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dear mae,

i’ve been thrifting! gosh i love it, the smell of mothballs and old, old perfumes, digging though piles, bins and racks.  nothing better, in my book.  except for maybe an estate sale.  this is what tom and i picked up this week from goodwill this week!

i picked out the bed sheet because it reminded me of rosmary’s baby, but i don’t think it’s going to go on my bed, it might make me some lovely curtains, or perhaps a sundress.  my pyrex collection is getting pretty out of hand, if there is such a thing, but i’ve moved on to straight corningware.  i found some crazy daisy bowls and teacups, as well as a couple random pyrex pieces.  when we went to the beach a few weeks ago i realized that i no longer have a thermos.  i used to have a terrific, huge, hot pink one, but i don’t know where it’s gone, so i replaced it with this chubby little yellow guy! i’ll be happy to have it in the wintertime i’m sure.

tom came across this fabulous map rolled up in the arts and crafts isle.  he bought it before he even knew that it was a map of portland.  i was pleased to see that it even includes our small town in the southern suburbs! tres cool! it’s covered in stickies with peoples names on them, perhaps friends of the previous owner.  it reminds me of the map we used to have of oakland county, but not quite as awesome, as this one doesn’t roll up and retract, but very awesome, none the less.  in total we spent less than $20, quite thrifty indeed!

❤ betty

p.s. i did make a dress and a curtain! see my next post!!

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dear mae,

on a recent trip to the goodwill, i found the cream of my pyrex crop. crazy daisy is my favorite pattern, because it’s the one that my mom had when i was growing up.  she passed down to me the largest and smallest bowls from the princess nesting set, and i use them daily.  the largest size is perfect for brownie mix, or a big summertime salad, and the smallest is the best little cereal bowl.   just recently i came across the missing two bowls from my set, sitting all lonely on the shelf at goodwill.  i almost cried when i spotted them,   sitting there in their olive 1970’s dreamy-ness.  ever since i adopted them into my collection they have spent more time on my coffee table full of chips, or on the counter holding bananas than on the shelf with the rest of their friends.

i’ve still got my eye’s peeled for the crazy daisy refrigerator dishes, but it seems there are some other collectors scouting my local thrifts, but little do they know, i’ve got an inside man!

<3, betty

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dearest mae,

every year for valentine’s day tom buys be a beautiful piece of vintage jewelry. a piece that i get to pick out, and then pretend to be surprised when he gifts it to me a few days later over a homemade lasagna and a bottle of cheep wine.  it’s really a beautiful system.  we have a similar process for christmas and birthdays, but my valentine is always special to me.  upon receiving a complement on any of these vintage treasures, i respond with “oh this? it’s a gift from my husband, he has great taste!”

he picked me after all right? i don’t care how anti-valentine’s day a girl may pretend to be, even a little something from her fella shows he cares.  just don’t get me chocolate, or a teddy bear, or lingerie, maybe you can get me roses, just make sure to get me something glittery too!!

extra <3s,

betty

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dear mae,

a few days ago, i was yearning for my home decor of the past, and like many a woe, i quick trip to the goodwill solved everything.   i picked up a couple more picture frames, and a new (old) lamp, and i’m just pleased as a peach.  it is for me, how you would feel after getting a great deal on a vintage dress, or a real hip pair of shoes.

i added a most classy playboy bunny circa 1965, and a clipping from mccalls march 1960 issue.  really adds a bit of pizazz.

another clipping from an old playboy. the caption reads, “yes, madam, i’m sure he’s in the bath.” oooh risqué!
i don’t know if this photo does this lamp justice, it is humongous! i felt really cool riding home on the bus with it in the seat beside me, humming the theme to i dream of jeanie.

if i were you, i might go to your local thrift and pick up some frames for all of those weird old ads you collect, they are way more dramatic framed in a group than thumbtacked to the wall.  sometimes i even keep the picture that came with the frame in it, as in that weird family portrait.

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dear mae,

when we moved into this apartment, the walls were bare, white and naked…. there was alas, not enough room in the taurus for all of the gorgeous art i had collected over years of garage sales, thrift shopping and amateur painting.  however, this does leave me an awesome opportunity to start from scratch.  so far we have acquired an embroidered clock, a weird old family portrait, and a promotional poster of a one, mr. richard nixon.  aside from that, i have hung some fabric on the wall as a tapestry/wall mural and a pile of lumber and picture frames ala anthroploige.  it seems like it might take me a dozen years to get my wall art to the museum state i had in detroit, but it sure is neat rummaging though stacks and piles of weird old portraits, cheesy landscapes and inspirational posters at my local thrift in search of something to complement my new home.

our old apartment, with our lovely furniture, and lovely, lovely arts.
a few new pieces, including a turkey in a suit clipped from a magazine and framed.

i’ll be sure to keep you updated as i add to my art wall, you know i won’t stop until it’s full, but then i will just move on to a bigger and better wall, i suppose!

❤ betty

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hey mae!

ever sinse we started this blog, i have wanted to write about my absurd obsession with pitchers.  it’s something about that spout, or that handle, or the widespread variety of shapes, colors, textures, and uses.  they scatter around my home, completing tasks, not limited to holding knitting needles, flowers, and paintbrushes, serving up lemonade and beergaritas, creaming coffees and just sitting around looking adorable.  most of them are vintage, but i don’t discriminate against the new either.  the blend of old and new, big and small, decorative and utilitarian, makes for a terrific and interesting display.  i think i somehow managed to gather all of them together, tomorrow i’ll find one that i missed.

mix and match coffee/tea service, with peices from dixie land flea market, leon and lulu, ‘half off’ and heather flechsig.
golden foiled coffee carafe makes a delightful martini pitcher! ‘half off,’ and my little brother
pitchers i use almost every day for lemonade and iced tea from garage sales, crate and barrel, ‘half off’ and gramma
non vintage pieces that still hold their own against antiques, from crate and barrel, mae and gramma

even a glass of water is classy when poured from a beautiful vessel full of ice and sliced lemons!

❤ betty

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