It's so hard sometimes to write when there is so much sadness in the world. I'm sure I'm not alone in the heartache felt this weekend from the horrific events that occurred in Norway.
I love Norway. Not only am I a 1/4 Norwegian but I spent a year there as a teenager. I experienced a year of the emotion of feeling safe in that very peaceful country. I camped on islands, took the bus with friends to cities and towns without adults, travelled alone by train and became immersed in the Norwegian culture. I speak the language although very poorly. But I get by and usually at least get a smile from Norsk people at how incorrectly I would place words together. They are such an amazing culture and it simply hurts that so many young people were lost.
I debated about writing today and doing a Thrift Share Monday post but I've decided to do it anyway when I ran across my Thrifted Norwegian flag that my father bought me for $3 at the flea market. It is waving in front of our house in support to Norway. I still remember hanging up our American flag on our door in Virginia after 9/11. Terrorism hurts no matter where it strikes in our world. Norway....I love you.
This set was the kind that I grew up with, down to the exact color. I can still see my mother bringing out a bowl of pesto pasta to the table in the large yellow bowl. This set looks like it had never been used. I was so happy to find it.
This was my best find of last week. I found her waiting for me without a frame in a Thrift Store leaning against a piece of furniture. Her price was fabulous and although I couldn't make out the artist I still bought it. It took my husband to decipher that the artist was Alain Bonnefoit from France. It's signed and numbered and appears to be somewhat rare. I went through hundreds of Alain's lithographs at LiveAuctioneers but couldn't find this one. (by the way, this lithograph is nude and so are many of Alain's art so if that bothers you I'd suggest not researching him :-) I finally found one on this website with an estimate of $450-$650. I was so excited to have gambled and won. Now to find the perfect auction house to sell this piece.
Did you go thrifting this weekend?
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