Friday, August 29, 2008

Thrift and Found

I have a bit of a confession to make.


Are you ready?

I am a free-aholic. Like many of you, yes I enjoy a good consignment shop, flea market, garage sale... oh yes. But nothing compares to the thrill of getting something absolutely, 100% free.

Now don't get me wrong. I do have standards. I don't climb inside dumpsters and dig around in the muck or anything (though I suppose I might consider it for the right item----shudder--- Did I really just say that?) But I do love free boxes, curbside finds and garage sale leftovers. The little rush of finding something great is totally worth the humility of rifling through boxes of discarded treasures in order to find gems like these:

a gorgeous, well-worn and roomy leather bag
leather bag

or this lovely little dress, in just my size.
August 30, 2008
They were both just what I'd been shopping for for months, and I didn't even know it.

These next few things weren't free, but great thrift finds nonetheless:

good ol' Hungry Hungry Hippos. The perfect first board game for a toddler because the rules are simple: eat up those marbles!
hungry hungry hippos

no childhood is complete without one of these--
Lite Brite

This sweet little hook

and this great original painting

I'm off to finish meal planning for a camping trip on the Oregon Coast...

meal planning

Wishing you a restful and relaxing weekend!


The Queen of Fifty Cents said...

Hey, nothing is thriftier than free! That bag is fabbo.

senacia said...

you know.. if that is a vintage hungry hippos, I SWEAR it's made SO VERY MUCH BETTER than the one I picked up new from the store for my little one when she was littler. :) (excellent english, I know!) I will buy a vintage hungry hippos if I see one in my travels, just to compare! (and throw out the new one.. :))

As a child, my family wasn't the wealthiest.. and I'll tell you a secret. We used to go "garbage picking".. and i LOVED IT! Of course, as a child, I had no shame.. but OH THAT THRILL of finding something that is PERFECT *AND* FREE!!

Oh man, I should blog about that! :) I wonder if I could round up some garbage pickers.. :)

Im not ashamed anymore! waahoo!

senacia said...

heh heh.. you caught me in the middle of my latest post! :) Go check it out!

(isn't it wonderful when you have a comment on your blog?! I have found that it gives you the sense that SOMEONE has been reading.. and that makes it more appealing to stick with it!)

meg said...

I'm crazy for trash! That dress is fanastic and it fits! amazing.

cori said...

dang girl, those are some good free finds! in college i lived right by a thrift store, we found some amazing stuff in their dumpster (including a lite bright!).

abby said...

that good!

elizabeth said...

How gorgeous is that dress! The whole outfit is just to die for.
And dumpster-diving is the best. It's amazing the new, or otherwise totally great things people toss.