Our good friend Lauren over at Wearing History hipped us to an estate sale that was taking place close to our digs, so we decided to check it out. Normally, I'm not a big estate sale guy but if I have learned anything, it is to trust Lauren implicitly; she knows of what she speaks!
Seriously, estate sales just aren't my usual bag. I should know better, having seen the brilliant treasures that my blogging pals Eartha, Lisa, and Rae (be sure to check out their blogs) unearth at these sales. Don't get me wrong, if I am driving and I see a bright pink poster board duct taped to a telephone pole that reads "Estate Sale," I will more than likely skip my own birthday party to see what is being offered. I just can't bring myself to do the research. That, and I am seriously uncompetitive. The thought of waking up early and standing in line (a horrid pastime) to get a number to be the first to bust down a dead person's door so I can fight for their things just isn't my cup of tea. I still want their stuff. I still want to see the inside of their house. I just don't want to fight about it. In all honesty, I am more of a swap meet/flea market and thrift store kind of guy - mostly thrift stores, really. I've told you many times, I'm lazy; I like the idea of merchandise being separated into departments, however loosely defined those departments might be. I still have to dig but I get to dig with direction in a climate-controlled environment without too much competition from other hoarders.
We ended up getting a pile of stuff for a very reasonable price, but the trophy was this Cuh-razy straw hat. I like to believe it was some ill-conceived Mother's Day gift that the recipient HAD to wear to church and pretend that she liked all day long.
|The best part about the hat is the abundance of stories it tells.|
A Hawaiian-style, one-eyed (I prefer to think that she is winking at us),
lady golfer with pipe cleaner arms, styrofoam head, and yarn smile
is just the beginning.
|Cleaning is a major theme of the brim.|
How cool are the miniature cleaning agents and sponge?!
|While "Soilax" is a name that should have been lost to the ages, |
how could the wearer be anything but CHEER-ful in this custom-
|You can just make out the sponge mop in the lower, left-hand corner.|
I think the clusters of berries and grapes add just the right amount of
freshness and zip to an otherwise work-weary headpiece.
|Lest she forget that a mother's work isn't done with just cleaning,|
Tru Rise reminds her to put on her thinking cap and get baking!
|And what says "Happy Mother's Day" more than a zombie-|
eyed, lute-playing, crown-wearing baby chicken.
|Oh yeah, there's a sequined peacock too.|
|The crazy hat lady|
Mary styled an outfit that included the fish net
over striped-knit sweater (also procured at the estate sale),
some day-glow orange clam diggers, and that HAT!
I would be hard pressed to think of anything we needed less at our house than a hat covered in a golfing, cleaning, baking, flora and fauna motif, but now we each have one. Only kidding, it was essentially free, so how could we be expected to leave it behind? So tell us, are you an avid estate-saler? Have you found anything cool lately? Let us know what you're thinking,