July 14, 2012 § Leave a comment
Seen at Home Goods. Chenille bedspreads. The old fashioned ones grandma had with textured designs.
May 14, 2012 § 2 Comments
Found in a weed-lot by a car-wash in Kansas. Was razor sharp.
Mother’s Day bouquet. Precious.
May 3, 2012 § Leave a comment
One of my favorite finds in college. For some reason a friend and I were walking a rural road and saw a ramshackle shed. Which we explored to find all kinds of junk including a rusted lawnmower. I took this bit of it, a little lidded box with holes. I put a metal sheet in the bottom and sanded the rust off. And used a finishing spray. I’ve been using it for a jewelry box ever since.
April 21, 2012 § 1 Comment
We went to the Mile High Marketplace today north of Denver. It is large, it is well marketed, it is not at all chic, it is very fun. A great sunny spring activity. We found some sunburn, a mile or so of cheap and ugly plastic goods, kettle corn and turkey legs. I think I’d classify Mile High as more of a tourist trap than either the new vintage goods marketplaces or the old-fashioned junk tables of southern flea markets.
For thrifty buying, the most impressive selection is from the acres of tools available.
I wish I had taken a photo of the 4 foot Cinderella pinata. I can just picture a bunch of kids bashing the princess with sticks.
Here is our small trove. Finger bananas $2. Bolo tie $1. Rake for a friend (see this project). Bags of roasted chilis $6. I think that is my favorite part of the market. The rolling barrels of roasting chili peppers and their smell wafting strongly. It is uniquely Colorado to me. Old fishing lures $4. Basket $20.
And the basket. Kind of steep for a flea market. But I’ve bought some of them full price and this was a deal. I love these guys. They are made in Ghana and sturdy and moldable and beautiful.
I really wanted to find old outdoor faucet knobs, but no luck. Here is my inspiration.
April 1, 2012 § Leave a comment
It is fun to watch what people like and what people buy. So the whale is the new owl in kids decor. You should buy a stump to use as a chair or side table. And succulents and cacti are filling favorite retail establishments. I see new things to sew! Take a look at these fabric potted cacti. From Anthropologie.
I am going to plant some. There are miles of plant pots at the thrift store.
March 20, 2012 § Leave a comment
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