Thursday, January 21, 2010

Thrifted Finds

On Tuesday I hit my favorite thrift store. Sometimes I wish it were closer. Other times I'm happy it's not. I can go a little crazy in there.

I found a few vintage sheets to add to my ever-growing stash. I'm almost embarrassed to admit that I have two full storage containers of vintage sheets.

The top one looks familiar. Like I might already have it. But I can't really tell. Spenser loves the pink one. She walked around the store rubbing her cheek on it. (I tried not to freak out much that it hadn't been laundered yet.)

A bowl to go in my downstairs bathroom.

A set of matching Fire King. Please ignore the chicken that I'm thawing out. I had limited fridge space and had to find the right size pan to fit in that space so I could thaw the meat. This one was just perfect. (See! I totally use my stuff.)

Curtain panels. I have a few ideas for this. Maybe a large bag? Maybe as skirt? I'm not quite sure. It was a set of four.

And some vintage patterns for 25 cents each. I just couldn't resist.

I also bought a lamp for Spenser's room. It's similar to the ones in my room. I guess she's going to want a new lampshade now, too.

And I found a cool wooden chair. It needs something and we're still in negotiations as to what will become of this chair. Taylor is getting a taller desk and needed a chair. The chair will need a new seat cover, but we are trying to decide what fabric and what color. I also told him I could paint it. Or leave it as is. So many decisions. (I'll be sure to share before and after soon. At least I hope it will be soon. As soon as my eldest decides. Or I decide for him.)

A funny little story about the day we went thrifting:

Spenser and Sawyer saw a Skittles/M&M's dispenser near the front door of the thrift store. I said to them, "I don't know if I have a quarter. Let me see." And I started to fish around in my purse looking for either loose change or my change purse. I continued digging until I found two, of course. I bought them each some Skittles and turned around to pick up my purchases. An elderly, one-armed man walked over with a $5 bill in his hand. He was trying to give it to me. I can only guess that he thought I was destitute because I said I didn't know if I had a quarter and I was shopping at the Salvation Army. I told him we were okay. He still tried to pass off the $5 and told me to buy something for my little girl. I told him I bought her a necklace (which was already around her neck). And then he sweetly said, "Do you think you can use it?" I couldn't believe how sweet he was and how much he wanted to help me. A stranger. I put my hand on his shoulder and said, "Thank you. Really. My husband takes care of me." I really didn't know what to say. And after I left the store I wondered if I looked like I was some destitute mama. I later ran into a friend of mine and she confirmed I did not. It just makes me realize that there are some very kind and charitable people out there. And it warmed my heart on a chilly January day.


Katie said...

I love all the finds! I'm jealous that I didn't get to go out with you! I see a day off in my future for thrifting with you! :) Also, I just loved your story! What a sweet man!!
Love, Katie

Marty said...

I actually have the pattern in the lower left corner of the picture. I bought it new!

lisa said...

That's so sweet and sad! I don't know what I would have done. And I totally would have freaked out about the sheet. I guess that's why I never find the good stuff :)

hooli said...

I can tell you right now that the simplicity wrap dress will be very cool. please, please, please sew it. And blog about it, of course.

And this may sound particularly weird. But I think my grandmother has both that bowl and those curtains in the family cabin. I'm going to have to look back at my pictures.

Karyn said...

That is such a sweet (and funny at the same time) story!

And, uh, you DO have the top sheet because I have it too. I *think* WE got it together and split the set. Just sayin.

Libby said...

Great finds! and a very sweet story!

Anonymous said...

5 X 6= ????? lol

laeroport said...

awww...sweet old guy.
I have a piece of that pink and beige floral that I horded for years because I loved it so much I couldn't bear to cut it and I only had 1/4 of a twin. I am sure you will be quicker to cut than I was.... :)

amandajean said...

What great thrift finds! I love that pink sheet so much. I also love that you use your thrifted goodies.

What a sweet story. I can't imagine you looking like you need a handout. I'm sure he was just that kind. It's neat to come across kind folks like that.

Diane said...

Awesome story. Awesome thrift finds. You CANNOT have too many thrifted sheets! Looking forward to seeing your future creations from these goodies.