Score of the Week! (#6)

You guys, my Mother-in-law is so good to me.  She lives a bit of a drive away, in a thriving tourist metropolis, and yet she makes such an effort to help me with ‘regular’ errands.  Yes, she gets to see her grandson at the same time, but she doesn’t have to do in a way where she helps me, too.  I appreciate that.   We are a one-car household, and it makes routine things like running to the post office or popping into the dollar store for necco hearts pretty tricky.

About once a week she helps to pick up Fox from school, and we try and accomplish something on my list on the way home.  (Hopefully one of these times we’ll stop by the hardware store and get my bathroom paint, but anyway.)  This most recent time she actually went to trouble to come early, and we went to the thrift store to eat up some time before his class pickup.  We go to this one thrift store that is on the other side of the interstate from his school.  I have NO IDEA what it is called, its one of those that you have to know its there because its kind of hidden– but that also means that a lot of what they have is AWESOME and relatively inexpensive.  Its cash-only, but I still LOVE IT.

Cupcakey Bucket

Cupcakey Bucket

Original Tag

Original Tag

They are pretty organized in this shop, with clear areas for toys, books, clothes and housewares, and they are the type of thrift store that makes an effort to be seasonally appropriate.  Most of the mass-market Valentine’s stuff can be pretty terrible, but I am nonetheless always likely to check the holiday department.  I am so glad I did, on the shelf amongst the bears with satin hearts stitched to their paws was this ceramic pail doohickey that looks like the lower part of a cupcake.  The original price sticker is still intact on the bottom– from Kohls (SIXTEEN BUCKS new, yipe!)– complete with the text, “Happy Valentine’s Day.”  The thrift shop’s price tag, which was hanging from the handle, read one dollar!  I love it when that happens!  Digging the pink color of it, too.  I will likely plant some herbs in this one or something, but it’s cute and it looks good with my two other faves, doesn’t it?

Faux-Wicker Frame

Faux-Wicker Frame

This other score, also found in the same shop, needs a little bit of backstory….

I have been collecting whatever 70’s and 80’s molded plastic wall decor that I deem whimsical enough– mostly butterflies and baskets– and spray painting them colors to complement the shower curtain for the downstairs bathroom.  Aside from collecting more of these wall doodads and acquiring some towels and an extra-small floor mat, I pretty much have a lock on what I’m doing in that wee room.  I know I’ll be wallpapering a little corner of the room, and in order to do that, I’ll have to take the current ugly mirror down to peel the old paper and reapply the new stuff.

Whenever I am washing my hands at that sink, I have thoughts about that mirror and its six plastic brackets holding it in place.  Its not attractive.  I do not love it.  My thoughts are always along the lines of “I wish I could find a cuter replacement for this thing.  And for cheap.”

Now, I am not ultra-superstitious, and I’m not sure I believe in the paranormal or anything, but I DO believe that I can attract things I need or want….  The problem is, I cannot dictate the timeframe, I do not have control of the details, and I have to know my ‘answer’ when I see it.  I sort of make my needs known to the universe in some repeated fashion (often sketching things or writing ‘looking for’ lists), and I make sure I leave the house in order to encounter whatever it is.  I do not know exactly how it works– All I can say is, Pinterest is SURE making this phenomena a lot easier for me.  (See www.lovenestdesign.com/score-of-the-week-3/)

This mirror is another case of the universe providing my answer– this little no-name thrift shop had what I was looking for!  Plastic faux-wicker from the seventies, so perfect to accompany its period butterfly and basket buddies…  I may paint it, I may not.  It definitely needs a little fixing up between the frame and mirror, it has some yucky spots, but I suspect that it will be one of those situations where its totally cuter when I’m done and its up on the wall.  Its even the right size.  (In the pic it still needs cleaning, someone had placed a glass down on it and made some sticky rings.)  It has just the perfect amount of ‘outdated-ness,’ its going to be brilliant with the other wall-adorning stuff.  And the best part– eight bucks!  No joke!  You cannot get better than that!  I am SO pleased with this one, its silly.

Its pretty funny though, that whole “I can’t control the timeline of the details” thing, because *of course* I am not focusing on that room right now, and its almost done.  However I WANT to be working on the guest room and finishing up the master bath, and are they coming along by leaps and bounds?  No.  I still have not found any revolutionary fabric for the guest room to center around, and I need paint and a few other tinies to be done in my bath.  I guess you work on what you can, when you can.  That’s the thing about being a thrift store shopper, you can’t force them to have the things you need!

 

 

 


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