Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Ode to my thrifting passion
Like Al Hoff,of Thrift Score, my absolute favorite place to pursue vintage goodies, is the Thrift Store.
When I was still a teen it was all about vintage clothes,prom gowns,cowboy boots, Audrey Hepburn dresses, hand painted Mexican skirts,tooled leather and lace, anything lacey. When I began living alone, I began my love affair with 50's lamps and kitschy knickknacks. Believe me when I tell you I have owned more than one aluminum X-mas tree.
When I married, I wore a fabulous gown,with magnificent alencon lace from the 60's. My oh so creative mother, helped me deconstruct it into a perfect, of the moment bridal gown. Cost? 29.95. My tragically hip oldest angel even says she wants to wear it on her special day. For my beautiful,husband,I found his white and yellow gold wedding band from the 50's at the same place for 40 dollars! Ah me ,good old T-Towne Ft.Worth. My thrifting habit grew so out of control, I had to get a booth in an antique mall. I might have broken even, but really it was just my thrifting warehouse, my excuse to thrift even more. Alas the halcyon days of thrifting,were not to last forever. Life in the thrift lane was becoming picked over. So its' a good thing we moved to the midwest! Indianapolis, not as much theatre, but wow were the thrift stores brimmin', and now I had a basement! In Indy it seems all you had to do was announce to the universe you had decided to collect donkeys pulling wagons and suddenly you had a collection big enough to fill your window sill.
We have long since moved back to Dallas, and I still miss those thrift stores. An opportunity for a visit to Indy has arisen. So I shall be gone for a bit but back with lots of yummy thrifted booty.
Heres a question, what is your most amazing thrifted treasure, and what is the object you most regret leaving behind , in a thrift store?