I am not one of these stylishly-dressed women with elegantly-decorated homes who swear they acquired their every single AMAZING possession via flea markets or thrift stores. Their homes are usually white, their clothing black. Do you know what I mean?
What is it with all the decorating magazines that feature “Thrift Store Style.” Clearly those people are not from “these parts.” (Sorry, I am a bit obsessed with this topic.)
I really like thrift stores though. I don’t like gambling, but I do get a teeny, tiny electric (gambling?) thrill every time I smell that unique thrift store scent. I walk into a disorganized, messy, smelly space and see Possibilities (and junk). I have the chance of finding a treasure, the next Hope Diamond, or maybe just some cool books (or junk).
Books are my major weakness. We have so many and we need no more. Yet I still crave the occasional unexpected thrift store book-find to keep me going. I discovered Flicka, Ricka, Dicka and Snipp, Snapp, Snurr at the thrift store. Also, the amazing Cynthia Rylant Cobble Street Cousins series. I found Science Experiments You Can Eat there too.
Today I went in searching for books for our school’s charity used book sale. I know, you’re not supposed to SHOP for that! You are supposed to purge, not acquire. But I rationalize it this way: I get the addictive thrill of thrift store book shopping, and when I buy, I have the satisfaction of knowing that my money goes to a good cause. The books I buy will be sold at a sale benefiting a different good cause! I am using books to help two worthy charities (and myself because it is fun).
I found a lot of great kids’ books today, but my favorite find was a giant collection of Origami books that had been dropped off mere moments before. I left the 3D origami books behind (seemed too complicated and time-consuming), but bought nearly all the rest – for $5.00!! I gave them $10 because it was for our local pet shelter, and it was a much better option for me than adopting yet another cat …
I hope you all like Origami and paper crafts. I see big inspiration here!