Thrifty Finds and Busy Times

After the long weekend at home, I decided I would really like to try my hand at my local thrift shops today. I’m really glad I did! I initially went because I needed a few decorative pieces to fill an empty space on my mantle, and on a new bookshelf we just got. As always though, I have to make at least 2 laps around the store looking at everything. Here is what I ended up with!


The Lot


So, All in all, that’s a Mercury Glass style bowl, a glass lantern, an Eliot Porter picture, a quilt puzzle, glove bookends, four books, a pair of Yoga gloves, a Game Boy Color, A Game Boy Pocket, Pokemon Red and Yellow, and The Legend of Zelda; Oracle of Seasons. SCORE!!!



My favorite finds have to be the two Game Boy’s and the games. I have some really fond memories of getting my first game boy, and with it, Pokemon Red and Blue. I would spend HOURS glues to the screen, totally enraptured by the world of Pokemon. The struggle was real then too. The old Game Boy’s didn’t have a back light, so there may or may not have been more than a few groundings when I was little for staying up crazy late trying to play with a flashlight after I was supposed to be asleep.



Eliot Porter


This is a really beautiful picture. Google tells me that its by a photographer names Eliot Porter. I’m not sure if that’s correct yet, but I have sent a few emails to a few of the galleries that have his work to see if anyone can help me identify it. Its professionally framed, which leads me to believe that it has a little value to it, but we shall see. It sort of reminded me of Ansel Adams, so I picked it up.


Books and Ends


Im a sucker for books. I own way to may of them, and yet I always seem to bring more home. I adore these bookends too! These will go on that bookshelf I was talking about. The books are silly, and I’ve read the Dungeons and Dragons one before. I lost my copy when I loaned it to someone years ago, so I was really happy to find it randomly on the shelf today. The other books are supposedly in the vein of the Fifty Shades category. Every now and again, I’m in the mood for a good smut read. I’ll save these for then.


The past week has been a flurry of picking up the house. I have all of the Christmas decorations packed away, but I have a few of the boxes that still need to be taken up to the attic. I have developed a knack for putting blinders on and walking right by them instead of just doing the job. I really don’t like the attic… I also seem to have to run the vacuum and Steam cleaner multiple times a day. My puppy Kora is having a real issue with potty training. She doesn’t like going outside when its icy out, so she just uses the living room instead. It can be really frustrating.  So add that on top of trying to maintain some level of cleanliness around the house, and it can be pretty stressful. I am learning to tell myself that nobody’s house is as clean as they look in the magazines, or when you go to someones house for a party. We live in the house, and its bound to get dirty. That’s OK! Because it’s my job to take care of the house, I want to be able to take pride in how it looks, but having a magazine ready home 24/7 is just unreasonable when there are teenagers and long haired animals that shed everywhere. It’s a constant work in progress. As long as there’s progress, perfection isn’t needed… until there’s company.

The weather is calling for a fair amount of snow this weekend. I’ll look forward to curling up on the couch with my cross stitch, getting a fire going, and watching more of The Man in the High Castle. If you haven’t started that show yet, you need to. Its really really good. So, until next time!

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