You don't imagine for a moment, do you, that in all this haring around on top of mountains, we have forgotten our new delightful activity, foraging in thrift shops? Certainly not; and here, in no particular order, is a sampling of our newest finds, from the Salvation Army, Goodwill, and other exciting venues that make the expensive new Santa Mammon Mall, I mean Santa Monica Mall, look boring!
|Pindar contemplates the Tik-Tok lamp, which is lit in this picture|
It was Paul who found this lovely lamp, whose shade reminded him of the hat worn by the robotic character Tik-Tok in the Oz books. I quickly appropriated the lamp for the chatchka-laden table where, Midas-like, I like to sit and fondle my baubles. Paul thinks he's getting the lamp back. Ha!
|Catullus's turn to enjoy the lamp. I think you see its grey tones better when it's unlit.|
|Why we call this lamp "Tik-Tok's hat"|
|Inlaid wooden table|
|Placement of the little table|
The two Swedish blond bookcases (one is in Paul's house) aren't thrift store finds, per se; our neighbor Rita was moving out and bequeathed them to us. But this one really transformed Peter's study and made it look much more light and cheerful than it did in the days of the particle board boxes - no! shudder! I don't know how we ever stood them for 30 years!
|Swedish blond wood bookcases|
|A small selection of thrift store pins, animal and flower themed|
Then there was the 30-piece set of little Chinese dishes, with soup tureen for centerpiece, bought for a song, and just the thing to enhance the home made wonton soup!
|Chinese soup tureen with little gold handles|
It all goes nicely with this pretty cloissone Chinese vase, in "my" cobalt blue, with flower pattern.
|Chinese blue vase|
The brass traditional Jewish serving platter, and white Venetian mask, are both thrift store acquisitions. Perhaps they go oddly with the pine cone (not to mention, with each other)...
|Peter's desk - the two glass vases are new (to us)|
Below, a better view of the two wonderful 18th century political cartoons we bought in Oxford many years ago.
And these are some of the masks we brought home from Venice - not thrift store ones!
And now, to finish off, I give you a small collection of Jane Austen quotes about Shopping.
"Their eyes were immediately wandering up in the street in quest of the officers, and nothing less than a very smart bonnet indeed, or a really new muslin in a shop window, could recal them." - Pride and Prejudice
"'And we mean to treat you all,' added Lydia; 'but you must lend us the money, for we have just spent ours at the shop out there.'" - Pride and Prejudice
"Look here, I have bought this bonnet. I do not think it is very pretty; but I thought I might as well buy it as not." - Pride and Prejudice
"Oh! but there were two or three much uglier in the shop." - Pride and Prejudice
"Here I am, you see, staring at a picture. I can never get by this shop without stopping. But what a thing here is, by way of a boat." - Persuasion
"Once, as he had stood in the shop in Bond Street, he had counted eighty-seven women go by, one after another, without there being a tolerable face among them." - Persuasion
"...examining and debating for a quarter of an hour over every toothpick-case in the shop..." - Sense and Sensibility
"What a happy day for booksellers, music-sellers, and print-shops!" - Sense and Sensibility
"I have entered many a shop to avoid your sight." - Sense and Sensibility