Sunday, February 16, 2014

Thrift Report: Just When You Least Expect It...

Hello friends!  I've been whining for a few weeks about not being able to do much thrifting due to the seemingly non-stop ice and snow, and when I have made a feeble attempt to visit my usual haunts, they're pretty much bare. Not the best time of year for the thrifts, obviously, and it's way too cold here for estate or tag sales. What's a vintage-loving girl to do?

Keep trying. Because just when you least expect it, you might uncover a goldmine!

On Saturday, during a rare few hours when the roads had thawed, I zipped to the post office and then on to a Goodwill across town that I hadn't visited in a while. The GW was a complete bust - not even worth the gas I burned to get there. I was heading home in a very sulky mood when suddenly, I spotted it: a grand opening banner for a brand spankin' new thrift shop!  I'm pretty sure I almost caused a pileup by swerving suddenly across three lanes into the parking lot.

This store is a Salvation Army "Family Store" and while the few that we have here are completely cruddy, this one was fantastic. As in, I almost needed two carts, people!

Here's what I found:

A gorgeous Readers Digest book; several fancy lattice edge milk glass plates; a huge set of oval Pyrex restaurantware plates with Greek key borders; and a Dansk lidded pot. And do you see the elephant head peeking in the corner?
...Oh yes, it's another elephant lamp! Plus a gold trimmed Culver bowl. 
...and a mid-century copper pot, a set of Georges Briard Icicle glasses, and a HUGE DeMott sailboat sculpture (it's 21" tall!)

  And guess what?  That's not even the best part! On my last loop around the store, I spotted something really interesting in a back corner. It was covered in dust and SO MANY cobwebs, but something about it called to me.

Cool, right? I was drawn in by the glam brass capped and studded feet and the rustic leather lacing around the ends. It looked like an antique footstool for a disco cowboy. I was super intrigued.
I brought it home and researched it a little and guess what? It's a CAMEL SADDLE!  Yep - as in, the thing you sit on when you ride a camel. Who would have EVER guessed?! 

It's really sturdy and perfect as a little footstool / conversation piece. And I am dying to know how it ended up in a cobwebby corner of a thrift store in central Indiana.

So there you have it. The moral of this week's story is that just when you're ready to give up, the thrifting gods will throw you a bone. And that you should keep your eyes open, even when you're tooling around parts of town that you've driven through a million times, because you never know what you'll spot. Oh, and that you really shouldn't swerve across three lanes of traffic on icy roads, Salvation Army store grand opening or not. :)

Wishing you all a successful week of thrifting!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

February 10th

Life is odd sometimes.

February 10th, 2012 was a very sad day for my family, as my sweet grandmother left this world.

Yesterday - two years to the day later - we joyously welcomed a new soul to the planet (and I became an aunt!).

I feel like I should say something profound here about the circle of life...but all I can come up with is that I don't believe the timing is a coincidence. I think it means that this little baby will grow up to be extra generous, kind, and full of love. And he'll probably be an amazing cook, just like his daddy and great-grandmother.

Welcome to the family, little man. You are loved.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Thrift Report: Groundhogs Suck

Greetings friends!  I haven't done much vintage-hunting lately, what with the non-stop arctic blast, and the groundhog tells us it's not warming up any time soon. I've spent much more time on things like testing out ergonomic snow shovels, hauling giant bags of ice-melt, and comparison shopping for emergency heaters in case of power outages. I'm a regular pioneer these days. Also? When spring arrives, I've giving it a big, fat kiss. Just saying.

Anyway....I have picked up just a few interesting things lately. I don't know if I've ever mentioned it, but there's a pretty great Goodwill right next to my post office, so I rarely go an entire week without at least popping in, even when it's snowing and -10 degrees outside.

This 70s era metalwork wall hanging is one of those things that is so easy to overlook in a thrift store. This particular piece was all tangled up with a stack of old cookie sheets and a roasting rack. Yet on the wall, it's absolutely stunning! 

Some books just speak to me. I loved the 70s look and bright, kelly green of this cover. Plus I have always loved this story. Win-win!

I also picked up this vintage kitchen scale. It's has the absolute PERFECT amount of chippiness and wear, yet it's still in great (and working!) condition. It looks awesome in my white, 1940s kitchen, but I'm going to try to force myself to list it.  {The bowl in the photo is an early Nelson McCoy that my parents gave me for Christmas about 5 years ago.}

And that's about it from here. I can barely express how I long for warm weather and plentiful tag sales and flea markets, but this will have to do for now.  Wishing you all lots of successful thrifting this week!  

PS: Groundhogs don't really suck. I used to have one living under my deck, and he was the absolute cutest animal I've ever seen. If only they weren't always the bearers of bad-weather news!


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Monday, February 3, 2014

Tatter & Fray on Hunters Alley

Hello friends!  Have you checked out Hunters Alley yet? It's a new project by the folks over at One Kings Lane, and it features a highly curated selection of vintage and contemporary pre-owned housewares. So far, the inventory is absolutely swoonworthy

I'm super excited to announce that you can now find select Tatter & Fray merchandise on Hunters Alley. In fact, when I logged in this morning, I spotted my brass giraffe figurine from last week on the front page!

Be sure to check out all of our listings on Hunters Alley here! I'm adding more all the time.

Now I'm off to browse...wish me luck resisting that vintage 70s disco ball!  (You know how I love sparkle!)

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