I'm doing a lot less thrift shopping these days. But less is not NONE. Even after a full day of listing other people's junque, I still find treasure-hunting for myself so relaxing. Here's a run down of what I've picked up in the last three weeks:
At one estate sale recently it was Christmas in July; even though I didn't get there until the last day of the sale, there were still some kitschy holiday pieces to snap up, like this aqua and pink swag...
and this awesome box of holiday matchboxes.
I don't think I've ever found them un-used like this before; so I never knew the matches would be...
green! I love them.
The matchboxes came in a plastic bag stuffed with these other items...all of which I can do without. You know how that is.
At the same sale, these FABULOUS New Year's Eve hats, with sparkly letters in real metal glitter (I say this because it's turning so nicely) and look at that faded crepe paper on the bands!
At another sale, this light up snowman had to come home with me because he was just 50 cents. I think he's a very cute example of his genre.
And these little Rudolph tins (they're the size of a large muffin) were so much fun!
I think they would look wonderful foufed up for the holidays. Or maybe just as small vessels for other goodies.
At a thrift store I just couldn't walk away from this beautiful woven table cover.
It's probably the last thing I needed, but I thought it was so cheerful.
I don't know if you can see it, but it has a woven pattern in the white cotton...
and was intact, without a single hole. Best of all, it smelled like old paper. I'm not sure how to explain it -- but some linens do and this one does...and I love that smell.
At a different estate sale, I fell in love with this little house nameplate.
It was old, and had such nice wear that I didn't even mind that it portrayed a gun in the picture. I actually thought it was very A.A. Milne in flavor.
And the rabbit doesn't look too frightened, does he? I didn't think so. I prefer to think he's leading his friends on a make believe hunt in the woods. All I have to do is take off the name Davis and replace it with my own.
I found this framed tally card so charming; next to it are two Dresden foil flowers. But best of all, there's a note attached to the back explaining that the tally came from someone's relative's party on such-and-such a date -- so it was in fact a thoughtful heirloom.
I should have left this owl behind since I'm not re-selling anymore, but he jumped in my cart when I wasn't looking.
I think it will be easy to erase the writing on the front of this cute box -- and even if I can't easily do that I loved the birds so I had to get it.
A pretty scalloped hankie...
a glass test tube...
and these really cute needlepoint motifs were waiting for me at the thrift store yesterday.
I don't know if they are someone's relatives, or if they're dolls, or even actors...?
They still had their tags stapled on and they were too nice to leave behind. I did, however, leave some other really wonderful bargains behind. Since I'm working for shopgoodwill.com, I'm not selling vintage for myself anymore, boo hoo. So, if you're local, you know what that means: more for you!