It's the middle of winter, there are no yard sales and thrifting on the weekends is usually not the best time to find goodies. But, every Saturday my desire to go thrifting goes into overdrive and I just HAVE to go out on the hunt. Luckily the Super Cheap Thrift is open for a few hours on Saturday. Woo-hoo. The SCT is always good for a bit of junk and it's always, well, SUPER CHEAP. :)
First up - these pipe cleaner photo things - I have never seen anything quite like these. Snoopy and Charlie Brown made out of chenille stems/pipe cleaners and woven into a burlap background.Now, hearing that you would think they would be really tacky and not resemble Charlie Brown or Snoopy. But, they do! They really do! They are for sale in in new Instagram Shop. (Oh, BTW, I opened an Instagram Shop! monkeyboxvintagejunk)
These giant Dominoes were in a bag and I wasn't really sure what they were - but I am a sucker for game pieces. These are at least twice as big as regular Dominoes and made out of some sort of heavy plastic. I'm trying to think of a crafty use for them. The little piggy came from a different thrift up the road that I rarely visit.
He is a vintage Relpo planter AND a piggy bank all in one. I try not to buy baby planters unless they are super, super sweet. But this one is sweet and different. It sells for squat, but I paid diddly squat, so it's all good. ;)
This other thrift that I visited - it is in a tiny town that offers very little else to do while you are there. They have very little merchandise other than clothing and the ladies that run it are often kind of rude. And the whole place kind of smells like feet. Or maybe it's shoes. It does not rank high on my list. BUT, lately, I have been getting vibes to go there. I was 3/4 of the way there Saturday, so I went on out just to see. As usual, it kind of smelled odd and there were five people working the register. They all had to confer on what I was buying and how much it should cost. After a pricey sum of $2.60 was decided for my six items, I handed over a twenty which caused tall five of them to put their hands up and step backwards, shaking their heads, "OH, NO we couldn't break a TWENTY!!!!" they said. I had two one dollar bills and then I went out and raided my Aldi quarter stash and dug a dime out of the console. They were very, very relieved that I was able to find the correct change.
My thrifting senses had told me that I might find some tablecloths. I didn't. I searched and searched. On my second loop through, I paused at the baby department and spotted two baby quilts. One was a quilt, but just squares and not that vintage - yet it was cute. The other was vintage and OH SO darling.
It has very sweet vintage puppies all over it with fun colorful ears and butts. Puppy BUTTS.
I mean, COME ON!
"Blankets are $1.00," said one of the many five clerks.
There is the other quilt up in the corner - it is brightly quilted on one side and pre-printed pastel quilt pattern on the reverse side. It will go to the booth. The puppy quilt will go in my collection. I also picked up the two doll faces and a book not pictured. Two baby quilts, a piggy bank/planter, the two doll faces and a book all for $2.60. You see why I DO go - occasionally. The gorgeous old books are from Goodwill as well as the long Sentence writing strips. Surely I can think of something to do with those?
So, just enough as usual - not too much money, not too much stuff - something to keep, something to create with and a few things to sell.
I have been making some small clipboards out of old children's books. I bought a big lot of old book covers on Etsy so I wouldn't have any guilt about ruining any books. But then I got hooked and I needed to make MORE. The books I use have missing pages or have been colored in or ruined in some way. But, after I used the covers, I still had a pile of sweet book pages left. I decided to make some pinwheels. Or, maybe forty pinwheels. *cough* :D
This is a book page pinwheel with glittered edges and a Bingo marker center. I like the bright colors and the glittery edges. To make a pinwheel you start with a square piece of paper, so I had to cut a strip off each page before I made the pinwheel. Then I had a big pile of paper strips. So, I made a paper book page chain. It's kind of a sickness. Waste not, want not.
Since you need a square piece of paper to start, I stated looking for square things. When I stopped at the booth yesterday I found square flash cards (in my own booth).
I added an edge of black glitter before I made the pinwheel, added a milk cap center and a Bingo Marker to cover the tack. I really like these! I have some elusive orange BINGO markers that I think would make these fantastic for Halloween.
I think they are sweet in a vase. I am going to make a bunch of these for both booths, the Block Street Party in May and the Spring Junk Ranch.
I better get crackin!