Thrifting About

Monday, February 18, 2013









It was true, we did get a 60 degree day on friday and I think it was exactly what was needed. It was a perfect almost-spring day and honestly after be holed up in my house for the last few weeks I think anything much warmer may have been a shock to my system. It was just so lovely to get out with a sweater and light scarf to enjoy the mild day without my head tucked down to hide from the rain (true-blue portlanders never use an umbrella).

I am not much of a rain/cold adventurer and I tend not to visit my local shops much during the winter months, so I took the opportunity of the lovely day to walk up and down a couple of my favorite streets and visit a few local vintage and thrift shops. We have a variety of such shops here that range from the curated, with the best pieces of mid-century furniture, to the shops that are literally disorienting from walking through the mazes of items stacked upon items. I used to be a thrift store junkie in my younger years so I still enjoy meandering through thrift shops and I can't seem to get the fantasy out of my mind of finding an eames chair for $5.00. Unfortunately times have changed and that probably is not going to happen these days. But if I ever strike it rich I am pretty certain I will be considered an eccentric with a vast collection of paint-by-number paintings. I passed up several this weekend, I am afraid I would need to have a very large budget to have the home and the furnishings to house and surround them in a way that wouldn't make my home look like a thrift store itself. I don't know what it is about them but I just find them so charming.

I also stopped by a favorite little french bistro of mine for crepes which I had been avoiding since going gluten-free, afraid of the disappointment of no longer being able to eat there, but I was happy to find that they offer gluten-free crepes. So crepes for lunch it was! Portland is definitely the city to be in for any and all dietary needs. I ended the weekend by watching the last episode of Downton Abbey, that went so fast! How was your weekend?

13 comments:

  1. I am also a fan of downton abbey!
    I love the ambiance that you show in pictures, full of objects and inspiration
    A sweet memory of the past...

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  2. I'm craving crepes now. :) My weekend was lovely too, with friends coming over on Saturday evening and a play yesterday evening: All My Sons, it was very good.
    Ada

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    1. very nice! i haven't been to a play in too long! need to put that on my to-do list.

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  3. I was all good until you said "Downton" and then I spiralled into hysterics again. I just cannotttttt with that show. SIGH. Here's to a fabulous weekend of crepes (they're opening a crepe restaurant just a few blocks from me, yay!) and lots of wonderful thrifting. I wish we had thrift options like those! Did you buy anything fun?? I do love paint by number paintings, and after reading that article abut the missing Courbet painting, I'll definitely be keeping my eyes peeled in the future! xoxo

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    1. i know, i've woken up puffy-eyed after the last few weeks of downton. i spent a mere two-dollars on a little dish, so i didn't get much but these trips also reminds me that i am not missing out on that much when i don't go thrift shopping all the time and that is a worthy reminder too : ) glad i am not alone in love the paint-by-numbers xoxo

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  4. I do love a good thrift store, antique shop, or flea market. We have three pretty fantastic flea markets that happen every month in our parts - Santa Monica, Long Beach, and Pasadena (Rose Bowl) flea markets. Last year, we scored six Eames wire chairs at the Pasadena Flea Market. Now, they were no where near $5/piece, but I think we got a pretty good deal. So, your weekend seemed pretty perfect to me. The icing? Gluten free crepes!

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    1. oh my goodness, theresa! going to the rose bowl and picking up six eames chairs is pretty much my dream! while we do have some good thrift shops that are flea market-esque we have not one true flea market anywhere around here. dream, dream, dream. i will let you know if i ever make it to the rose bowl one and maybe you can show me the ropes : )

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  5. Gluten-free crepes? That's a win. Is it weird that I like savory crepes much more than sweet ones?

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    1. not at all. i always go for savory. though one of the bonuses of having children is that you order more food and i often get to steal a bite of their sweet ones.

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  6. You know what's sad/crazy? It was freezing here over the weekend (like 30 but feels like 16 with the wind chill kind of cold). And for some reason, I had your 60 degree forecast on my mind and I was really disappointed, like I expected that it would be 60 here as well (even though you are clear across the country). ANYWAYS, I'm glad one of us had 60 degrees and it sounds like it was well spent!

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    1. that is sad!! you guys have had quite the winter, hopefully you will get a nice spring and summer. i will cross my fingers!

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  7. We had a fairly mild weekend too, and of course there were hundreds of people out and about with t-shirts on! That set of green plates in the last picture caught my eye!

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