Mamie & Ike with lipstick, or thrift store joy

Some days when the weight of the world is on my shoulders (nothing serious; just minor weight), there’s nothing to do but sing, “Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens… when the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad… I simply remember my favorite things and then I don’t feel so bad.”

I have a computer file with a list of several hundred of my favorite things in the world, and it’s fun to drag out some times. I’m perusing it, and “Aunt Bee and Opie’s Relationship” and “Forgiveness” and “Radio Preachers’ Voices” and “Banana Pudding” jump out at me today.

But I also have some favorite possessions that make me happy, and most of them have come from my favorite thrift store.

Sunday we had a SPACIOUS event at Unique Thrift Store, a great place in Wheaton, Maryland. We bought gifts for someone we’d just met and interviewed. It’s probably my favorite event we’ve created, now in its third incarnation.

So in the spirit of celebrating thrift stores, I want to share a few of “my favorite things,” items that make me happy just to look at!

I got this for $1.24 with tax. And I think anyone would agree with its message: “Never explain at the table why certain foods do not agree with you.”

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And here is my favorite “Leave it to Beaver” platter. I’m an obsessive fan of the show.

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And here is my “Mamie  & Ike Wearing Lipstick” (i.e. hand-colored lips) plate.

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Those are three treasures of mine. What are yours?

I guess this falls somewhere between “You had to be there” and “It doesn’t take much.”  But in this season when we’re all rushing around buying things, spending too much money, when the world is heavy and full of problems, thrift store purchases — as inconsequential as they are — help me to not feel so burdened anymore.

In fact, I’m feeling practically giddy at my good fortune in owning so many cool and useful serving pieces — surely handy for holiday entertaining.

2 thoughts on “Mamie & Ike with lipstick, or thrift store joy


  1. I do love thrift stores as much as you do! I mostly dislike (detest?) shopping, but there’s something about searching for an inexpensive treasure that frees me from all other stressors. Your event sounds so fun and very replicable!

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