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Friday, June 25, 2010

Thrift store booty, yar!

I got to go thrifting and lunching with two of my girls this week, and we all got lots of loot. There is a trio of thrift/book stores in my little town and we found lots of pirate worthy booty. My other daughter had to work so we had to have enough fun to make it worth it. I think we made it! Sorry, Kelly, we didn't even try to be miserable. We'll make it up to you!

Blue glass! Gotta have it! Vintage looking silver tinsel garland, you bet I grabbed it. I am always looking for embellishments for my Santa dolls. A glass hanging candle jar, score! I'm going to dink around with some Walmart solar lights and make this a hanging solar lantern.

I keep a list of authors and books I'm looking for, and I found books by two of my favorites, John Connolly (a fine Irish lad who writes compellingly creepy thrillers) and Ed McBain (he's one of Stephen King's favorite authors. If you've read his 87th Precinct novels, you can see the seed for the Law & Order TV series and countless movies.) PLUS, a wonderfully written Irish memoir by Malachy McCourt, Frank McCourt's baby brother. Frank won the Pulitzer prize for his beautifully wrenching book, Angela's Ashes. Malachy is a gifted, sharp witted Irish charmer. And several in our family have read Joe Hill's first book, Heart Shaped Box. So I'm willing to check it out because they say it's creepy and edgy, NOT because he's Stephen King's son. Really.

And on top, for $3, is a heavy metal plant hanger welded of heavy rings and loops all ready to hang on my deck. My husband, The Welding Man, says he can't make it for that much. Score 2 for me! I picture a nice thick layer of moss and some impatiens and ivy. Yum, I mean, yar!

In back you see a lidded glass jar chock full of glass candle holders, including four glass stars. Really! It cost $2.99 total. Really! The two candlestick lamps were $5 for the pair and I already have lampshades. And in front you see the cutest most wonderful little wire tea pot planter. $1.99 at Goodwill. My girls and I, we LUV the Goodwill store.

I found this sad, forlorn, severely mistreated table for $3. It is very sturdy but very ugly. I have big plans for this sad table. She will be a beauty, just you wait. The three of us had lunch on a deck overlooking the river, and after shopping they each had bags o' booty to take home, including, no surprise, lots of books!

What a great day and a nice break from working on my endless to do list. And it's finally warm enough for a sweet, soft sunset here on the mountain as the sun makes all the new plant growth glow beautifully. Between shopping with my girls and the balmy, pretty weather, life is good here on the mountain. A pirate's life couldn't be better than this!


  1. You sure did get the loot....good for you! Can't wait to see what you do with the ugly table....really it is not so bad to begin with...Love the blue glass too!~ Thanks for joining in on the party......!!~ Hope you enjoy some of the others participants as well....they are in for a treat when they come over.

  2. Heart Shaped Box is a very good ghost story. Just an FYI, Joe Hill also has another book of short stories published. I have not read it, but Hubby has and says it is definately worth looking at.

  3. I love that little table! You got quite a fun haul there!

  4. That table has a cute shape and I like the legs. It will be interesting to see what you do with it. Lezlee

  5. You really did get a haul there. I would love to find another glass crock like that, I have one and it is lonely. The table is going to be brilliant, I have no doubt. I cannot wait until you show us what you did with it.

  6. I envy you having your daughter to go thrifting with! My daughter lives in another state and does not like decorating at all.

  7. And what a great array of items you scored!!
    Can't wait to see what you do with the table!! Be sure to show us please!!


  8. Your sad, forlorn table has some great lines. Can't wait to see what she looks like!

  9. Alright! Great stuff you found there! I'd love to see what you do with the teapot planter. I ♥ thrift stores too.

    Come say hi when you get a chance!

  10. I will be interested to see the solar light lantern!!


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