Wednesday, February 04, 2009

thrifting bliss!

it's been awhile since i've shared the fruits of a trip to the thrift store (actually, it's been awhile since i've shopped!). the purpose of this trip (yes, i do usually have a purpose) was to buy some books. i was hoping to get lucky and find any one of the six jane austen books. i knew it was a long shot. i did, however, find two books involving jane austen. one is a biography, the other, is, um...well i'm not exactly sure what it's about, but i was intruigued.

the books are stacked upon a LOVELY - seriously lovely, cake stand. it is crystal, with a silver base (hard to tell due to the extreme tarnished appearance) there is a sticker that says italy. sigh and swoon! how lucky did i get? a cake stand, which i have been wanting, and with such a gorgeous vintage-ness to it. and made in italy, to boot? thrilling! oh, and the price? $5.95. that, my friends, is what they call the ICING on my gorgeous, thrifted, vintage cake stand.

then we come to the item behind the books. it is hard to tell, but it is a cabinet housing a few shelves. it will most likely reside in my studio space. on the wall, after the chicken wire is installed. details on that in a later post. the price for this? $3.20.

sweet sassy mollassy, that's what i call a good day of thrifting! not "original seatbelt bag" good, but good.



and speaking of miss jane, i am a bit obsessed these days. obsessed with all things victorian, romantic and "regency" themed. if i could i would love to step into a jane austen novel. for just a few days. i would miss my flushing toilet, and maybe my car. though i think i could get used to bumpy carriage rides. as a result of this recent obsession, i have taken up calligraphy. again. i dabbled a bit in high school. i love the feeling of the nib on paper. the smell of the ink. the slight raised appearance of the letters. so satisfying and tangible. the complete opposite of sending a text message, which frustrates me. don't get me wrong, i do text. but it is such an inferior form of communication - as far as i'm concerned. i don't like to waste words (which is why i am not a phone person, either). when you HANDwrite a letter or card, you are forced to think about what you are communicating. and the recipient feels special. really special. who doesn't like to get any kind of written word?? i have determined to hone my hand lettering skills and put them to good use. not sure what use that would be, maybe just sending letters to those i love and care about. that in and of itself would be well worth it. no?

4 comments:

The Queen of Fifty Cents said...

Those are some great thrifty finds! And if you haven't read (or listened to the audiobook) Austenland by Shannon Hale, I think you might like it!

Natalie* said...

fabulous! alright, so a couple things regarding miss jane austin - read the original books before you read "the jane austin book club" because it will make more sense and be a lot more enjoyable. also you NEED to get over here and watch the versions i have - i have three versions of "pride & prejudice" - naturally that, "sense & sensibility" "mansfield park" being my favorites. you need to remind me which ones you've seen and which you haven't - but the bottom line is GET OVER HERE AND WATCH WITH ME!!!

Ryan and Kim said...

I agree. I love getting cards. I am horrible at sending them though :( I should resolve to do better!

Nicole said...

very cool finds. i really liked the jane austen book club but i agree with nat (shocking, i know)--be sure to read austen's books first.