Monthly Archives: June 2010

Gifts for the Thrift Gods

So according to the great “Without Dash” thrift blog, it’s Declutter Week. Which is exactly what I’ve been focusing on intensely for the past week or so. It feels really good to reclaim space and streamline your possessions. Pair all that with an oncoming cross-country move, you can say I’ve got some things that need to go. Sometimes it can be tough to make the decisions about particular objects, but a couple glasses of wine and some angsty fuck-it-all type of music can help a person add to their “Donate/Sell” stack. At one point just a few years ago my goal was to be able to fit all of my earthly belongings “in the back of a pickup truck.” Well, it’s been a few years and although it’d be fairly close, my queen-sized bed, dresser and Blu Dot table make the truckbed notion not really possible anymore. The Spring garage sale last month helped get some MAD SCRILLA for a lot of my stuff, but it’s wishful thinking to assume every last item on your sale will sell. So a person is usually left with a couple boxes of stuff that didn’t (or won’t ever) sell. This is where I like to think of all that “paying it forward” business comes in. Any good thrifter knows that all of his or her luck is dependent upon how much you give back. It’s a very fine balance, folks. So this weekend I intend to donate quite a bit of stuff, (a Volvo 850 series wagon full to be exact) just a portion of it is pictured above to the local thrift store of my choice. A gift for the thrift gods, in hopes that they keep my eyes sharp and the deals even sharper when I’m out on the junkin’ hunt.

So with that said – have you donated anything lately?

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Thrift iPhone Wallpaper

This was simply worth a quick post of its own. Gal named Elsa (I like that name) made a really sweet iPhone wallpaper design for her blog, for free. Download that shit and spread it. I’m rocking it on my 3G as I type this. I’m going to do some hardcore freedom thrifting and hopefully I’ll film some new videos for you folks this weekend. This will be a reminder to THRIFT HARDER. Thanks Elsa!

Also, I receive a ton of emails and comments from this blog (and I read each and every one). But this email stood out. Her name is Renee and she repurposes these awesome old trays that I see by the dozens at thrift stores – into hanging clip frames, take a look.

Trivet Pursuit with Ben Franklin and Berggren.

Hot Summer, hot finds, hot plate holders folks. Check it out: Picked out a few random wall hangings for $2.99 each. A tacky elk in the forest looking one, and a Ben Franklin (B-Frankz or Frankie Hundo) as I like to call him, cast iron. I’m gonna keep the Ben Franklin one for my garage or laboratory someday. He was a man of so many trades. The original multi-tasker if you ask me.

The only thing I saw but didn’t buy from the picture set above is that chalk. Designers know good design when we spot it  – and that old chalk package is a beauty. I also picked up some books (6.99 each) from Half Price Books. I once got into an argument as to whether or not Half Price Books should count as a thrift store. I’m pretty sure I won the argument by asking “do they sell new books?” Nope. All used and that’s why it counts. Good deals in there if you catch them. Nice spot to poke around for vinyl and cd’s too. The ladies love a burly, flanneled man, so that hipster shithead lumberjack shirt was a must-have in my closet ($2.99).

Finally, I grabbed that calligraphy set complete with a bunch of ink wells that were never opened. I still have a ways to go on my craft, clearly. My favorite find of the lot was the stainless steel table trivet. It’s got that elegant but durable, early 70’s (or 60’s?) look and feel to it that I dig a ton and it’s expandable too, for them big pots & pans. Gentleman readers, if you don’t know what a trivet is, now you do. Impress your gal during your next dinner date at home with you newfound terminology.  To round out the table gear I picked up that set of Scandinavian dish set for my mom ($6.99). She collects that particular style of 60’s Swedish Berggren Trayner stuff, so I gnab it when I see it, which isn’t too often.

It’s hot outside, so get inside the thrift stores!

Jess is still kickin and throwin down at Columbia in Chicago. She sent me this video which made me once again, want to go through everything I own and sell it in fear of ever becoming like one of these hoarder/collector weirdos. Take a look: Beanie Baby Craze.

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