When you are scavenging the aisles of your favorite thrift, flea market or estate sale do you have a mission in mind? Do you have a specific set of needs or wants? Or is it all just hunting and gathering for a good price?
While it’s always nice to find a pleasant surprise, that certain something you never knew you’d want or even come across in your thrift travels, but it never hurts to have a list. Not just any list, mind you. THE list.
So here it is, my personal Thrift Wish List:
Johnny Cash’s original Sun Studio recordings would be just awesome to thrift. I’ve seen the LP in record stores, at record collectors’ prices. Not the same, though.
I could totally rock a pair of saddle shoes with little white socks. Too bad I have clown feet. No joke. I’m a size 11 wide, which makes shoe shopping a less than stellar experience. It also makes thrifting shoes in my size a distant possibility.
Still, secondhand saddle shoes…and while we’re at it, a pair of brown leather cowboy boots, definitely make The List.
Blythe. I love her. At 12” high, this dainty fashionista would be the star of many a photo shoot. I’d shamelessly parade her around cities and suburbs, modeling all of the teeny, tiny clothes I would make for her. Seemingly available exclusively in Asia, these little dolls retail at $80 and above, plus the cost of international shipping. I could just kick myself for not buying one in Tokyo when I had the chance. Maybe, just maybe, one will magically appear at a Goodwill someday.
This exact Royal typewriter would be the centerpiece of my desk. While it wouldn’t necessarily work for blogging, I would make a point to clang away all hours of the night, working on what could only be considered “my masterpiece.”
This, Mac Boook Pro, on the other hand, would greatly aid my efforts in the blogosphere. It would also mean that I could take my incredibly slow, uncooperative HP laptop to a field and smash it to bits with a baseball bat, Office Space style.
And of course, "An Assortment of Impossible Things to Likely Never Happen" wouldn’t be complete without somehow finding and by some fateful turn affording a VW Minibus. I can picture it perfectly: Sitting there at the side of the road, in all of its gleaming vintage glory…an aging hippy holding a sign that says, “Dirt cheap and all for you, Jackie Jardine.”
And just think of all the people I can take on road trips and of all the incredibly kitschy things we would find and comfortably fit inside. Sigh.
Well, there we have it, folks. The Thrift Wish List. Notice how the ridiculousness grew from album to automobile in just easy five moves?
Dare to dream, I guess.
What about my fellow thrifters out there...Do any of you have high thrift ambitions? What must-have items top your Thrift Wish List?
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