Monday, August 30, 2010

new shelter magazine!


Most of my favorite shelter magazines have long gone the way of the dodo (Domino, House & Garden, Blueprint, Cottage Living, Country Home), but what is this I see?  Oh my heavens, a new shelter magazine coming soon?!!  And doesn’t it look fabulous?  I don’t know about you, but a lot of my thrifty inspiration comes from magazines.

Keep your eyes peeled for this, would you?  Let me know if it turns up in your neck of the woods. 

Sunday, August 29, 2010

too many people! not enough Pyrex.

So I was out and about yesterday, breaking my personal cardinal rule of thrifting: NEVER GO ON THE WEEKENDS! EVER!

There wasn’t a drop of Pyrex to be had at any of my stops, just a lot of rude people cramming aisles.  And there wasn’t anything else for that matter: no sweet little creamers, no bread and butter plates, no furniture, no nada.  I’m getting tired of the no-no-nos!

I’ll try to head to some thrifts this week…when things are quieter. 

Even though I sometimes run into the worst of humanity at my fave thrift spots, I don’t let it get me down for long.  George just won’t let me!


I hope you scored on your thriftscapades this weekend. 

Thursday, August 26, 2010


Furniture!  Furniture!  Woohoo!  We need storage space. It’s a serious issue in our tiny little house.  This piece is now in our dining room and it is, in a word, sturdy.  If it were a person it would be a linebacker.  The top panel actually folds down, like a secretary, only it’s too high for writing.  It’s completely empty at the moment – but I have a lot of plans for it!  The Rothko exhibit poster was thrifted too, a while ago.  You might recognize that tree!  Not every collection I have is thrifted:  see those pretty spines on Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food magazines.  I covered those other cookbooks with brown craft paper and labeled them with the good ‘ol DYMO label maker
Now I’m interested in thrifting a handsome Saarinen table.  Wouldn’t it look so pretty to the left of this piece…?  Dear Thrifting Goddess!  Help out a girl, would ya?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

$1 (from back in the day)

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I was still living in Portland when I found The Official Preppy Handbook at a St. Vincent de Paul’s thrift store (in my opinion, the world’s greatest thrift store ever; sadly the location closed up shop).  This is probably one of my most favorite finds of all time.  Copies start, used, on at $40.  And that’s because the information therein is indispensible, dahling.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

kicking it


That’d be me, kicking back and relaxing (I wish – this was taken a couple of years ago)!  My toes are pointed toward a photograph (silver-gelatin printed I might add) of an old man with a very wrinkly forehead.  We picked that up from a Goodwill a couple of years ago.  He’s still with us, only in our bedroom! 

I hit a Goodwill Boutique today and there was nothing worth taking home!  Blast!  However, last weekend, we did scoop up a piece of furniture from a Goodwill and I’ll share it soon, I just haven’t taken a photo of it quite yet…

All things thrift:  I am feeling very thrifty and interested in tackling the complicated art of couponing.  I know, I know:  it’s not that complicated, but it sure seems like it!  I’m ready to head to the store this evening (baby George permitting) with my coupons in tow.

Sunday, August 15, 2010





Many moons ago I picked up these pillowcases thinking I’d repurpose them as the fabrics are so delightful.  Alas, I never did!  But I still have them.  It’s a good reminder that I should probably do something with them before too long! 

from 2008


Just going through photos on my hard drive and thought I’d share this one.  I saw a lot of Pyrex this weekend, only nothing I wanted…boohoo!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

babies & pyrex = what fun


George was quite babbly yesterday – he went on and on!  It was so dear. 

I had plans to make quick thrift stops over the weekend but they didn’t pan out so well – I’ll try again soon. 

In the meanwhile, if you’d like, please drop by a special new blog that I’m a small part of --- The Pyrex Collective.  {If you’re interested in contributing to it also, Pyrex Addicts, please do!  Contact info is available at the blog.}

The Pyrex Collective

Saturday, August 7, 2010


I’ve had this lovely lady for awhile now; she’s no relation!  She’s from a “boutique” thrift shop.  When the family gathers from out of town and a little too much champagne has been consumed, we try to guess her real name (there’s no clue as to who she really is).  Ethel?  Genevieve?  Betsy? Go ahead…you can play too!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010



Ok, I mentioned in a pre-George post that we were going to give him our old dresser.  Problem was, we couldn’t find a dresser big enough for our things!  So we decided to dresser-hunt for George since it would be a bit easier and admittedly, a good deal of fun.  It took us a few weekends, but we found this playful number – perfect for a little boy!

Monday, August 2, 2010


This is the first piece of Pyrex I scored as a…MOM!  Perfect for brownies, don’t you think?  This is only the second piece of lime green Pyrex I’ve ever come across…it sure is tough to photograph (it seems to turn out too light), but I was able to capture it here (pretty true to color) in the candlelight!