Good evening, everyone!
Monday morning I was surprised to get a text from my non-thrifting friend L, ''Do you want to go find that thrift shop I saw a few weeks ago?''
She had been stuck in traffic and as she slowly crawled along she noticed a new-looking shop, texted me the name and town. I saved the info but sort of figured I d be finding it with thrift-pal B, but it seems my friend L has a project and a mission.
Here is what she plans to make. Garden art! So adorable. [this is her inspiration photo.]
I did some googling for info, she used her car's GPS. Good thing, because the shop was not at all in the town she said it was in, or I pictured it wrong. Here we are, we found it. Parking in the rear, too!
Not such a nice neighborhood. Urban ugly.
But a stylish awning ...
and tempting window displays.
LOL I was expecting "Glory Bee" to be a young hip rocker chick, maybe with neon pink hair? Instead a very tall white-bearded man was in charge.
I loved this idea of their free library, outside on the sidewalk for passersby.
Interesting things inside the small store:
You could do a really cute summer Boho/ daisy dukes outfit, with the cutoff shorts, sweet peasant tops, and bright beads. (if you were 19 and into boho, or that Coachella hippy look?) Coachella
Good selection of shirts, 5.99 each.
A few interesting items. I especially loved this Stangl lookalike pitcher with the seed pod decoration incised, but I didn't like the swirly, mid century modern shape much.
L was looking for teapots so we ventured down to "housewares." Kind of ick, in the basement. This is not a good place to store fabrics and bed linens, ick again, even tho there were a few very sweet small cuts of chintz.
Back upstairs we tracked down Glory Bee and got him to reach into the window for the three old red tomato pincushions. $5.oo.
Yep, they came home with me.
The medium sized tomato has the most adorable tiny strawberry, like the size of your pinky fingertip.
I do hope this guy's black speckles are pin holes/ rust, not mildew. He is in quarantine til I decide.
I could have poked around this shop longer! I am sure there is a Susan Branch book there somewhere, and the beads alone deserved a longer look.
While I was googling Glory Beeezz I noticed another store with 5-star reviews, ''only 1/3 of a mile away''! Still, even driving just two blocks and a dogleg, we got lost. We ended in a cul de sac with lovely renovated Victorian houses. Lucky for us, this is near where the old Thursday picker's flea used to be, on the lawn of an abandoned mansion built by the Kellogg family. [Cornflakes, Rice Krispies?], HERE so I knew where we were and where we should go. We found the second shop in a sad aged strip mall.
Spacious and clean-ish.
Lots to look at and choose from.
Vintage bar soap tin, too $$ a4 4.oo. Wonderful for a prtable sewing kit. Those are my kind of flowers! Love.
Modern ironstone set, Sheraton style, Enflish. Originals would be c. late 1700s, or early 1900 repros. These look very new.
Repro English medical ware. Lettering on white ironstone. Originals are from 18th and 19th century, this is just an ''inspired by'' modern item.
More shirts, for future quilts. Good labels, Ralph Lauren etc.
Very unappealing linens.
L found wonderful teapots, I was very jealous of the lavender sprigged one.
And this rosebud smaller pot.
So far she wants to keep looking, none of my cups were of use. You know how it is, when a person [or L] has one's one artistic vision.
Here is a tutorial found online, a how to: Here
I think copper pipe is a good idea for the stakes, though copper maybe too $$$, in which case wood dowels would work fine. I can't wait to see how L's versions turn out.
Little Mo is still recuperating from his annual check up and vaccines. He is quite sad and not eating since Friday! (Though this am he did nibble a scrambled egg.) The vet came to us so Mo wouldn't be stressed in a hot car, plus nowhere to park. Vet says Mo has developed a knee problem, his kneecap dislocates. He now has a supplement. Doctor G says Mo is not in pain, but this is perhaps why sometimes Mo won't climb stairs or sits during walks. Sad but glad to understand that Mo is just not poorly trained and bratty.No surgery etc needed.
Have a great first week of summer!
gone to the beach...
Mo loves the foot shower at the beach entry
foggy morning, rain