Monday, December 5, 2011

Lucky in thrift

From abandoned buildings to thrift stores full of cast-offs to interesting rocks I can't help but put in my pocket, I love pretty much anything that could be considered junk.  It's what I fill my home with, it's what I like to look at, it's who I'm friends with (just kidding, guys!) and it's where I like to go.  Robert Frost took the road less traveled; I like the road best avoided.  Just ask my road trip buddies (who are totally Not Junk!).

It's been almost a year since I started telling myself I was going to open an Etsy store, and thus allowed myself to start collecting vintage clothing - an itch I've always had, but mostly avoided scratching.  So now it's December, and I've amassed quite an inventory, and I've set up a store (Elsewhere Moon, in case you're wondering), but have yet to actually post any items to it.  For a lot of reasons, some of which are legitimate even.

And as it turns out, the clothing was but a gateway drug.  Allowing myself to spend all that time in thrift stores and estate sales and whatnot has inevitably led to feeding the junk-loving monster inside me other things.  Trinkets and toys, fantastic kitchen finds I couldn't pass up, things I'm sure I've spotted in antique shops and therefore must snatch before someone else does, and items so kitschy and kooky that if I don't take them home and love them, who will?

So I've started this blog for a few reasons:

1.  In hopes that posting about it will give me the kick in the pants necessary to figure out how to start selling some of the amazingly cool stuff I've accumulated.

2.  To share (read: show off) some of my finds and therefore relive the glory of the hunt.  :D

3. Because I've developed some blog-crushes, and want to be as cool as other folks who's collections and conquests I covet.

4.  Because it's getting cold outside, but it's nice and comfy here on these interwebs!

I know, I know it's not the first time I started a blog, but I'm too embarrassed to write in that other one, since it's been blank for so long (see the trend, here?).  But I can't let my all-idea-no-execution tendencies leave me with a house full of treasures, or I will end up on Hoarders one day.  You don't want that, do you?  So help me out.  Read here, comment here, suggest ideas, or, you know, let me know if you're interested in buying some vintage clothing or other cool stuff, yeah?  Cause Etsy intimidates me.  I'd rather just sell stuff to you guys (you know, the internet).  And if you know of any good thrifting spots I haven't yet found in the St Louis area, let me know!

And just to kick off the party, here are a couple of today's many awesome finds.  I promise to share more tomorrow, and to start taking decent pictures soon, but possibly not that soon:

A pretty (and soft) little bark cloth throw pillow.

A small pot with a fascinating repeating glaze pattern in shades of orange and brown.  I need to get more natural light on it.  The white spots above the little V shapes are actually sort of unglazed bumps, but the rest of what looks white is really more of a gray-green.  It's unmarked, so I don't have any clue on the who/when/why of it, but it's striking.

1 comment:

  1. Woohoo! I'm the first follower! I'm looking forward to seeing all your "junk" since I'm in the mood lately to get rid of most of mine. ha I'll just indulge in vicarious collecting of stuff. :) Love ya!