Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Good, Bad and the Ugly!

As you probably already know I love to scour garage sales, flea markets and thrift stores. Some times I bring home these things and display them so nicely and then it happens..... the doubt creeps in and I start to question myself! I begin to hear voices in my head......

Is this good?
Or is this so ugly that it's good?
Or is this just plain ugly?
Maybe it was never good and that's why it was in this garage sale in the first
place. So why am I now bringing this stuff into my home now?

Lately I've been on less of a junk kick and more of a retro kick. Here are a few of my new retro bits around my home. For some they're here to stay and others their days maybe numbered!
Some I have no doubt about, others I seriously question.
See if you can decipher which is which!

Everyone knows you have to put your coolest things into your glass cupboard,
I change this regularly.
Right now I have this silver retro canister set that I picked up for a buck,
an old Corningware "Cornflower" coffee perk (this actually makes really good coffee),
some blue Fireking mugs that I just found at the local thrift shop,
and my grandmother's old mixing bowl.

This is a picture of my Grandfather, he was at a carnival and that is a wooden painting of plane he posed behind for a photo.

A Brownie Hawkeye for $3!

OK, this is pretty new but it has a retro feel don't ya think?

This light fixture is from Pottery Barn Kids and it hangs above my kitchen table.
Again, I'm thinking retro!

This retro phone is probably the best purchase I made for our home and one of the thing I love most in our house. Maybe this sounds really silly, but I love the way it sounds when it rings, I love the really long cord that gets all tangled and twisted up while I walk around the kitchen.
And I also love the fact that it never gets lost,
I never have to look for it,
it never runs out of battery power,
and I never have to look at an ugly docking cradle on my kitchen counter.

I'm linking up to Donna's anything goes party!
Thanks for hosting Donna!


  1. I love all of it! That picture of your grandfather is fantastic!

  2. First, I have to say that I love the photo of your grandfather! So fun and cool and what a great memory. I love so many of your finds. I have a Corning cornflower perk pot, too, and they do make great coffee, plus they remind me of childhood and the smell of Saturday morning breakfast.

    I'm envious of your phone! I love the weight and heft of a "real" telephone. I also like being able to cradle it against my shoulder while I'm cooking supper.

    Great finds, Catherine!

    xoxo Gigi

  3. Ohhh Auntie Cath...I have the same doubts when I come across really great wardrobe steals when Im thrifting. I'm learning now to be really selective and only buy something if the pattern, fit, and style are ALL perfect...not just one. Or else I get it home and think, "okay now I have to bring it to another thrift store because I'll clearly never wear this." Haha. Trial and error right?

  4. Hello from Ontario. Love your 'retro' stuff, especially your phone. I became a follower.

  5. I really like that phone as well and I love the picture of your grandfather. Such a great pose! I love it when family photos have an artistic quality as well as sentimental.


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