Friday, April 30, 2010

Funky Junk Friday & Some Thrift Store Finds


I didn’t bring a lot home from funky junk last night, but I’m pretty happy with what I found:

Two square fabric prints – those are the things in the background of the photo, I’m pretty sure they have some kind of purpose, but I’m not sure what it is, they are just cute, very “country cottage”.

Four magazines from the 70’s – 3 of them are mon tricot knit & crochet, the other one is fashion maker. They had some good patterns and simple instructions for when I eventually learn to crochet.

A little white basket – cute.

A cream (coloured) milk jug – to add to my fast growing collection of tea set items I really don’t need but can’t help myself.

A little terracotta pot – potential.

A glass candle holder – this is definitely supposed to have some kind of holder with it, but I’m sure I can improvise.

Some more doily things – Another thing I seem to be collecting now.

One of the things I forgot to mention in my last funky junk post is the vast amounts of fabric scraps, sample blocks, off cuts and half finished sewing projects that are at funky junk. I really have to try to stop myself from bringing it all home, because I am bringing home fabric faster than I can use it, and it is piling up. Last night I found some black polar fleece which is probably big enough to make a dress or something for one of the kids. Also a few smaller bits of fabric with cute prints, for smaller projects or possibly one day to make a quilt. And on top of the black polar fleece you can see a few little things like lace scraps which are great for embellishments, bias binding, a set of needles (because I am always loosing mine) and some elastic.

And then there’s the wooden beads (sitting on top) for my daughter to use when she makes pipe cleaner bracelets.

P4190474 These are some other funky junk finds from a while ago. On the bottom is a couple of vintage aprons, another collection that is growing, but I don’t know what I’m going to do with them because a. I can’t wear them, they make me look frumpy and as much as I would love to have the 50’s housewife look going on, I don’t think I’ll ever have the waistline for aprons, and b. they are too cute as aprons to make them into anything else. They will probably just end up in the dress-up box.

Above that are some pages out of a publication called “Child Education” mostly dated in the 60’s, with some in 1952. I just loved the pictures of birds and flowers, but there are other things like big fold out posters of park scenes and instructions for making things like improvised drama accessories and a railway station model. Lots of vintage goodness.

P4190475Then there is a very vintage (1955) Home Chat magazine. The advertisements in there are awesome, I love the really ridiculous things that they advertise like “Freezone – amazing liquid corn remover”, “Germloids – for the effective treatment of haemorrhoids” and “Sorella Foam Bath – for slenderizing”. I mean really, who in there right mind would believe that having a special foam bath could make you lose weight.

Ok, now for some thrift store finds. I had to walk past my local thrift store yesterday on the way to catch the bus, and I could NOT walk past without going in. I am a pathological thrifter. Hello my name is Rhiannon and I’m a thriftoholic.

P4300520 In the background is a gorgeous silk (?) scarf but the photo doesn’t really show the awesomeness of the blue & black print.

On the left is a piece of cute floral sheer fabric, I haven’t opened it up so I don’t know how big it is, but it feels fairly big.

Some more heart things like the ones here, these ones are pale purple, I guess you’d call it lilac.

A little blue jar, the most expensive thing I bought at $2.50, but I couldn’t resist.

A pottery milk jug, I think. This was a huge bargain at 30c, and the woman at the counter was a bit shocked when she saw that price, I even heard her whispering about it to the woman next to her as I was leaving. She’s just jealous, because she said she has the bowl to match.

A cross stitch that I only bought because I wanted the embroidery hoop that it is mounted in.

Two little swan cross stitches that I only bought because I wanted the wreath things they are mounted in, they look like little nests.

Two little hedgehog figurines – don’t ask why, because I have no answer. I must have stood there holding those in my hand for a good 5 minutes debating whether to get them. They are cute, of course, but that's not why I liked them. I have had in the back of my mind the idea of creating a little moss terrarium, because there is instructions all over the place at the moment to tell you how to make them. So I have been vaguely keeping a look out for any miniature cuteness to live in my someday terrarium, and I thought there hedgehogs might just be cute enough, but are they small enough? Well, even if they are not, I’m sure they will find a home somewhere one day.

And then there is the two hats, to be embellished with some fabric flowers or something, because I am loving hats right now, due to the fact that I am WAY overdue for a haircut and colour so keeping it under a hat is the best look right now.

I will be linking this up to the usual parties, check them out on my sidebar to see other peoples awesome thrifty finds.


Anonymous said...

some fab finds!

Steph said...

You sure were a busy bee this week!! Such a variety of goodies. Love the little pottery jug. Hope you have a wonderful week :)

Charlotte said...

What great finds! I too am a thriftiholic! I actually go into a deep funk if I can't go to a yard sale or thrift store! Try crocheting, you'll love it!

Cherie said...

Oh nice finds, well done! It's heaps of fun isn't it ;)

Anonymous said...

Rhiannon, "Home Chat" is just the type of find I love....those old ads amuse me, as well as the fashions and home decor. The men always held a pipe, it seems, and the women always had on a string of pearls. Now we have tattoos and pierced lips! Things certainly have changed!

Anonymous said...

Oh, I love the vintage Home Chat magazine and the caps are so cute!

Susan L (lily40au) said...

i think we all need to start a local branch of the TA ... thriftaholics anonymous. LOL But on the upside; you are one talented thriftaholic. Fantastic finds.

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Creations By Cindy said...

What awesome finds! Love it all. Be blessed. Cindy

Victoria said...

All of your finds are wonderful! I especially love the nice it would be if we really could just bathe the weight away!!!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Great treasures...thanks for sharing with all of us at NTT!


Sophie Isobel Designs said...

Wow what wonderful treasures! How lucky! And I just love that magazine!
Sophie x

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