On Saturday I took a drive up the Connecticut Shoreline to Mystic to see Luna's Sea. A puppet show created by my friend Polly Sonic. It was amazing, especially since most of the puppets were made of recycled and reclaimed materials. Truly, this show was one of the most creative things I've seen on stage in a long time.
The show was at 10 am, which left plenty of time to thrift my way back down the shore. It's interesting how themes will pop up during a day of thrifting. Saturdays Theme? Vintage things that are still useful in daily life.
My first stop was the Goodwill in Groton, CT where the first order of business was to drop off 3 large bags of books. Then while wandering the housewares I found one of my all time favorite things: Vintage Humidifier!
It was $8, a bit much and more than the original price, but so cool. I love the stripes.
I headed to New London to see if I could find any furniture for the Living Room. I had no luck there but did find a new Thrift Store. Homeward Bound Treasures was smart and set up a sandwich board on the sidewalk so I spotted it while driving. And what did I find? Another humidifier. Same brand, different model year.
This one didn't have a price other than the original price on the box and the 6.99 "James Price" sticker. When I brought it up to the counter, the lady working looked at the prices and said "Well, those are wrong! How about $3?" Sold.
The extras are what really sold this for me. Vintage bottles of inhalant! Instructions! And most important Vapo Clean Tablets!
Along with helpful instructions from the previous owner.
But the best part is this sticker on the top. Genius! I love a Vintage Humidifier, but I really love a snarky one. (And I say "Honestly." all the time, too.)
Other useful finds: A Kiwi horsehair shoe shine brush for $1 at the Groton Goodwill.
And this shoe stretcher for $2 at the Teen Challenge shop in Branford. It does not have the bunion pusher anymore, but it will still stretch shoes. We have a few of these at work of course, but I'm happy to have one in my size at home.
But the first thing I grabbed off the shelf at teen Challenge was this:
Oh yeah, that's a Holt Howard kitty string holder. In pretty decent condition, but not marked with Holt Howard. (There is only the faintest scrap of illegible sticker on the base.) I paid $5. Expensive for a thrift shop tchotchke? Sure, but this is worth waaaaay more than that online.