Monday, November 24, 2008

taking stock of yet another holiday season down on de bayou

Its been a crazy week down on de bayou chers. We are surviving and looking forward to a successful holiday season- next year will be year 10! yes 10! in creative produ$tion down on de bayou, both Heather & I. I've been looking for something new to do besides my little shotgun houses which are going into year 7 and have come up with these little sewn goodies.So many leather and fabric scraps to use up and recreate. Let me know what you think...

Monday, November 17, 2008

Gretna Glass and Antiques Show

We were alerted by a savvy customer of ours that there was a glass and antiques show in Gretna this weekend. It was such a windy,blustery weekend that maybe all of their signage had been blown away? At any rate we headed down to check out what they had.

This lady was at the first booth on the end. She had on a great faux leopard coat. She also had tons of lace along with this wonderful sewing box.

She wasnt the only vendor who had lace. Piles everywhere- heaped on tables chairs, in vintage hampers and in items like this:

A wonderful hutch. We have enough hutches and such but this one was so cute it looked like it needed a good home (and someone to stop scraping the wonderful chippy finish off ...grrrr).

We stayed until we had spent our budget and it was time for lunch. Next time we'll get the news in advance so we can spread the word about the show.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

City Thrift - Tupelo's latest & greatest new thrift store

I've written about this shop several times and just cannot get enough of it. City Thrift opened in the Fall of 2007 to much acclaim in the Tupelo area. They have a few smaller stores but nothing like this which is more akin to a Value Village,Red White & Blue or a DAV in larger metropolitan areas. Fortunately, it s not far from the homestead so when we are there, it's time for City Thrift & this last visit was just as great as ever. We only had about 30 minutes, so we breezed in and spotted this rack of leather coats, all going for at least half off. I'm almost ashamed to admit that I was glad we had an SUV to drive away in.
We purchased enough vintage leather to outfit the cast of Saturday Night Fever and the Godfather combined.We also found some good silverplate for Mom (shh dont tell) and an array of vintage books. What is also great about this store is that they take donations. We had a nice load of fabric from my great grandmother's house that you couldnt use in a year of sundays. It was a great respite from family related stress.If you are in the Tupelo area you should not miss out on CITY THRIFT.They have 50cent Sundays too!

City Thrift
2605 W Main St
Tupelo, MS 38801
(662) 620-8190

City Thrift earns 3 trucks for great deals, vast selection & flexible hours

Friday, November 7, 2008

Salvation Army in Tupelo Mississippi

It was cool to check out the Salvation Army training center in downtown Tupelo, as I've been trying to catch it open for the past couple of years. They keep very limited hours and so getting in there builds the anticipation. Especially when you see on the board that everything is $1. At least all of the clothing.

Then you get inside. The clothes are pretty awful there. This is a sorting center so everything that really isnt sellable is on the floor. You will be greeted with rack after rack of sad clothing, really best suited for rag rugs or cleaning up spills. Completely not worth $1. Your best bet is to go upstairs and check out the furniture.

They had some cute vintage cabinets, vintage office chairs, old luggage, and quite a bit of old books and records perfect for collage. Otherwise drive right on by.

This store gets NO TRUCKS.Maybe a shovel is needed?
Salvation Army
527 Carnation St
Tupelo, MS 38804
(662) 842-9222‎

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Fall for Thrifting in Tupelo Mississippi

Went home to visit some family members recently and we had a little time to kill over in Tupelo.I visited three stores: Sanctuary Village Shoppe,Salvation Army and City Thrift.

It was a little dark inside for photos, but the Sanctuary Shoppe was surprisingly full of good deals including junk jewelry and old wedding dresses. There were two cute old cabinets as well but not quite affordable.

The good thing about these church shops is that they are usually even more affordable than a "chain" thrift store and their items are almost always in perfect condition.This location had furniture in gently used condition, and a wealth of clothes- not necessarily tons of vintage, but good used clothing for work and a few vintage pieces perfect for reworking. Also nice shoes & quality belts.

Sanctuary Village Shoppe
797 S Gloster St, Tupelo, MS 38801-4903
Phone: (662) 680-3834

This shop gets one truck for items in near perfect condition.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Good morning salvagistas. So excited today to be visiting the new Salvation Army Superstore on Jefferson Highway this afternoon. It has just reopened back up after Katrina as a store. For the past few years it has been used as a center to assist people with getting their lives back together after the storm. It's a strange feeling because we visited the store just a few days before katrina and have been totally missing it.

Moreover, we have a new GOODWILL SUPERSTORE that will be opening up on Tulane Avenue @ Jefferson Davis. Perhaps this will fill the aching hole left by the loss of Thrift City USA, possibly the best thrift store ever that was on Carrollton & Tulane.

Last, I am so excited about our planned Christmas trip to Arizona. We will take the southern route, hopefully dipping back down into hill country. If you have any good shops or areas to visit let me know!