I fall in love with this mug every time I see it, it's hands down the coolest thing I've ever seen in my life. It's a hand made German ceramic, missing the lid I think but I prefer it that way. It's. freaking. awesome.
I also got this Hazel Atlas creamer, which I've already promised Pete we'd use to ceremoniously pour milk on our cereal when we build our breakfast nook.
I'm on the look out for more Hazel Atlas stuff for the kitchen, I love the colours and patterns on the glassware.
You've got to be in the right mood for thrift store shopping. When you boil it down to the basics, it's a lot of scrounging through other people's junk...
I've tried to train myself not to just buy all the crazy things I find in thrift stores, just because they're amazingly cheap or so obscure I feel like I have to own them. The worst challenge I find is wanting to save things. I see an old, cherished book or a figurine you know someone once loved and it's hard to pull myself away. In my head I see the box of my great nan's trinkets in the hallway of her bungalow after she died and all I want to do is take those old rusty clocks and chipped porcelain rabbits home where I can make sure they're safe from the trash heap. Someone cared for these things once, and it's often sad to see where they end up.
If I gave into every impulse though, I'd be surrounded by so much bric-a-brac it'd be like living in a constant raffle...
Thrift store things I wish I had room in my life for...
For some reason lately I've had a particular obsession over salt and pepper shakers. I think it all started at the Seattle public market, in the basement there's a shop solely dedicated to antique salt and pepper shakers. We already have three sets, I have a feeling we're going to have to get a dedicated shelf one day very soon. On the same vein, I have become particularly partial to weird shaped ceramics.
I need to take some control over this habit, before it becomes an addiction.
- What do you like about it? -- do you actually think it's cool? Or did you see something similar on pinterest and think that it would do the same job? Don't drink the coolade. Stick to your own style
- Will you use it? -- does this new trinket have a purpose in life, or is it just another thing to stare back at you from the shelf? Think hard about how often you really want to spend cleaning this thing, and if it's worth it.
- Will it last? -- buying second hand is a good way to recycle, be less wasteful and better for the environment. But if that pan's handle is just going to drop off anyway, give yourself a break and buy a quality new product that lasts.
- Where will you put it? -- remember you live in a one bedroom apartment with zero shelf space. if there's no room, don't get it. And no, you cannot just buy more shelves.
- What does Pete think? -- You live with a very lovely, very caring young man who puts up with a lot of your shenanigans. It's his apartment too, and if he really doesn't like it, don't get it.
It's very much a double edged sword - I believe in surrounding yourself with good design and beautiful things, but I also think that filling your life with stuff won't make it magically better than before. A good balance is key. That's why I love thrift store shopping, and spending less money on more unique items. If there was some sort of disastrous Breville-related mishap that destroyed everything I own, it would be ok. I love these things, but they're just things. Possessions. Objects. They're not expensive, they're not irreplaceable and they're not the reason my life is happy and fulfilling. If I can just remind myself of that the next time I want to buy a 2 foot tall wolf's head bust to use as a doorstop, I'll be OK.