What a pleasant surprise to happen upon some great thrift shopping in the little town of St. Mary's, Ontario. Pass It On, 31 Water Street, is a thrift shop run by Carey Pope. Her flair for the unexpected is evident by the merchandise, her branding, signage and unique displays. Awesome windows and tastefully hand-lettered signage.She could teach... Continue Reading →
I found a cool recycling place in Brisbane, Australia called Reverse Garbage. What a great name for a thrift shop. But this thrift shop is more like "Salvation Army meets Habitat for Humanity ReStores". They encourage you to buy by the bag and weight. A friend told me that her architectural firm has bins for Reverse... Continue Reading →
I love to treasure hunt at thrift shops. In Australia they are called 'op shops', as in 'opportunity'. And that perfectly describes it, an opportunity to discover. I made my way by train down to Chapel Street precinct. This is where I was told that I would find second hand shops. The absolutely most fun one... Continue Reading →
I love old scissors. Especially ones used by women doing needlework. Touched by women's hands. I think the one set in the middle are candle wick trimmers. Am I correct?
Paint by number art has been around since the 1920's but the was all the rage as a hobby in the 1950-60s. Talk about colouring inside the lines! And of course the instructions never encouraged you to ever sign your painting. So these paintings remain anonymous. In 1953 alone the paint-by-number craze reached $80 million in sales. I... Continue Reading →
Oh yah, did I mention that I love thrift shopping? It's not so much for the buying. It's the hunting! And the thrill of the find is a bit of an adrenaline rush. As an artist I'm bombarded by ideas of what I could be doing with up-cycling just about anything that's cast off. But... Continue Reading →
Two little people under a blue straw sunhat. Where's the rest of their bodies? The proportions are totally out of whack. It's so comical that it had to come home with me!One cutie is lying face up and the other facedown. This little treasure has a souvenir sticker on it from Toronto, Ontario.Typical of the 1940's... Continue Reading →
Thrift shopping is one of my passions, right up there with eating bacon and beachcombing. A Punkinhead Tote is my latest thrift store find. I had one identical to this as a child. I actually didn't really like Punkinhead, found him kinda scary actually. I also had a Punkinhead rocker. Punkinhead, the teddy bear with... Continue Reading →