It sure has been a while since I've talked about thrift store shopping, hasn't it? Remember Thrift Thursday? I miss that theme. In reality, I haven't been out as much as I used to be when the local shop was open. My former thrift store schedule was pretty heavy, at least 5 days a week. After this years festival season, I decided I would take a break and just regroup. I found I was loosing sight of where Lune was going as a business, and that just existing in the moment wasn't gonna cut it. Man, it was not a mistake to slow down. So many things have benefited from it, including our family experience and in turn, how I enjoy blogging here. I've had a huge perspective shift, and am looking at the larger picture for Lune in 2013. I don't think I've ever felt more in control and positive about the future than I have in the past couple of months. It's a real good feeling.
Back to thrifting. My expectation was that I would totally miss out on the goods when I stopped frequenting the thrifts on my regular schedule. No so, because now that I'm not so focused on quantity, I'm really finding quality items. Also, I'm shopping more for my own home which to tell you the truth has been quite neglected in the past 5 years or so. It seemed like everything good eventually went to the shop before it had time to fit in at my place. Now, things have time to find their match and I'm seeing it all come together. I figure, it's about time I can enjoy living with vintage after selling it for so long.
Here are a few keepers from my recent thrifty excursions. Just today I picked up a couple wire curio wall shelves that are going in my new "office" (more about that later this week). Some orange macrame jute made it's way into my shopping bag. I always get this when I see it because the thick twine is difficult to find in modern craft stores. Plus, it's cheap and the colors are true blue 70's. I'm obviously on an orange kick because I couldn't resist a little Japan made, hand painted ceramic bowl or an atomic, domed, salad tosser bowl. A book full of ways to tie a scarf will come in handy in a few weeks when I need to keep the sun off my head. There are a few tricks I've never seen before, so I'll share them with you soon.
My record collection is ever growing and I'm running out of space. I was looking for a wire milk crate to help with the overflow and was finding it surprisingly impossible to find one. Then one day we were driving in our neighborhood and Todd spotted one left on the curb. A gift from the heavens. I guess I've been good. A few records added to the collection recently are Cream, Gordon Lightfoot, Deep Purple and Cher. I love the cover art on the Deep Cream album. Reminds me of Raph Bakshi's characters in American Pop. Plus, Strange Brew is a wicked cool song, so there's that.
What have you found lately? Show me by linking it up if you can in the comment below. I get a kick out of seeing what others are recovering from second hand shops, flea markets and dusty basements.