Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Thrifting a Go-Go

Ooooooh the excitement of it all. The dusty places. The things hidden "just" out of view. Spotting an owl before he spots me. Yes, yes, yes. I'm a thrifter.

I think I have been a thrifter since my family moved to "the cities" when I was about 15 or 16. The hidden joy of hole in the wall shops with dirty windows lured me in even then! My first furniture buy was an old secretary desk that I found in a tiny shop, hidden under a bunch of . . . well . . . junk! I still have it although Bella has custody of it these days.

Aaaaaaah! The 70s! I found him on a wall in a fun, fun shop. The young hipster dude manning the register said, "Sure! You can have it. Let me call the boss." He came back with a good price and now this little guy is MINE. Love him.
I kinda remember where I found this crazy thing. This must be the way you brought home memories in the 60s. The friend I was with when I bought this thought me crazy. I do believe she's right.
Whoooo hooooo! This little guy is marble! MARBLE! I love him. He's so regal. He's so cold. He's mine.
Okay, okay. I did not need another globe. I like globes. Yes, I am painfully aware I'm a little odd.
My BFF found this somewhere. Could you die? I squealed just like an owl. Or would that be a piggy? Let's stay with owl.
I have no idea why this guy appealed. Reminded me of something my momma had when I was a kid. I'm sure it was full of those weird little pink and green mints people used to eat in the 60s. Remember them? They were weird! Chalky and soft. Now I'm thinking about those weird mints. No, I don't want any, thank you.
This guy is just plain odd. Why on his end? Why the mouth open? Why is he in my big room?
Okay, I realize this is getting a little out of hand.
I threw in this random piece of McCoy pottery (I used to collect it) just to throw you off the scent of my obsessions.
Check this guy out! I was so excited to find this I nearly peed. I found him poking around on eBay of all places only to find that the seller lives about 1.5 miles from me and I've bought stuff from him before. He's a weird dude, but who cares. He had THIS! Oh the love, oh the joy. Did any of you guys crewel in the 70s? I did. I wish I had all that stuff I made back then. Given to relatives and such I guess. I was quite crafty in my youth. No more I'm happy to report.
I'd love to promise that I'll stay out of dusty shops, but I'd only be lying. And my new owl-friends wouldn't like that one bit.


Karen said...

I love owls too!! I saw an owl ring in a shop, why did I pass it up!!???....

Love that last needlepoint.

Anonymous said...

Yes.... owl decor is taking over the world, except at my house.

deb-oh-rah said...

I need me a thrifting fix.

Sarah said...

I'm very jealous of the owl crewel(and I learned a new word!)

silvergirl said...

i think you hit the owl jackpot!!

Bonnie said...

And I was drawn to the fact that Bridget Jones and The Devil Wears Prada are next to Virginia Woolf on the same shelf! Virginia would be shocked and fascinated!

Ms. A said...

I have one of those macrame? owls around here somewhere. He's bright yellow. Wonder where he is? I haven't seen him in years!

Not So Simply Single said...

I love globes. I love them so much, but I DON'T EVEN HAVE ONE!

Our thrift shops here suck.

Can I come and visit you and have you take me with you?

Wouldn't that be FUN?

Lookout world!

Sara Louise said...

My husband's grandmother collects owls too, she would love all of them! :)

momto8 said...

how cool you collect owls. I never heard of this before. I bet it makes shopping a fun adventure!!
i am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

So. Cal. Gal said...

I've been afraid of thrift stores since someone I was in a store with bought the ugliest-ass clown cookie jar I'd ever seen. I'm not a fan of clowns to begin with but that thing scared the CRAP out of me.

Deborah said...

Karen - they're so wise yes? heh

Di - oh don't resist. Let them in.

deb - soon!

Sarah - you learned a new word? I'm stupid-silly that it came from me!

SG - I have a bad feeling there may be more to come. #ihaveasickness

Bonnie - smooches and I love you so.

Ms A - a yellow one? gimme

Lisa - YES! That would be a flippin' blast! I know you LOVE where you live, but there are lots of hunky men here in the nort.

Sara Louise - Oh dear! I knew I was a geezer. Now I'm in good good company. I bet she's a sweetie.

momto8 - I'll check you out for sure! Welcome!

SCG - It's true; thrifting isn't for everyone. BTW - I HATE clowns. HATE THEM.

Marnie said...

You're a hoot!! Great finds Deborah. I love those shops too. Whenever I go, I call it "boutiquing". You can find so much, if you're willing to put in some time to look.

Christine Macdonald said...

These are AWESOME. =)

Marnie said...

You have been tagged on my blog. Come on by!! xo