Last week we had a strange and random opportunity to combine a couple of events we had been invited to into a week long southern California adventure, a first for us. We went from Monterey to Paso Robles to Palm Springs to Los Angeles and it did not suck.

You hear about Palm Springs as a mecca for midcentury architecture and housewares and it is, however, it is also UNBEARABLY, PHENOMENALLY, UNBELIEVABLY hot in mid-summer (the off-season). It is supposed to be a dry desert heat, the kind you can actually function in if you take care of yourself, but when we got there last week it was humid and over 100 degrees and every local we met was complaining that the over 100 golf courses in the region are changing the eco-system with their greedy and grotesque water usage, creating a new breed of desert, a humid kind. Personally, I don't think irrigating the sidewalks (all of them) with misting tubes is helping keep the humidity down much either.

Restaurant patios are misted.

Restaurant patios are misted.

Empty bleachers are misted.

Empty bleachers are misted.

Sidewalks are misted.

Sidewalks are misted.

Whole baseball parks are misted.

Whole baseball parks are misted.

In any case, while we may have stayed in a Sarah's-Personal-Heaven-Come-To-Jesus-Mecca-Of-Design kind of town and hotel, we were much too hot to do any serious shopping or touring, giving up after 1/2 an hour in the car, retreating back to the pool at our hotel. I know, so sad for us.

I did manage to go out one day to three thrift stores and picked up a few things before I turned into a slumpy pile of melted human, but nothing I couldn't live without. In general, if I like something and it's cheap I will buy it and then figure out what to do with it later. So here is what I bought. Meh.

Vintage belt, $2, too big for me.

Vintage belt, $2, too big for me.

$1. I have a basket problem. There are worse things.

$1. I have a basket problem. There are worse things.

$3. Enormous vintage floor pillow. 2' x 2'. Clean and not smelly!

$3. Enormous vintage floor pillow. 2' x 2'. Clean and not smelly!

$5. Vintage inlaid wood bowl with top. 

$5. Vintage inlaid wood bowl with top. 

$.10 each. Hot plates. Lovely and nostalgic.

$.10 each. Hot plates. Lovely and nostalgic.

$1 each. Vintage clutch and wallet.

$1 each. Vintage clutch and wallet.

$.50. This is my favorite kind of toy to have in the living room. Nostalgic, engaging, funny, forgettable, unimportant.

$.50. This is my favorite kind of toy to have in the living room. Nostalgic, engaging, funny, forgettable, unimportant.

Common tin, $1. Now holding sugar on my kitchen counter.

Common tin, $1. Now holding sugar on my kitchen counter.

$8. 12 inches tall, vintage, adorable. 

$8. 12 inches tall, vintage, adorable. 

You know what? I also have a bowl problem. $5.

You know what? I also have a bowl problem. $5.

$3. Trio of vintage vases, of which I always need more.

$3. Trio of vintage vases, of which I always need more.

$2. Large vintage glass pitcher. Whatever.

$2. Large vintage glass pitcher. Whatever.

I can't pass up a plastic coin compartment.

I can't pass up a plastic coin compartment.

$1 for both. Piano player rolls. This Land is Your Land and Oh My Darling Clementine. Too cool to pass up.

$1 for both. Piano player rolls. This Land is Your Land and Oh My Darling Clementine. Too cool to pass up.

All of the things:


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AuthorSarah Reid