September 15, 2014

Thrift Store Tape Update

Wow, my whole rant on thrift stores and their love of packing tape sure has hit a nerve with people.

I thought I'd give you an update.

When I went in to that thrift store a few days after I posted about my packing tape woes, the girl at the checkout who follows my blog (we normally chit chat when I'm checking out and she was always asking me "what are you buying that old thing for?" until I finally showed her my blog one day) asked me if I had bought the croquet set there.

When I said I had, she got on the intercom and called over the manager and a woman from the back room. At first I thought they were going to toss my little butt out the front door. But she explained to them what my issue was and then we all stood there and discussed tape.

Packing tape to be exact.

(This has to be one of the uglier photos I have ever posted)

And why it's bad. And evil. And should never be used again.

Seriously though, it was a real kumbaya moment.

I think we may have solved the tape issue in that store. One thrift store down, 14,579 to go.


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September 11, 2014

The Crabby Crabapple Owner

When last we spoke, I was showing you my apple vignette on my kitchen table.

All is not ap-peeling in the apple world though.

My "job" every week is to pick up all the crabapples before my husband mows that part of the yard. I hate this "job".

I use quotes because I've yet to see any "money" from this "job".

Now, I don't want you to think I'm a crabapple hater. I mean, the blooms in the spring are drop dead GORGEOUS.

Gorgeous crabapple blooms against a green chalkboard

September 7, 2014

A Fall Apple Vignette

Seems like I always have apples on my mind this time of year.

Fall apple vignette for the kitchen table via houseofhawthornes.com

A few years ago, I talked about how I cheated on my favorite Golden Delicious apples by using Gala apples for my front porch decor.

September 2, 2014

A Letter To All The Thrift Store Workers

Dear Thrift Store Worker:

Hi there!

You know I love you, right? I mean you make my thrifting dreams come true so very often. If it wasn't for you, I never would have found some of my greatest treasures. I would be without my cool typewriter collection, my vintage cameras and many many more great items.

Vintage croquet set - from my letter to thrift store workers via houseofhawthornes.com
My lovely croquet set.  Sigh.  

For the most part, you look out for me and my vintage-loving thrift store shopping friends. But, I gotta tell you something.

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