Monday, June 7, 2010

Merry Mushrooms and Other Thrift Fun

I had a ridiculously successful and relaxing time meandering from thrift store to thrift store this weekend. Behold my glorious thrifty bounty in its glowing resplendent glory:

I immediately snatched up this Sear's 1970s Merry Mushroom pair when I spied them at Goodwill. I think I'll list them for sale on Etsy but I'll miss them when they go. I'm not sure what the smaller piece is, a sponge holder or votive? I've always lusted after this set!

I love my new lamp and  the soft glow it casts in my dining/craft room. I don't think it's authentic mid century modern but its lovely either way. Two women said the texture of the lamp shade is hideous, but I think it's perfect. The lamp and shade were $12. I tried to resist the "secretary" cross stitch but the bold typography and graphic design had to be mine, I paid $2.99 for it.

These two large sturdy baskets will be used to organize sheets and pillow cases...when I find those. I'm still trying to find some god damn thrifted ones without any luck. Might have to resort to retail on that one. The book Collector's Style is delicious thrift porn, I also nabbed a couple of Suze Orman finance books (I'm learning nothing new yet) a retro book on houseplant care and a beautiful book of colored "Mutts" comics.

All hard backs were $1 each,  and I paid 7 cents for the collection of comics! When I'm done with the finance books I'm going to trade them in to a local used book store and make at least $10-$15 bucks for both of them. I paid $1 for each basket.

By the way, I had a little too much fun while waiting for my friend to meet me at Goodwill. This is first time I've used a Goodwill dressing room in years- I hate trying on clothes. I bought the two dresses pictured. Perfect for work. I paid $6 for each dress, ouch! I miss the days of clothes at the thrift store never costing more than $3.50...
I found this while feverishly searching for good art and design books at Goodwill. Retro stylin' Verile young folk. You'd think the pamphlet would describe healthy eats but there's a suspicious array of mystery meat food and cupcakes instead.

The art on the cover is sexy enough but the books is full of beautiful illustrations that worked to further charm my proverbial pants off. I'm incredibly pleased with the thrifty bits I uncovered this Saturday.

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  1. what fun finds! you had me smiling through every one of them.

  2. Love that '60's cookbook! I can't resist cookbooks and cooking booklets from the 40's, 50's, and 60's. The illustrations are terrific!

    I miss the low thrift store prices on clothes, too - although sometimes my favorite thrift store has $1 sales on selected racks.

  3. I just found you after you commented on my ruffle chair...oh my...I'm addicted already to your blog! So much to go through and devour. Delicious pictures and great articles. I'm hooked. Thanks for visiting my Well Loved Home, Sue

  4. Love the vintage lamp and cookie jar...had one of those back in the 70's when the kids were little!

  5. Van, I really like that vintage lamp! Great colors and such a great retro look. Thanks for visiting today.
    :-) Sue

  6. Love Love Love that lamp!! And super jealous of the mushroom cookie jar.

  7. ok, that lamp is super cute, but girl, you are rockin it in that black top dress. perfect for the office is right!

    thanks for stopping by the cape on the corner, and for commenting on my planter redo. you should check out the post from when i first got it, and discovered the "front". yikes!

  8. I think the lamp is cool! And the 70's mushroom pair is so fun. You got some good deals!


  9. Hmm I am not sure about the mushroom pots ;-) but I really love the secretary type-thing and that last book is the best. Doesn't get better than 50ties illustrations.
    Good finds! And you look lovely in those dresses.

  10. Rhonda- Glad the pictures made you smile!

    Laura- I need to keep an eye out for $1 deal, sometimes thrift stores have clothes at full retail price. Ouch, my soul!

    Sue- Thank you the kind words, I'm working hard to write and edit useful articles like you have on your blog!

    Mimi, Sue, Feelsliketime - You're all making me glad I went back for the lamp. I almost left it behind as an unnecessary purchase. And I can't believe my luck at finding the mushroom set this weekend. Highly collectible!

  11. Miss Corner Cape- Your planter was damn gorgeous, I could definitely picture it among my collection of goodies. Thanks for the compliment on the dress! I wore it to the office today and got some rave reviews. Glad it wasn’t “too simple”.

    Nancy- I’m grateful for the good deals I found this weekend. I forgot to add that the mushroom set was a mere $4.00 total.

    Marianne- The typography and wording in the Secretary art is so graphic and fun, hopefully seeing it on the wall will inspire me to be organized like it says. Thanks for the dress compliments! Also, I love when my mom grimaces at my tacky mushroom finds- it’s the garish tackiness that draws me to them like a moth to the flame. I love kitsch.

  12. OMG, you rocked the thrift stores this weekend! Great loot! And, the clothes look incredible! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting! I'm so glad to have found you! xoxo Beth

  13. Hey Girlie, Where is your "follow me" button...I want to follow your blog but I can't find it?
    xoxo Beth

  14. Aw, thanks for your interest Beth! I always forget to add that detail, I have the "follow" button on the right column now.

  15. I wonder which cookbook are really good the old ones or the new ones. But do like to try the old ones though. Love your mushrooms. Happy Monday!

    Blue Jar

  16. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I think my grandmother had that mushroom set. I love thrift and can't wait to check out more of your blog.

  17. Manang- I love to look through the old ones but never use the recipes. I like new ones better, they seem to trim the fat from the recipes better (in writing and in the food!) and the pictures are to die for.

    Lori- Thrift is in my soul, I don't think I could live without it.

  18. I got married in 1983 and those mushrooms were my first cannisters...I loved them! Great memory, thanks for sharing.

  19. sewingseeds4U- glad to inspire happy memories!

  20. I'm a new Thursday Follower! Your site is so cute! To find some great deals and Freebies visit me at and sign up for my newest giveaways!


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