Monday, January 23, 2012


We drove across Pennsylvania last week... most of it anyway. The trip east was intense. Our goal was to reach our destination and transact business. No time to do anything but get there.

The drive west was fun. The entertainment? Thrift shops. Not the big chains (although we did stop at a couple that are "doing the most good"), but the little shops that are sponsored by everything from various small town ministries to dog lovers.

The thing I like about thrift stores is that you never know what lies at the back of a shelf, or the bottom of some box. I feel like a hunter intently searching for... for... I don't know! I just know when I see it, it has to go home with me.

Like this lo-o-o-o-ng box full of old wooden dominoes. Not sure yet know how they will live out life, but just maybe they could add some depth or texture to guerrilla art. (All those dominoes for $2!)

Occasionally, we find tidy little shops where everything is clearly priced and labeled. Though they may not know that this "chip" is a sumi ink stick... I recognized it and it lives here now. The finishing touch in that store was a box of slides - regular and title -  for just $.80! 

In all the stops we made, there is one scene that I will never forget. A twenty-something man, standing behind a counter in an unheated, "unlovely" storefront. He kept rubbing his hands together to generate warmth while he cheerfully told every person that came through the doors about the free bread in his food room. That's ministry. 

My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. I John 3:18


Nancy said...

It sure sounds like you had fun on your trip with little adventures all along the way....looks like you got some interesting stuff at your stops.....Always fun to think about what you will do with the goodies...I can't wait.....

Tammy said...

Garage sales and re-sale shops are a blast! You never know what hidden treasure you're going to stumble on! Ohhhh, the thrill of the

Laurie said...

What's a sumi ink stick?

cHim-prints said...

Actually it's a lot more complicated than I realized. It is ink in solid form that is ground in a special stone "bowl" to create a perfect fresh ink commonly used for calligraphy or oriental brush painting. Whoa! I'm daunted!!!