Saturday, September 18, 2010

Sunday Favorites - Thrift Store Shopping is like Disneyland

I mentioned in my previous post how busy my life has been this past week and also how my thrifting buddy, my mom Tomasa is sick so we wouldn't be going thrifting this week. And sure enough we didn't and she's in bed resting right now as we speak. So I did the next best thing. I found an old post about thrifting and once you read it you will understand how hard it was for me (and I'm sure for my mom) to stay home today and not hit our favorite thrift stores.

I hope you enjoy it and that you head over to visit the host for Sunday Favorites, Chari with Happy to Design.

One of my favorite posts from
March 5, 2009

My sister hates shopping.
Once in a while though, when she feels I need or deserve a special treat (like I'm her little pet dog) she will allow me the privilege of going thrift store shopping with her.
Did I mention she hates shopping? Well she especially hates thrift store shopping. She doesn't mind so much going into a store like JC Penneys or Walmart and going right to a certain department and getting the exact items she has on her list...but she doesn't have that "Thrill of the Hunt" that is inbred in me from the Tarango side of the family!

My Tia Leonor was the Queen of Thriftshopping the Queen of Yardsaling and the Queen of Antique Stores. You could not drive past a yard sale with Tia Nor and not know that you HAD to stop. And she could find treasures like no one else could. Her home was filled with her treasures and we all know about her "cuartito" that was filled, well I don't know what it was filled with cause no one ever let us kids in there, but I'm sure it was filled with treasures.

Later as we all grew up Tia Nor filled the buses that Tio Tino and Tio Jesus had parked on her property with more treasures. And she knew what was in each of those buses and in the cuartito and if people needed something she knew just where to go and get it. She also had a pretty lucrative business selling clothing she picked up at yard sales for a song and selling it for a profit to migrant farm workers. She was my hero! heroine?...well you get the point.

I especially remember a plate that she had hanging in the kichen. The plate had John F. Kennedy on it. I loved that plate and always wished she would give it to me. I guess I should have asked, but I never did and I never knew what became of that plate. I hunt for it online, but although I've found others similar, it's not the plate I remember.

So thrifting is in my blood and I remember a few weeks ago for some reason on the way home Lisa suggested that we stop at one of my very favorite thrift stores, Goodwill on Rosedale Highway. I was thrilled and the closer we got the more excited I got. And when we were in the middle lane waiting for a pause in the traffic so I could turn left into the parking lot Lisa was laughing at me about how excited I was. And I told her that to me, going thrift store shopping is like a little kid going to Disneyland, you just get all excited and you can't wait and dad can't drive that car fast enough into the parking lot for you. Remember that feeling from being a kid whether it was going to Disneyland or to a County Fair or Circus? That's the feeling I get about thrift shopping, and I thought I was the only one until today when I read the blog Manic Thrift Store Shopper.

This guy Brian, is my spiritual Tarango twin and he speaks in a language that only true thrift store connoisseurs understand, just listen to him write about how he feels...

"When I drive past a thrift store, I often imagine that I feel a little pull to go inside. I think that something, some object, is calling out to me to be found and rescued from the shelves piled high with junk. I believe that if I look long enough and hard enough, that amazing object will be revealed and I will be rewarded for following my instinct, for turning from the street into the parking lot and getting out of my car."

Please go check out his site, he has so many "pretties" for you to see and he's one heck of a writer as well.


  1. Alicia, I will definitely go check out the Manic Thrift Store Shopper. Sounds like a fun blog.
    Hope you'll stop in to see me over at the QCI blog where I'm sharing a tea party for Sunday Favorites.
    ~ Sarah

  2. Alicia, I was so excited when I read that you love to shop at Goodwill on Rosedale Highway....I thought she has to live near Bakersfield....I do too. I think we need to meet some day and go shopping because my two sisters or mother do not like to shop for treasures either. When I read your post I knew we were kindred spirits. Thanks for you at the Goodwill.

  3. Alicia, You are just too cute... I love the thrill of the hunt, so to speak.... I would go off shopping with you if I could. Don't think I'll be in So Cal any time soon~ LOL Your tia sounds like a fun lady- and she made a few bucks at her craft, too. Smart...
    Have fun with future shopping! I hit an antique/flea market over the weekend and found exactly what I was looking for. Who knew? And at a fraction of the price of retail. My SIL bought a seltzer bottle for $100. I thought she was nuts! Mine was $12.99. Woo Hoo!!!
    If I get time I will post it this week.
    Take care, my friend. Sue

  4. Hi sweet lady...

    Ohhh nooo...I'm so sorry to hear that your Mom isn't feeling well! Sending good thoughts and prayers her way, Alicia!

    Well my dear, I'm so glad that you were able to join in with the fun of Sunday Favorites again this week! I really enjoyed your post about "thrifting"...I totally agree! I think it's in the more ways than one! Hehe! Inherited and once you start really does get in the blood! Hehe! I hope that you're mom gets to feeling better and that the two of you can get back out there...find some real sweet treasures!!!

    Warmest autumn wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

    Ps...thank you for your sweet note that you left on my autumn tablescape! You make my heart smile!

  5. Hate to rub salt in the wound sis of mine.... But I saw on TV a commercial about how this Saturday was the everything off 50% sale!!! Curses I didn't hear about it until late Saturday afternoon :(

  6. I love thrift shopping!!! I wish we could have done it together:O( Ahhhh, maybe in heaven:O) I am sure God will have some there:O)


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