I've been on a colorful streak when it comes to thrift finds.. possibly an effect from our very long winter & wait for spring. Since sharing is half the fun, here are a few of them:
I found this Minnesota poster for a few dollars. The print itself (18" x 24") is marked Jane Peters 1981 (almost as old as me), printed on quality matte finish poster paper & in excellent condition.
Bonus: When I removed it from the cheap frame, the kids were excited to find a Disney Epcot Center poster behind it dated 1982. I don't care much for Disney characters, but this one is a purple reptilian creature holding a pot of gold with a rainbow springing out of it. Lilly likes it, and can do what she pleases with it.
I'm just thrilled with my Minnesota print.
I've picked up a couple of cute throw pillows in bright hues for 99¢.
They're at home in Lilly's room on her pink chair (which was thrifted for under $10.)
They compliment her Legos nicely. ☺
For 49¢ I couldn't pass up Roy Lichtensteins's ABC book.
Lichtensteins's paintings are filled with brilliant color, dots, and stripes - his is one of the most identifiable in all contemporary art. The alphabet letters & fonts alone are just dreamy.
There are 55 pages of color illustrations in this book. If I had the nerve to cut into it, I think they'd be fantastic framed. (Which was actually why I bought it.. The letters are begging to be hung as monograms on the wall.) The ink is incredible.
"Art books are usually printed in a combination of standard colors. Here, however, we have matched the colors to actual paint chips from Lichtenstein's palette. Thus, red, blue, yellow, green, and black as they appar on the page duplicate as closely as possible the colors found in the original art."
After all that, I feel like I should have taken a photo of some of the pages.
Oh well, maybe they'll end up in some future project to show.
Next up: a vintage yellow task lamp. It was under $5, and I love it. The only tiny marking I can find says Underwriters Laboratories Portable Lamp. (UL approval sticker.) Lamps like this one appear to bring in good prices on Etsy. I'll be keeping mine.
I'm a sucker for books and got The Nature of Life (in blue) in exchange for some books I no longer wanted at a local resource made for such.
You may know that we don't have television in our home (and LOVE it.) And we read a lot.
We read all these old books that everyone seems to discard. Particularly exploring, discovery, nature & history books.
I wanted to save this last one to post with a 50's silk dress I picked up (and haven't yet photographed).. but the dots go so perfectly with Lichtenstein, so I'll share now.
It's a vintage handbag, probably from the 50's. The tag inside is stamped "Caviar Beadette by Lumured Made in USA" with patent number. I've searched and found purses in the coordinating color, but none in the same style, nor in as good of shape. This one is missing not a single bead.
I'm not much of a hand bag person, but I thought this was absolutely adorable.
I splurged and spent $6 on it at Goodwill. (A fraction of what my investigation found similar Lumured handbags selling for.. looks like these mid-century gems bring in a pretty penny.)
I don't know when I'll use it, but someday there will be just the right occasion.
I have to talk myself into being a little bit impractical once in a while!
That's all for now.
How about you? Any fun thrift finds lately?
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