The 138 boxes of our things in the garage are starting to drive me a little crazy. When I packed the house up months ago I really didn't want to see my things again. At least not until I recovered from moving. Of course now that it is November I keep remembering things that I desperately want. The two things I wish most for: a little white tree (for the Vintage Holiday Boutique on Saturday) and my numbers rubber stamp set that I use for pricing. Both are missing and I just don't have the heart to go searching through all of the boxes. At the weekend I did bring in three boxes marked Crafts and was reunited with my glass glitter, roving, woolly yarn, pens, paper and lots of other sweet things that make my heart sigh happily. A part of me knows that I could really live without these things for another six months. I shouldn't really get too settled in our rental since it is so short term but how can I resist boxes full of crafty goodness?
I popped out to Michaels today in search of rubber stamps to replace the ones that are missing. When did Michaels cut back on their stamp stock? The store in Santa Rosa has a pitiful little selection. I searched online for a local stamp store but I can't seem to find one either. Are stamps already so last year?
Although it's retail I was very excited to see this new collection at Michaels. I did pick up a few items for a certain girl's stocking.
The above item is a packet of stickers featuring American Girl Dolls. They also have craft kits, pens, glue, tape and more.
I left Michaels and popped into the Santa Rosa Goodwill Outlet. Let me start off by saying that it is very different than the one in Seattle. A little whimper initially escaped my lips when I stepped into the store and looked around. It's so much smaller and I found it grimier and the bins are really full of trash mixed in with a few finds. I did manage to spend an hour there, spent $6.00 and brought these home.
They are in need of a good cleaning but for $6.00 I don't mind working a little extra to make these beautiful.
The cast iron pot is a fondue set by the Danish company Digsmed. I found lots of mid century items which really surprised me. While the fondue pot appears to be quite soiled, it's actually in very good condition underneath all the grease.
Remember these strange looking chairs? The cashier charged me $1.00 for the chair and $5.00 for the rest. The pricing is very different from Seattle too. Rather than set prices per pound, the cashier made the decision on how much to charge me by looking over the items that I had collected. Yet the woman in front of me had some simple leather boots and was charged $5.00. Maybe the cashier thought my vintage lot was just old junk which something I'm just fine with. You also aren't able to take your carts around the store to the bins. You have to park them on the side all clustered together in a mess, rush to the bins, collect stuff and return back to the shopping cart to unload. When the new bins are brought out people act like piranhas trying to lay their hands on anything and everything they can. I would be uncomfortable there with small children as there isn't much space between the rows of bins. I nearly got trampled on by a burly gentleman who nearly leaped over me to get to a small bin of legos.
I still enjoyed myself and plan to return. I think spending at least 2-3 hours would be worth the effort. This may sound like a long time to some but on a thrifter's clock it would actually feel more like 45 minutes. Time is really altered when you are thrifting and concentrating on what you are doing. Have you ever lost time thrifting? Or got the dreaded call from your dh wondering where you are? I'm very guilty of this.