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A Little Retail Therapy

February 2, 2011

Yesterday morning Creamie and I were both feeling a little better, and decided to do a little thrifting.  And it was awesome.  Here are some of my treasures from our shopping date.

steve madden shoes

Steve Madden satin polkadot wedgies with metallic leather interior.  In my size, $5.  Awesome.

bible stories

My mom had these Bible story books when I was a little girl, and I always loved them.  They were published in the mid fifties, and they have fantastic illustrations.  Each book was only a dollar, but it is missing volume 1 from the set.  I can find it on ebay though, where a whole set of them is currently being sold for somewhere around $160.  Did I totally score?  Yes.  Yes I did.

story of esther

This is one of my favorite stories in these books.  It’s the story of how Esther became queen and saved her people.  As a little girl I read it over and over and over again.  I can’t wait to read it to Creamie.

dots bowl

Another fantastic find to add to my Pyrex collection!  This is part of a set of four bowls and one of my favorite patterns.  The best part?  It was only a dollar.  Even if it wasn’t a piece of beautiful vintage Pyrex, and wasn’t part of a set that is super hard to come by, it would still be worth a buck for just a cute yellow polka dot bowl.  This one find would have totally made my day.  But then I had all those other good things too!

picture dictionaries

I got this set of golden book dictionaries several months ago now, but I had forgotten about them until I went to put the new (ish) Bible story books away.  They were published in the late 50’s I think, and have some really cute illustrations inside.

picture dictionaries covers

I also picked up a few more books for Creamie today, and some new springy clothes for her, which I am sure will appear in future posts.  Today’s theme was obviously polka dots and old books.  But seriously, how can you ever go wrong with polka dots and old books.  A little thrifting retail therapy was just what I needed yesterday.  There is just something so therapeutic about finding that perfect treasure stacked amid heaps and heaps of trashy junk.  I don’t think it will ever get old for me.  See you soon!

15 Comments leave one →
  1. February 2, 2011 8:17 am

    those shoes are fantastic! you found some great goodies 🙂

  2. February 2, 2011 8:18 am

    I totally need to come to your town for thrifting! Do you have basements where you live? I have a theory that states that have houses with basements have better thrift/antique shops because people keep stuff longer and then have to resell it later. Down here in Texas there is rock about 10 inches down so no basements and not as good thrifting!! Great finds!


  3. February 2, 2011 10:08 am

    Sigh. Those shoes.

  4. February 2, 2011 10:13 am

    Those are the cutest shoes! Love the books too!

  5. February 2, 2011 10:18 am

    Yes, the shoes are divine. But the books! I’m so glad you found some!!


  6. Rebecca permalink
    February 2, 2011 10:41 am

    Hi Erika,

    I was wondering if your thrifting is all done in one store or do you have several you visit. Here in Paso Robles Ca… our town has several and then also a consignment store…seems like they don’t have the cute things your store has. Do you visit yours several times a week? I hope you both are feeling better and better each day.

  7. betsy permalink
    February 2, 2011 10:48 am

    i’m sad i couldn’t come with you. you know how much i love thrift retail therapy.

  8. February 2, 2011 11:12 am

    $5 Steve’s?!?! I apparently need to come down south for a visit! lol great finds 🙂

  9. February 2, 2011 11:24 am

    I have been hoping to find those polka dot pyrex bowls – never find them around here except in antique stores and they certainly are not $1.00…..there is hardly a thing in any of our thrift stores for $1.00….and we have basements here in Massachusetts. I wish I could go thrifting where you go! And polka dot shoes are adorable. Glad you are both feeling better and what better way to celebrate – thrifting! my idea of therapy!

  10. Paige permalink
    February 2, 2011 12:44 pm

    Oh I love what you found! So cool. I can’t pick a favorite item!

  11. February 3, 2011 8:52 am

    The shoes! Can’t find words!

  12. February 5, 2011 9:58 am

    OMG I want those shoes really bad. They are totally perfect for you though so I don’t mind too much that I won’t be wearing them!

    You really got me with the Bible Story images! I was like – wait – I’ve seen those – I remember! Wow. Been a long, long time. The illustrations in that set are wonderful, aren’t they?

  13. February 5, 2011 3:23 pm

    vintage pyrex for a dollar…you are killing me!

  14. February 5, 2011 5:43 pm


    I wish I were a size 10 so I could borrow those fabulous polka-dotted shoes.

    Thinking of you and Creamie on her special day.

    xo -El

  15. February 5, 2011 7:32 pm

    You always find the best things! Love the shoes. Hope she has a great birthday. What a good mom to make it special. My kid got a cupcake after dinner, that’s about it.

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