Friday, June 25, 2010

Thrift Store Fun & Funnies

Whenever the world has me so stressed  that I want to kick a stranger in the face, a trip to a thrift or antique store relaxes me.I haven't shopped at a mall in months, and I don't miss bright lights and blaring music from hit music stations. I like the relaxed, slow pace required for thrift shopping.Go too fast and you'll miss buried treasure.

Like these beautiful Japanese houses. They were very heavy and could have been bronze. At $25 each I couldn't afford them, but they are so damn lovely.

Or these unique ketchup and mustard dispensers. How...charming...
 My friend Marianne shows us a suspiciously phallic ketchup dispenser. I think even Freud would say this one is too easy.
Yes, we did get strange glances for playing with these and making sound effects like 12-year-olds.

Make it stop!
I love selling collections lined up. The boats are beautiful. Soft lighting entrances you, drawing you in...

Beautiful Asian objects. I love the goldfish, the rabbit, and the tiny powder blue tea pot. Oh, and everything else, too.
 Delicious stimulation and so many smiling treasures. I like all the planters, which included a fish and an owl (cropped in this photo). Does anyone know what in particular was always grown in these retro ceramic planters? Succulents? Cacti?

This weekend I have immense workload of cleaning, organizing, researching, and writing. But I think I'll squeeze in a yard sale or two. And perhaps a trip through some St. Augustine Thrift stores? And some beach?! Ah, can't wait... 

This Post is Linked to: Frugal Friday / Feature Yourself Friday / Furniture Feature Friday / Finding Fabulous / Tidy Mom / Favorite Things Fridays / Flaunt it Friday / Social Parade Follow Friday / Fun to Craft 


  1. Those are very funny. My friend has a vintage store and would love these things.

  2. "Walk twice as slow, see twice as much." Great photos, Katie.

  3. Hi there! New follower from New Friend Fridays! Hope you'll return the follow :)

  4. Hi. I am a new follower from Social Parade. I love thrifting! You have some cool ideas. Have a great weekend!

  5. I love our post! You are right, thrift shopping is a different pace and so enjoyable. I could spend hours just looking and most of the time I find something just right for me. Now I'm going back to "shop" in your pictures. The ketchup container freakin' cracks me up, I wouldn't dare bring something like that home, knowing my family! LOL!

  6. hi! visiting from The Girl Creative - new friend friday - i LOVE this post. the nostalgia that a thrift store brings is unbeatable. if only my husband was on the same page as us .. ;)

  7. Visiting from New Friend Friday.
    Have a great weekend!

  8. Looks like a thriftshop i could get lost in!
    I love cute vintage figural planters. Have a small collection. What was grown in them back in the days? I remember my mom having those green plants with all the tiny leaves in them, that kind of cover the planter hole as a blanket, you know what i mean? No clue what they are called.

    And those ketchup and mustard dispensers? Let me not say anything... lol

  9. thanks for the giggle. have a wonderful weekend getting lots done, or not. you know. it's the weekend and all. :)

  10. I love love love the bat in the first picture!! I'd love to buy that from their shop! LOL!
    Your blog is adorable!!

  11. Lovely photos, ketchup dispenser made me chuckle! It'm the exact same when I'm stressed out - a trip to a flea market or a few op shops totally relaxes me :-)

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  13. A trip to the thrift can definitely make you feel better!!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  14. Hi Thift Core, I love your blog and have nominated you for an outstanding blogger award! Cheers, Emma @ Tightwad

  15. Ha, ha. Love the hot dog ketchup bottle!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. The lotion bars are sooo easy to make. Not to mention they are a fraction of the cost of anything you'd buy at the store!

    Loving your blog...

  16. Emma- Thank you so much for the nomination! I'll have to check it out!

  17. Those ketchup dispensers are great (in a weird sorta way). If only I had a bachelorette party to plan!


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