Sometimes things speak to you in ways you don’t even understand.
They call to you from across the thrift store, saying… “Take me home. Take me home.”
Now, someone much stronger than myself might be able to resist that call.
But what can I say?
Sometimes the beauty of things I don’t need weakens my resolve to buy less.
That’s exactly what happened when I saw this, propped up on a table against a wall.
I was waaaay on the other side of the store, but the flowers stood out like the beauties that they are.
And I quickly made my way to find out what the heck it was.
What a surprise it was to find that it was a very beautiful photo album, created using what looks and feels like handmade paper.
Does anyone even use photo albums anymore?
It came in this lovely textured box.
For just $2.
Now can you blame me for bringing it home? lol.
I’ve never seen anything quite like it.
The front and back covers feel like handmade paper too, and the rope and twig closures are super sweet.
I love little details like that.
I’m pretty sure I won’t be using it as a photo album, but all of the parts could be repurposed in many different ways.
If you’ve been around awhile you know that I used to create and sell wind chimes, mainly ones using silver plated cutlery as the chimes.
I really enjoyed making them, and when I retire from my day job I plan to start again… so I pick up supplies when I see them at crazy prices.
Rarely do I find pretty butter knives at all, let alone in a bunch.
These were displayed in a rather plain looking mug and priced at 25 cents a piece.
I took all they had.
In my neck of the woods the closest craft store is about an hour away, which is probably a blessing to my bank account.
That leaves me to find most of my supplies at thrift stores.
So whenever I see bags of things for a buck or two they have to come home with me.
Laces, ribbons, and bead garlands are things you don’t know you need until you actually need them.
And it’s nice to have as assortment to choose from.
I’ve always had a thing for vintage kitchenware and bakeware, and I find both hard to pass up.
These two red-rimmed enamel plates were just $1 each, and the very vintage fluted bundt pan was an amazing $2.
I actually couldn’t believe that crazy price.
Sometimes thrift stores have no idea what they have.
Check out the fabulous embossed pattern. When I saw that I knew it was something special.
My research tells me that it’s probably French, and from around the 1930s.
There’s a lot of history in this amazing piece of bakeware.
How many treats were baked in this beauty over the years?
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…