Sunday, February 22, 2009

I'm not the only one who does this, right? Right?

I love going to thrift stores. Have I mentioned this before? Maybe. Anyhoo, I love thrift stores, garage sales, estate sales, whatever. But not auctions, because I'm shy. Since it's winter, thrift stores are my main source for finding cool stuff lately. I went Saturday wanting to find some vintage wallpaper or shelf paper or something to put in my hutch and buffet. (Note: it would actually be easier just to paint the stupid thing, and probably cheaper, too, but I do not like to paint, and I think a pattern would be cuter anyway.)

I found these:

Close ups. The pink/orange/red is my favorite. That doesn't mean I don't love you, too, blue.

The labels are in Swedish, but a lot of Googling gives me a rough translation of "Book covers: good protection for schoolbooks" for this part.

I think this says something about it covering ten books.

Anyway, I bought this--$1 for both rolls--and now I'm afraid to actually use it. I haven't unwrapped it anymore, but it seems a little fragile at the edges. I have no idea what to do with it. Display seems appropriate, but how? Glue it onto a canvas and hang it on the wall? Seems boring. I can't imagine using it in any sort of functional manner, because even though it only cost me $1, it seems a shame to effectively ruin something that's probably forty or fifty years old. At the same time it doesn't seem right to just stick it in a cupboard somewhere. That's probably where they're going until I figure something out, though.


  1. What about gluing (is that how you spell it?? It looks wrong) to some squares of wood which you could mount to the wall and then hang a framed photo of your kiddos on each one....does that make sense? Kind of like the canvas idea but with wood so you could layer (hang) a frame on it...I'm explaining it with you with my hands...not so helpful via a comment box....

  2. I get what you're saying. That's a good idea, I have a space above my window that needs...something. Or a hall that also needs something. L suggested gluing them to roller shades, but roller shades and I do not get along well.