The title of today's blog is actually a little of a cheat because I did find a few of these items BEFORE this weekend. However, as I was running around the house scooping up recent coups from my thrift store runs, how could I leave out some of these crazy things I've neglected to tell you all about in the past week or two, due to inherent laziness re: photographing junk hauls? I couldn't. You wouldn't want me to! Let's get a look at the loot:
I think the item out of the whole haul that made my heart stop the most when I first saw it is this vintage Maio print from Goodwill ($6.99). Holy SMOKES, just when I think things like this aren't out there anymore! I was digging through the picture frames when the sheer enormity of this print's frame, sticking out from behind a framed poster of some hot air balloons (bleh, hot air balloons) and early nineties' illustrated prints of Victorian dolls (bleh, early nineties' prints), piqued my interest. When I hauled it out, I had one of those "NO WAY! No way!" moments that make all the dry runs to my neighborhood Goodwills worthwhile....a diamond in the rough, my friends!
Circa 1998, this thing would have been at the front of the now demolished DAV on Gallatin Road, with a collectible price of like at least thirty bucks. Look at the girl's voluminous petticoats, her tights and high button boots, her tiny little parasol... kitsch perfection. Maio is one of the more famous "big-eyes" artists from the Keane-craze of the 60's and 70's. She was more known for her girl harlequins than waifs, though she seemed to do a number of those as well. I've already found a place to hang this in the den, so I consider this find a perfect "10" of a thrift score.
Red Hall Kitchenware round casserole dish with lid? $7.99 at Saver's up in St. Louis! I love that it has the lid, and that the price was limbo-low.
This hat, dude. As I was walking out of another Goodwill killing time before work on Sunday, I had a Top Gun, slow motion, "Take My Breath Awaaaaaay" moment over near the belts when I saw it perched atop a shopping cart full of things to be put out on the floor. Not this one! You needn't bother with shelf-stocking it, because for $1.99, I'm takin' that puppy home. A blithe little label inside the hat reads "MADE IN MYANMAR (BURMA)", and the thing is COVERED in embroidery and sequins. I die. Even just sitting on my dresser, it was worth pulling the trigger. The only other one I could find online was this one that sold on Etsy about a year ago. Do you or a grandmother you know have a hat like this? Is there a matching fanny pack I need to know about? Let's talk.
A bunch of straw trivets, because I love beautifully made things almost as much as I love not setting hot casserole dishes on my kitchen table. $1.99 for all three of them:
OH MY GOD. OH MY GOD, THE CHANGE PURSE SAYS "CHIPS". There's a matching change purse that is supposed to be a chocolate chip. I DIE! ($1.99, Hermitage Goodwill, you're my new best friend)
This Elton John live record was professionally bowl-shaped by vinyl people in the know (there's a sticker on the bottom about the "process"). While I have friends who have successfully executed this, DIY style, at home with their kitchen ovens, I just don't think I would be able to make it look this professional. And for $2.99, I now have a great living room coffee table centerpiece.
Last but not least, act like I didn't need this faux woodgrain, mint in box, seventies' travel tumbler. I won't, because I couldn't live with it out for ninety nine cents. Ever since I lost my enormous coffee tankard somewhere in the stacks (how did it get lost?! Will it return to me again some day?!), I have been drinking out of un-lidded coffee mugs, and those things are brutal for early morning car rides, sloshing all over the place. This is a means to an end, and a snazzy one to boot!
So! What did you guys get this weekend? Any crazy vintage scores at the estate sales? I've noticed the season has picked up considerably since a couple weeks ago, so there's bound to be good picking out there for all you fellow tag-sale-ites. I still have the dress-a-palooza of this last weekend to tell you about, but it'll have to wait until tomorrow (or whenever I get around to taking pictures of it all!). Have a great Monday (even if it is Monday), and I'll see you tomorrow! Til then.