"Giant kitschy things" is on my "thrift list" and this amazing plastic picture frame is perfection. That calendar to the right is average desktop size to give you an idea of scale. It's massive. I wanted to take a picture with it foe scale but ran out of light.
When Jill suggested using it to hold for photo ops I couldn't put it in the cart fast enough, hilarious idea. I like the thought of mounting a dry-erase or chalkboard behind it, too. Very fun conversation piece.
And THEN there were the smalls. Tempting me at every turn! I'm trying my best to resist anything but the best ceramics but this deer had a sign saying it was .50 cents and I gave in thinking, "I know you will be nothing but trouble, I feel in bones..."
Later looking at the receipt we suspected the deer was rang up for the wrong price. "D'oh" (get it, doe!) said Jill. "Oh Deer," said I. Later when I got home I thought, "I wish I'd have been a buck." (Get it, buck?!) Anyway, I need you to get this deer away from me. It represents a failure on my part to resist kitschy glassware! It's perfect for Christmas, you know you want it! E-mail me to buy it, she's inexpensive.
The second "Failure" was this adorable cat cup. I'm a sucker for unique pottery and knew this piece would be particularly photogenic. I like the idea of it as a terracotta (Terra-cat-a? The pun won't quit.) planter for a succulent or cacti.
And if no one buys it from me soon like they SHOULD because it's beautiful, I will put a cactus in it and keep it for my future curiosity cabinet.
I'm trying to be as minimalist as possible so books are on my "forbidden" list as well. I can always check out what I need from the library and I'm limiting my home collection to frequent-reference and inspiration books. I've been dying to finish "The Artist's Way" for 5 years now, it's usually on-hold at the library. From what I've read so far it's an incredible way to reboot your creativity. I don't quite believe in essential oils as internal healers but I'm intrigued by aromatherapy and their power used topically so the essential oils book was practical, and something the library book might not have. I love getting older/out-of-print science/health books from the thrift store because I'll sometimes find useful diets or information that really works that I haven't read anywhere else. (Like the acne-clearing diet.) That's a lot of useful information for $1.00 for both books!
The Church Bazaar also yielded a string of blue Christmas lights for 50 cents. I went back-and-forth on this one, not a necessity, but I'll enjoy them in my antique mall booth, bedroom, or on our future tiny Christmas tree. The blue is a nice change from the usual white.
Just being silly with my existing kawaii ceramics. Friends!
The 50% off thrift store also had a "fill a bag of clothes for $5.00" sale that Jill and I were excited about. I found 10 pieces. All of these clothes are still hang-drying so I'll come back to them in future post(s). I'm doing some clothing line experimenting behind-the-scenes and will write guides and DIYS on it soon.
I bought a lot of "extra" but the main point of the trip was to hunt for clothes and records for a christmas gift DIYs you'll see soon. I'm between sizes and was tired of borrowing bits from my roomie to keep clothed.
To make up for my recent lack of control at the thrift store I took a few boxes of things to the thrift stores. I want to make a few "curio shelves" to hold my collections as well and craft with what I've already got. I may go back to being on break, it's hard to stop myself from buying unnecessary bits for fifty cents here and there. Damn you, shaky will power.
Find anything good at the thrifts lately? Do link your haul posts in the comments below.
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