Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Corner View - Work 'n Play

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First, I'd like to thank all of you for the kind words last week.  I am feeling much better now and I truly appreciate your kind words!

I should have been at work, but instead I left to play....  After missing a  lot of work for the flu, I  had no business leaving early Friday.  However, I was tired, cranky and the office was practically empty because of Spring break.  So, I ducked out a few hours early and hit a few thrift stores on my way home.

First stop, the Mission Store.   I don't know if any of you used to watch Trading Places, but they went to this store in one of the Orlando episodes.  That specific episode featured two houses on the street where I lived several years ago.  In fact, they were shooting the episode when we were moving in to our house. There were "quiet on the set" signs on the sidewalks.  We did not know what was going on at first, but we caught on eventually.

Second stop was the Habitat for Humanity Restore.  I am very proud of myself.  I avoided the paint section completely.  I am a sucker for the cheap cans of funky colored paint.  However, I have TOO much paint in the garage and must stop the madness!

If you're gonna be bad and ditch work, might as well ditch the healthy snacks as well and fuel up on some Mickey D's fries.  So this was stop #3.  (Hmmm... I wonder why I am 20 pounds heavier than I was this time last year...)

One of my favorite shops - actually two shops in one.

Flo's Attic - an Orlando classic.  However, they have more high end antiques - out of my price range.  Nonetheless, I plan to visit this shop again soon and it has nothing to do with the fact that the manager was cute, age appropriate, not wearing a wedding ring and had a cute foreign accent. (Wink. Wink.) 

My local thrift shop - big and dirty and fun to poke around - you never know what you might find.

So, what did I buy?  I bought a green baby blanket to use to make tea cozies and a cute little hippo.   Did I need the hippo?  No, but he made me smile and was only $0.75.  I figured that was a bargain for a smile and he is now sitting here in my home office with me.

Another blanket for tea cozies.  Although I like it on the table and may try to save enough of it for a table cloth.

A sundress to bum around in - for $1.92, I couldn't resist.  I also bought some puzzles.  I want to make jewelry from the pieces.

And the piece de resistance.... drum roll please....

A wardrobe for $24.24!  Actually, it's an entertainment center designed to look like a wardrobe that I am going to use as a wardrobe.  It's solid wood except for the breakaway back.  I can't wait to start redoing it.

Happy corner viewing!


  1. Looks as though you got some good playtime in and some great finds too.

  2. mmm, let me think ... I believe Flo's Attic is a great destination in your part of the world! (wink wink :))
    Can't wait to see what you're going to do with the wardrobe. What a bargain! In my part of the world, any "second hand" item is always classified as antique, and beyond my price range (and, the store owners aren't usually that cute either!).

  3. what a lovely afternoon, and great finds!

  4. Though we do have a few nice thrift stores out here, second hand furniture is never that cute or budget friendly.

    And though the people at the counter are nice, they invariably are on the dole and have had many dissappointments/struggles in their life. (The thrift stores are sheltered workshops).

    Can't wait to see how you'll put the funk in that wardrobe!



  5. wow ... you got some great stuff. Look forward to seeing your wardrobe redone :)

  6. I just hope they don't read your blog at work, missy ;)

  7. a lot of great stores around you ... very tempting !!

  8. i love every bit of your playing, especially the escaping. so recognizable! ;))

  9. Looks like a fun day. Cute little hippo--he would bring a smile to my face too.
    The wardrobe is a wonderful find--I too will look forward to the end result.
    Glad you're feeling better. I was laid up at the same time, so didn't even post a corner view and in fact didn't really check out the responses. I'm better also.:>)

  10. What a fun day . . . and it's always even more fun when you're really supposed to be working
    ;-) I love thrift stores - we call them Op shops (op - short for oppportunity) here in New Zealand - I have found some amazing bargains sniffing around some of our local places.

  11. What a wonderful way to spend your time off work! You had some great finds too. :)

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