Even after thrifting all morning on Friday, continuing on Saturday from early morning until mid afternoon and finishing off the weekend with two flea markets, I still want to thrift today.
Sometimes I'll sit and find myself dazing, my mind drifting back to the weekends sales and I'll wonder why I love thrifting so much. Why is this my passion? Or for that matter, why does it make up so much of my existence? I don't really have the exact answers. My dad is very nostalgic and I think I have some of that in me. When I thrift and find items from the past, it stirs my soul in ways that nothing else can do. While I wouldn't exactly want to live and stay in the past, I do love to surround myself with household items from another era. And a visit back to the 60's and/or 70's like Midnight in Paris would be an absolute dream.
New has lost any of it's charm on me.
Although I adore the store CB2 with it's mid century modern influence, I don't really want to own any of it. I touch furniture, decor and lamps while I'm in the store and I just feel nothing. I've even bought a few items only to regret my purchases. Yet I can simply hold a blue pyrex cup above and I can almost feel it's vintage essence.
I also live for the stories behind second hand items. The cups above were sold at the Flea Market in Santa Rosa. The seller told me that his mother used to sell antiques at the Cow Palace in the Bay Area. His mother stopped selling about 10 or 15 years ago and she died 5 years ago. Her son was finally getting around to selling her vintage goods at our flea market. I admired him so much for this. His mother would have been so proud of the fact that he took the time to sell at the flea, even if he was practically giving everything away. It's the stories that give our finds depth and meaning, connection with the world beyond something new being manufactured in a sweatshop overseas.
For me, life is all about making connections with people (especially other thrifters) and with vintage items that I find at estate sales. They fill my home with a link to the past and and bring soul into my life. In a strange way, it is what helps make me feel alive.
More finds from the same seller.
Does anyone recognize this? It doesn't have any markings.
Did you go thrifting this weekend?
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