Summertime, and the Thriftin’s Easy

3 Aug

What do you do when some of your best friends come into town for a visit? Same thing you always did together – thrifting! Today I’m showcasing the  Thrift Store Gore but I also had some pretty sweet scores, too, including this find here.

Just to recap, this is the Little Big Thrifting Pyramid. Most of the stuff you find while thrifting is unremarkable, while a much smaller portion of that is stuff that is awesome, and an even smaller percentage of that is what I call Thrift Store Gore.

First up, our Goodwill has an agreement with our local Target to take some of their unsold merch off their hands, so there is always a small section of brand new goods in the store. Including this device which had a long and complicated name only Scott can remember, but which we referred to as “The Grab ‘n Grab.” Here’s Scott Grab ‘n Grabbing me.

I was of course saying, “Hey Scott! Stop ‘n Stop!”

As it happens often, pictures are donated to thrift stores with the original family photos still in them.  When Angela held this up Scott said, “I have been looking all over for a picture of that lady!”

We found this. I think that’s all I have to say on the matter.

We decided this shirt must be business casual for Hooters.

"Just looking for honey LOL"

I got the distinct feeling I was being watched while thrifting.

What I love about this 80s mug is that someone waited all this time, for maybe thirty years, before they decided it was time to let go. Which I can understand. This mug looks like Max Headroom himself wished you a Happy Birthday.

"I think the baby jesus is faaaaaabulous!"

This is the sassiest camel sculpture ever. I can only imagine awesome nativity scene this came from. Most fashionable holy family ever.

"That's the last time I drink Leprechaun Car Bombs."

I don’t know about you, but count me out of the sort of hangover that makes you lose an eye.

Stef found some pretty epic Jazzercise and fauxzzercise records. The 80s was a weird time. A time when you worked out to albums.

Look at this sweet dinosaur tuxedo vest. It was toddler-sized. If only I had a son!

Donated by The Most Interesting Toddler In The World.

The photo below is notable for two reasons: one, it’s like whomever made the horse decided it had two butts and attached the hair accordingly, and two, damn, that is probably the second best photobomb of all time. Good work, manic pumpkin!

(The best photobomb of all time, of course, is found here.)

"I don't have a shirt awesome enough to wear with these pants."

These pants had lobsters embroidered all over them. Lobsters. As everyone knows, lobsters never go out of style. You can wear them past labor day even though they are white because they have lobsters on them, and the Queen herself would approve. Which Queen, you ask? Any queen. Ever. Anywhere. Because, you guys, lobster pants.

Oh, I should mention that while thrifting we found this book, which pretty much proves time travel exists. It talked about how everyone rides in rockets and how we all enjoy space travel. Clearly, a time-traveling Sam Clemens was reading it when he accidentally left it on a bus somewhere. I’ve been trying to get in touch with Art Bell about this but it’s really hard to talk on the phone while wearing my tinfoil hat.

"Yay, Armegeddon!"

Stef found this book especially for Jake. I think she secretly regrets not buying it for herself.

"Just ate all the sugarplum fairies LOL"

And I’m ending this trip with something straight out of  music’s newest sensation: Tchaikovsky’s The Zombie Nutcracker Suite. Merry Early Zombie Christmas!


18 Responses to “Summertime, and the Thriftin’s Easy”

  1. Windsor Grace August 3, 2011 at 6:38 am #

    Only you can make a thrifting trip this entertaining. Seriously. And, this guy in my class at school wears lobster pants. He is well into his 20’s….I know.

    • LittleBig August 3, 2011 at 7:38 am #

      I’m just going to assume he’s a hipster.

  2. Dizzy Goddesski August 3, 2011 at 7:03 am #

    There’s no caption, so I’m not sure what your thoughts are on its appeal or, alternately, its comedic value, but I have an exact match to that mirror in the first pic. I can’t remember where I got it, but it was definitely a secondhand purchase. I have a thing for mirrors.

    I just thought I would share, bc I’m proud and/or embarrassed to have something that was featured in this post.

    • LittleBig August 3, 2011 at 7:37 am #

      I actually love that mirror! I would have totally bought it if I didn’t already have a thrifted mirror for Isobel’s big girl room. I just featured the pic here because you can see both me and Scott in the photo. Also you can see how much taller Scott is than me.

      • Stella August 7, 2011 at 3:44 am #

        I would have bought that mirror in a heartbeat…even though I have no place to put it. ::sighs wistfully::

  3. Erika August 3, 2011 at 7:16 am #

    I’m pretty sure I had those lobster pants. Or pants very similar.

  4. Amy @ babybabylemon August 3, 2011 at 7:58 am #

    Now that you threw the zombie nutcracker out in to the universe, I wonder if it would happen. It strangely makes perfect sense. Clara gets bit, has fever dreams, gross rats and weird dancing and everything. Would open up an entirely new genre of film: holiday horror.

    • LittleBig August 5, 2011 at 6:17 pm #

      I’m pretty sure you’re a genius.

  5. K August 3, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    Oh my sweet heavens, that post made me laugh–especially the photobombing pumpkin. And you know that camel is all, “Guurrrllll, let me tell you. Mary, you are lookin’ FIERCE after just havin’ a baby in some hay.”

    Also, I think if Ezra ever bore witness to that dinosaur vest–he would never wear anything else.

    • LittleBig August 5, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

      I should see if it’s still there and send it to you.

  6. Nadja August 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    When I was in high school I was so flat-chested I was on the verge of being concave. I use to wear Hooters tank tops all the time because I thought I was hilarious. I woulda been OWNIN that tank top.

  7. Pookie Bear Jones August 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    I want that camel.
    And the zombie nutcracker guy! 😀

    ONLY 10 more months to my birthday!

    P.S. Our kristin and I are talking TERRARIUMS. We’re shaking angry fists at you.

    • LittleBig August 5, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

      You must show me photos of the results!

  8. Sara August 3, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

    That camel is made by Fontanini. My mom has like the eeeeentire nativity set….with dogs, cats, ducks, people loitering around, etc. (She still puts it out too. And my brother and I move random ones around to see if she’ll notice.) They were fairly expensive at the time too (early 80’s). I’m pretty sure she has that camel, but I would totally buy it for her, just so she could have awkward camel TWINS.

    • Sara August 3, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

      PS–go buy it for me and I promise to take photos of it IN action come next Xmas! lol… 😛

      • LittleBig August 5, 2011 at 6:19 pm #

        I would totally do that, but I took these photos a month and a half ago, so I doubt our camel friend is still there. I’ll keep a lookout, though!

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