I've been having a run of great luck at Goodwill lately. I also donate frequently. My Goodwill has a frequent donor card: donate four times and receive a percentage off on your next purchase.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
The vintage picture you see here was give to me by my mother-in-law. It is beautifully sentimental and worth blowing up for a closer look. The lace dress is from Goodwill. The "plant stand" is a vintage wooden high chair. The plate, magnolia saucer, and little acorn salt and pepper shakers were both picked up at Goodwill yesterday. The bird in the plant is from the Dollar Store. Please note that we do not use the door pictured. It is a leftover from the time when my house was a two family. We have a front and a back door which we use instead. The square tin holder for flowers came from Goodwill. All I did was paint it white. It reminds me of antique ceiling tiles you sometimes see in old buildings.
Posted by JPG at 8:44 PM
Sunday, July 18, 2010
An Altar in the World
by Barbara Brown Taylor
Cleaning refrigerators and toilets helps you connect with the food cycle at both ends. Making beds reminds you that life-giving activities do not take up much space. Hanging laundry on the line offers you a chance to fly prayer flags disguised as bath towels and underwear. If all life is holy, then anything that sustains life has holy dimensions too. The difference between washing windows and resting in God can be a simple decision: choose the work, and it becomes your spiritual practice. Spraying the vinegar and water on the pains, you baptize the glass. Rubbing away the film, ye repent ye of your sins. Polishing the glass, you let in the light. No task is too menial to serve as a path. If you are able to sustain other lives along with your own, then all the better.
Posted by JPG at 9:28 PM
Thursday, July 15, 2010
In the pic above, the darling Battenberg lace dress and child's hat from the fifites were under $5 together. The ceramic birds were from Goodwill and The Dollar Store. I took the picture in sepia tones. I love how it turned out.
I've hung adult clothes on vintage wooden or satin lingerie hangers that I pick up cheaply at thrift stores. I hang the bigger garments on the rod, right on top of the curtain with some pretty spectacular results. These lovely old dresses or nighties that I pick up cheaply (my rule is that they must be under $5) look casually stunning hung over a bedroom door from the top, with some coordinating old costume jewelry hanging with them. It is easy to find things which coordinate with any color scheme. I like to imagine that the pink and white bed jacket with roses and white nighties were left hanging on my bedroom door by a fomer resident of 256 Constitution Avenue, taking me right back to the 1940's.
Simple,white baby clothes look lovely tea-dyed, starched, and hung against old windows resuced from the street and used for display. Finally, I like those wooden accordian-type hanging affairs that you might see in a kitchen or laundry room for display. You know the kind that you find at garage sales and thrift stores. I spray paint them white and hang starched baby clothes, and even battered baby shoes, from the posts, along with charming flowered vintage plates, and hydrangea bouquets from the front yard. You can created a unique, personalized display for a very small price.
Posted by JPG at 6:15 PM