Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Scavenger

I am absolutely and eternally fascinated by thrift stores. This is where I've spent the majority of the last couple of days, along with the hardware store and the rebuilding store, searching for pieces of old and discarded furniture which my best friend and I will transform into something funky and arty and modern.

I'll share some of those projects with you soon.

But something perverse in me just loves wandering through the aisles of things, things people once used.


Things people once loved.


All piled together en masse, a mass grave of objects.


Once useful, once valued, once unique. Once someone's belongings.


Who once owned these things? Who touched them? Who laughed and cried and felt with them?


Does some part of them remain in these bits and pieces? Like a residue? Does part of their energy linger? And if so, does it become part of you when you purchase it for yourself? 


$3 for a bike helmet and a bit of someone's chi?


Who slept here? Did they suffer in this bed? Did they die? Do they know that it's wedged between piles of furniture and buried under dust? 



Or are we rescuing some one's junk? Something once piled away in another cupboard, collecting dust. An annoyance at best. A souvenir from a long-forgotten trip. 


A collective of goods, all assembled homogeneously. A commune of stuff.

Ready for scavenging.

9 comments mean you love me:

Sherri said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Love the pics! I love that one black mug with the white handle...almost like it's trying to be different so someone will take a chance on it!

andygirl said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

right? let's hope that does the trick and someone takes it home. :)

thanks, Sherri!

Sarah P said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Very cool.

Sounds like fun adventures. Looking forward to the pictures!

Jo said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh my God. I really, really want that bike helmet that's also a ladybird!

andygirl said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

thanks for reading, guys!

Love in the Dumps said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I like those places too....but they smell weird. Like me.

andygirl said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Wow, you smell like old people, dirt, and cheap cleaning products? I am impressed.

Lynnette said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love the ladybug helmet I didn't even see it but it' is super cute, bet it's too small for my head anyway, oh well.

andygirl said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

you crack me up!

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