never did i think one little blankie could warrant such kindness but once again you bestow your loveliness upon me and my creations. allowing me to carry on 'hooking' with pride knowing that what comes out of it is 'worthy' and 'special'....
and so we must continue with today's hot topic... ah yes, it's our favorite day of the week, thrifty thursdays.
all around the globe people are going "not now", "in a minute" or "i'm busy" as they pull down their 'bank clerk' blind at the window, put out the closed sign on the cashier's till or lock the door and place a 'back in five minutes' note on the glass.
for today is the day all must rush to their computers to find out what latest and greatest (that of course is debatable) 'find' Tif has procured at the thrift store.
i hope my dearest readers and any bank clerks that happen to have pulled their blinds, that i do not disappoint today. so if you are sitting comfortably behind your 'do not disturb' signs, with tipple in hand (please read that last bit most carefully as not to have any embarrassing moments if someone looks over your 'sign')... let us begin.
last friday i mentioned i was off thrifting, and so i did, but not until the evening by which time i had experienced a crafting 'epiphany'..... (i have paused here for you to take a sharp intake of breath and when exhaling gasp "oh my Tif, that is tres exciting to say the least".... to which i say "i know!!!)
but more on my 'epiphany' moment tomorrow (ah ha, a cliff hanger if ever i typed one).
and so it came to be that i phoned my man at work, suggested that we met half way from his work and mossy shed, to digest some chinese food and then i could sneakily drop in convo, how lovely it would be if he bought the kids home whilst i did a spot of shopping.
of course he did not fall for this without some questioning to the type of shopping i needed to do. i caved in and mumbled 'thrift shopping', picked up my bag, smiled everso sweetly, leaving him with the bill and the kids,whilst i went upon my thrifting ways... (oh how tough a woman can be when she has thrifting on her mind).
upon entering the store i knew it was going to be a good day, but did i know it was going to be a 'sponge bob' kind of 'best day ever' thrifting day, no i did not... having had one such day not too long ago i did not feel i was in the market for another so soon, but how wrong i was...
the moment it hit me as a 'sponge bob' thrifting day was the moment i rounded the aisle and came face to face with 'bark cloth curtains'.
i stopped in my tracks...
"can this be" i exclaimed to myself, half scared i was going to wake up at any minute
never in all my born days of frequenting this particular thrift store have i ever, ever, ever, come across such an item,
i reached forward to touch them, almost daring them to vanish in a puff of smoke, it all seemed so unreal.
but no, they were real and better still there were three of them, the most amazing pattern, fabulous colors, in peachy perfect condition and if it could get any better than that... they were MINE!!!!
for no other shopper had spied this diamond hidden amongst the rough.
i gathered all three of them up and held them close, i looked around wishing to share my moment of 'priceless' discovery but alas no one was near... nor i fear, would they have cared about the deranged woman with unwashed hair, hugging granny curtains and weeping with joy. (or allergies... one's never quite sure)
i placed them gently into my cart and promised them a 'new life' of untold joy living with me.
i glanced up, now becoming a 'protective' mother... making sure no one spied my 'spoils' and try to take them from me. i moved forward, less then five feet away, another 'gasp' of "can it truly be" filled the air...
it could only be the towels that must have belonged to the 'curtain' owner, right before me...
i snatched them up, bundled them into my cart, realizing that time was of the essence, other treasures belonging to this wonderful 'granny chic' loving person who cared so well for her belongings were lurking amongst the aisles...
next came a fabulous lace tablecloth... oh so perfectly intact with no rips or stains to speak of,
and finally a little pretty jug, in my favorite china color... yellow
by this time i was exhausted with the 'hunt', it was nearly 9pm and i needed to take my haul home where i could lay it all out and marvel at it's full glory without the worry of 'hyenas'...
on returning to the shed i found our #3 on my computer, a perfect victim to 'oooh and ahhh' at my finds.
i began to take out my towels, then my tablecloth, next the jug and finally the glorious barkcoth curtains, fully lined in 'tip top' vintage condition.... (did i mention that before, just thought i'd mention it again... just in case i hadn't quite got across just how flipping fab they are!!)...
and so our #3 kindly made all the right "ooohs and ahhhs" in all the right places, glancing occasionally in my direction.
finally his gaze broke from the computer screen and he swivelled around to face me.
"are you telling me all those items were there tonight?"
"yes!!" i replied quite breathlessly
"all those things that look just like the things you like to buy from the thrift store, where all from one trip?"
"yes, i know!!!" getting a little 'shrilly' with my voice
"how much did it all cost?" he inquired (ummm, doesn't miss a trick)
"forty one dollars including tax" i answered, waiting for the response and holding my receipt for proof in my sweaty little palm, should i need it.
"forty one dollars for three barkcloth curtains, one large tablecloth, one jug and five towels?"
"yes that is correct" wondering and 'a waiting' the response...
"well, that was money well spent" and without further a glance he reconnected with his cyber world leaving his mother to sit in the corner, piled high with thrifty finds... by her side, Miss Ethel resting from her earlier sweating, due to a crafting 'epiphany' and thinking all was so very well in her world.
she will return with her 'epiphany' tomorrow ~ Tif