Why 'My Mink Betty'?

Why 'My Mink Betty'?
I'm not your common, everyday twenty-something year old and when I graduated from High School I got an equally uncommon gift. My parents found for me a beautiful 1940's mink stole at a garage sale. It had belonged to the woman's Great Aunt Betty who had married late in life to a man with money and had only allowed him to buy her this one luxury. The unusually styled stole has the name, Betty L. Jones, embroidered in the satin lining so that's what I call her. They never had children of their own and the mink was passed to Aunt Betty's niece and on to her daughter. Until it got to me, no one since Aunt Betty had worn it. Now Betty the mink and I go to the theater together on special occasions and I hope that someday I can take her to the Symphony or the Ballet. Although Betty hadn't been worn or loved for many years she was waiting for someone to love her again as are most other things I look for when thrifting.

Friday, March 6, 2015

What the Frickety-Frack? Friday

Welcome to what I hope will be a regular feature on my blog, "What the Frickety-Frack Friday," where I share the weird, unusual, creepy, puzzling, or even downright terrifying things I've seen offered for sale or just around town.  The things that make me say, "What the Frickety-Frack?"

Today was the grand opening of a new Salvation Army Thrift Store.  They closed down the old store a few months ago and moved to a new location very near my house, and I have high hopes for this new location.  The store was very crowded.  I guess the opening of a thrift store is the height of the social season in my neighborhood.  I didn't buy anything, but I did get into an altercation with a woman who thought she owned the aisles and was incensed that I didn't jump when she barked.  And I do mean barked.  She even growled a little.  When I refused to let her run me over with her cart, she told me that I needed to go home and take some prozac so I wouldn't be so "rude."  I guess someone's on medication, but it ain't me.

So she qualifies as weird, and a little terrifying.  I don't have a picture of her.
But she looked kind of like this.

Except with a really bad page boy haircut.

Like I had in kindergarten.  Thanks, Mom.

I did sign up for the drawing for a free flat screen TV, an autographed Mariners' baseball and an autographed Trailblazers' basketball.    It appeared the Trailblazer organization may have donated a bunch of Blazers gear, including shorts, jerseys and shoes.  My boyfriend saw the first rack of shoes and exclaimed "Look, they have real shoe sizes!"  He is six foot seven and wears a size 14 :)

And then we saw this.

What the Frickety-Frack?
It appears to be two dragons made from shells.  And they are about to KISS!
Dragons making out in aisle five.  Yours for only $14.79.
But wait!  There are more!

And they are even weirder.
In this version, one dragon appears to be kissing the other dragon's tail.
Perfect beach cottage decor, right?

If you like the second one, there is a third that is a mirror image of it.
No wait, a three piece set for your mantle.
"Romantic" Shell Dragon Statues.

Would you have bought them?

If after seeing these pictures, you absolutely feel that you cannot live without them, they can be yours for the grand sum of $44.37 plus tax, shipping, and a fee of $50.00 to cover my pain and suffering should I be recognized purchasing such atrocities.  Before you ask, NO, I will not split up the set.

I'm linking up with these parties:

Show and Share
Thrifter Share
Vintage Bliss Tuesdays
Roses of Inspiration


  1. Oh dear, some people just don't know how to act right! Those, um, dragon shell things are definitely "what the frickety-frack" items! Since they are so fragile, the shipping must be over the top, so a price of over $100 seems reasonable... LOL! I personally think that $50.00 is too little to charge for your pain and suffering :D
    Totally fun post!

  2. Those are some weird things, whatever they are called. Sorry someone was so nasty.

    1. They are certainly strange, no? Thank you for the condolences, I take solace in the hope that she didn't find anything too spectacular and probably paid far too much for what she did buy.

  3. Oh Betty, thanks for the giggles! When I saw the dragons my first thought was "What the frickety frack!?" hee hee

    Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs!

    1. You are very welcome, thank you for visiting and laughing along with me.

  4. oh dear....our thrifts are full of full fails like the bird baths made from teacups stack on cake plates with bowls on the top--all very badly glued...UGH!

    1. Oh man I cringe every time I see things like that. I don't understand people sometimes - if you made it and it wasn't perfect enough for your purposes, why would you think someone else would want to pay money for it? Here's wishing you will find something lovely the next time you go looking.


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