Today’s Prompt: Open a Book. Choose a book and open it to a random page and point to a phrase. Use that phrase to get you writing today. Free write for 15-20 without stopping.
I’m always reading. One book I’ve been reading on and off for a while is I Know What I Like (a visual autobiography by) Vincent Price. (one of the coolest people who ever lived!!! Just saying!!) I’ve had the book for a few years now, and normally I fly through books, but this book I’m savoring, and enjoying every morsel of it.
I just opened the book closed my eyes and pointed to a phrase…..
“The junk store still holds a ghastly fascination for me.”
I’ve always enjoyed shopping in thrift (or junk) stores. Yard sales were also a fascination for me. I would go with my friend and her mother to scour the neighborhoods for the best yard sales, my friend would begrudgingly go, I eagerly awaited the search for the newest treasure. Some days I may find nothing of interest. Normally I found at least a book I just had to have! Often I came away with treasures I just knew others would love and hold dear, often to be disappointed when they were less than impressed by my “used” gift.
As I got older I depended on the thrift store to supplement my wardrobe, and I loved it! No I couldn’t afford the fancy clothes many of the kids wore at the private school I went attended, I was lucky to get a few fundamental pieces, then I discovered thrift stores! Why would I pay $50 for a name brand sweater I could find for $2? Having used clothes never bothered me. I was picky about what I bought, and no one would have known if I didn’t tell them, but I bragged, and still do. Someone will complement me on an outfit and I’ll say, “I paid $12 for this whole outfit, including the shoes!! In high school it wasn’t cool, but in college….times changed.
I was an art student. I bought all my clothes from thrift stores, loved to create my own look! (wonder where that ability went?) I often bought old paintings and white washed them and painted over the old painting. Cheap canvas!! I found many things to use for art projects! For the artist, a thrift or junk store is a paradise. My furniture was mostly thrift store items. I loved them. A bright yellow half circle leather chair from the 1970’s – that was my favorite. I remember needing storage and an end table so I bought a bunch of old suitcases, cleaned them up, stored things in them, stacked them up and that was my table! I still think that was a cool table.
Ahhhh, I remember my roommate bought a mink coat for $10. It was such a wreak, and we were all a thither over the idea that someone would kill animals for a coat, but they had, and she felt that she was saving this poor pelt. What a mess. I don’t know what she ended up doing with it, I hope a good burial, but I’ll never forget that poor, poor mink coat we found.
I’ve found some gorgeous art books, I have a huge collection of old art books that have the prints in them. They are gorgeous.
Now, before we buy anything new we go to the thrift store first. I still buy a lot of my clothes used. Little house hold gadgets….
I have found that most thrift stores are not the treasure houses they used to be, it’s more “trendy” to shop in thrift stores now. I haven’t seen good used furniture in our local thrift stores in a long time, and when I do, the prices are way too high.
Still, I love to go on a treasure hunt in a junk or thrift store, I do not believe the fascination will ever die for me. (as long as I take an allergy pill first, whew the dust will get you!)
“Ummmmm, honey, think we can go thrift store shopping this weekend?”