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March 27, 2009

The Joy (And Pain) Of Thrifting

I love thrifting and garage saleing. I have ever since I was 3, when, at a garage sale on a family vacation, I pulled an old stuffed koala out of a bin marked “10 cents” and took him home with me. Even though I was going to name him “Fred”, my Dad’s teasing name of “10 cent Kowalie” stuck as I carried him around from place to place for the next 5 years.  I still have “Kowalie” tucked next to my Cabbage Patch kid and a hairless Barbie, kept in a bin of filled with other toys and fond childhood memories.

And therein lies my problem.  I have a great time going to places and collecting the great things people just don’t have room for, but I have a problem letting things go when their time comes around. “Kowalie” should have been in the family rummage sale when I turned 10, but he wasn’t. 

Siamese salt and PepperCase and point, these fabulous Siamese cat salt and pepper shakers.  Yes, I know that the boy cat has a chip in his ear, but I thought their cuteness (and the extremely good deal that I got on them) would overcome that imperfection, and I bought these with the intention of selling them at my Etsy store. But now that I have them home…well…I want them!  While I was photographing them to sell, I realized how they fit together without actually having a Siamese in the roomdesignated place on the girl cat’s cheek where she is supposed to touch the boy. For some reason that fascinates me.  So now, they are in their new home in the guest bedroom.

Ahh well, such is life, right?  Maybe after a year or two I will decide I can bear to part with them.  In the meantime, I picked up another pair of shabby chic kittens at the same sale, and I plan on putting those guys up in the store ASAP.  Except that I really like their playful little looks.  And there is still room on the Siamese shelf…..vintage-finds-035



This is my first week participating in Julie’s Hooked on Fridays at the Hooked on Houses blog.  Hi to everyone, and thanks for looking!

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6 Responses to The Joy (And Pain) Of Thrifting

  1. Julia @ Hooked on Houses Reply

    March 27, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    I got such a kick out of this post! I can see why you’d have a hard time parting with these sweet salt & pepper shakers. I’m not sure I could, either! So glad you joined my party today. Thanks! 🙂

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  3. Angela Reply

    March 30, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    I love thriftstores, my favorite lately is SAVERS, I so enjoy finding cute clothes.

  4. Kay Reply

    April 1, 2009 at 12:08 am

    Woman after my own heart! The thing about thrift stores is that incredible variety and social history all stacked up and spread out for the price of coffee money. It’s amazing how one tiny treasure can call out for friends, and make a small collection in no time. Thrifting is a proven stress reducer, so enjoy!

  5. Sara in AZ Reply

    April 3, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Ruth I am totally with you on this one. I love to collect things and have an extermely hard time letting things go. I too still have most of my animals and toys I grew up with. Not really because they are worth anything to any one else, but because the sentimental meaning and attachment is very high. I guess the same thing happens now too though, as with your salt and pepper shakers; I will find some really cool thing I could sell on e-bay, but I will start liking it to much to sell….. I can see why you like the shakers so much, they are super cute!

  6. RetroRuth Reply

    April 3, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Thanks, Kay! I will enjoy. I know what you mean about everything having history…

    Sara – I do love those shakers…darn it! 🙂

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