Now that summer has loosened it’s sweaty, sticky grip, I gassed up the Volvo and I went to the thrift stores. It felt good hitting the old spots and found some rad stuff too.
This time around I brought along my lovely girlfriend who has a 2 year old of her own. Her best friend just had a brand new-new baby. So she dropped just under $10 to get that entire stack of adorable little kiddie threads and something called a “Boppy” (shown in the pic) for her friend. That big stack of books are for her own daughter, the entire stack was less than $5 total. Some new Babar, some old Babar. Some classics for sure. I loved me some Babar as a kid. We went on a Tuesday (the best day to go thrifting.) I get asked that all the time so let me repeat for posterity:
THE BEST DAYS TO GO THRIFT STORE SHOPPING ARE TUESDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS. It’s just a little too much to explain in-depth right now. But the topic warrants an entire post to itself, I promise you one on the topic real soon.
Some other finds are that real camouflage army jacket top ($1.99). It fits great and pairs with my last post’s camo outfit. Now I have the full creepy outfit should I ever want to become a recluse in rural Montana and hoard guns and take up a subscription to Guns & Ammo magazine. It’s only a matter of time, people. I found another vintage Lacoste shirt that was my size. I’ll probably sell it or keep it around for my occasional golf outings. For myself I scored another majestic and kitschy “Paint by Numbers” painting that looks great in my new office.
FOR THE HOMIES I scored a couple of Glasbake mugs for Mr. Kiekhafer and his infamous Glasbake mug collection. Also, picked up some tall Dansk candles. You may remember these from one of my very first posts here. They fit into those holders all fancy schmancy. Speaking of Dutch stuff, I grabbed two vintage books. One is an old school book on Minnesota’s old team the North Stars. The other is some hand-made Dutch book about a famous hotel (I think?) It’s signed on the inside and has some pretty great b+w photos in it. If anyone knows anything about it please email me!
DON’T THINK I DI-IN’T score some media. I always do. A couple CD’s including an older Trans Am disc and some limited Har Mar Superstar EP for $2 each. A Stephen Stills LP, Sade LP (don’t judge me!) and a seemingly rare Van Halen promo LP pressing from 1982. Each LP was $1.
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You thought I was dead didn’t you? Suckers! Oh ye thifters of little faith, fret not, for I am here, alive and well.
So the spring garage sale was for the most part a success. Sold a lot of stuff that had accrued and freed up some space for the big move. After watching a couple episodes of Hoarders you can basically decide to get rid of anything you own, real fast. The past couple of weeks I managed to hit up a couple thrift stores and a few sales. The stuff pictured above is only half of my stuff, half of the pics are just funny or cool items I saw while out and about, but didn’t need/want to buy.
First, I FINALLY got a cast iron meat press (courtesy pause for necessary chuckles here). I didn’t technically thrift it, but I did get it at a discount store, $7. Can’t wait to grill some stuff and make perfectly flat soggy bacon strips with it. I’ll even maybe attempt a homemade “Juicy Lucy”, who knows. Speaking of pressings I also picked up two old LP’s by The Band, $4 each, mint condition. Also found another great and gaudy vintage picture frame for a buck.
Summer coffee in the backyard means mugs. My ma picked up those two you see there ($2 each). She’s got a sharp eye. Probably where I inherited it from. A Lucky Charms mug I’m donating to my illustrator pal Mitch Gerads. The other is that wonderfully tacky vintage mug commemorating Princess Diana and Charles’ marriage in 1981. It’s for sale, if there’s any Lady Diana collector nuts out there who simply can’t resist it. That alarm clock I pulled out of my grandma’s stuff. It must weigh about 8 lbs and the type and inlay on it is gorgeous, I couldn’t let her sell it. It still works. It’s those kinds of items that harkens me back to my post about “Old things that work better than the new things.” That clock is definitely one of those types of items.
Lastly, I found another one of those great old bird guides ($2.99). The info graphics and logos in it are insanely great. In the back 2 of the pages had rulers on the edge, so you can take it in the field. It means serious business. Bird business. All the other items pictured are things I chuckled at or thought were visually rad. Enjoy!
UPDATE: See that lil squirrel planter that I bought about 2 years ago? Well I finally planted a tiny little aloe plant in there and it’s growing really fast. Hooray for Squirrly!
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