One of our favorite things to do is go thrift storing. Much like yard saleing, only less catch-as-catch-can, especially if you are after a particular item.
Today we went in search of a few things--a
cheap wedding gown and dress form/mannequin for our Halloween yard
display and bits of technology or mechanical devices for N. to take
apart. She has recently developed a fascination for digging into the
innards of machines, and if we don't provide her harmless subjects for
dissection, she's apt to find her own lying around the house. When we
advised her against this, she confidently declared, in her little,
piping 6 year old voice, "That's OK, I can put them back together and
fix them!" Oh, dear.
Unfortunately and a bit surprisingly,
today's trip didn't yield any victims. The stuff we found was mostly
irons, phones--boring, one-step, take-the-back-off-and-your-done stuff
like that. We were hoping to find something more mechanical with more
interesting bits, like an old clock. We did see one groovy '70's clock,
but it was priced well above today's budget.
But--! As J. was
digging through the used cameras he came across no less than 4 of them
that still had film in them. He was able to get the film out of two of
them, we plan on taking it in to get developed out of curiosity, then
submit anything worthwile to found.com.
He seems to think we'll find something creepy, I think it'll be more
along the lines of grandma's 80th birthday party or something.
also found a cool toy remote control cobra, minus the remote but we
think we can find one. If not he'll be a toy as-is, or fodder for the
child and her screwdriver. Another cool find was a Revere Ware copper
bottomed saucepan in great condition and a 1960's toy with Peter
Max-type graphics involving little spring loaded birds that ring metal
bells tuned to the musical scale. We also picked up one of those
inflatable mylar Hoverdisc toys for $1.99, them promptly took it home
and filled it with the last of the helium from last year's birthday
party. We had to take it to the park to play with it properly, as it
flew WILDY about with the slightest toss and floated quite well. :) As
we were leaving the park and driving down the street, we had to stop
and rescue a tiny, fuzzy headed starling nestling that was waddling
across the road. WAY too early to be out of the nest and no parents
around as nightime came on, so he's now residing in a birdcage in the
kitchen. He's our third baby bird rescue so far this year, the other
two (a sparrow and another starling) being released as soon as they were
big enough to manage on their own. We get these every year...
the wedding dresses were priced too high for thrift store aged, stained
and torn gowns...they are having a 50% off sale on Memorial Day so I
plan on picking one up then. Also, our town is having it's annual
city-wide yard sale this weekend, so we can tool around tomorrow and
check for wedding dresses and fodder for N.'s curiosity.
I'm dying to see what's on that film, though... :)