Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Day Trippin' Loot

A true measure of a successful vacation: quality loot. Before heading up to New Haven, we stopped in Greenwich, hoping for some wildly chic, albeit overpriced shops (akin to the ones in Sag Harbor) and a couple Bloody Marys. We got a long strip mall with overzealous pith helmet-wearing traffic cops who were both snippy and confusing (hands flailed wildly in all directions, the mouths shouted furiously if one disobeyed the "signals"). All that and not a decent brunch joint for miles. So, we drove around looking at all the old mansions with new 10,000 square foot additions (or their stone fences) and came across a great estate sale. The woman who owned the house obviously liked to return home from her trips laden with loot as well. There, we picked up a few (likely stolen) ashtrays from Europe's grand hotels, a set of mint julep cups, great rubber boots, a set of crystal cocktail glasses and a dress that would look perfect on Carol Channing -- all for $50. Greenwich's honor, restored! The chart above (which took loads of effort to create!) outlines some other great finds from our other destinations.

7 comments:

jezebel said...

You two are too wonderful- rakes and raconteurs let loose on the Eastern Seaboard, like the children of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler let loose at the Met.

porter hovey said...

Hahahah! That was my favorite book in the 4th grade -- I still think how cool would it be locked inside the Met for a long weekend and steel the pennies from the fountain.

the quarter rat said...

Score on the mint julep cups!

Sir Fopling Flutter said...

Well done! The julep cups and the bear's head are wonderful.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Hollister - there's a thrift-shop-like spot in Sag, right around the corner from somewhere I can't remember. All the same stuff, the big bottles, crab dishes, etc. Cheap. I suspect all the biggies are buying their stuff there and "flipping it." I'll figure out where and let you know.

K said...

I love how you showcased your findings! What fun adventures you go on! Can't wait to hear of more!

Joanna Goddard said...

these scores are amazing. i love your fabulousness!