Let me ask you a question, when you go to thrift stores (if you go to thrift stores) and you come across an item that you know is awesome and you know that you could probably turn over for a bigger profit, do you leave it in the store if it’s not something you’d ever use or really appreciate as much as someone else would?
Or do you buy it anyway?
I may be the most naive human being on the planet when it comes to these situations because I come across these types of really great items all the time. And what do I do? I leave them in the stores. Like this Vintage Singer Sewing machine I came across this week.
I mean look at it. Turquoise, vintage and it practically screams eye candy for your home.
And yet I am not very good at sewing. Though I suspect if this machine actually worked it would work better than more than half of the new ones on the market so maybe that would encourage me to sew more? Yeah who am I kidding, that’s not going to happen. I enjoy hand stitching items quite a great deal but no matter how many times I try I am not drawn the craft of sewing using a machine.
So I left it there so that maybe, hopefully, it would find its way to a home that would enjoy it and appreciate it much more than I would. Like if I found a vintage camera. Then we could talk.
It’s the idea of thrifting karma.
But speaking of second hand items, take a look at this amazing RAK – a street library nook.
My friend and former colleague Gregory of The Gregory Project took this photo and posted it on Facebook and I instantly asked him if it was OK to share it here. Because as far as Random Acts of Kindness go, this is not only cool but I mean look at the decor detail. Upcycling 101. Love it!
Onto this week’s northstory notes:
I love a good wood craft and combine that with gift wrapping and you have my creative heart.
Having been unable to find a good inexpensive duvet covers for my girls room, I came across this DIY duvet and now I really want to make one even more.
I really like seeing bloggers make their own furniture and because we can’t stand our current bed frame, I loved this tutorial from The Space Between on how they made theirs.
And you know I love thrifting, well the Little House Blog is giving away a $50 Gift Certificate to Value Village. Go enter – today is the deadline!!!
Finally if you are one of the 5 people left on earth that has not seen the Extra ‘Origami’ commercial, I highly recommend you get some Kleenex or are not in a public place when you watch it for the first time. I cried like a baby. It is by far one of the best commercials I have seen in years and completely resonates with what I try to do here in my notes.
The little things, the pay it forwards, the random acts of kindness – they are always the big things in the end.
And I’d like to expand past my world of experience of that. So by all means if you have ever have a good Random Act of Kindness that happens to you, let me know about it so I can share your story and link up to your awesome corner of the internet.