Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Thigh's the Limit

Oh why the hell not? I can see these with one of my church lady dresses. They appear never to have been worn outside as the soles look new, and I didn't see any obvious signs of indoor use like teeth marks on the heels...
I reckon a hooker must have stopped by to donate some footwear today. These are also suspiciously new looking. I guess there aren't too many occasions for this sort of thing-unless you're me!  This morning I had an eye exam, and got new lenses set in my specs. My mother's old frames will have a green gradient tint, and my black Artcraft cat eyes will have the regular clear lenses. I can't wait for them to come back from the lab. I asked the young man helping me with my frames if he thought the bright green tint would look strange.
"Well yes", he replied "But consider the alternative!" I guess I shouldn't have asked the guy in a chartreuse shirt and tie if green lenses would look strange. An elderly couple sitting nearby (and entertaining us with dirty jokes) thought the green lenses sounded terrific. At any rate, I'm sure no one will notice my specs once they get a look at my footwear.

I found some shoes for "normals" as well. The Clarks were $5.99 which seems like a good deal (and they're also unworn).
Today was a first wear for this lightweight 70's dress. I'm not in love with the cap sleeves, but it was the perfect thing to wear on a warm, slightly muggy day.
 I bought the reverse painted bangle when I was pregnant as it was the only thing I could fit over my swollen wrists. It slips around a bit now being large, but I would never get rid of it associating it as I do with my pregnancy. I was so happy to have anything that fit. I gained thirty pounds, but I swear most of it was in my ankles and wrists. Danny was only 6 lbs. 11 oz. I blame the cheese-roll-ups. Oh, you want to know what that is? Take a slice of horseradish flavoured cheese (or a slice of Swiss with a dollop of horseradish) and spread it with cream cheese. Roll it up. That's where the thirty pounds came from. I did lose all of my pregnancy weight (and then some) but I have to admit I still can't look at cheese without feeling a little sick.
All those great shoes need handbags to match. That large tote with the print is actually vinyl inside, and on the trim, so the vinyltastic festival continues. The white bag with the Lucite handles was $2.99 at Goodwill, which is insane for a 50's handbag. I feel like I should keep stalking that store for a bit until all the granny bags hit the display. I suspect someone donated a huge number of these, and they're staggering putting them out. It can't just be luck that every time I've hit that location they've had a rack of crazy vinyl bags. Can it?
Finally, a beautiful enamel pot, never used but with a chip in the lid. No big deal, and at $2.99 for a heavy saucepan I'm willing to tolerate a chip on the lid. You don't eat from the lid. How I wish the rest of the set had shown up in the store-if ever a pot could tick all the boxes of things I love, this is it.

Danny has started printing out cards to hang beneath my crazy wall-art with things like:

                                                                  Homco Sconces
                                                                  Gilt on Plastic
                                                                  American, 1971
                                                                  Museum of Kitsch,

I thought it was funny at first, but now everything in the house has a description affixed to or beneath it. Maybe I really should conduct tours by appointment. Anyway, I'm letting him have his fun for the moment. There's still another month to summer break.

If anyone needs to label their kitsch, let me know and I'll have the little archivist make you some signage.


Sue said...

So cannot wait to see the thigh high boots and a church dress out in public!!! The bangle with the flowers in it is rather cute. The red one with white spots you sent me is divine, I have to soap my hand to get it on and off, that is how much I love it!!!

Joanna said...

Can't wait to see the new specs! I hope you have a granny case to go with them, one with an extra pouch for the cigs…even if you don't smoke:) I saw this really cool novelty item and I am going to keep my eyes open for one for you…you could add rhinestone clips to your eyeglasses.

Asparagus Pea said...

When my friends kids were little they would get excited if it was 'ham fingers' for tea. ( that's sliced ham rolled up). They would have gone well with your cheese roll ups. The new glasses sound exciting - does th Goodwill store have s special section for hookers or are they just in with the regular stuff?

pastcaring said...

Ooh, stripper heels, fabulous! Love the yellow dress too, but I struggle a bit with that style of cap not-really-a-sleeve-at-all. I'd be tempted to get rid of them!
I was like a ship in full sail when I was pregnant with Claudia, less so with the other two though. Gawd, I do not miss pregnancy, not one little bit.
That white 50s bag was a fabulous find; I often wonder what else is lurking in the charity shop stock room when I find some vintage beauty. I always imagine a whole wardrobe which all got donated but hasn't been sorted and priced up yet. The eternal optimist, that's me. (Actually that's so NOT me!)
Danny could construct a whole kitsch catalogue for you. There's a project! xxx

Helga said...

OMG that enamel POT!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! (covet..)
Ha, I reckon a hooker did do a spot of donating, but hey, hookers have great taste in footwear! Those shoes are fab, as are the boots! When we were in a thrift shop in Galveston I found some amazing crutch high leopard vinyl hooker boots ina sea of 80's Mormon hilarity. SCORE!

Goody said...

@Asparagus Pea

The thrift store doesn't, but I'm planning to do some selling of clothing on-line and I thought it would be great to organise the site with sections such as, "Mods", "Rockers", "Grannies" and "Strumpets".

Goody said...


I had one of those (back when I smoked). The nicer ones had a spot for your lighter on the side as well. My boyfriend at the time really hated it because he said it reminded him of his grandmother (!) so he bought me this beautiful gold and ebony case from the 40's...which was fine, lovely really...but there wasn't anywhere for my sunglasses!

Geez, I haven't thought about that in over 30 years.

Goody said...


I really should put him to work compiling a catalogue-what a great project that would be. What freaked me out was how he used all the correct art-dealer language. I'm fearful he may be channeling his grandmother.

The golden age of being a child at Friday night gallery openings is over anyway-they've wised-up to all the underage drinking. Gawd, the 70's and 80's were a magical age...