Saturday, March 17, 2012

Springing ahead.

I've thrifted some great stuff over the last few weeks, thinking I'd tuck it all away and pull it out in a few months when summer kicked in. To my surprise, we've already gotten a lot of use out of almost all of it! Minnesota is having some totally crazy weather.

The patchwork blankets were from an estate sale. They aren't in the best shape, so I don't feel bad about using them as our new picnic blankets. I found the round tray and rad plastic camping lamp at thrift stores.

This cocktail glass was from an estate sale, too. It's one of those things that I didn't know I needed until I saw it sitting on a little folding table. It's a glass from Charlie's Cafe Exceptionale, a landmark Minneapolis supper club that closed in 1982. My parents attended the Charlie's auction that year and bought a ton of dishes, platters and mugs. Everything is very thick and heavy—total diner style. My parents treasure the set and only pull it out for holidays and special events. (Though when the Minnesota Historical Society approached them about donating a few things, they did give up some pieces.)

As far as I know, they don't have any glassware. It's never even occurred to me to look for it, though I don't know why because 1. I love the Charlie's set and 2. I love cocktails. Now, of course, I'm obsessed. I must find more! I am considering this glass the beginning of my collection.

New stuff in the shop!