Paper Dolls for Boys

Raising 2 crafty boys and thrifting every chance I get.

Thrifting is a Thing of Beauty June 3, 2009

***I would like to apologize in advance for my liberal usage of CAPS in this post.  It’s my fingers getting in on the excitement of the day.***

For I had a banner thrifting day today.  And I really needed it.

I was feeling peeved about the closing date looking like it’s going to move back and just needed some cheap therapy.

I know you are supposed to appreciate and try to understand peoples’ differences but I can not fathom why a person would not love the heck out of thrift store shopping.

I went to a shop today that I had not been to before, and there are not many of those out there.  Someone told me about it and I can not remember who.  Whoever it was, I owe you a kiss, beer or babysitting (your pick).   The place was a treasure trove .  I am not ready to be as selfless as the forgotten one who pointed me in the direction of the shop in the first place, so it will remain nameless for now.  Sorry Kate, love ya!

Drink up the goodness below:


Little faux bois tin, with a touch of fake wicker (anyone know how to say that in french?) thrown in for good measure.

DSC_0016A beautiful vintage umbrella that functions.  It has the most delicate wooden handle.  I am thinking of doing something with it on the porch.  Ideas?


I picked up a funky old chair that is the color of the green in this lap blanket.  I am thinking of painting the new craft room teal and chartreuse and think the old chair with this blanket thrown over it will work nicely.  First I have to vaccuum what looks to be the excess fur of an entire cat clan off of it, cut the skirt off, paint the legs and fabreeze it with a vengeance.

Are you ready?


Then I came across this vision of crafty win!  Do you SEE it?


This little birdcage appeared to never have housed a bird (or their droppings).  It came stuffed with fake flowers that I generously donated back to the store.  The cool guy at the check out counter asked what I was going to do with this and like a dork, I replied, “I’m going to do something crazy with it!  Like paint it hot pink or something!!!”  Seriously, I said that.  Then just to try and dig myself out of the old lady hole I fell into I added, “I know.  I am CRAZY.  Lookout!!!!”  But if making a fool of myself is the price to pay for such thrifted goodness then a fool I be.


I also picked up a few pieces of Pyrex, a yellow mug, an orange leftover dish, and an avocado mixing bowl to add to my growing collection.

I loved the shop and the people working there so much that I trekked out to their second location.  When you are feeling the thrift mojo, you do not question, you ACT.

Initially the second shop seemed like the uncool cousin of the first.  It may have had something to do with the 20 month pregnant woman with the hoarsest smokers voice I have EVAH heard gabbing into her cell phone the whole time.  She was not RESPECTING the THRIFT.


I found this painting that is a little more “pop artish” than I usually go for but I felt like it was painted well and after I walked by it once, it beckoned me back.


But then, then I saw it.  At first I didn’t bust any sudden movements for fear someone else, like the lady standing RIGHT in front of it, would grab it.  Then I panicked and made an ungraceful lunge for it.  In the process I knocked over a few hideous photo frames which the aforementioned woman caught while giving me an annoyed look.  Again, DO NOT CARE.  Fool I be lady, get the F outta my way!  I caused such a commotion that one of the workers came over and said, “Let me help you get that down.” in her best talking to a crazy lady voice.  Do not care for it is MINE.

DSC_0002Oh good gawd I love it.  It’s massive, it’s fetching, it’s MINE!


It is the rare bird that looks better close-up!



DSC_0035Dayenu already but then I spied these beauties on the shelf and flipped when both skates were actually in the box.


PRISTINE condition.

You hate me a little bit, don’t you?


12 Responses to “Thrifting is a Thing of Beauty”

  1. Ellen B. Says:

    OMG! You did have an excellent thrift day. Jealous here in L.A.

  2. Kindred Spirit Says:

    Have I mentioned how much I LOVE your blog? You crack me up!

  3. melissa s. Says:

    Oooh, I have a friend like you that always has amazing luck at thrift stores and garage sales. Instead of hating her, now I just join her and get her discards. Those are some super finds!

  4. Valerie Says:

    Holy cow — I think all of your scores in one single day outshine anything I have found from ALL of my trips to any thrift stores thus far! But at least you have also inspired me to search harder, even if I am suffering from extreme jealousy…:)

  5. becca Says:

    hatin’ you a little bit, indeed
    you do realize we would not make good thrifting buddies. Someone may lose a fistful of hair.

    but we can always try, I suppose. What’s the worse that could happen?
    (yes, I am being cordial in order to find out where the heck this store is!)

    PS One of my favorite thrift stores is actually called The Treasure Trove.

  6. Alexis Says:

    I have to find some decent thrift stores around here! Maybe it’s just that I’m a bad thrifter?

  7. Anne Says:

    You cracked me up with your “RESPECT THE THRIFT”!
    I kind of hate you for the rollar skates…now go put them on and carry the bird cage with you and really be crazy.

    We would shop together so well.

  8. Visty Says:

    Wow, that painting looks like an otherworldly golf course/baby farm from some planet out of Wrinkle in Time.

    The crow painting would serve as an awesome halloween door decoration.

  9. Mimi K Says:

    woohoo- thrifting score! Love the painting 🙂

  10. katiekatkat Says:

    the jealousy rages within me. you are thrifty dead to me. (at least until u give me that blanket)

  11. Complete Stranger Says:

    You are the thrifting queen, for sure! And funny as hell.

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