Saturday, April 30, 2011

AWFUL!

The thrifting situation has been awful and dismal. Yes those are strong words! I read your blogs about the thrifting riches, the Pyrex cornucopia, the plethora of vintage linens all because of something called spring cleaning......

So I was realy psyched when I saw that there would be a flea market in a church basement in Verdun! Oh JOY OH BLISS!

Not what does a flea market in a church basement mean? Usually it's vonlunteers from the church that gather second hand stuff and also sell tables for commoners to sell their unwanted wares.....usually there's a counter with snacks and coffee.

 NO SIREE! No church vonlunteers, no snack counter, no thrifting joy....Just cheap dealers, selling leftover cheap new flea market stuff and vintage expensive stuff. At one table a guy was selling Star Trek glasses @ 5 $ each (the new star trek)....I got those glasses new in box shipping included for 20$ on ebay (a gift to my lovely Dan). I saw boxes and boxes of mood rings and cheap jewelry and at one point I could not take this a single minute more!

I ran to 2nd avenue for some respite and came across my old appartment....


It was in 1992. It was a large 6 1/2 with wood floor and the rent was....
Are you ready? 450.00$ a month. No not heat included.  


Here is my balcony on top where I grew herbs.
It was a nice place to live but the neighborhood left a lot to be desired....lots of poverty, social welfare,unwed mothers, drugs, crime you name it they had it!

Across the street I was remonded of something else....

Yes there are still Xmas ornements in the tree!

Here lived a really LARGE woman who would come out every morning and pick out the trash from her lawn. In her night gown WITH NO UNDERWEAR. Yes I saw some things no unwilling person should see! I wanted to gouge my eyes out and scream at the top of my lungs OH THE HUMANITY! GOD TAKE ME NOW! 
By the looks of grass she's not living there anymore!

On a more palatable note....


 Yes Barbie cakes still exists!



For all you french fries lovers I took a pic of Patate Normand; a Verdun institution. Just the prospect of a fry from that joint would put me in a transe! Those were amazing patates! Since the name is now Casse-Croute (Snack Bar) Normand they probably changed owners and I wonder if the fries are still amazing....Maybe another time!

And last but not least.....
A Pyrex sighting!

A Woodland bowl hidden in a flea market (small thirft). I didn't see the price but I bet it was at least 15$. NOT THRIFTY AT ALL! DID THEY READ COUNTRY LIVING? DAMN YOU COUNTRY LIVING!
I now must go, the open road beckons and the possibilities too!
Good saturday and good thrifting :)

7 comments:

De tout, de rien said...

Oh my, the woman in her nighty in the garden! Some things can't be unseen! The thrifting has been awful here too, I keep seeing the same old junk at SA and VV. And no Pyrex. I keep thinking the volunteers keep it all for themselves.

Only in Quebec do we get such great "Patates frites" places! No wonder I'm so picky about my fries.

Well, hopefully today brings better thrifting your way, my dear! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I have had some good luck in the thrifts but I must say the lack of items is sad and the prices continue to be high. Good Luck at finding something amazing.

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

You know, last summer I ran into two I think, church flea markets with cheap crap - not thrift.

Bummers of the highest order

Maureen said...

Good old Verdun. I once went to someone's duplex (I think) in the typical Verdun neighborhood and I was completely blown away by how gorgeous it was. Beautiful fireplace and the wood floors were unbelievable. You would never have known from the outside.

Sir Thrift-A-Lot said...

No heat at all?

Like no option for heat or utilities just weren't included?

Vonlipi said...

Sir Thrift A Lot What I meant was that you had to pay your own utilities, they were not included in the price of the rent. ;)

The Thriftaholic (Leilani) said...

Poo sorry you're going through a dry spell! That means thrifting riches will be had on your next outing (as I always tell myself). Sadly there is an abundance of goodness in Chicago right now but I'm low on $$. Isn't that how it always happens? I bet your thrifting mojo will get going again come summer!

Also love the Barbie cake, I had one when I was little.