Monday, June 29, 2009


We come at last to the Clothing, Dolls, Et Cetera Room. I've always wanted the opportunity to use the word et cetera ever since I saw the movie "The King And I." "Et cetera! Et cetera! Et cetera!" If you don't know what I mean by et cetera. rent the movie but make sure it's the version with Yul Brynner and look for the wonderful scene where he bemoans his confusion with the modern world.

Back to clothes. Clothes. I don't like 'em. If I had my way... Well, we all have to wear them. Sigh. What I really don't like is shopping. Shopping--that ghastly exercise in confusion and sore feet.

Well, right here on this blog I have the answer for thos
e of us who don't like shopping. Look at these pictures, click on them, and Voila! you can do your clothes shopping from the comfort of your chair. Above, for you men, ties that suit every mood and below, jackets and shirts that excite. Excitement--isn't that what it's all about? If you like something you have to go the Turnabout and try it on but at least you've shortened that ghastly exercise.
Below, a wonderful antique girl's dress. Click on it. Who could resist? Isn't it lovely?

Here we come to the et cetera. Dolls and Bears and Curious George and et cetera. Et cetera! Et cetera! Et cetera! Et cetera's pretty good!

Below, for those of us who love beautiful things, a woman's jacket that truly captures a certain Spring day when
everything's right with the world. I love it. I'd buy it but it wouldn't fit me. Actually, I don't know why men shouldn't have a jacket like this. I have always found it sad and strange that the only color a lot of men feel they can allow themselves has to be worn around the neck.

More women's jackets below, some lovely fabrics here--I love the look of the jacket all the way to the right and there's a purple one and a black one with white stripes that looks interesting. Click on it; the jackets just sing to you!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


The Turnabout Thrift Shop lost a dear friend last week. Her name was Kay Davis. Those of us who knew her know how much she cared about the shop. Surely there's a computer and Internet connection in Heaven. This one's for you, Kay. We miss you more than we can say.
I hope this picture comes out because it shows such an interesting variety of things: wine glasses on the top two shelves; odds and ends on the other shelves and just below it just a peak at what looks like something to store wine. Click on it, use the bars along the top and bottom and discover the mystery of the kitchen shelf for yourself.
I love this shelf. Whoever put it together has created an art piece: the mugs at the very top give it a good firm line, the shelf below that shows the mugs in an artistic jumble which absolutely makes you want to shuffle them around. Sorry, you can't do that. The shelf below has what thrift shops are all about--total disorder, but in an orderly way. Now we are truly seeing artistry: you want to pick up those objects--is that a wire thing-a-ma-jig that mixes stuff? Last shelf--ah the beauty of that sea blue something... A colander?
OK maybe you wouldn't put books in with kitchen stuff but both nurture: the kitchen stuff does it for the stomach; the books do it for the soul. Click on it and see whether you can read the titles.

Below we have a beautiful tea set that still sits on the shelf in the Antiques and Doodads Room. I thought of Kay when I saw it. Kay made lifelong friends wherever she went, which was a lot of places: she was born in South Dakota; lived a lot of her life in New Jersey; vacationed in Hawaii and loved it and finally came to El Cerrito and the Turnabout Shop. Gather all those friends of Kay's together and you'd need a tea set this big.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Another chance to get a sneak peak at our goodies. However, before we do, I'd like to tell you about something fascinating I discovered. See that picture just above of the first shelf in the room at the front I'm going to call our Antique and Doodads Room? Click on it twice and you'll find everything in it magnified. Now, go to the long bar at the bottom that you use to get to different parts of the screen and move it and you'll find yourself with your own private tour of the shelf. Do the same with the side bar (both are usually colored blue) and the tour increases to the whole shelf. Well, I don't know about you, but I think this is pretty darn amazing. I love blogger!
Now, do the same with this shelf. See, you can do it. Amazing, isn't it?

Now, for our newest goodies. Number One: a nice little Polish jar, just below. Might buy this myself for a Polish friend.
Next, a really nifty necklace. Oh, you can magnify this by clicking on it twice and see how beautiful it really is as you can with the Polish jar.
Next we have an old, undoubtedly antique--but don't take my word for it--U.S. Army Coffee Pot. I don't know about you, but I think this is truly unusual. This kind of item is what thrift stores are all about. Click on it and you'll be amazed. It's almost good enough to eat.
This beautiful seascape has been hanging on our wall in the Antique and Doodads Room for awhile. Another amazing treasure that only the Turnabout can offer.

Hey, just to show you the versatility of our offerings. this is a Jullian Wood Painting Easel, fully collapsible, for those of you that are artists.
That's it for now.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


A thrift store should have a cupboard to display beautiful things.  
It should have a cheery fellow to greet you as you come in.  The Turnabout has Piggy.
It should have beautiful things to look at, like this lovely old evening purse. 

And this unusual Saki set.
And this wonderful lady with cat.

And this beautiful Chinese plate.  Maybe that's enough for a first unveiling.  I hope these things will still be there when you visit.  I think I'll suggest the shop hold onto Piggy.  Don't you think he makes a wonderful greeter?