The Rosie Bee

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Thrifty Throwback Thursday – The Camera

vintage 110 point and shoot camera

“Vintage” 110, hehe.

As I started typing this I thought “I should have bought this and put it on Etsy and alled it ‘vintage’ and see who would pay for it.” A quick search pulled up cameras ranging from $25-33, all labeled “vintage.” It still makes me giggle because I remember using one of these 110 cameras. Am I old enough that something I used in my lifetime is now vintage?

This seemed to be in good condition. I even tested that little thing you pushed to advance the film. It made that satisfying “scritch, scritch, scritch” sound. 🙂 Do you remember when the 110s went reeeally tiny? Where they were about 3-4 inches and basically covered the film cartridge? You could easily stash them in your pocket. I think they used to come in cereal boxes as a cheapie giveaway. Oh, how the times have changed.

Back of vintage 110 point and shoot camera

It was so easy to pop in a cartridge and snap away…

Looking at these cameras does bring up great memories, though. I think of trips to Six Flags amusement parks, sleepovers and grade-school parties, and just random point-and-shoot moments. I loved going to Walgreens or F&M or wherever you got you pictures developed. The wait was more exciting than annoying, because you were so curious to see if the pictures turned out. What memories would be captured and then put into photo albums as a keepsake. (Photo albums…how many people use those these days?)

I do enjoy the instant gratification of digital cameras, but there is something cool and fun and easier, I guess, about the days of 110 cameras and developing the pictures. Life moved slower then and sometimes I miss it. Funny how a thrift shop find can bring up such good memories.


Thrifty Thursday – Cereal edition

I found this a while back and never got around to posting it. (There are just so many good finds at thrift stores!) This has to be one of the more interesting finds. All I have to say is someone must really like corn flakes. Or Japanese/American culture?

corn flakes framed box

Awesome! A framed cereal box!

That giant cob o’ corn sitting between mom and child is somewhat disturbing. Check it out, it’s almost like it’s shedding it’s kernels for the family. I also get a kick out of the instructions on the side. First, pour flakes into bowl. Then, add lemonade or yellow-ish milk. Next, throw in a spoon. Finally, enjoy!

framed cereal box for $34.99

A fair price, indeed.

The price seems fair, but it makes me think someone must have paid at least double that to frame this…cereal box. Guess it made someone happy! 🙂


Thrifty Thursday – Pewta-Craft

One of the reasons I love frequenting thrift stores is you never know what you’ll find. You’ll also find things you never knew existed! Like this:


Not pewter, Pew-ta.

The name cracks me up. Pewta-Craft. Sounds so elegant! When you can’t afford real pewter, try Pewta! Exact same look and feel!

I did a search online and found little to nothing about this amazing craft. Given the image, I imagine it was popular around the bicentennial? Sad that such a great product seems to have fallen out of fashion. 🙂


Thrifty Thursday – Unicorns and Rainbows

Sometimes you need a little bit of sunshine, rainbows, or unicorns in your life. I can tell you when I found these gems it was pretty sunny outside, and the unicorns have rainbows on them! Triple win!

Unicorn holding kid

I present…child.

Unicorn hugging kid


They also made me laugh because they are kind of bizarre and creepy. But hey, whatever works for you. 🙂

I still haven’t figured out how to properly transfer the files from this WordPress account the the new URL, argh. I might give myself another month to monkey with it and if that doesn’t work, simply start fresh at the new URL in September. Fingers crossed I can move everything.


Thrifty Thursday – Christmas in July

Christmas in July globe

Christmas in July!

I couldn’t help it. 🙂

Here is another interesting find:

Orange turnip lime pattern dress

Talk about a loud print…

I thought this was hands-down one of the ugliest things I’ve ever seen. However, I’m sure someone wore it and loved it. I love thinking about that: Who wore it? What drew them to this dress? Did they like the loud print and colors? Are their retinas intact?

Union made dress...not something you see every day.

Union made…not something you see every day.

I like checking labels, too. A union-made label is not something you see very often these days. It must have been a huge sense of pride back in the day. Oh, how things change. Think about everything that’s happened since you were born; on one hand, it probably doesn’t seem like much, but on the other hand, if you dig a little deeper, so much has changed. So often, what’s changed disappears–it gets eaten up by time’s passing. That’s one of the many reasons I like thrifting: you can get a peek into times past and have a chance to “re-live” or envision it before it heads off into obscurity (or the landfill). And sometimes, you can even save it from both!


Thrifty Thursday – Boardwalk Empire

Okay, maybe it’s more like inspired by Boardwalk Empire, but still! I love it. I meant to blog about this several weeks ago, even before May 20th–that was the day I cropped it on my phone–but it got lost in the shuffle. I’m too lazy to trim off the Verizon ad, so please ignore that.

This is one of my favorite outfits ever because everything (aside from tights and undergarments) was thrifted!

Sweater, necklace, dress, all thrifted!

Sweater, necklace, dress, all thrifted!

knee-length dress

A better look at the length. It hits just below my knees.

I really did have a picture of my shoes and tights, but I can’t find that picture. Because I love you guys, I tried to recreate it in my own bathroom, sans tights:

1920s shoes v1

The view I have.

1920s shoes

Tres cute, no?

The shoes are Aerosoles and super comfy. I almost didn’t buy them because I wasn’t sure if they were cute. Did I mention they were like-new and only $6? (Sometimes I think I check my brains at the door when I enter a thrift store. I’m telling you, those stores are intoxicating, har, har.)

The dress was probably $6, the necklace was only $5 and found at a flea market, and the sweater was $6-7 simply because it’s Banana Republic. (Goodwill marks up premium brands regardless of their quality.) That’s not a bad price for an entire outfit!

Some notes:

  • How do you like my RBF? HA! I recently found out about that term and it makes me laugh because it’s so flipping ridiculous. Can you imagine a man ever coming up with that? Maybe theirs would be “resting bro face.”
  • I also think “Dang, I look relatively young!” Not that I’m super old, but as I mentioned the other day, I’ve been very aware of time passing lately. I think learning about a former friend dying really got me on that track. Anyhow, I’m not ruing the fact that I’m not longer 20, but it’s definitely interesting to see the changes. Like the inescapable grey hairs. 🙂
  • Recently I heard a catchy song on the radio with lyrics that sounds like “I can’t feel my face when I’m with you.” The almighty Google confirmed that yep, that’s what they’re singing about, and some astute commenter said, “The song is about drugs.” I have to laugh because what are the other options? Singing about being the freezing cold where the wind numbs your face?I do like the song, it’s pretty catchy, but I have to admit I feel a little silly belting out how “I can’t feel my face” when I am driving around.

Thrifty Thursday: Red, White, Blue and Bizarre

Lately I’ve seen some amusing things at thrift stores, and they all happened to be red, white, or blue, so without further ado:

st vinnie's no dumping sign

I’m confused…

Do they not want donations? Maybe they don’t want drive-by donations?

No! Christmas at this time.


I suppose this means there will be no Christmas in July sales. Darn!

Laxatives at St. Vinnie's

Friend or foe?

This cracked me up because for one, it was at at thrift store, neatly housed with the other typical thrift store goods, such as bandages, “vomit basins” (or as I like to call them, “those plastic puke catchers”), and syringes. Yes, syringes.

Second reason it cracked me up? It’s a “mini” enema, as opposed to a full-on enema. If you’re going to go that route, wouldn’t you want to go big?

Finally, it cracked me up because I understand the “ease” part; enemas don’t seem like a good time, so why not make it easy, “ease” things along, etc.? But if you say the name fast, it becomes “enemies.” If I had to take some thrift-store laxatives, I’m not sure I’d want to buy a brand that can sound like it’s my enemy. Especially if it’s going to have me, ah, stuck on the toilet for a time.

In related news, I believe I crossed over to a new level of thrifting this morning. As I was driving out of my neighborhood I saw a little table/hutch/thing at the side of the road with a sign saying “Please take.” I stopped, backed up, and parked. Got out of my car, looked to see if anyone else was around (I didn’t want to have to brawl) and scooped it up. It’s currently in the backseat of my car. I’m not sure what I’ll do with it; maybe I’ll keep it for a time and eventually drop it off at Goodwill? Maybe I’ll refinish it? But I liked the look of it, it’s solid wood, and I thought it was too good to pass up. Pictures forthcoming!

And in a thankful note, I’m so thankful it’s a three-day weekend! I’m also thankful that this summer has not been as nearly as sweltering as I had anticipated. In fact, it’s pretty darn great. 🙂

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Thrifty Thursday – Velvet John (and a bonus Thankful Thursday)

Oh, boy, am I ever glad it’s Thursday. That means two things: Thrifty Thursday and Thankful Thursday, both of which lift my spirits and need right now!

First, thankful Thursday:

  • I am so thankful that last night a neighbor informed me that my car alarm has been going off about 4-5 times a night for the last month or so. It’s an older car, so I’m sure it’s a short and the system can be disabled. I’m not happy I have one more unexpected thing to pay for, but I am happy he told me. After a month. (Really, I’m thankful! But…did he not think to put a note on my car, maybe after the first week of the annoyance? LOL!)
  • I’m also thankful that I was able to swap cars with my mom this morning. My mom has Sirius radio, which is fun. It was especially fun to hear Haim’s “The Wire” on the radio–something that never happens in normal radio. Good way to start the day!
  • And one final thankful bit, I’m thankful that this week is winding down. I try not to wish my days away, but this has been a busy, long week. I’m looking forward to the weekend, where I can paint my new furniture, chill out, and plan blog posts for July! (That’s right, I’ve got a calendar! I’m working ahead! I suppose I should add one more thankful bit: I’m thankful for hope, time management, and the chance to continually improve. 🙂 )

    Now, this Thrifty Thursday is a shout out to our friend Rene About the Cats, the Beatles fan. I think this is a picture of John Lennon? Maybe?

    John Lennon velvet painting

    John Lennon?

    This thing was HUGE. Probably 4″ high and 3″ across. I dig the galaxy behind him. Oh, did I mention it was painted on black velvet? Yes! Truly vintage art. I knew a treasure like this wouldn’t come cheap so I winced as I flipped it over to check out the price. What? Only $4.99! Score!

    Only $4.99

    Only $4.99!

    The thrifting gods have smiled up on me! Oh…wait…

    expensive velvet painting

    Wah, waaaahhh…

    Yep. Evidently some other shop (I’m thinking Goodwill–they used to do the wax-pencil pricing like that) didn’t see the true value in this painting and marked it a paltry $4.99. But the staff at St. Vincent de Paul, they knew a top-notch painting when they saw it and marked it up 10x. (Too bad they weren’t clever enough to put the sticker over the original price.) That was a little too rich for my blood, so it was with a heavy heart that I left what I thought of as “John on Velvet with a Groovy Galaxy” at the store for some art aficionado to take home and love.

    Note:That bit of dress and denim jacket you see in the picture? Both thrifted! Whee!


Thrifty Thursday – “Carousel” dress

OK, this dress isn’t from that movie, but whenever I wear it I feel like I should be in one of those 1950s summertime movies.

Pink flower carousel dress

It’s very early, can you tell?

It was very early when I took this pictures and I didn’t get a great night’s sleep. I tried to get a smiley pic just because:

carousel dress part two

Cheesy morning grin! No coffee required. No makeup, either. Yikes.

What I especially love the fact that the shoes, belt, and dress were all thrifted! The dress came with a pink ribbon sash but this morning I saw another blogger post a picture of a pastel dress with black shoes and belt. Since I don’t seem to be comfortable unless I’m wearing at least one black item, ta-da! I also liked that the belt and shoes match (both patent leather). And the shoes were brand new!

Outfit run-down

  • Belt: $1? (Probably 75 cents, actually)
  • Dress: $12 (This was definitely a splurge, but it’s lined and it was in like-new condition.)
  • Shoes: $3.50 (Brand new! <3)
  • The dress is a little big on the sides, but the belt helps with that. I figured for the very inexpensive price (retail I’d probably put it at around $75, given the brand), it doesn’t have to be a perfect fit. It’s ready-to-wear, anyhow. 🙂

    In cat news, it’s been hot and my two babies aren’t as active as normal. We’ve all been getting a lot of nap time in on those super-hot days. I also found the battery for my camera so I am going to try and take more pictures of them with that. Black cats + iPhone camera = fuzzy pictures. Heck, fuzzy pictures in general, as you can see from above.

    In techie news, I moved some files over to a permanent URL but…I need some help. But hey, one major step down! (I’m trying to teach myself more WordPress, CSS, and all that good stuff, so woo! Yay for summer goals.)

    In life news, some ups, some downs. But as a friend advised, “Ride the chaos!”


Thrifty Thursday – Around the Web

I can’t take credit for finding this in a thrift store, though it definitely appears to have resided in one! I’ve seen this in a couple places with no credit, so I have no idea where it was and who found it. I present to you:

Cat chair

Cat Chair!

I think “Whoa” is an appropriate response.

I do have some thrifted outfit posts coming up, for real. I’m excited to show you! There have simply been some technical issues on this end. But I finally got my computer and am getting that set up how I like it, woo! One techie thing down. I also realized when taking some cat photos with my iPhone (especially this morning) that I need a real camera. Many pictures taken in my house end up shadowy and thus not on the blog. I’ve done some research and I can get a pretty decent camera for not a lot of dough so expect more, better pictures soon!