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Thrift Outing with Austin!


I SWORE TO GOD. So I’m delivering on the goods, today, right here, right now. Here is a link to the official debut video here on TIFATTS.

Found some good treasures with my buddy Austin. He’s a seasoned thrift junker like myself. He also throws a killer standup comedy show with hand puppets, so keep an eye out for some video links of that soon. Here is a link to his Flickr page for an in-depth look at his found treasures.

My haul was smaller but definitely quality. I found that weird antique Washington D.C. date keeper thing ($1.00). Every time you flip the display to the other side it keeps up with the current date, and it’s just visually beautiful. Solid craftsmanship lasts forever folks.

Next up I scored some more Glasbake goods, 2 little “custard cups” ($.49 for the set) which I have no idea what to use them for (but I had to have them) and a nice vintage mug. I don’t know what it is about Glasbake stuff that attracts me to it so much. Do you?

Next I nabbed a stack of Make Magazines ($1.00 each), first 5-6 issues. It’s basically like Readymade magazine, except slightly tech-ier and they show you a shitload more projects. It’s based off of the semi-new Make Channel on TPT (I think).

I picked up another box of transparencies ($1.99) for my buddy Joe over at Overproof. It was his birthday this week so I took his ass out to one of my all time favorite chow spots “Pho Tau Bay”, still find myself thinking about those spring rolls. Those transparencies cost like $20-$50 a box depending on the quantity nowadays. Overproof uses them for screen printing transfers and such.

Finally, I grabbed some wax. Seger’s “Night Moves” and a B-52’s single LP ($1.00 each). Now I understand that “The Seger” can be a divisive musical conversation, not too unlike Jimmy Buffet or AC/DC so I won’t get too into it. As I age I find myself picking up more timeless albums like that Seger album and so many others I once cringed at hearing in the car with my parents.

Real Men Drink Tea?

I remember an episode of Little House on the Prairie when I was a kid where “Pa Wilder” (Michael Landon) was telling his family and his adopted son Albert that “real men drink tea.” Even at 8 years old I called bullshit on this.  Tea? Really? Seems a lil’ bit sissy to me. Don’t get me wrong, I like a good green/black tea or a chai every now and again, but I have to say I disagree with Mr. Landon in that nowadays tea definitely doesn’t have the reputation that a strong hair-curling cup of black coffee does. I’m actually pretty caffeine high as I type this.

Anyways, back on point I scored a nice set of tea & coffee tins for $3 total ($1.49 each). I see them from time to time in other various forms (see old October posts) and even spot these same ones but usually missing their buddy unit . I think they are timeless and really beautiful. Definitely an “oldie-but-goodie.” The polished steel, the classic eurostile font stamped out in the front, the smooth real oak or walnut handle to the perfect fitting airtight rubber seal and stackable design of them. They are undoubtedly an all-around timeless kitchen item. They were even made here in the good ole’ USA. Keep your eyes peeled for a set of them, there’s tons out there folks.

My second treasure find was something related to this coming weeks’ video post. I found some more old boxes of laser transparencies, cost me a $.99 a box. Yeap, the kind your grade school teachers used and wrote on with those smelly black and red pens. I snatch these up whenever I find them because to buy laser transparencies new, costs an arm and a leg. Seriously about $20+/- a box. These (in any condition old or new) are gold for hobby or professional screen printers for burning and making the color layers on screens. Theyre also preferred to the paper and linseed method because you can wash them and archive them for future use shoud you or a client want reprints.

I’ll leave you with a tidbit of profundity I’ve always liked. Take it for what you will.

A job is work but work isn’t necessarily a job. Stay busy in the daylight, stay busy in the moonlight, and don’t worry about the limelight.”