Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The One That Got Away

No, girls, not a man. Please. It was a glorious work of junk art and I fell, head over heels. Vintage jewels fashioned into a gold framed flower arrangement. In a persimmon velvet basket!

The colors and shapes and textures!

Sparkling, like stars in a midnight sky.

But it was not meant to be. Price: $45. Really? Surely whoever is doing the pricing put the decimal point in back of the 5 instead of in front of it. No? What has happened to my favorite thrift store? I took photos of my beloved and walked out in a huff.

18 comments:

JunqueMagnet said...

Oh that is a beauty.A real stunner.They are getting harder and harder to find.My friend found one shaped like a Christmas tree last spring.It was a huge barn sale and she swiped it for a mere $5.I was so mad/jealous.I've waited a long time to come across one at a yard sale.Sigh...

Signs and Salvage said...

I just hate it when Thrift Stores & Garagw sales get all uppity!!! What a beauty though! I think you could make one:)

Take Care,

Kristin

Tammy ~ A Primitive Place said...

It is wonderful.
So much detail went into this.
At first I didnt notice it, until you showed the closeup photos. WOW!!
So pretty.

That is the way my local GW prices their items. It is crazy!! Some things I can seriously buy brand new at Wal-Mart cheaper than our GW has them priced.
I just walk around the store shaking my head thinking.... Who marks this stuff??

~Tam

Van said...

Incredibly gorgeous but $45 at a thrift store!? Hideous!

My "one that got away" story was the perfect most beautiful yarn art piece that spoke to my soul...it was in another shopper's cart! Oh, the pain!

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

I agree. It's a beauty, and if it was in an antique shop or craft show, I can understand it being pricey. But a thrift shop? No, things should never be above $10 -- and that's for the priceless mink that Lady Dumbo threw out!

laurie -magpie ethel said...

What a work of art...do they do a half price day that you can hit in the hopes of it still being there? Still spendy - but it is really cool!

Rose H (UK) said...

It certainly is beautiful, but the price wasn't.
Here in the UK there has been a movement at some charity shops to sell at higher and higher prices - some even outstriping prices in antique shops! They seem to forget that ALL the things in the shop are donations and even a penny for them is PROFIT.

flyingbeader said...

OMG that is absolutely frickin' amazing. I would have had to really think hard about leaving that one.

Andy's Attic said...

What?? $45 at a thrift store!?! That is my pet peeve about thrift stores nowadays. They think they are an antique store if something is old or just cool. It is a beauty, though. Maybe it is a sign that another one will come into your site and be less expensive. I hope so.
Annette

vintagebetti said...

GO BACK AND BUY IT!! I'd pay $45.00 in a heartbeat.. It's gorgeous!

Peace said...

Ugh! My favorite thrift stores have suddenly decided everything that looks vintage is either $7 or $14, which would be a fair price for THIS beautiful thing but NOT a vintage ceramic angel with broken wings. My favorite "junque' shop (too nice to be thrift, too shabby to be antiques)has two similar works to this, in the form of bejewelried Christmas trees, yummy! But $75 each. Booo.

Curtains In My Tree said...

I agree go back and get it!!!!!!!!!! I would spend my grocery money for this week on it


Janice

AngelMc said...

You have amazing will power. I doubt that I could have withstood the temptation.

Cynlizzy's Cool Recyclables said...

That is a very inspiring piece, though - We could make one of those ourself. :)

EverydayMe said...

they are lovely! {{hugs}} Michelle

grunge-queen said...

Yikes, I hear you, $45 is a bit steep for a thrift shop ... but it so lovely.

Anonymous said...

Personally, I'd make my own! You can always find Little Orphan Earrings and broken costume jewelry going for a song (if not for free) and all you'd need for the background is a decent sized piece of cloth (also easy to find for pennies, even velvets.)

Heck, I think you've just inspired me!

The Wee Harlequin said...

So pretty.
The charity shops in the UK are starting to get ridiculous, one of our local ones recently had an ornament in the window for £500 which must be about $1000. I know its for charity but come on!
I really have to go thrifting in the US sometime.