Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Nifty Thrifty Gift

I haven't done much gifting on this blog, but I think it would be fun to start a more regular thing of it. Let's make a goal of once a month, which frees me a bit from my self-imposed reduction of thrifting.  One caveat: I don't always find treasures worthy of passing along, so don't hate me if I don't keep a tight schedule.

I took a few hours off the other day and even though I'm trying to limit my thrifting, it is one thing I find completely relaxing. Since I hadn't made time to scope out the latest iteration (they are always monkeying with the model) of my favorite last-call thrift store, it seemed like a good time. I guess it was a bit of a working holiday.


I'm not sure how I feel about this new version of the store. Replacing two giant facilities, this one is certainly no match from a square footage standpoint. It's now located in an odd business park-y part of town that I had no idea even existed and at around 4:30 on Friday--which is a pretty odd time to be thrifting--the place was packed. Apparently the new location is not a problem for any of the regulars. I haven't really digested and analyzed how I feel about all the newness yet, but certainly it's not dingy enough for my tastes. Seems like everything is getting gussied up these days. I guess I was kinda hoping thrift stores could stay out of the fray.
Maybe my negative attitude about the "improved" nature of the place affected my findy juju that day, but I didn't really happen upon much. I did, however, score one thing I couldn't pass up--this lovely vintage set of giant alphabet cards. Buried under a bunch of stuff, I could just make out about an inch of one corner. It had that perfect vintage box patina which insisted I excavate. I have to say, I was pretty surprised it hadn't been snatched up already--especially once I figured out that all 26 beautifully illustrated cards were inside and in fine condition.
I am so smitten with the illustrations, but I've had it for about a week now and just know I'm not going to do anything with it that's worthy of it's vintage awesomeness. Today it occurred to me to just be the conduit that delivers it to it's rightful owner. Is that you? A friend of yours? Your kid's Kindergarten teacher? Leave a comment here (make sure I have a way to email you) and I'll pick a random winner some time next week.

20 comments:

danielle said...

I am always looking for fun things to frame. I think putting some of these in our kitchen would be super cute. it'd also be cute to spell out a kid's name with framed cards. great find!

Jody said...

These are amazing! And they'd look perrrrfect in our kitchen. Love it!

Lynell said...

Oh, these are fabulous! I can definitely see framing them. They're also make excellent collage material. Great find!

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

oh these are lovely- I would love to frame some sets for the monkeys room or other apropos places.
Please count me in!
Renladyofthearts@gmail.com

Kaila said...

Christine, these are lovely & intriguing! Count me in! Lately I've been trying to find the zen, too, of letting go of things that--despite their coolness or beauty or whatever--I just know are not going to get anywhere with me. It's nice to find that person that the object will work for.

Pirate Pig said...

Hello notebooks! Those look awesomely vintage.

Suzanne said...

What a great find. I love both sides and they'd make for great mixed media art and book covers. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Elena said...

Great find, Christine!

MaxAngell said...

Hi Christine -
I would love to use these to teach our 2 year old the alphabet - and teach her that old things aren't always bad!
Max
mangell@yahoo.com

sdekat said...

What a great find! I would hang them in my studio with clips and twine. But I could also see these hanging in my niece's room if I felt generous.

-Shannon

Janelle said...

My daughter is senior elementary education major at UT. She would love these cards!

Naomi said...

These are charming! I would frame them and put them in the guest room along with my Playskool toys and board game collections. They'd feel right at home!

Naomi
brunettepet@gmail.com

tina lewis said...

You should also scan the images for other projects!!!

Nancy Glass said...

Fabulous! I think they'd be great in collages, but I'd also be tempted to keep them with my alphabet books/cards. For years I've been collecting alphabet books and cards from around the world (mainly in hopes that I'd be able to use them in my classroom someday). Still have the collection, but no classroom yet. They are quite the find. Thanks for doing this.

adaptive reuse said...

I'm so excited that so many of you are interested in the set. I'll probably wait til Monday (4/4) for any laggards and then have one of my kids draw a name from the hat. Thanks for joining in the fun!

Lauren Shaw said...

I would love to use these as a design in my classroom! I'm a high school English teacher. My sister could use them more practically as an elementary teacher, but either way, we would totally frame and use these awesome vintage "art"ifacts!

carolmerrill said...

Oh this is fun. I feel a kindred spirit. Sometimes I buy similar treasures just because it's too good to pass up. My husband doesn't understand. If you were to draw my name, this would most probably go with me to a birthday party for this adorable young couple that have invited me to share in their excitement of their daughter's first birthday!

Tap Wonder said...

I work at an elementary school in east Austin. The children are fascinated by books from the 60's, such as the Dick and Jane books. These cards could be used for alphabet recognition AND vocabulary development. We can put them to good use. Hope I win!

Margaux Lange said...

Those are indeed a lovely find!! We're expecting our first baby in August and I know just what I'd do with them in the baby's room!

I miss the good old days of my favorite thrift stores… when treasures could be found on every trip. Not to sound too cynical, but now a days it's rarely worth the trip (at the thrift stores I frequent anyway) sigh…

You are the queen of thrifting however, and always manage to unearth treasures (including Barbies for me of course! ;-)

margauxlange[at]gmail.com

adaptive reuse said...

It's official. My 5 year old picked Carol Merrill's name from the tin. Carol, let me know where to send it. (christine AT adaptivereuserdotcom) For all those folks who missed out this time--fear not. I just found the next nifty thrifty gift today. I almost can't wait to post it.