What’s my best thrift store find EVER? While you can certainly find all kinds of priceless treasures in thrift stores, my best find didn’t come with a label or a price, it’s Jen! Who would have ever thought I’d find a best friend in a thrift store! Hours of hard work, dedication, and more hours of work over the past 2 years has led to a great friendship.
How it happened, I was part of a thrift store study group being conducted by grad students at Rice University. When I asked who else they were interviewing for the study, they told me a girl named Jen Meneely who had recently been featured in the Houston Chronicle. It still gives me chills to this day when I tell people that it was less than 24 hours after I read that article that I saw her in line at a Goodwill store in the Heights. I would have NEVER known who she was if it wasn’t for reading the article and seeing her picture the evening before. To me, that is fate! CLICK HERE to read all about her (shhhh, don’t tell, but she wasn’t following her own tips to not shop on Wednesdays, the senior discount day…ha)!
Since Wednesdays are senior citizen discount days at Goodwill, I brought my mom with me to save $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ and get the extra 30% savings. There was a long line behind us that day and I kept thinking the girl several people back in line looked similar to the lady in the Chronicle. I couldn’t remember her name, and she certainly wasn’t as glamorous as her Chronicle picture, but I kept looking at her and in my mind I thought, “I think that is her.”. I finally walked to the back of the line and introduced myself. She was cordial, though not super warm and friendly, but I gave her my card and told her I had a blog “Shop with Pippa” that was all about thrift store shopping. Much to my surprise she sent me a message that night telling me how much she liked the blog and gave me her contact information with an invitation to get together some time for lunch. We talked on the phone a couple of days later for over an hour, met a few weeks later for lunch, ate as quick as possible, and were off shopping within about 30 minutes! HERE is our very first shopping trip together (I didn’t even spell her name correctly!).
So, without further adieu, Happy Anniversary to the Queens of Thrift, Too Cheap Blondes! Neither one of us could have had any idea where this friendship would lead. As a result of that fateful day two years ago, we have helped so many people, promoted multiple Houston charities, had a blast being thrift store cool, not made a dime with our blog (thank you to both of our supportive husbands!), and best of all, have had so much fun!
Another bonus from the day I met Jen were these vintage hand painted dishes that I found. I now consider these plates my anniversary dishes. I always have loved yellow, it is such a happy color, but now these dishes have extra special meaning to me. I think they are the perfect blend of Jen and Pippa, the 1950’s plates are symbolic of Jen’s love of vintage items, and yellow is for my “happy/sunshine” view of life.
“These plates caught my eye for one reason…I LOVE YELLOW! What a sunny, happy and fun color!!!”
I love the contrast of the yellow apple in the center and the trim against the brown hand painted background. To quote my mother-in-law, “You need another set of dishes like you need a hole in the head!”, but I couldn’t resist these, especially with the price tag of 12 plates for $13.99. Each dish has been hand painted with visible brushstrokes, so there is a great depth of color on each unique plate. Goodwill thrifting is awesome!
The perfect complement for these plates are these nubby textured yellow place mats I had recently bought at Conroe Assistance League…8 for $9.00. I can’t wait to use these!
Beautiful Vintage California Dishes “Provincial Apple” Yellow, Signed “Vreni”. The unique pattern, Provincial Apple, was made in the 1950s by Santa Anita Pottery, a division of National Silver Co. of Los Angeles, California. They were in business from 1939 though the early 1960s. The pattern was offered in brown and white with yellow and also with pink, and was created by Swiss designer Vreni Wawra.”