I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The [new] Thrift Shop

Hi guys! Despite the sub-zero wind chills, my good friend B came to visit the other day. It was cold but actually a bright sunny day, so we were ...enthused. Happy to plan an outing that didn't include stocking up on storm supplies or shovelling snow. Our mission was to find the relocated thrift shop, and also the winter indoor location of the Sunday flea.

The thrift shop in its new space was interesting. It was in a nice strip mall and the inside looked more like an abandoned Rainbow shop than a thrift.

New /old white undershirts were many. Treasures were few.

But it's rare I don't find anything, so after much debate...''Is this Mason jar lamp tacky? It is? Oh. Too bad..." I dug out a few treasures.

This heart is made from what probably is not but looks like old beach fence slats. It will be a lot cuter when I get rid of the ugly leather lettering.
I was planning to paint it soft blue but---maybe because it was Val-Day?---I kinda love the pink.

The main item on my Look For list was old candlesticks or other bases for  my make do pincushions. I found just this one brass candle holder.

I have a base for the current project, but it's a miniature kerosene lantern base [right]. I have the entire lamp, chimney and mantle and all, and I really don't want to give it up. It's perfectly scaled for my  antique large china doll, and it's a wonderful scale mini, even if it is unashamedly marked Made in Taiwan.

I think I'll set this project aside til the right base---white hobnail glass? appears.

I also found fabrics:
Linen homespun stripe. It can be a table runner or cut up for lavender hearts. Or---Lori at Humble Quilts was mentioning using linen like this for a primitive applique design background. I love that idea! Then I guess it would return to being a table runner, but embellished?

This bubblegum pink toile got eye rolls from B! She talked me out of the Mason jar lamp but I held out for this fabric. It's 3 yards of 100% cotton quilting weight/ quality sateen.

A trip through the tea bath or a visit with some Clorox will tone it down and it could be such a cute small quilt backing. I love unexpected surprising quilt backs. With cotton running 10-12.oo  a yard, I couldn't pass it up at 2.99 total.

Here it is on the corner cabinet, so you can see the big awful pinkness of it.

I especially love that the flowers are zinnias, how cute is that?

The new store is in a very congested area of many strip malls and shopping centers. Across the road I spied this:

Yes! A Dollar Tree, we don't have dollar stores where I live. I insisted we stop in even though it was fast approaching Mo's dinner time.

At first I was thrilled! Look at these adorable hearts! So happy and fun.

And great Mo stuff...

BUT the service was just awful, so rude. (I've decided 'less said, the better'. I 'm sure you can picture the scene.) No one smiled, no one apologized.

B: "What did you expect for a dollar? This isn't Saks." We left. I had a migraine.

Back home we had girls' night in as it was too cold to venture back out. Not a girly meal but I felt we deserved a hearty dinner: Beef goulash with sour cream, spaetzle, roasted broccolini, pinot noir red wine, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

We had fun, looking over our treasures, and dissecting the new thrift shop:
What a miserable drive. Six lanes of high speed bumper to bumper traffic, over a highway cratered with potholes and lined with dirty icebergs of old snow. Too hard a drive, too far. 
Sadly we won't go back. We didn't even bother to look for the flea which is even further. I'll have to save my pennies for outdoor flea opening day, in late March. [soon!]
And we planned our next shopping challenge.

PS What do you guys think? Does being an inexpensive bargain store exempt that store's employees from showing common courtesy? And what about the stores with no cashiers at all, is surly better than none? I quit shopping at CVS because they only have self-checkout.



gone to the beach.....

''What's that!?''

''Can I eat it? Yum.''


  1. Wow! I love your pink fabric, sign and candle holder! And your dinner sounds divine!! We have a local dollar store....just stocked up on seed packets 4 for a $!! Crazy....and the employee's are over the top friendly and nice. So....no, rudeness should not apply for a lower end store in my opinion!

  2. I love the bright pink fabric and I'm glad you kept it! Doesn't matter where you are, employees should not be rude!
    Stay warm!

  3. I just went to the link that you put on Humble Quilts blog about your cheddar quilt and orphan blocks. The quilt is amazing, but then I appreciate the color cheddar. I am curious though, what did you pick out for the backing?

  4. Love the Pinkness of the fabric and Mo inquiring as to your heart hanging....

    happy day to you my dear.

  5. Wow, I like pink but that fabric is almost too bright even for me! It is pretty, though. Maybe in smaller pieces it wouldn't look so glaring? I'll look forward to seeing it reappear in one of your quilts.

    I like the candlestick with the new pinkeep. I could see it with white glass, but I kind of like the contrast between bright fabric and dull brass.

    Mo checking to see if the heart is edible is so fun and so MO!

    As it's so far you probably won't go back, but if you do, the Dollar Tree will probably have new employees. Rude ones don't usually keep their jobs long! I'm sorry it's such an awful drive as I know you enjoyed the thrift shop - too bad it moved!

    The dinner you made sounds better than most dinners out! I'm sure B didn't mind!

    Just FYI - if you happen to go back to a dollar store and want to get treats for Mo, check that they're not made in China before you buy...

    The driftwood in the surf is interesting. But the beach pictures LOOK cold! Brrr!

  6. Funny hiow 22* feels warm after a few zero days! I like the candlestick but maybe not for that pinkeep. Everything gets used sooner or later.

    Good reminder about the treats being from China & / or cheap means ''unhealthy''. I did not check.
    I don t imagine we ll go back there.

  7. So many fun things in this post. (As always.)

    I'm honestly not a big pink fan, but I love the fabric. I think the flowers pull the eye instead of the color for me.

    Mo just keeps getting cuter.

    It's been in the 60s at night here. I had -three- quilts on the bed last night.

    Had to laugh at your comment on the fabric origami. I'll post a book tomorrow that I keep borrowing from the library.

    And the cranes are done. Just finishing up the top of the strings again. I've done them twice already.

    Talk to you soon.


  8. Love your finds! Mo and "Love" a perfect match!
    Strawberry Sue

  9. Lots of pink! I don't mind the fabric, I think the trick is to imagine it as what it will be used for eventually. I might, though, change the color of the wooden heart :)

    I think part of the allure of thrift stores, or any kind of dollar store, is the location and the convenience of getting there. If it becomes a pain in the butt to get yourself there, it takes most of the fun out of it.

    Don't get me started on self check-out aisles! I will happily wait in a long line to have a person ring up my purchases. The few times I have tried self check-out I have broken out in a cold sweat. AND almost every time an employee has to come and do something to finish the process anyway...

    Hope there will be some relief from such cold temps soon?


  10. Hi Kel!

    You re so right about the thrift shop and proximity! The fun was going every week. MY Jeep guzzles so much gas that it s no bargain if I use half a tank of gas to buy a dollar dogbone ot a cheap shirt.

    Your description of self checkouts is so perfect. Exactly what happens. Every. Time.


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