Sunday, August 22, 2010

o pioneers!

First things first: congratulations to Mary of Mary Van Notes who won a $50.00 Small Earth Vintage buying spree, courtesy the giveaway hosted by Erin of calivintage! Thanks to Erin and all who entered. For those who didn't win, you can still use the calivintage 20% off code for a couple more days (see Erin's blog for details).

And second things second: we're taking a short vacation next week. The shop will remain open, but there will be no shipping between Tuesday 8/24 and Friday 8/27. Shipping will resume again on Monday, 8/30.

Now on to the title of this post...

I feel like I'm posing for a Willa Cather book cover (O Pioneers!? My Antonia?) in this photo. I love the collar on this dress, which was a recent estate sale buy. I wore it thrifting with Andy this past weekend.

We didn't do anything too pioneering, thrift-wise, but we were very excited to find this great dog painting to add to the collection. Best of all it's in a nice old and clunky frame.

Some of my other cool finds were discovered while walking down the street in Spring Lake. I thought this little sign (on the sewer) was a nifty way to remind people that their castoff waste does end up in the waterways. As I was photographing it, a couple of joggers came by and asked "What is it?" obviously thinking I was photographing something gruesome. "Um, it's just a thing on a drain..."

After taking the photo, I went back to the truck, where Andy told me there was another such sign. I'm always fascinated when I see things on the street made by East Jordan Ironworks. They're a company in Michigan, up near Charlevoix, that has been an operating foundry since the 1880s.

I hope your weekend had a little pioneering adventure and some sweet finds, too!



  1. I love taking photographs of things that make people wonder "What the heck is that girl doing?" I'm sure they sometimes think I'm out of my mind. :) Have a nice trip!

  2. I love the dress, such a wonderful collar and pockets are always a plus too! We did end up with one very sweet find this weekend that is all about pioneering and adventure, I'm sure I'll be posting about it soon :)

  3. aw yes...winning is good! finding was good this week/end here in the NW...I love that dress! Pockets!

  4. I love Willa Cather - My Antonia is my favorite! I think the first pic of you is my new favorite, too.

  5. yes! the "last throes of summer" vacation. we're doing the same, heading to Leelanau this weekend to bid adieu to this lush season.

    have a great vacation yourself. :)

  6. Have a great vacation! Tis the time. Love shopping in the Spring Lake/Grand Haven area. Have found some great hats there.

  7. that dress is so totally slammin'! (and, as an added bonus, it looks great on you).

    gute reise!

  8. adoooore the dress, perfect collar!


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