Monday, April 5, 2010

Handy Thrift

I somewhat reluctantly went to the Value Village on Queen West today. I always feel like the hipsters will have beaten me to all the good stuff. Well, not today.
I bought this cool hanging hand for $2.99. Depending on how you angle it, it either looks like the "come hither" fingers, or when you put your index finger and thumb near each other to show "this much." This looks eighties to me.
Cool $4.99 book on Japanese art for my husband. Could have been cheaper, but his love don't cost a thing, or whatever J-Lo once sang, using poor grammar.
I can hear my mom laughing. "You want to read a book about what it's like to be old?" Yes, but it's by Diana Athill!
Here we find the hand riding the Japanese wave. You have to wonder about the back stories of some of these objects sometimes. Who owned the hand and why did they get rid of it?

I also bought Duncan a very cool bowling shirt with flaming dinosaurs on it for $2.99. It's very Michael Madsen in Reservoir Dogs. I taught him to say, "Are you going to bark all day little doggie, or are you going to bite?" He better not say that in kindergarten.


  1. Love the hand, very cool find.

  2. The hand is also a "C" in sign language.

    Thanks for the email - goodies enroute from Erin in Canada. I'm so excited! Thanks again!

  3. Nice to hear from you both. Shara, do you know ASL?

  4. Ooh, the hand is most excellent!

    Thank you for your lovely comment, Erin - it's so lovely of you. I'm very touched! I'm so excited that some of the bits and pieces I post might be useful for your class!

  5. First time here and by grand co-incidence I'm reading Diana Athill's Life Class. (It includes Somewhere Towards The End)

  6. Erin, I know the alphabet, colors, nouns, etc. I studied it in High School and worked with a group of Deaf preschoolers for a year.

  7. Ahem... you ARE one of the hipsters!

  8. I thoroughly enjoyed reading all of these comments. I feel like I'm basking in a warm, loving stew of thrifty goodness. Yes, I'm feelin' the love.
    P.S. Mom Wald - I'm so not hip. All that's missing from my wardrobe are the "mom jeans." LOL But thanks for the glimmering bit of hope that I might be cool.
    Best for you all!


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