A sad day my friends…
I was doing my rounds, market, post office, bank.
Then, as usual after all the errands, I pulled into the lot.
Odd, plenty of parking spaces…
Feeling lucky, I jumped out & pulled on the door handle – it pulled back.
Locked? I went around front.
Empty windows – no sign, no note, no good bye.
My local thrift shop closed it’s doors under the cover of night. No warning, no farewell, not even a $1 a bag sale.
I was dazed, confused & sad. This wonky shop with its distinct odor, tattooed staff & the best finds ever had simply vanished.
Having picked through yards sales, garage sales, estate sales, jumble sales (U.K.), rummage sales, white elephant sales, Brimfield Market, Jones Market, The Rose Bowl Flea, and the list goes on from NY to California, I know I good vintage source when I find one. Such was the case with my local thrift.
Trolling through the dusty aisles filled my need to hunt. I fancy the idea of being a farmer, but I think in a past life I must have been a hunter. Now I hungrily prowl for ironstone, tarnished silver, chairs, painted trays, old books…and again, the list goes on…
I’ll miss not only the finds, but the people. Ivan, my favorite employee, who always wanted to know what I was going to do with my purchases & loved every idea. So supportive!
I’ll miss the other ‘regulars’, like the woman who I followed around for an almost an hour one day until she put down the pile of platters she was carrying. I wanted them & was willing to wait her out.
Once she put them down & walked a sufficient distance away I pick them up. She looked back, I hesitated, we started talking. She said she was ‘mid-century’ anyway & had them in her arms for a friend. I pretty much told her I needed them more than her friend.
We’d see each other there often after that. Even though I promised I was not mid century, I think she was a bit wary of me – I was pretty bold with those platters.
Such a bummer! Are you seeing all the great stuff I got there? Well, guess I am glad it was there at all.
Off in search of a new hunting ground…
What’s your favorite source for vintage treasurers?
** Kelly **
p.s. I get it if you don’t want to share.