Thursday, October 28, 2010

Meet Eccentric Thrifter, A Special ESN Member

The Eccentric Thrifter, Ramblings of a Thrift Store Connoisseur is a blog full of informative and hilarious ramblings of a wonderful and dear friend, Linda.  As an admin of ESN, she is affectionately known as Wolfie to the members of the eCrater Stores Network.

Both Linda and her hubby love to go thrifting and some of their adventures - well, you just need to check out her blog to see what they are up to now.

Not too long ago she wrote a blog about "My Little Italian Guy"  Her story was so funny, I was laughing out loud.  To top it off, I was at work and how do you explain yourself to your co-workers?  Here, let the Eccentric Thrifter tell you herself:  "This little cutie so absolutely so cool, I couldn’t leave him behind if I’d wanted to.  Actually I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw him in a thrift store. To me, he is the spitting image of one of my daughters’ former boyfriend.  So I bought Italian Guy, thinking my daughter would think this was one of the best Christmas presents ever. Gosh! What do I know!? NO. Not funny. No, not accepted. So much for Christmas spirit."

Needless to say, Italian Guy is for sale in her eCrater store,  Eccentric Thrifter.  He is a cutie - a wooden 3D sign about 25 inches by 13 inches.  Love it!

Linda also has a passion (I call it obsession) for Wilton cake pans.  Here is one of Santa for the Christmas holidays.  She does have a lot of these great baking pans so you really need to check her store out.


She has so many great things in her store - you really need to check it out!  From knick-knacks, to crafting magazines, her own handmade hats and scarves, kitchenware and Hawaiian shirts, her store is filled with wonderful finds and treasures.  AND, don't forget to check out her blog Eccentric Thrifter   She will definitely brighten your day and bring a smile to your face!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Broken Cup

Going through my mother's things, we ran across a wrapped item in a box - felt kind of fragile.  We carefully unwrapped it and inside was a broken cup.  Just a plain white coffee cup that looked like millions of other restaurant-type cups.  Because of the other items in the box, we knew it had not been broken after it was packed.  At the time, my brother, sister and I thought this was pretty funny.  Our mother had wrapped it after it was broken - not able to throw it away.  Even though this cup wasn't worth anything and could not be fixed, that was just the way she was.  Even the most worthless object was special to her.

It's been over a year since we found that cup.  In my mind, I can see her wrapping that plain, white, broken coffee cup.  Gingerly, taking her time to make sure every piece of broken china was secure and carefully placing it in the box with some of her other pretties.

What did we do with the cup?  Well, after sharing some laughter and other memories, we carefully rewrapped the broken cup and place it back in the box to go through later.  I'm not sure that we will be able to throw that worthless, plain, white, broken coffee cup away.  Perhaps, we will leave that for the next generation.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Meet ESN Member, Bargain Express

It is obvious that Gale, the author of the Bargain Express blog, loves the hunt of finding vintage treasures. If she is not out going on treasure hunts, she is treasure hunting at her fellow eCrater friends' stores. With a heart as big as her home state of Texas, this lovely lady also crafts.

She loves to put together groups of her interesting finds in color themes. Check out her orange, purple and green collections. Her latest "All That Glitters Is Not Gold..." is a wonderful selection of interesting treasures.

Just an example of one of her great finds are these lovely

Montana Silversmith Scalloped Southwest Pierced Earrings

Check out her Blog for other wonderful tales and treasures!

Where Does The Time Go?

I do believe that I am slacking when it comes to blogging. It seems like spring was in the air and now, all of a sudden, Christmas will be here before you know it. Usually, I don't get into the Christmas spirit until Christmas day. But last weekend, I spent a few days in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, TN. Leaves were starting to turn and if you can ignore the snail-pace traffic, the Smoky Mountains are one of the most beautiful spots in the world in the Fall. One of my favorite shopping places is The Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge. If only I could decorate a tree like they exhibit in that store. Such beautiful trees from traditional to funky. Of course I had to purchase some more ornamemts - love beachy and feathery ornaments.

Hopefully, we will decorate before Christmas this year!