Except for 2 trips to the post office drop box and a Friday night dinner out, come Saturday, I had been house bound for 6 days straight. I get a little stir crazy when I don’t get out every once in a while to stimulate my creativity (also known as Artist Dates.) So yesterday I broke loose and I went to visit my local Joann’s fabric and craft store and two thrift stores. While at Joann’s I bought some rubber stamp ink pads in a various colors, a ‘Rejoice’ rubber stamp, some journaling tags, and a few other things. I got out of there with a bag full of goodies for about $13.00, and that included a Reese’s candy bar (Shh! don’t tell because I didn’t share it with anyone.)
From Joann’s I made my way over to the closest thrift store where I found a lovely wood box with flowers carved into the lid. I also found a primitive handmade clay vase hand carved with little hearts and bunnies. You can’t see the vase very well because the lighting sucks.
Below is a full picture of the box. If you open the lid you’ll find that the center is actually a frame where you can add a photograph. It needs a little tender loving care but I love it. I lucked out with 50% off on Saturday’s sale and got both for $2.00.
From there I went to the local Goodwill store where for $3.00 I bought these little gems:
I love these pink glasses. I have them filled with paint brushes now but I will probably use them as vases in our guest bedroom because they look so romantic. Wouldn’t they be sweet filled with Hershey Kisses or fragrant soaps atop an antique dresser?
And in the back is a coffee (?) cup with a head painted on it that I plan to use as a vase. Have I ever told you that I have a collection of ceramic heads/vases ? OK before this I only had 2, so that doesn’t quite qualify as a “collection” but this makes three.
As I brought this little girl into my studio I realized why I had been so attracted to her at the store and why she was so familiar. Well, it’s no wonder, not only does she look like the big sister to one of the two vases already in my collection, she was made by the same artist. Duh! As my girl would say, I’m such a nerd.
All in all I got a bunch of goodies all for less than 20 bucks. Isn’t that cool? Are you a thrift store shopper? If so, what do you consider a “real find”?