Thrift Shop Treasures

Thrift Shop Treasures

From March 20, 2014:

This past Saturday, we had some GORGEOUS weather – 60 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. But don’t get too jealous, because just two days later (on Monday), we got 10 inches of snow!!!  Yup, that put us at Snow Day #14.  All I can say to that is, UGH.

So thank goodness Ashley and I took a couple of hours on Saturday to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather while it lasted.  We decided spur of the moment to zip over to downtown Leesburg, VA, a little community close to where we live,  and check out a few of the antique and thrift stores.   Ashley was in search of some vintage clothes to upcycle and I was in search of some crystal doorknobs for a wall art project I want to make.   We ended up not finding either of those, and instead found these:

Ashley is really into vintage stuff lately…clothes, records, and vintage cars in particular.  So when she spotted a bucket of vintage toy cars at one of the antique stores we ventured into, she started sifting through it excitedly.  And when she found the ’55 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria, she let out a shriek I’m sure the whole store heard!   If you can’t have the real thing, an antique minature is a pretty close second!!!   She talked about finding it the whole way home…”Mom, how cool is this car?!  And it’s TEAL Mom, TEAL!  They just don’t make cool cars like this anymore.”   Tom and I get a big kick out of how she’s so into vintage everything right now.  I’m guessing this phase probably won’t last, but we’re enjoying it while it does.

I was drawn to the “Mr Flopears” book because of the sweet illustrations that reminded me of Beatrix Potter’s work.   I’m not quite sure what I’ll do with the book yet.  I figured it would be one of those things that would come in handy eventually…perhaps for a mixed media project or some other craft.  Or, I might even get brave and use the illustrations to practice my drawing.

I mean, how cute are these illlustrations?!:
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So even though we didn’t find what we initially set out to find, we came away with two very sweet,  unexpected treasures.  That’s the cool thing about thrift /antique shop excursions…you never know what cool things you’ll stumble upon.   Plus, it was a great reason for us to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather.

I just really hope Spring hurries up and gets here because we need lots more fun excursions like this!

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