Last weekend Molly
and I took a little day-trip to Cumberland MD. Our friend Jessee
had posted a photo on instagram
of some cake toppers she bought at a little craft supply shop in Cumberland. We decided to go and see what we could find, and maybe check out some antique shops in the area. Molly had been to the crafty supply shop before and remembered that a Hallmark in the same shopping plaza had cake toppers too.
First we went to Plaza Crafts and spent way too much time sifting through the bins. There is no order to anything, its such a hodge podge. Then the gal had to count everything to ring us up, and then we ventured over to the Hallmark…where we hit the mother load.
We knew we wanted to just buy them all, since they were beautiful old stock cake toppers. The bins were all different prices ranging from 10-18¢ per topper (at Plaza Crafts they were just 10¢ each) So we took the bins to the front and waited while the sales lady finished up with customers and then told her we would like to buy them all, and instead of counting them if she could give us a flat price. She told us to make an offer and we froze up, not quite sure what to say. Finally I blurted out $30 and the lady said “SOLD!” right away.
Once we got back to my house we sat sorting all the toppers and splitting them up. Molly is going to make all sorts of awesome things for her shop
, and plan of using mine for cakes & future crafternoons. In the end we ended up with over 800 cake toppers and about 20 spent each) I’ve not run across a lot of old stock items so it was quite the thrill!
I’ve been having a blast working on some sewing related fabrics for Spoonflower. These illustrations are a bit different from what I normally make, but again-really fun to work on none the less.
Since it’s been awhile since I shared any thrifted finds on here I thought I’d make a post. My sister and I have stopped the weekly thrift shopping for awhile because the stores were just having a lot of the same stuff. We still pop in now and again, but do not go every week like we used to. So the stuff you see here is from the last three months.
The top photo is most recent. Thomas and I took a trip up to Penn State to help Kurt pack up his dorm room, put most of it in storage up there, and bring him back home for the Summer. Since next year he will be in an apartment in State College this could be the last Summer we have him home. It’s really so strange to think about. The drive to State College is a little under three hours, so we made a stop when we saw a billboard for a big antique mall right off the highway. I found the bunka doll first and she was $15 but came with a doll stand. I justified buying her since I have never seen an actual bunka doll in real life, and they seem rather unusual to stumble upon here in the states. Then in another booth I found the kewpie doll for $3 and the bunny planter for $2. The whole booth was filled with items marked down really low. I am kicking myself for not buying the beautiful vintage umbrella quilt that was only $30. That one can live in my mental list of “ones that got away” along with the beautifully decorated metal tree stand covered in smiling snowmen. I had decided not to buy it at the time even though it was only fifty cents.
The set of doll dishes I bought on a day thrifting with my sister. It was the only thing I found that day, but totally worth the $5 it set me back.
The egg salt and pepper shakers were $2 and I found them the day Thomas and I went on an adventure.
The record and book were quite awhile ago, before Easter even-so I don’t remember the details, but they had to be cheap. I don’t like to pay more then $1 for books and $2 for records.
The next photo was from a really good day with my sister, again before Easter so I’m not sure about price details. Again I am cheap when it comes to cutesy knick-knacks so I am sure they could not of cost me too much.
And some final photos from the last couple months. More fun kids books, really cute atomic bowls, and a glass jar for iced coffee. I do remember the jar was only 25 cents because I figured you can buy them knew for about $1 so that was a wonderful price.
Besides buying up fun knew things I have done some cleaning out over the last 3 months. The first time I took 8 bags of goods to donate, and the last time I had ten. I like to think of it as a lovely cycle of always sending items off to be enjoyed by others, but still being able to find cute things to bring home.
Every December I try and make a mixed cd of Christmas songs to give out if we have a Christmas party, or Crafternoon. This year I just didn’t have time to get one done for Crafternoon, but then had an idea that I would mail them out with our Christmas cards instead. I found some really big Christmas cards at K-mart that should fit the cd mix inside perfectly.
Last night I sat down to finally make the cd sleeve, I scanned an old Christmas record that I really love, the colors and images are just perfect! Added my own text and a list of songs on the back. I always send my color copies to be printed at Staples on the laser printer, so I will be picking these up Monday morning. One more item off the long list ;)
One of my most favorite times of year!