Sunday, January 30, 2011

January has been a big month for me!

I know I've neglected my blog this month, but I do have an excuse... I finally got a job!  After being unemployed for nearly two years, this is a very good thing.  It took a bit of time for this fifty year old body to get accustomed to a forty hour work week.  The first couple of weeks really kicked my butt, but it's getting better.  I have a pretty long commute, about 40 minutes each way depending on the weather.  And I must add, the weather has been horrible for driving...
...frost and snow are pretty on the trees and bushes, but not much fun to drive on, especially when you're the newbie at work, and hyperconscious of being on time!  Of course the best part about being employed is finally having the funds to support my favorite occupation.  Junking!!

Check out this darling, chippy child's rocker I found!  She is very sturdy, and perfectly worn and I snagged her for a mere $3.
I found this lovely vintage pitcher at the Goodwill in the small town I working in, which also happens to have a huge antique district.  It has some repaired damage on the bottom edge, but when it's sitting on a high shelf, nobody knows but me... and you, of course!
I found these sweet vintage birds at different thrift stores a couple of weeks apart!  They are identical, except for the hue of the glazes colors. 
I just love this tiny turquoise vase I found for a dollar.  It's clear glass, with the color applied to the inside surface.  I think I'll take it to work to use for small posies in the Summertime.  I'm feeling very fortunate that my boss ecourages us to decorate our cubicles any way we like.  It is a bit of a challenge to incorporate my vintage tastes into the modern tone of an office cubicle, but I'm determined to do it!

You might remember this project I did awhile back?  They now live in my cubicle, holding pens and pencils, stapler, notepads, etc...  I've also added family photos in vintage frames to the mix, as well as some larger flower shots in barnwood frames on the walls.  Once I'm satisfied with the make over, I'll sneak my camera into work and snap a few shots to share.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Here's an interesting find...

You just never know what you'll run across when thrifting...
Who wouldn't be thrilled to discover something like this?  Well apparently, plenty of folks passed this item by, because I found it at, what I prefer to call the "last chance" Goodwill store.  It's actually called the "as is" store, but come on, everything at Goodwill is "as is", isn't it?

It was originally marked $3.99, which I suppose was just too much for such an odd item.  But remember, at the "last chance" store, everything is marked way down, so I got it for a mere .79 cents!  It is a genuine antique shoe last, after all, embellished with genuine vintage stamps.

Judging by the overall patina, those stamps were added quite a while back.  Yes, it is indeed an odd item, with no practical use, but I love it anyway.  And did you notice the cute little vintage bow tie I found on the same day?  It was right there in the same store, and I got it for a mere .29 cents.  You just never know what you'll find, but it is certain that you won't find anything if you don't look!