Monday, January 1, 2018

♪ ♪ ♪ Getting to Know You ♪ ♪ ♪

It's about time I started another blog. {You can find my old one at Rush's Art and Other Curiosities.} 

So, for the first few entries, you will learn a little about my thrift store attraction. I won't say obsession, because it isn't that intense. There are wonderful goodies to be found at the thrift store. Some are useful; others not so much so. I like a little bit of both.

In and near my little town in near-coastal southeastern North Carolina, we are fairly rich in thrift, consignment and antique stores. Most of them support some kind of cause. Some are small chains, I think, like the CIS (Community In Schools) thrift store. Others are part of a large chain, like the Habitat for Humanity ReStores, of which we have 2 close by. One thrift store in particular supports the citizens of my county. 

There are three consignment stores. One is mostly larger pieces of furniture, some household goods, jewelry and designer clothing, and the other two are a conglomeration of all kinds of items from jewelry to decor and household goods to a bit of furniture. 

The Fancy Flea and Fancy Flea II are mostly vintage and antique goods.

Those are basically what is close to me. If I go a bit further away, there are more delights to be seen and had. And, since we must always visit some kind of store while away from home, those will also be included. If that's the case, I will give some information about that area. 

So, here we go...

BINGO! (7/28/16)

I love Bingo cards, wood calling numbers and wood space holders especially if they're old. I think there is a full set and two partials of calling numbers and a nice stack of cards. I will probably use these in my art.

*** Family moment: When my grandchildren were visiting last summer, they really enjoyed playing Bingo. I was surprised. It was something we could all do together, and we had lots of fun in the evenings as they began to slow down.***

BOOKS! (7/28/16)

My wife, Katie, and I are avid readers. Correction: I'm avid, and she's voracious. Katie can read up to four books at once! She "reads" books from her phone, and others she reads in their physical form. She may have one book going in the bedroom and one in the living room. I don't know how she does it. All of these books in the stack above seem to belong to her. My goal for this year was to read 50 books, but I hit a slump, so I'm behind. I may hit about 38 or 39. We'll see.

The above entries are the more interesting items I obtained from the ReStore in Ocean Isle Beach.

Globe, Madonna, hat pin holder, domed display (8/19/16 - My birthday!)
I had been looking for a globe for our library for ages. This one was perfect, and the $10 price tag didn't hurt at all. It was way up on the shelf, and I had to summons help to see the price and decide if I wanted to pay that much. Most globes are much higher priced, some going into the 40s and 50s.

Katie collects Madonnas. I don't know the present count, because they are all packed away. We will place them in our bedroom when we get that room painted and decorated. 

The hat pin holder will go into what we call the "Sweet Room". It also needs to be painted and decorated. The domed display is almost ready for use in the library, which is painted, and most of the decor is in place.

I found all of these goodies at the Fancy Flea.

Happy New Year to everyone. Make this year count. You and I have some work to accomplish in the next 12 months. One of mine is to blog on a regular basis. I also want to journal. It's been a long time since I've done that, too. I think of more things to work on. Maybe you will, too.

From Bingo to books to globes...and everything in between...



29 comments:

  1. This is great! - I love thrift stores too. We don't seem to have the good stuff like you found though. Looking forward to more blogs! Happy New Year!

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    1. Heck...I'm always a little jealous of what other people find. Oh well... Thank you for being here.

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  2. Great first post Fonda! I love thrift stores too (as you already know!) and I collect Madonnas too, my collection is pure white ones like the one you found!

    Happy New Year!

    Tania

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    1. Hi Tania, out of all the Madonnas we have, I think only one is colored and the rest are all white. Thank you for stopping by. It means a lot to me.

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  3. So happy to see you back in Bloglandia. Love the treasures you found. Look forward to seeing more. Maybe you will goad me into blogging again.

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    1. Goad, goad, goad. I do miss your posts. They are so different from Instagram!

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    2. Yes, my writer's voice on Instagram is quite different from Distressed Donna. I have checked my camera and I need to dump photos, resize them and start blogging. Look out here I come.

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    3. I'm ready for you! Stay warm!

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  4. Fonda, I love the bingo games!That's something I never see at my local thrift stores! The globe is a great find too ;) Blessings, Cecilia @ My Thrift Store Addiction

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  5. Fonda, I love the bingo games!That's something I never see at my local thrift stores! The globe is a great find too ;) Blessings, Cecilia @ My Thrift Store Addiction

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    1. I'm really glad you stopped by, Cecilia!

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  6. If you want to see the photos larger, just click on them.

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  7. Nice start! I like the white-on-black. It is a change from “normal” and rests my eyes. I know this is not a popular opinion, so I understand if you change it.

    I hope this will also goad me into blogging again!

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    1. Consider yourself goaded! Goad, goad, goad!

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    2. Glad you like it, sweetheart!

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  8. Great job with your first post, Fonda!! So nice to learn more about you. I’m a huge fan of journaling and highly recommend it :) LOVE your white globe—I have a couple similar ones decorating my family room. Happy New Year to you and your family!

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    1. Thanks, Diana! I'm glad you stopped by!

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  9. Love the bingo cards. And I'm like Katie. I have 4 books going at any one time. I have an audiobook on cd in the car, audiobooks on my phone and one book on each of my kindles. :)

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    1. I'm lucky if I can keep track of ONE book! lol Thanks for stopping by.

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  10. Enjoyed your post, learning about you and family, and your sense of humor. I love several of the authors in your book pile and am always thrilled when I find another. Love scanning GW shelves for the Berkley Prime Crime Hand on the binding! I stick to one book at a time so I don't confuse plots! Never seen Bingo sets but found a MIB set of poker chips and cards (24.99 on eBay) for $2 at Salv Army yesterday; son has a man cave where they will fit in nicely!

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  11. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. There are plenty more where that came from. So far, at least. That pile of books belong to my wife, Katie. We have very different tastes in books. I don't think we have shared one yet. Katie just told me that we read only 1 adult book by Laurie King. We also both read "Katie Loves the Kittens". It's a child's book, but I would recommend it to everyone. It's sweet. I'm sure your son will appreciate the poker set. It's amazing the bargains that can be found! Thank you for stopping by!

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  12. You scored some great thrift store finds. I love the bingo cards and numbers! I hadn't actually thought about playing with family, but now that you mention it, it seems like something unique to play when the family's all together :)

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    1. Yes, I can't believe the grandkids were focused enough to play BINGO. I'll be using some of those cards and numbers in my art. Thank you for stopping by!

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  13. You have great taste! I would have bought all of it myself:) I also collect Madonnas as well. Oh, and globes, too! They're highly addictive! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Vintage Charm! xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

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    1. Thank you for stopping by. I hope you will again!

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  14. Fonda, good to see your new blog. I look forward to reading more. I think we like a lot of the same things. There is something special about Bingo cards and the wood markers. I always buy them if I find them.

    xo Dianne

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Dianne. I'm glad we share our very good taste!

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  15. When I saw your feature on Snickerdoodle this week, I thought, "how long has she had a blog and what rock was my head buried under???" Happy to see you've jumped back into the blogging world and sharing your loves and life, Fonda. My husband's like Katie - voracious reader, and reads on his phone (not a 'stuff' person, no books anymore, and always purged what he read in paper form if not from the library). I'm subscribed so I'll get updates as you post now. :)

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    1. Katie reads on her phone. She also has a book she's reading in the living room AND the bedroom. I don't know how she keeps it straight! We get rid of books as we read them, but they seem to get replenished once we visit the thrift store again!

      I'm sorry your head stayed under the rock, but I didn't know how exactly to get the word out. And, there's that problem with my comparing mine to others. "Comparison is the thief of joy." Also, I didn't remember who I told and who I didn't. I'm glad you're here now.

      Thank you for visiting, and I'm glad you subscribed.

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