They're like garage sales without all the hassle. There is something about the experience of shopping, or rather browsing, the aisles of a thrift store that I enjoy. For me it's a cross between a treasure hunt and peeping in someone's medicine cabinet.
Nine times out of ten I don't buy anything. I have plenty of stuff to donate rather than accumulate, but every once in awhile I find kitchy stuff that I can't resist.
About a week ago I hit that 'one out of ten times'!
I was dragged (against my will) to a Deserett Industries store. (Deserett is a Mormon church thrift store in case you've never heard of them.) On this trip I found two items I couldn't resist. The first was a book w/a handsome guy on the cover who reminded me of a blond Ken doll from the 1970s. I immediately recogized it as Tom Netherton. If his name doesn't ring a bell, don't worry. I grew up with older parents so I have a savant-type knowledge of this kind of stuff. Tom Netherton is the tall perfect haired bariton singer from the Lawrence Welk show. My mom is a rabid fan to this day, so I picked this up for her. It's in great condition, a kind of religiousy life story read, and it came with 2 bonus features! The first surprise was it's an autographed copy and the second , I found two glamour shots of Mr Netherton which are also signed. How Kitchy! How cool!
The second bonus...and this little item was solely for yours truly, is the "Handy Stitch!"! I remember seeing these on TV when I was in highschool. It's a little hand held sewing maching, perfect for stitching hems and various craft projects! While I don't really have hems or craft projects I couldn't pass this up. It's brand new and it works! So if I ever do have a need.....I'm golden.
This was definitely the one out of ten times experience that keeps me returning to thrift stores.
How kitchy! How Cool!