Oh the lure of the thrift shops...
Last week I happened to be in the vicinity of one of my favorite thrifts. Though I didn't have much time I just had to stop in for a look around. Despite my rush I decided to take pictures of the items that caught my eye. Here they are, from the ridiculous to the sublime:
Falling squarely in the ridiculous camp was this dachshund dressed as Elvis. You know what's even more ridiculous? The fact that I regret not buying him for $3.00. As a "dachshund aunt" and former dachshund owner myself I should have just ponied up the three bucks. Oh well...
Also ridiculous? This life-sized model of a human skull. Okay, I'll admit, it was actually kind of cool and a cursory look around ebay seemed to indicate that I could sell it for a profit, but do I really want to be a skull peddler? (Notice that I'm not actually answering that question...)
Probably the most ridiculous thing I saw? Yeah. Silly, silly.
Now moving on to the sublime (otherwise known as things I considered buying):
As I mentioned back in this post, I began my thrifting "career" looking for little girls' clothing. One of my favorite brands to find was Lilly Pulitzer. Her shift dresses are adorable and always sold well for me on ebay. Since I'm not selling much on ebay anymore, I left her there (sniff). That took a lot of willpower.
This was also hard to leave behind: four canvas panels which, when put together, made up a map of the United States. Originally sold by Pottery Barn, they were in excellent condition. They didn't fit with the decor in either of my daughters' rooms, though. If they had I probably would have picked them up.
love of Pyrex in previous posts. This Snowflake Blue Casserole was beautiful, but a little pricier than I might have liked, so I left her behind.
Also left behind? This bad boy. And if you hear a faint thumping noise it's the sound of me kicking myself for not buying it. The truth is that I need to be careful when thrifting. Once upon a time I thrifted with reckless abandon. The result was bins full of things that seemed like a great idea while I was shopping, but turned out not to be. That has made me extra cautious while thrifting, especially when the item in question is expensive or unfamiliar to me. I tried using my ebay app. to research these while I was in the store. They seem to sell well but I didn't know enough about this particular model to risk spending $24 so I ultimately left it (and its case) behind. It sure was cool, though.
At this point you might be asking yourself, "What did she buy??"
And here is your answer:
For three dollars I bought ten vintage wooden pants hangers.
I've seen many great Pinterest projects that use these and I plan to do one of my own soon.
Stay tuned for that in a future post.
UPDATE: Click here for my hanger project.