Latest Diorama Finds
I'm a huge garage sale aficionado and I stop into almost any thrift store I see because that is mostly where I find the sort of small objects I need to build the dioramas. This page is dedicated to sharing the wonderful things I find and my ideas for what to do with them. I'm hoping this will encourage the visitors to my site to go out and look for themselves. Think outside the box. Look for things that spark your imagination and creativity. Have fun!
Found this desk at a thrift store. It's really a music box.
Once in a while, when I am out combing the thrift shops for 1:6 scale objects for my hobby, I come across something really unusual. I stopped at a thrift shop recently that I hadn't been to for a while. Yellow tags goods were half price and I spotted this odd looking thing lying folded on a shelf, bearing a yellow tag for 79 cents.
Imagine my surprise when I opened it up and- lo and behold!- it was a prie dieu!!! It's crazy to say I've always wanted one of these, but I have. My friend Mary and I spent some time speculating on where it came from, who made it and why. It's not your everyday piece of doll furniture! Anyway, I paid 40 cents for it and am very happy!
Here is Concepcion using the prie dieu. (I think she is confessing to buying doll furniture with my credit card. After all, I couldn't possibly have ordered that much stuff by myself!!)
Here are some more things I found the same day, most of them at the same thrift shop as the prie dieu.
I'm not sure how I'll use this red piece, but most probably be painted black, with a square top added, and become a mission style table. Behind it is a gorgeous stain glass window, which doesn't look like much because it isn't backlit.
The cabinet may become an entertainment center. The round plaque in the bottom of the cabinet may go in a nautical themed diorama I'm contemplating. On top of the cabinet is a pink marble planter. I have another just like it. I had wished for a set, but never thought I'd find one.
The top and the bottom of the table I just put together for the photo. I will actually be using the bottom side of the wood piece because it has no grooves. But it has foam pieces on it at present, which will have to be removed. I usually just scrape those off with my fingernail, then use Goo Gone to remove any sticky residue.
I love the little hand-painted Russian bowl on the odd little wood podium. The bowl was $1.00 and the podium was 50 cents.
I've been wanting to do a Southwestern room and I found the rug, the pottery piece and the wooden whatever it is (looks like a wastebasket to me!) all on the same day. The pottery photographs a little more orange than it actually is. IRL the rug and the pottery are almost the same colors. The bench I found a
couple of weeks ago.
couple of weeks ago.
I also found some nice coasters for table tops for some of my table bases. There were five coasters in all.
A pretty gold pitcher and vase set for my vase collection.
A wonderful little Victorian-type terrarium.