…but you don’t have to be from Kansas to think it’s totally awesome.
Thrifting’s the best.
I love everything about it. The anticipation of hunting through cluttered shelves and racks. The excitement when something unexpected catches my eye and speaks to my soul. The feeling of finding a treasure, one that was brought about by both serendipity and effort.
Are you looking for a little nugget of destiny? Go thrifting. Seriously. I am convinced that Fate makes her home in second-hand shops. You might leave the house looking for the perfect lamp for your living room table, but there is a better-than-good chance that you’ll come home with a stunning turquoise-and-silver bangle bracelet instead. The Thrift Store Fates know what you need more than you think you know what you want. Step into their shabby aisles with an open hand and a willingness to improvise, and I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Because thrifting is so completely fabulous, I’m dedicating Thursdays to it. On Thursdays, we’ll celebrate our thrifty finds of the week. Instagram ‘em, Tweet ‘em, FB ‘em, and be sure to use the hashtag #thriftythursday! You can follow me on any of those platforms at @myndishafer.
To launch the day, here is my big find this week: Five lovely hand-blown glasses, 99¢ each. Aren’t they so, so pretty? They look really pretty with the vintage FiestaWare that my mother-in-law passed down to us. The whole ensemble makes me think of summertime and lemonade, which is really lovely because the weather outside right now is appalling. Like, negative kerbillion degrees or something (dear Alaskan and Dakotan friends, please ignore my whining). Oh, and see those pretty lights in the background? They are strung upon a Christmas tree – the third in our house this year – that I picked up for a measly $10 at our local Goodwill. It was the perfect fit for our kitchen.
Now it’s your turn! What’s your favorite thrifting treasure? Did you sniff out something spectacular this week? Don’t forget to share!
So, can I admit it, without shame?
I love looking at photographs of the royal family. They fascinate me (me and about a gazillion other people on this lonely little planet). And lately, there’s been lots to look at. THE wedding, of course. And then baby George was born (*squeeee*). And now, his christening.
As I was looking at these photos, I realized that in the photographs of the Queen and her family, another member of the royal family was featured, too: Her purse. He (she?) was sitting quietly at her feet, expertly posed and ready for the camera. CLICK HERE TO SEE. HERE, TOO. ONE MORE HERE.
So I wondered, what the heck is up with the Queen and her purse?
Turns out, Google has a lot to say about it: The content of her purse is broken down for us multiple times. So is how she subtly uses it to tell her staff when she’s bored with talking to somebody or ready to go home. It’s like a secret code, handbag style.
NOTE TO SELF: If I ever get to visit with the Queen (likely) (<<<<SARCASM) if she shifts her handbag, I have bored her to death and have failed in being awesome. *hangs head in pre-determined shame*
Still, that’s something to think about, using your handbag as a secret code. I like that. I like that a lot. Hubster, are you reading this? Take notes:
(1) If I shift my bag from my left shoulder to my right shoulder it means I am dying of thirst and need another beer, pronto.
(2) If I hook my purse on my wrist and place my hand on my hip it means you’ve been texting too long on our date and I’m beginning to feel neglected.
(3) If you see me swinging my purse over my head like a lasso, it means someone just threw me some stink-eye and things are about TO GET REAL UP IN HERE.
I think that just about covers it.
Okay, now back to the Queen. I get that she’s attached to her purse. I mean, what girl isn’t? But why, oh why, must it be sitting on the floor in every picture she’s in? Is she signaling something right then? If the photographer tells me to say CHEESE again, kindly have him beheaded. Or, Someone in this room passed some royal gas. Please open a window immediately. Or is she just so used to having it around, she didn’t realize it was there? Or does she keep a secret, tiny royal family inside of her purse, and wanted them to be represented in the portraits, too? I wonder…
And I wonder what you wonder. I want to hear your theories. Go.