So, with that out of the way, now about my thrifty years! You know you've got the thrifting bug when you visit a friend clear across the country while on summer vacation and while doing so, talk her into stopping at a local thrift store. She was a good sport about it - we did as I'd requested and here's what I bought:
One look at this item and I could tell that it was a European- style scrapbook or journal. The label on the inside cover proved that I was correct about its origin - it read Rossi, Florence, Italy. I paid $2.99 for it. When I got home, I goggled the Rossi name and learned that I actually have what the company calls a photo album - and current versions of this product sell for $95.00!
Today I visited a thrift store in my town - it's a large store, housed in a former Big Lots. Needless to say with that large a store there can be quite a variety of possibilities! Here's what I settled on:
Christmas stencil booklet from 1962 (still intact), 50 cents, a vial of vintage gold glitter, 25 cents and a bagful of the gold-painted wooden shapes as shown in the picture, $3.00 for the bag of 61. I love to use vintage items in my crafting so I hope to put these latest finds to good use at Christmastime - if not sooner!
(PS I got my first-ever camera only about a month ago, so it's still a learning curve for me. I hope to take better pictures as I go along!)