After a long, long break from Thrift Stores (Two months is FOREVER. Or was it one? Whatever. Too long.) I broke my fast, exploring local infamous Thrift superstore The Thrift Store, which I don't favor as houseware prices are steep. They've relocated to a retail setting that my hunter soul dislikes.
You gotta admire the bold typography on the front of the store, you get what you're asking for. It's a Thrift Store. No bullshit in that title. Or...is it? When you walk in there's a line of shopping carts to the left, a huge shoe rack to the right, it reminds me of the sterile shopping environment you experience in Ross, TJ Maxx or whatever outlet stores are near you. I prefer an eclectic junk stop, where you don't know what you'll find in boxes and piles and finds cost dimes and nickles.
Still, as a Thrift Store it had some of the oddness I like to see, like stuffed animals in suspended animation waiting for their new homes.
And huge novelty mugs that wanted to come home with me, but not for $6.00+ each! The purple one says "Mabel's Whore House," a gem, that one.
More lovely beer steins that can never be mine. Sit on that shelf forever at that price, damn you!
A lovely Last Super Paint by Numbers for only $21.00+ ! Nope. Do not want that price.
A fun piece at not-too-bad of a price at $12.00 but with faux laminate damage I don't have the time or care to attempt to repair. Would have loved to add it to my booth, though.
This heavy wall hanging duo Made in Japan almost came home with me. So beautiful and kitsch, but $3.95 each is a bit pricey. What do you think? Should I go back for them? Do you think they'd look better as-is or spray painted? What colors? I think black or dark navy would be gorgeous but may hide the detailing.
Another tempting buy, but I'm forbidden to buy books for...forever. Gotta read what I have. You can make your man look like...
SHAFT! Yes, it wasn't the attitude oozing from every molecule that made Shaft a bad mother fucker, it was just the leather trench coat, billowing behind him like a Pimp Daddy Batman's cape. I need two of those. And Jackie Brown's blue pant suit while I'm at it.
In more examples of Jacket making the man, we have iconic looks combined with...early 00 already dated Puffy's (P Diddy at the time) sloppy White Party look. One of these things is not like the others. That's perhaps my favorite MJ look, with the flair a pop star should have in the jacket but the t-shirt and jeans made it DIY and down-to-earth.
Just Star Jones and three sexy models getting pedicures and such. Carry on.
And look, Donald Draper's panties! Not sure if those are underwear, look like normal shorts of the era to me.
As tempting as this book was I already have a personal library that needs reading. I left The Thrift Store only buying one $2.00 toy. Which I tried to talk down to $1.00 but they NEVER do deals at The Thrift Store. Damage but damned, this is the Ross of Thrifts! Without the good customer service.
Off to The Hubbard House thrift store I went, which is an organized little Thrift Store I can recommend. There I was tempted by these faux laminate set of mod-shaped side tables. Just what I need, but not for $25.00 with lots of visible scratched and nicks!
I do well with vintage typography kitchenware and it fits my changing aesthetic, but meh, trying to avoid most smalls these days. Especially not something useless, I believe this is a cheese tray missing the glass dome.
*Forgive the post of phone photos. I can sleuth better with the phone than with my bulky SLR camera.
What do you think about Super Retail style Thrift Stores? I think there's a fine line between being clean organized and just making a store eerily like Target or Walmart.