Thrifting breaks a dry spell.

I feel like I’m paying for that great yard sale day a month or so ago by having a slew of bad Saturdays. Like the Thrifting Gods thought I had had enough good luck. It’s either that or admitting that yard sale season is winding down and I refuse — REFUSE, I tell you — to confront that truth. It’s barely September, people!

I have hit a few thrift stores — I don’t know if I mentioned this in my last post but I recently found out that most thrift stores in Chicago are open until 9 pm on weekdays. That was not necessarily a good thing.

Check out my new Munising bowl! It’s HUGE. Around 15 and three-quarters inches in diameter. See that spot on the side of the bowl? What happened there? Was it a flaw in the wood when it was made? Or did someone (badly) try to carve a stain or something out of it? It doesn’t bother me, but I would love to know what the heck caused it. I love this bowl. It’s on the dining room table right now, waiting to see where it will live, and every time I look at it I love it more. The wood is such a beautiful color.

I have decided that I need to eventually find a place to display my thousands and thousands of religious planters, since apparently I’m not going to stop buying them.

Cute little rocking chair for the twins. Weirdly, they’re terrified of it. I tried to put Emme in it and she screamed, then they both ran away from it, then they both stood cautiously behind at it and poked it to make it rock. So it’s sitting out on the back porch so that my children won’t have nightmares. Have I told you lately how strange my kids are?

Then again, who am I calling weird? I bought a mirrored elephant at the Salvation Army. This isn’t some petite elephant, either. It’s easily about a foot tall. Sturdy little fella. I don’t know why, but I loved it as soon as I saw it. One of the women who works there saw me carrying it around and said, “Oh! You got the elephant! I love it! I put it right up by the cash register so someone would see it right away!” so I know I’m not the only one it appeals to. Justin will kill me for saying this but…I see it in Emme’s big girl room. He’s started getting on to me for buying stuff for her and not for Jack’s room, but honestly, I find so much more girly stuff second hand than I do boyish stuff. Which is why this next item may start a fight between us…

DUDES. Is this not the cutest little chair you have ever seen? It’s under four feet tall and will be AMAZING spray painted some fun color with a new cushion made by my fabulous seamstress mom. Not only is it yet one more item for Emme’s (imaginary) solo room but it also takes up room in the store room, which I am not supposed to be doing after cleaning out at the yard sale…he hasn’t seen it yet — this will be a test to see if he checks out the blog on a regular basis. Insert smiley face here.

Now, next weekend…next weekend is the fabulous Andersonville Sale. Keep your fingers crossed that Shannon and my good luck returns for this famous event. AND: I found some fab vintage stuff in a most unexpected place — my school! The biology labs were throwing out some 60-year-old lab supplies and I raided the trash bin. The items are definitely in the odd category…I am editing the photos so I can see what you guys think.

September 2, 2012 - 10:07 pm

Shannon LOVE both chairs. Justin can’t be upset about that last chair…because it truly is an awesome find! 🙂

September 2, 2012 - 10:23 pm

janie hightower I love everything you bought!!! Well, not the bowl, but that’s because I have about 8 too many wood bowls at my house. That rattan chair is wonderful! What a lucky girl Emme is going to be; she’s going to have a fairytale room one day, that is, IF she stops rolling her eyes at you!

September 3, 2012 - 11:44 am

Kathy Epley Lara Jo, About the rocking chair…do you have a baby doll or larger sized stuffed animal you can set in it, then when your two want to rock it, say things like, “be gentle, rock the chair easy, doesn’t (name of dolly or animal) love to be rocked?! Maybe if their doll or animal is having ‘so much fun, look how happy they are, they love the rocking chair, it’s their favorite place to sit!!’ then maybe they’ll soon be fighting over that cute little rocker, and you’ll be shopping for another chair…. =) It might work. Kathy E.

September 3, 2012 - 11:51 am

Kathy Epley Also, find a ‘rockee’ that can bend or sit in the chair, because you will also tell them they need to sit, not stand in the chair. We moms love to avoid accidents if at all possible. KE

September 3, 2012 - 12:20 pm

Lara Jo That is a great idea, Kathy. And about the standing…you’re right…it’s a short trip from being terrified of it to trying to use it to reach higher items on the shelf! You are wise. Great to hear from you! Hope all is well.

September 3, 2012 - 3:29 pm

JunkHunk He does. Insert frowny face here.

September 3, 2012 - 3:29 pm

JunkHunk J/K! :-X

March 27, 2015 - 7:54 pm

A I need that elephant. Please!! Lol

March 27, 2015 - 7:55 pm

A Seriously – I want her.