Saturday, March 17, 2007

Thrift shopping

I saw this at a thrift store. Tell me it's not the creepiest self portrait you've ever seen.....

and the price! My Lord the price!! $11.99 Are they crazy? No I didn't buy if that's what you're thinking. As if I'd be able to sleep knowing that thing might come to life and stab me to death.

I used to go to all the thrift stores and hit all the garage sales I could find. I could even be seen at the Salvation Army and Goodwill(but don't tell anyone lest they start shopping there too and all the prices will go up and there will be nothing left for the rest of us) looking for vintage clothes and digging through the housewares and paintings. For some reason when I lived in the Palm Beach area I stopped. I think it's because I'm so sick of moving that I didn't want to add any more stuff to all the crap we had to drag around already. Then I found Madge's thrifting blog and for a little while now I've been living vicariously through her. Her finds are so good and I'm always jealous because she picks out exactly the same things I would. You could say she re-inspired me.
I used to collect dainty-old-prettypretty-girly-Grandma's house style- tea cups , saucers, dessert plates, cream pitchers and sugar bowls. I had an entire set and nothing matched but that was the beauty of it. It was for coffee or tea with the girls. BUT after our 8 month stint in Hawaii,(when the dot come bubble burst and we moved back to the mainland dammit) my boxes arrived and my little plate collecting heart broke. Every. Single. Piece. WAS BROKEN Dammit! So I've decided to try again and here is the first piece (from Germany):

Someone put this in the dishwasher a couple times too many but there aren't any chips.

I've been bitching for months how sparse our home is so I just have to jump in and do something about it before my husband does. The last time I let him pick out our home 'stuff' we ended up with the furniture from Star Trek that I'm forever complaining about. He's just so retro like that. I still don't have any salt and pepper shakers. A girl's gotta start somewhere though.

9 comments:

super des said...

I love thrift stores! It sucks because the ones arund here are still pricy... they're not really "thrift" stores, they're "vintage" stores, and that's not what i want.

MsLittlePea said...

Really? That sucks! My sis lives about an hour from NY and I was planning to hit the thrift stores over there on my next trip. Hmmmm I'll have to save a little I guess.

Dan said...

Oh come on! That little face is just begging for you to buy it. It needs a home. It's misunderstood. You must buy it! :)

MsLittlePea said...

no way!!

Laurie said...

Very, very cool darlin! And why did you not buy it??

Madge said...

I got props!
That portrait was $11.99? WTF! That's outrageous.

I hereby mourn your loss of the dainty-old-prettypretty-granny sugars and creamers and plates. Ouch! But at least you get to start over...and it's a good thing you're in Florida because this seems to be the place for thrifting...

I'm officially keeping my eye out for you down here in the PBC. Now that I know what you like!

Courtney said...

The self portrait reminds me of the episode of Buffy where Joyce brings home a Tribal Mask for the art gallery. I would be worried that that thing would come alive in the middle of the night.

SUEB0B said...

I went to my favorite thrift store today. And I got a black silk Gucci shirt with french cuffs for $8!!!!!! I am beyond happy with myself.

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

I sometimes wonder if any of the junk --I mean "thrift stuff"--that surrounds me are valuable antiques.