There are a few golden moments that occur as a thrifter every so often. One of those moments happened to me on Thursday. To give you some back story, I've decided that Keiran is my little luck charm. Two weekends ago he and I thrifted Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I did so well over and over again. I probably had one of my most successful weekends thrifting since I moved down here to California. Mid week he raced into my office holding a five dollar bill. I asked where he found it. He told me that it was in his new shorts that we thrifted for him this week. He has the touch.
Thursday right before lunchtime I went to Craigslist and typed in Estate under the Garage Sale tab. A sale came up titled "Retro Estate Sale" and in the posting mentioned "by appointment only." I see a lot of these but never have the nerve to call. I struggle with the telephone as a whole let alone calling strangers. This is one of those occasions though were I was calling and getting the address before I really knew what I was doing. The woman said I could come over now. I ran to get Keiran, we ran to the van and made our way across town to the sale.
The house was Mid Century Modern and the woman selling everything just bought the house with the contents. Can you imagine? What. a. dream. The house wasn't overflowing with things, mostly furniture, some household items and a vintage sewing machine. I did find a little pile of things when the seller came in and mentioned that the garage was full.
We walked out in the garage and she told us that it was full of old Christmas stuff. Mostly pink. At that point she kind of wrinkled her nose while my heart started to beat faster. I explained that I love old things. She asked me to pack everything in 1960's suitcases. Would I mind? OMG......I couldn't believe my luck. Five minutes later in the garage I heard the doorbell ring and I guessed it was another shopper. I started to move quicker and began building a large pile.
Keiran and I missed lunch and at one point we went out to the car in search of food. We came back and I finished looking through the garage. We then tallied up our purchases with the seller. We didn't have enough money since I usually go to the bank for the sales on Thursday evening. We left her a deposit, drove 10 minutes to the bank, ran next door to Starbucks to grab a drink and chips for lunch (I know, I know) and drove back to the house. I gave her the rest of the money and started loading the van with these items:
I wish these would look as good in this photograph as they do in person. These three ornaments I think are my favorite items. They are hand blown mercury glass ornaments with little tiny beads covering them. They are just stunning. You can see my silly attempt to not be in the reflection which didn't work. I tried numerous times. Self reflection fail.
Without the gorgeous polka-dots I would have left this behind. It's a Salton Food warmer and I must admit I have no idea how it even works. But I could not the resist those Cath Kidston style polka-dots.
Then I broke my frugal rule. I bought a large piece of furniture. oh dear.
After Keiran and I dropped off the first load, I had to get the van ready to go back for the second load which included the sofa, speakers and a corner teak table. We were starving at this point and went to dinner before unloading the large items. It was a day of hunger, of fabulous finds, of breaking many of my frugal rules and throwing off my work schedule (which I paid for the rest of the weekend-including a stomach virus). By the time Dave arrived home on Friday I wanted to collapse in a corner. I went out on Saturday to thrift but it was with little enthusiasm. Dave told me I looked awful and needed to rest.
Despite schedules and health, it was one of the most incredible finds. I love finding such glimpses of history that are practically untouched. I can't help but picture the love this woman had for Christmas and how each year she would bring out her treasured boxes and decorate her home with so much care. I wonder what her husband thought of all the pink stuff and how he coped every December. Did he drink his way through the holiday like the characters do in Man Men?
My husband wasn't impressed by the sofa. He loved the style but he fears it won't stay white very long. I may sell it. I can't decide. I certainly don't need it but I certainly love it. And he reminded me that I broke a rule. But he did bring me 5 Lush bath bombs and a Jamie Oliver Magazine so I accepted all his sofa thoughts with ease.
Did you thrift this Holiday Weekend? What did you find? Don't forget to visit the thrift party over at Southern Hospitality.