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Ah, friends, it’s been a while!  But not without good reason.  As I mentioned here and there I started my first real job since the birth of The Bug about two weeks ago and I’ve been busy busy.  Which is weird, because I’m never busy.  Ever.  Anyway.  The job is the most spectacular, quite possibly tailored by some wonderful deity especially for me, job.  Basically, I sit in a room and warehouse of sorts all day surrounded by boxes of things that crazy people in our community have deemed as junk…which is of course my idea of heaven.  It’s like being at a yard sale…all day, and with really good shit.  What’s even more righteous is that I can bid on the stuff I put up for auction at eBay (so can anyone else in the community) and I get to cancel out all the shipping business that usually restricts me from buying stuff there.  And speaking of the community, they seem to be as equally excited about this eBay finally getting off the ground and doing good for our Good Samaritan Center too.  People have been taking our cards by the dozens and even my boss seems to have a renewed interest and excitement in this job that I have, one that they had a hard time finding someone to do before me.  I walked in the other day and she had went nuts in the office and cleaned it up like none of us had ever seen and now a large part of our back room is devoted solely to what I get to do.  Anyway.

I’m rambling but this is exciting dudes!  Okay, maybe just to me but still.  Some of said excitement stems from these glorious goods I either picked up in the actual store or through eBay this week.  Good stuff, good stuff…

{The woman that brought this in for donation said that her husband had it made for her in the 70s and that he’d paid 150 bucks for it.  I, however, picked it up for 2 quarters.  Score!}

{2 Glasbake casseroles.  Got them both in the eBay store for $1.98.  Again, SCORE!}

{Most of this I picked up while on my way out the door on day this week.  I’ve been keeping my eye out for some vintage Tupperware (we just sold a really righteous bread box on eBay today) and the two plates, from what I can tell, are for the kiddies.  That lip catches their junk and the lid is to keep leftovers.  And that clever little green guy happens to be a pickle container.  There’s a piece inside that you lift out to drain all the pickle juice when grabbing some gherkins.  The Fire King mug is one of two that I won on eBay.  All in all: $3.98.}

I know, all that vintage goodness must have you chomping at the bit. You can check our wares (and bid, bid, BID!) here if you’re interested.

In my minimal amount of spare time I’ve been keeping up with the doodle business and I’m really just trying to get comfortable with it before I get to working on it all in Photoshop and perhaps letting you, the lovely masses, have a go at snatching some prints up for your happy little pads.  I’ve also got about a million and three quarters things to put up in the Vintage Shop but I’ve been blowing that off in favor of lounging with The Bug after a day of work.  Stick around though (if you’re not too busy) and I’ll fill you in when I get around to it…


Damn you Urban Outfitters and your occasional awesomeness.  Back up: I’ve been thinking about my type work a lot lately (I do A LOT of doodling) and about how I might go about turning some it into prints for sale to the indie loving masses out there.  Majority of the reason I haven’t yet has to do with me feeling like there are so many people out there better at it than I (hi Renee!) that there might be no point but it’s still something that would make me happy and something I could squeeze in despite the new time consuming job as eBay master for the Good Sam’s.  Sewing up bags just takes to much time and thought on my part anymore but I can doodle wherever I am and it only takes a minimal amount of time, unless I get carried away with it, and I think it’d be a great creative outlet because god knows, I’m happier that way.  Anyway, this morning via Oh Joy! I spotted this business from UO:

Damn!  It’s so similar to this doodle of mine and what I might do with it that I think they’ve officially beat me to the punch:

This is what happens when you procrastinate.  The big hefty stores with all the street cred kick your ass.  Take note kids…

God, I hate Mondays.  But here’s a happy bit on a craptacular day — there’s a massive sale going on over at Homegrown Vintage!  The goods I’ve currently got in The Shop have been sitting all over my house for a while now and it’s all getting on my nerves.  After all, where will I put all the new stuff I expect to pick up when I start my new job tomorrow as the eBay guru for my local Good Samaritan’s shop?!  So yeah, we need to make room.  And in an effort to do that I’ve taken 30% off everything.  Get thy self over there now though, sale ends late tonight!

Via Design*Sponge this morning, the coolest music video ever made…

Thrifted this morning. Cups and Imperial melmac and a little tea set for myself. Have I ever mentioned how much I love this yellow, the one that looks like it came straight from 1973?

Makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.

Also, a couple more things I own that make me happy:

Our couch and our shag rug in the living room. They totally love each other…

A vintage La Vada tray table I snatched from the newly discovered furniture room at the thrift.

This sweet little $2 rocker from a yard sale Saturday morn…

So we (being the Moms and I) ventured out and hit the flea markets on Saturday.  I went into it with illusions of some serious grandeur in my head (despite the measly 10 bucks in my pocket) and was semi-disappointed.  Not that there wasn’t good shit about, because certainly there was, but I figured that armed with my newfound knowledge about all things vintage I’d be able to spot some cool new goods for the Vintage Shop.  But alas friends, it wasn’t in the stars.  I did find a couple things but in usual Homegrown fashion I’m keeping most of it.

{Scored this Primrose Fire King casserole for 2 bucks (because the lid is chipped) at a local antiques joint.  I’d been on the lookout for more Pyrex because I only have a bowl or two (that’s one of them atop the casserole) and apparently, I need another obsession.  So I snagged this, brought it home, and proceeded to peruse PyrexLove for a damn hour…until I realized that I’m a total idiot and the damn thing isn’t even Pyrex.  I still dig the little guy though…}

{The Taylor Smith and Taylor I’ve been eying for a while now.  It matches three tiny bowls I have.  Scored for a buck…}

{A Federal Glass plate.  Dudes, I didn’t even know they made dinnerware!  This was found at this hole in the wall Vets Admin yard sale that they have once a month.  It’s basically a building in the middle of this tiny town close to home that is stocked full of just shit everywhere.  It was 100 degrees in there but I picked up every dish they had.  Thing is, these old dudes have a giant library of price guides behind the register and they know what their stuff is worth.  They had three of these and I grabbed the best one because I glanced at the maker’s mark on the back and quickly assumed it was Fire King.  Got home, took a look, and lo and behold, it’s Federal Glass.  Haven’t been able to figure out the pattern yet but the plate is pretty righteous.  Odds are this will go to the Vintage Shop if I can find the heart to part with it…}

{This wins the award for score of the day.  It’s a handmade vintage tablecloth and let me tell you people, that barkcloth is too perfect for words.  I think there’s one very very faint spot on it but otherwise the whole thing is too cool.  It’s obviously handmade — someone took the barkcloth and bordered it with some fabric they cut to match.  Those little brown flowers and the brown border are fuzzy man!  This one is definitely going in the Vintage Shop…}

{Last but not least, another piece for my Homer Laughlin Yellowstone collection.  I’ve got more of this now than any one thing when it comes to dishes.  While at the antiques joint Mom secretly snatched up the creamer for me…}


So, the ‘exercise in restraint’ title is meant to tell you that I picked up, carried around, and then put down a good amount of cool shit, including but not limited to two vintage radios (three bucks a piece), some Wedgwood plates (though I don’t really like that stuff), a set of Pyrex nesting bowls, and quite a few more tablecloths.  I also restrained myself from picking up vintage quilt blocks, a Franciscan creamer, some Occupied Japan saucers, tons o’ postcards, and a really righteous platter.  I meant to take the camera but in the rush of dropping The Bug off at my sister’s and my sheer retarded excitement it got left behind.  But listen kids, some of these goods AND some of my vintage apron collection, along with fabric, should be in The Shop here in the next day or so.  Until next time…

It’s 11 pm. Stupid Friends is on in the background. Its Friday night. I SHOULD NOT BE BLOGGING! Having said that, because we’re all friends here I felt you should see this:

It’s getting my Coolest Thing Ever award. For reals. From The Small Object‘s Flickr stream. Tons of goodness there people. Tons. Buy here.

Dudes, thank f’ing Christ it’s Friday.  Not that I’ve been all that busy this week but for some reason, Fridays put every one and their mother in a great mood, including myself.  Plus, it being Friday means that I’m one day closer to thrifting with the moms tomorrow afternoon and we all know how helpful that is to my mood, right?  Anyway, there’s more in the Vintage Shop today…I’m on a roll with that shit, right?  Some of it’s new but most of it is me being a grown-up and clearing out clutter.  I really can’t believe I’m parting with some of the goods I put in the Shop this afternoon (um hello, vintage tablecloths!) but I’m doing it nonetheless and really it’s all good because this just makes room for more of the same shit.  Yay for shit!  Check it…


{Righteous Retro Magazine Rack}

{Mid-Century Modern Magazine Rack}

{Retro File Holder}

{Groovy Vintage Tablecloth}

{Bohemian Vintage Tablecloth}

And last but not least, a…

{Sweet Little Colonial Mist Corning Mug}


As I mentioned I’ll be hitting up the fleas this weekend so stay tuned for more.  Oh oh, and also!  I’ve got about a bazillion yards o’ vintage fabric that I’ll be adding next week.

{i am sam. i make things.}

This is where I detail the goods I make as I'm making them, the music I'm listening to as I discover it, and the inspiration that I stumble upon when I'm in need of it.
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