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Today’s thrift run

19 Jan

Today I made a run to the local thrift store. Around East Tennessee, this is usually a bust…quite honestly, it’s always a bust. Today was different!

I found quite a few things I’ll start with the clothing. Below from left:

  • An early 50’s cream cardigan (I need to shrink it just a tiny bit) and cherry red wiggle skirt.
  • The shoes are just my favorite pair of Steve Madden heels. (not from today)
  • My favorite modern shirt and lacy cardy (not from today)
  • The saddest thing I found was a 1940’s black rayon dress with wonderful hip detail (as seen below), that had been hemmed to hit above the knee. It fit me and my boobs which is SO hard to find, so I was devastated when I got home and tried it on and discovered it was so short. Not really sure what to do with it. Should I take it back.

I am putting together my Valentines day outfit! I think I have an adorable little white hat with strawberries that will go with my new skirt. I’m super excited. ❤

Secondly, I found some great little house hold items.Clockwise, from upper left:

  • This really kitschy pineapple souvenir mug from Hawaii
  • My FAVORITE find…a chrome Lincoln BeautyWare canister set from the 50’s in excellent condition.
  • A lacquered vanity powder box, late 50’s.

I’m making plans to bring back all my hats! I think I’ll do a tutorial on how to freshen up tired veils on hats soon.

So, what should I do with the dress that has been hemmed? It’s not as desirable at that length. Also, What type of tutorials would you be interested in seeing? Leave me a note in the comments below!

That’ll be $4(arms).08(legs)

19 Oct

I have a weakness for thrift stores. The less visited they are, the more I seem to follow a beacon right to them. Today, for instance, I dropped into an unsuspecting little place that smelled heavily of musty books and white shoulders. I shop thrift, like I shop the grocery; I work my way around the edges, and look at the very bottom and very top shelves the most, because that seems to be where I find my most valuable, or at least personally cherished, items that I have adopted from such places. So, after I picked up a cookie jar about 3 times and decided that I didn’t like its energy, I rummaged through the comprehensive collection of unlovable dishes sitting in a most uninviting book case. Disappointed, I moved to the middle of the store, where I was drawn to a set of twins, to two lovely specimens of what the 1950’s had to offer in way of home furnishings. They were poorly dressed, clothed in the most vibrant burnt orange the late 1960’s had to offer, but beneath lay a most beautiful body, indeed. So after some haggling, I acquired my very sleek Meier & Pohlmann Arm Chairs, and finagled them into the back seat of my car.

On the ride home I pondered their new attire, and concluded upon heavy medium gray upholstery for seating, and a retro patterned bark cloth for the back. Both of these items I intend on locating and having in my possession by the end of the week.

Once home, I began undressing them, carefully removing the little metal bits. Brass tack, by brass tack I uncovered what I believe may be the original upholstery; a once bright teal and grey tweed which has been light bleached and worn thin and dingy.

So now in my dining area sit these two incredible chairs stripped down and disassembled. After having clearly being deprived of an imaginative eye and loving home, I cannot wait to complete this project and give them a spot in my little corner of the world!

I have yet to positively nail down a year for these babies, but I did locate an article online with an ad that has chairs by the same manufacturer that are almost, if not identical to, these from 1954.

Re-cap of a great day!

28 Feb

I had a fantastic yesterday from start to finish!

Early morning I got to have some wonderful conversation. From the time I fell asleep to the time I woke up I had amazing dreams and felt so safe. After running a couple of errands around town, I headed to JC and went book shopping. I was looking for a specific nifty retro embroidery book…but I didn’t find it. I did however come away with a couple of reprinted Hard Case crime books and a cookbook “Hostess with the Mostess” that is FULL of retro recipes (and pics) that I cant wait to try out! Now… I just need someone to let me cook! lol! Yesterday evening I got to have dinner with Jamie and Chelsea. Then Starbucks with the gang. Followed by Tv and girl talk with Chelsea. I got to see everyone I care about that lives around here 🙂 Spending time with the people I love makes me extremely happy!!