Friday, November 9, 2012

Thrift Store Therapy----SQUIRRELS!


With a blog named "Tea With The Squirrels",  you might figure that I have a few squirrel items in my collection. And you would be right! Here are some junking gems I have acquired:



I took this guy home from the "Sons of Norway" garage sale. Its not a vintage piece, but it is charming nonetheless. Although I have always found nutcrackers just the tiniest bit menacing.........


This piece is vintage---and what a charmer. For 2 bucks I could hardly pass it up :)



I purchased this vintage pre-printed pillow pattern a couple of years ago on Etsy. Yes, a couple of years ago. Its my goal to get this guy sewn by the end of November!! 'Cause you gotta have goals and dreams, haha!


A vintage ceramic squirrel planter, yes!


I filled it with various dried mosses and lichens for a centerpiece.



And finally (for today, at least) here is a charming wooden squirrel. When I bought it I figured it was just a cute folk art carving. Well, turns out it has a utilitarian purpose. Sometimes, when you go thrift shopping, you are embarking on a puzzle, a mystery. Because sometimes you don't know what something is, you just like it and buy it. Or sometimes, you have no idea that it had an original purpose. The unknown history of this guy was solved when I found this:


Turns out they are both used to push and pull the hot racks in the oven! And I should have used it last week when I burned my arm on the oven rack while making pizza. Nothing like hearing your own flesh go "Ssssss".
Ouch!

Well, remember when you hear the phrase "retail therapy" you can bypass the mall and go to your local thrifts for some cheaper and far more interesting "therapy". And I would encourage you to patronize the various animal shelter thrift stores you may have in your area. Those are my favorites!

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