Thursday, March 14, 2013

A Thrifting I will go

I'm off on a little thrifting, bargain hunting and antique weekend.  Today was so windy, it was hard getting around but I had a very nice surprise when I got to the hotel.  The hubby booked me into an executive suite. I knew he did, said I needed it but it was still a nice surprise because it is better than I thought it would be!

I didn't get much today, so I'll have to share stories or something!  The first place I stopped, I only spent $2.00 plus tax.  This is my all time favorite place to go and it's disappointing when I don't find tons of stuff.  I did find this lavender soap dish though and have to do research on it to see how old it is.  It is such a beautiful color but I wonder if anyone can use it:
 It's a wall mount soap dish, can you image having a purple bathroom?  It really is pretty.  There's no markings on it so I don't know who made it.
I'm going to save the second item for last because there's a story behind it.  :o)

At the next stop, only one item.  A vintage Kodak light bar!  The sockets and handle are Bakelite and I had a gift card.  :o)
Did I tell you my room has an electric fireplace?
My next stop again, only one item but it's a beauty!  LOLOL!  Yep, of course, it's a paint by number for a total of $1.59!  It's called Fluffy Kittens:
Did I tell you there's a hot tub in my room?
And the last stop yielded me 3 mugs.  Now, late last year, we purchased a new Corelle set called Squared.  I bought the pieces open stock because the mugs were boring and I really didn't need anymore mugs but I have since gotten a mini-Keurig coffee maker and now I need larger mugs!  This is the set I bought:
The mugs I found today are by Corelle but called Chocolate Mint and are similar to this pattern.  They don't have to match exactly since I don't serve coffee with the meal but save it for later with dessert (bought with a gift card again):
They all remind me of my funky living room chairs!

Now, for several years now, I've been searching for this stuff I used to play with when I was a kid.  I have no idea why it was on my mind so much, but I really wanted to know more about it.  I just couldn't remember the name of it.  I thought dipsy doodle, dipsy something or other, kept doing searches all over the place and could never find it.  I could remember the Creepy Crawlers we used to play with all the time but not this stuff I used to make flowers.  Every time, parts would pop into my head and I'd do another search but never found anything.

Image my utter shock when I came across this!!!
That's it!!!!  Whimsy Dip!  OMG, I used to spend hours upon hours making flower petals during the evenings (even as a kid, I had no life)!  Then, it had to sit so the next day, I would rush home from school to finish my flowers.  I wonder if the cans of dip are still good!  Best part, it was only $1.00 so I was one happy camper.
You shape the wire as a petal, dip it into the latex film and let it sit.  Apparently, it was pulled off the market for toxic substances.  That explains a lot, huh?  LOL!  Well, now that I know what it is, I researched it and you can still purchase the dip, under a different name now and still make flowers and things for hours upon hours!  This includes a booklet of patterns such as butterflies, balloons and much, much more!  But wait, there's more!  The flower centers are still in the box!  I just love this, something I have been remembering from my childhood and here it is!

I just know when I tell my Mom about this, her eyes are going to roll back into her head!

Did I tell you, two TV sets and a super huge bed?  A living room area, a kitchenette area?  I'm never leaving.


VintageVendor said...

OMG Karen. You had a great thrifting day from where I sit. AND your room is to die for. I think I would stay in there and work on making flowers. Who could ask for anything more?

Runs With Scissors said...

LOLOL, I never thought about getting the stuff out and making flowers! That's too funny!

Jennie said...

The whole adventure sounds like heaven to me! Extra points to hubs for the fabulous room :)