Every Thrift Shop is a Learning Experience.

Some of us think Summer is the time to slack off.

Some of us think it’s a great time to go to an air-conditioned thrift shop!

Today I took a trek into the village to check out the Junior League Thrift Shop. I live in a fancy town. IThere might be an unnoticed Dior or St. Laurent hanging here.

Or not.

But I can’t resist old LPs. I have a weakness for great album cover art of the 40s, 50s, and 60s.

(Those records are a mobile hanging from the ceiling, made of one 45, one 75, and one 33 RPM piece of plastic. Cool, huh? )

And I think I discovered here the Most Boring Album Cover in the World:

Some Big Band recorded a live album in Puerto Rico in the 1950s. LPs cost 25 cents each…I actually debated about whether or not I should buy this. I don’t know what gets into me sometimes. I bought it.

I loved these chairs, though, but I didn’t buy them.

I almost didn’t go look at the books because  lordy, I Do Not Need More Books.

Especially a book that looks a dull as this one:

My first impression of this book, judging it by its cover, was that this was an old guide book from the early 1980s to some Eastern European country. It looks totally un-enticing and I would have let it remain in the Bargain Bin of 20 cent hardback books…but I noticed that there was a little Union Jack flag on the bottom corner , meaning that this had an English translation inside.

The title of this book is: A Dream Journey Through Sweden.

Dromresan. Means Dream Journey in Swedish.

Good to know.

So I picked up the book and flipped through it. And a card fell out.

BTW, that’s a European butterfly hovering over that weird green cake, called a Peacock, le Paon-du-jour (Peacock of the Day) in French. Now that you know it’s name, you’ll see it in a lot of it in European art.

It’s been a long time since something spiffy fell out of a book for me. And a Swedish Birthday Card is what I call a JACKPOT.

Thank you, Universe; Thank you.


6 Comments, RSS

  1. Deborah

    It looks like the hindwind of a Polyphemous Moth — this from flipping through my id book. Beyond Monarchs and Swallowtails, my id skills are along the lines of “gee, that looks familiar somehow.” I found a wing of a luna moth once & have it taped into my bird journal.

    I’m always amazed at how much I don’t see, even when I’m looking for it. Last evening I went out to pick some milkweed leaves for the two Monarch caterpillars I have (in a mesh box) on my kitchen counter — caterpillars I bought because I couldn’t find any on my plants to take to the Monarch festival. As I picked leaves last evening I saw a big, fat, 4th instar caterpillar munching away on the same plant I had been inspecting for caterpillars every day! It makes me ponder how much I must not even realize I’m missing.

  2. Nadine

    My husband grew up in San Juan, PR in the 50s and 60s so I showed him the world’s most boring album cover and he knows the hotel and the musician. Arturo Somohano had a world-wide reputation and today’s San Juan Symphony Orchestra is named for him. Vivian, you shoulda spent the quarter; it’s a great picture of a by-gone era.

    The B-day card is wonderful. I’ll bet it was signed by a mother with the kids and hubby’s names because the printing is the same for all the names. Very sweet.

  3. Susie

    What a lovely day, outside, inside… I would have been stopped, looking through those 10 cent buttons.

    Sunday I went out in the backyard and just stopped and looked up. Rarely do that. There were the most beautiful cloud formations, I called my guys out, only son Derek came, we plopped down in the dry, scratchy grass and just watched the clouds get burned up by the sun. Came in the house all bug-bit up and itchy, Derek had an earwig on his short’s leg. He took it back outside. A memory-making time that didn’t take 20 minutes….
    You do keep those treasures, that butterfly wing, don’t you?
    I envy your CLEAN thrift shop with such good deals and interesting finds….

  4. Yolanthe

    Oh Vivian, how could you pass up those chairs with the shoe print covers? Or that album. Yes I know, we can’t keep bying all those quaint thrift store finds… but still.
    Love you blog, instant recognition and connection.
    Hi from Holland.

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