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A Trip to the Thrift Store and the Treasures I Found There (Part 2) — Plucking Daisies Find us on Google+

A Trip to the Thrift Store and the Treasures I Found There (Part 2)

by Amy Bowerman

Hello my lovelies!   Here we are, half-way through the first month of 2013 and I’m stuck in a creative rut…BIG time!  What do I do when I’m stuck in a rut and my creative get up and go seems to have “Got up and went” ?  I visit my local thrift store.  Sure I may only be adding to my creative clutter with these trips.  I may or may not ever make anything with the “things” I buy to use in “Someday” projects.  But you know what?  Browsing through other people’s junk does something to soothe my temporarily un-creative soul.  I’ve got a FEVER and the only prescription is more cowbell   THRIFT STORE!

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Ah yes what a thrift store score it was!  Now mind you my husband HATES my thrifting addiction.  To him it’s just more junk to clutter our basement.  Don’t worry I had this in mind while making my purchase.  Please note the card shuffler I got for $3 bucks…Just for him :)

I also bought some baskets.  To contain my clutter of course!  What else did I nab?  Some nifty hooks, a pencil ornament for a “someday” teacher gift, a Smurf book to add to my vintage kid’s book collection, magnetic strips for my “someday” command center project, grass cloth wallpaper for…well I’m not sure yet, and…Oh the Flamingo.  Yeah, that’s Floyd but we’ll talk about him later.

*FYI all of my Flamingos are named Floyd…ALL of them!

Now that you’ve seen what I brought home, let’s take a look at what I saw along the way…

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I am NOT a fan

This bit of loveliness *cough* ugliness greeted me when I walked in the door.  Not my taste but hey, I brought home a flamingo so who am I to judge.  Apparently my thrift store likes to put the “good stuff” up front.

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Now THIS is a Tea-pot!  If you know me you also know I thought long and hard about purchasing this.  I  mean c’mon the spout is a swan or some other type of water fowl.  In the end I thought better of it by imagining my husbands angry face if he ever caught me sneaking this outlandish tea-pot into the house.  In this case taking a picture really DOES “last longer”.

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This little guy reminds me of the polka-dotted elephant from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.   Although I like a flying pig as much as the next guy I abide by a strict no Knick-Knack rule…because a borderline hoarder “collector” has to have standards.

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I tried to avoid the Children’s Book section altogether but to no avail.  All it took was a sideways glance and the little blue guys were in my sites.  Farmer Smurf, Lazy Smurf, Brainy Smurf and Baker Smurf had me snatching up that book before you can say “La, la, lalalala, La, lalalala!”


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How about this for a blast from the past?  “Bye, Bye Bye…”  Oh the sound of my nightmares!  I once took my sister to an NSYNC concert and my hearing has never been the same.  Not because the music was bad but because of the shrill CONSTANT shrieking of the pre-pubescent girls in attendance. I swear those girls shrieked every time someone came on stage.  Even if it was just a member of the stage crew.

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“Bye, Bye, Bye!”


Everyone seems to be represented here except for Joey Fatone.  Poor Joey, Golden boy Timberlake gets all the ladies eh?  I was always a Lance fan myself…what can I say I go against the grain.

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The Real JC

Directly below the NSYNC tour dolls I found this guy…the REAL JC!  Kind of looks like he’s waving “Bye, Bye, Bye!!”

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Looks like a bunch of folks have thrown in the towel on the old weight loss resolution here.

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For $2 I had a good mind to take this home.  Who wouldn’t want a unicorn corkscrew?  I’m sure it makes wine time even more magical but since I already own a Parrot Corkscrew I had to pass.  (Yes the parrot cork screw opens wine with his tail and beer with his beak.  When I got it there was a tag on it that read:  “Polly want Drinky?”)

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Price Gouging?

I’ve always thought Goodwill was a tad overzealous with their pricing but this just takes the cake!

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The Holy Grail

Price gouges or not I’ll still shop here any day of the week.  Especially on a day when this Magnificent creature is waiting for me on the top shelf!   It was like the heavens opened up and shone a beam of light upon him.  The real JC seemed to call to me from 2 aisles over that this was a sign.   A sign that YES!  I really do need a flamingo toilet brush holder!

My husband can’t stand that I put flamingos on our lawn despite my numerous attempts to convince him that Tacky is the new Awesome!  I’m sure he will be pleased as punch to have this artfully pink sculpture in our bathroom.  After all I’m respecting his wishes by not putting any more flamingos on the lawn.  He never said anything about the bathroom.


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Look how happy Floyd is.  Isn’t it obvious that we are a match made in heaven?   We totally belong together.

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I didn’t want DH to be shocked by our new family member so I discreetly tucked Floyd behind the TP.  He couldn’t be more camouflaged unless he were wearing fatigues.   “Don’t worry honey there’s nothing abnormal with the bathroom decor…just buisness as usual!”

I thought Floyd would go un-detected for at least a few days but the hubs sniffed him out right away.  His exact words upon discovering Floyd were, “So now were bringing the lawn crap into the bathroom?”


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Speaking of things that the hubs can’t know about check this action out!  I found this unit the day before and since there were a bunch of other customers  sharks circling around it I bought it on the spot!  I mean it’s perfect for organizing and storing my craft supplies.  I almost feel like I stole it for the price I paid.

Here’s the bad part.  After I had already purchased it DH gave me a “talk” about buying things we don’t need that night.  I didn’t have the heart to tell him that I do NEED this unit.  So instead I had my father help me hide it in the garage while DH was at work.   It does not come apart and we can’t get it down the basement stairs…bummer!  Still working on a plan for that.  Once he sees how organized my art space is he’ll forget all about the “Don’t buy anymore crap from the thrift store” talk and everyone will live happily ever after!

Unless he reads my blog…

Have thrifty day!









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1 Paula@SweetPea January 27, 2013 at 8:46 am

The storage unit that you purchased for your craft room is awesome!
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2 Shahrul Niza January 23, 2013 at 2:07 am

LOL, that lawn crap??. I’m seeing more pink flamingos coming to haunt him for a while :). This is another fun outing, love everything, especially the little chubby pencil!. HUGS.
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3 Johnnie January 22, 2013 at 3:07 pm

I am so glad you pointed out the Goodwill price gouging. I have seen it and never thought to photograph. Burns me up everytime! That corksrew is pretty dang awesome. You know how I feel about the flamingo!
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4 katie January 22, 2013 at 1:35 pm

i love going to the thrift store. It always is an interesting experience. I sometimes have to hide my purchases… i guess it depends what it is! 😉
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5 Danielle January 22, 2013 at 10:00 am

Your husband sounds like he’s related to mine. I always have to hide my thrift store purchases. They will never understand the thrill of finding treasure among the trash, bringing it home and finding it’s new home. It’s almost garage sale season here and that’s just as fun. I’m very jealous of that unit you found! My craft room is itching for some storage.
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6 Amy Bowerman January 24, 2013 at 9:10 am

Hi Danielle!

Our husbands may very well be related. I found some “hidden” purchases in the trunk of my car yesterday from God knows when. They were buried under the water bottles I have yet to return to the grocery store because I keep driving past it to stop at the thrift. I’ve been driving around with bottles in the backseat for a good month now…like a hobo!

That unit was a good find for sure…if only I could get it down the stairs. Sending you good thrifting vibes so you can find a craft storage treasure of your own :)



7 Alice January 21, 2013 at 2:14 am

Hi Amy, I have the match for your Floyd. I have his sister, Clara, the bathroom soap dispenser. I don’t remember where I adopted her from, but she is just as perfect as her brother. We used her for about 2 years and then her plastic spout gave out. I just can’t bring myself to part with her, I just consider her retired.
I have 2 flamingos in my back yard. I have to hide them from the home owner’s association spies. My husband doesn’t mind, he even adds to such flummery with glass glazing balls.


8 Amy Bowerman January 24, 2013 at 9:23 am

Alice I had no idea Floyd had a sister! Wait until I tell him he will be so surprised he may even come out of hiding from behind the TP…since the “jig” is clearly up :) Glad to hear that Clara is enjoying retirement and spending her days lounging sink side.

Oh how I wish my hubs would add to the flummery! He just shakes his head most of the time. Like yesterday when he left for work to find 3 stone chickens nesting in the passenger seat of his car (a roadside find that I conveniently forgot to hide).

If I lived where a home owners association existed I would probably be asked to move. I know the types…the “You can only use white lights at Christmas kind”. As for me and my neighbors we politely avoid eye contact as they pass by and (surely) whisper “There’s that crazy lady spray painting flamingos in Hello Kitty pajamas.”



9 Janj January 21, 2013 at 1:09 am

Okay Amy, mum’s the word from here :-)


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