Saturday, August 18, 2012

Thrifty Acres - Groovy Or Goofy?

Hello! While perusing secondhand wares, the line between groovy and goofy can be a fine one. Such was the case yesterday when I attended a garage sale that promised vintage items along with more current household goods. 

Unfortunately, the vintage stuff was priced pretty high, as in prices closer to those in antique malls. So I took a pass and instead, honed in on this:

A plant hanger made of turquoise-colored acrylic beads. It measures 42" in length.

Close-up of the beadwork.

I use the term "thrifty acres" in my blog in honor of the locally-based hypermarket chain, Meijer - in years past, it was known as "Meijer Thrifty Acres". Thus, the original tag on the plant hanger made me smile:

Couldn't get a clear shot of the tag, but it shows that my purchase had been made in Hong Kong. Judging for the looks of this tag, I'd say that the plant hanger had been made in the 60's or 70's. 

Groovy or goofy? Like I said, it can be a fine line, but I liked the color of the beads. Plus, the two bucks I paid was much more in line with my budget than the outrageous prices the seller was charging for her other vintage goods!


  1. Groovy!
    I like it, and it's certainly worth the money just for the beads.

  2. Thanks, Judy! I was thinking the same thing when I bought it - that the beads were worth the price.

  3. Neat purchase and yes, I remember the Thrify Acres from my childhood on the corner of Lakewood Blvd. and River Ave. It even had an outdoor garden center in a seperate building. I still refer to the Meijers on 16th St. as the "new" Meijers and the one over by Target as the "northside" Meijers. I used to pick up cans and return them to Thrify Acres so I could buy a single 45 for $1.19.

  4. Thanks, Libby! I liked your story of where Meijer used to be - what's in that location now - I didn't know what side of the street you meant though. What's there now?

    By now I've been here long enough that I remember when the northside Meijer opened.