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What do Japanese China and Bluegrass have in common?

October 13, 2010

Yesterday was a good day.  Despite my less than awesome fall allergies, yesterday was a good day.  In the morning I went a thrifting.  I successfully talked myself out of a beautiful old wood desk because I don’t have room for it (and it was totally overpriced.)  I talked myself out of buying an awesome metal filing cabinet with drawers and shelves and cupboards because I don’t have room.  I talked myself out of buying any more fabric until I can use what I’ve got, and make some room on my shelves.  I even talked myself out of buying two more gorgeous old sewing machines, one complete with a full box of attachments and feet.  Again.  I don’t have room.  But I did have room for these.

noritake china

I came home only $7 the poorer, and happy with my finds.  And then I started suffering from buyers-leavers remorse.  This is a scientifically discovered and researched symptom where the sufferer starts feeling pangs of sadness for the things she didn’t bring home.  The things she decided to leave behind.  Close to the end of naptime, which I had spent chatting with a friend who helped me solve some serious Christmas present issues, I was checking my email.  And in a passing comment an online friend mentioned she had lost her thrifting mojo because she hadn’t seen anything good for weeks.  And that’s when I knew I had to go back.

bluegrass saucer

My morning adventure had turned up a few old sewing patterns, a cute pair of T-strap shoes for Creamie and the Japanese Noritake china bowl with the lid. But the problem was with these Pyrex Bluegrass saucers.  I happened upon a stack of 22 of them.  And immediately they all went into my cart.  They are in near mint condition, bright and shiny, and I really love the pattern.  It’s not quite blue, but not quite green enough to be turquoise.  (I’ll have to consult my box of 200 Crayons to get a more accurate color description.)  I loved them.  But what in the world would I do with 22 saucers.  Nothing.  So I put all but four back on the shelf and went home happy.  But as the afternoon wore on I started feeling anxious and nervous.  I was starting to feel as though I had left something important someplace where it was sure to fall into the wrong hands.  And so when Creamie woke up we went back to the thrift store.

stack of bluegrass

And I brought 18 more plates home. And now I have a stack of 22 Bluegrass saucers.  And what in the world will I do with them?  Nothing.  But the anxiety went away, and I was happy.  I also happened upon a matching mini pitcher to go with my Japanese bowl. So, to answer the question “What do Japanese China and Bluegrass have in common?”  When combined they produce an amazing cure for buyers-leavers remorse.  It’s been documented.

pumpkin spice eggnog

[ Pumpkin Spice Eggnog with a sprinkle of cinnamon.  Hello Delicious. ]

Still happy, after dinner we went to Ross to look at toddler snowpants and boots.  I decided to just look at their jeans.  Just to see.  I am in desperate need, but I hate trying on a million pairs of pants only to throw them all on the floor in frustration.  In all the racks I found one pair that looked promising.  One.  I took my one item to the dressing room and tried them on.  And it was love at first fit.  They were perfect.  It was a miracle.  Since when have you (men excluded) ever gone shopping for pants and come home with the one and only pair you tried on.  If you asked me yesterday the answer would have been zero.  And today it is “Just Once.”  Yes, yesterday was a good day.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. cherese permalink
    October 13, 2010 3:52 pm

    You always find the coolest things. . .where do you go thrifting at? Or is that a secret. I am just wondering because i never find anything good so maybe i am looking in the wrong places.

  2. October 13, 2010 4:05 pm


    I have a proposition for you —

    Should I come visit you this May, I will help you out with something to do with four of those bluegrass saucers.

    Deal? 😉

    I love them all.

    And I hate jeans shopping even more now than I did before. 😦 I am so impressed you found the first pair… and at Ross of all places!

  3. October 13, 2010 5:24 pm

    I think you should invite twenty of your closest friends over for pie, and put your saucers to use. 🙂 They’re beautiful.

  4. October 13, 2010 5:57 pm

    Wow, that is quite a feat with the jeans! My success rate of trying on one pair of jeans and buying them is still 0%. I hope one day to have your luck!

    I feel you with the non-buyer’s remorse. I usually don’t suffer it – in fact I’m usually glad I haven’t bought the thing I wanted. There have been a few times, however, that I have really regretted not buying something – especially something unique and rare like a thrift shop find. I can see why you went back for the saucers. Aren’t they perdy? 🙂 Maybe you could line them all up on a shelf in your kitchen. Now wouldn’t that look wonderful?

  5. October 13, 2010 8:03 pm

    hear hear on the jeans.

    You should make little cake plates with them -you know how people are adding candlesticks to plates to give them some height? that might be cute. They are perfect for serving cupcakes!

    LOVE the japanese china. So elegant.

    I have “i’m-not-the-buyer” remorse.

  6. October 13, 2010 8:59 pm


    I love the little creamer and sugar bowl set. They look so happy together. And to be honest, when you told me that you only bought four of the plates, I was a little sad and anxious for the other 18 to be without them. I’m so glad they’re all together now. And when you have that fabulous quilters’ get-together with the sinful dessert bar, everyone can eat off those most adorable plates 😀 . You are a thrifting genius.

    xo -El

    Perhaps I should have gone to Ross yesterday too. Do you think that tomorrow will be as lucky as yesterday was?

  7. October 13, 2010 10:08 pm

    Lol! I’m glad I could be the catalyst for your new collection of pyrex saucers. We should get together and eat cupcakes off of them. With Amylouwho! 🙂 And you can wear your new jeans! And then you can help me get my thrifting mojo going again. 🙂

  8. Paige permalink
    October 14, 2010 5:40 am

    I have to say I know how you feel. I’m still worried about the two wallpaper sample books I left at a thrift store (I could have used them in my art.)
    I love what you found though! Love that pitcher and bowl set. You lucked out with those. And the dishes are beautiful. Everybody’s right, you can always use those.

    have a great day. good for you in finding your jeans. there is one thing i hate worse than jean shopping and thats bathing suit shopping (maybe thats why I haven’t done it in like 10 years! ha!).


  9. October 19, 2010 9:27 pm

    Way to go on the jeans! I’m totally hearin’ you on the non-buyer’s remorse.

    BTW, I’m in Provo. My mom grew up in Linden, and met my dad at PG High. I did my student teaching at PG Junior High.

    After things calm down after Halloween, maybe we could actually meet in person, gasp, and figure out that dress pattern. Creamie and Tigi could play too.

  10. FickleFloozy permalink
    August 2, 2011 4:42 am

    This person has 22 cups and 14 other pieces for $25. What are the chances???


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