reproduction Tombstone Radio that retails online for about $60-$70 for $6.97. Our most recent “find” (I put that in quotations because we don’t know it’s authenticity) was a framed “hand written” composition by Beethoven to an Arch Duke. Hell, if that’s authentic, it could be worth thousands.
Anyway. There is no real point to this other than thrifting is fun, and I’ve added two galleries up in the navigation of my website; THE GOOD (awesome, worthy of a picture thrift finds) and THE BAD and the CRAZY (pretty frightening stuff/oh my god, someone owned this at one point/prepare yourself for a ton of clowns.)
These are my typical thrifting and consignment shop go-tos:
GoodWill (found the leather chair and radio there)
Cache in the Attic (bought my cuckoo clock there, a musical beer stein, plus they have a large e-bay store with reasonable prices)
- JM’s Thrift and Vintage (Carousel horse, brass owl, entire tea set for $3, Cameo necklace)
Antiques Marketplace (my new FAVORITE!)
I know a lot of you don’t live anywhere near me, but if you have any special local shops that you thrift at, leave me a link in the comments! I never know where I’m going to wind up
My college classes are going great, by the way. I have high B’s (89% and 88%; grumble grumble… I want A’s, damnit) in both classes, plus I got an 89% on my Anatomy midterm…which was tough. I know more about striated and smooth muscle, adipose tissue, cells, types of skin burns, plus most bones of the arms, hands, and feet than I EVER did before!