I finally talked David into taking a little time off, and although we did nothing much except stay up late, sleep in late, eat chips and enjoy each others company, it was a glorious 9 days. We talked about a trip to the big city, but decided on the frugal fun of a thriftaganza instead. A thriftaganza happens about once every 2 years or so. We hit the road early and drive from south to north, visiting as many thrift stores as we can before they close at 5. It involves 5 different cities, so there's strategy involved as you can't get to them all. Once the stores are closed we have dinner somewhere tasty and head home. Really, it's fun. Honest. Our thriftaganza partner this year was our friend Glen, who found some fine treasures. My haul was moderate, but it's about the journey, not the stuff, ultimately. I might forget what I bought this trip but I will never, ever forget that terrifying candle at the Salvation Army. NEVER. So what did I get? Well, there was a big stack of fabrics, including a huge piece of amazingly eye-popping vintage seventies floral and a whole lot of navy blue corduroy. I bought a lot of old children's books. Many of them are in really rough shape but some of them were as cheap as a nickel! I've seen some fabulous work out there using images cut *shudder* from books, but I'm just not there yet. Just the thought of taking a pair of scissors to a book makes me feel oogy. But maybe I'll get over it, and if I do , I've got some great materials. I Guess my big find of the day was the classic tweety bird cage that is perfectly rusty and will make some fine garden art. This isn't the right spot for it, but I liked the way the autumn sun was lighting it up. I don't know whether to hang it from a tree or find a spot to tuck it in amongst the plants.