Category Archives: old things

Charles and Di Tin

My super sweet step-daughter Bri is a  seasoned thrifter / yard saler. She  found this Charles and Di commemorative cookie tin at a yard sale for $0.25. It’s now officially a collection: I have two Charles and Di things.

Happy thrifting!


Commuter Challenge

Next week (June 5-11) is Commuter Challenge, you guys! People/businesses/cities will challenge each other to commute green. That includes cycling, walking, carpooling and telecommuting. I seem to recall someone canoeing to work during last year’s challenge.

This year in honour of Commuter Challenge I will be cycling to work with my town bike instead of my 21-speed mountain bike.  It’ll be an interesting 6.5kms.

 Happy trails (literally)






I love stenciling. I also love crafting. So when I came across The Complete Book of Stencilcraft by JoAnne C. Day at the Women in Need thriftstore I became very excited.

Stencilcraft? That's a thing? Yes, please!

The book contains techniques on creating stencils and applying them to various surfaces.

Here's a far out stencil mural. Did I mention this book was published in 1974?

Two thirds of the book contains stencil patterns. I got really excited when I saw this. I love the white font on black background design of this page.

Oh, hi cutie! You belong on my wall.

The lovely stenciling pioneer JoAnne C. Day

I hope to get some time soon to stencil something in my house.

Happy trails!

Nautical rope belt

My step-daughter wore a super hip belt today. It’s a nautical-themed rope.










Happy trails!


A few years ago I colour coded my bookshelf. My brain knows that my Asimov Foundation trilogy is white and my high school yearbooks are blue. It sounded like a good idea at the time. I share this picture because … Continue reading

Retro toys 2 and other thrift store finds

Today was a stellar day for rummaging at the WINS (Women in Need thrift store). I found lots of great stuff and the prices were right.

Vintagey gold-coloured jewelry box with automatically opening drawer ($6)

Retro Fisher Price toys for the little guy ($5). See more retro kids’ toys here.

A hand-made Arnold Churgin clutch purse and nautical-themed KEDS shoes

Copper 2-cup French press ($2)

Suze Orman’s Women and Money ($2.50)

Take a tour of the WINS store here.

Happy trails!

Women in Need: living in a thrifter’s paradise

Everyone's a winner at WINS.

I took a trip today to the Dover, Calgary Women in Need thrift store. The WINS, as it affectionately known, is a fantastic place to buy furniture, household items, toys and random oddities.

The thrift store collects money that goes to the charity. And women in crisis have access to free goods.

WIN’s mission is to “help women and their families help themselves”. Can’t argue with that!

Go here to see an inventory of my purchases.

Retro dresser $30…it’s still there

Books! It’s like the internet on paper.

I’ve entered bizarro world.

Books galore!

Oddities too special to be out in the store. These treasures are sealed away in a glass case.

Happy trails!