Saturday, April 2, 2011
One of my favorite things about thrifting is how it has taught me to love an object based almost exclusively on its own merits. The onus is on me to recognize its usefulness, or beauty (and ideally, both!), instead of being able to rely on the store to professionally curate their goods, and on myself to just pick my favorite. With thrifting, you have a strange accumulation of what the world has produced over time before you, and left to your own devices to pick what you can choose/love. I like to think of it as the NYT crossword puzzle of shopping - you have to use your head.
And so, for instance, when I find a brand I have never heard of, I don't look at the object with any preconceived notions, and can judge it solely on its own integrity. And so it was, when I found a glass and a pair of mugs from two different Taste Setters lines. The colorways are so cheerful and bright, but it's the the wit and the whimsy that really get me.
First I found this glass, which stradles the line of non-offensive, playful mockery. It's unabashedly preppy in style and color, and yet can appeal to the prepster who can chuckle at himself, while also being a joy to someone who likes to make fun of the lifestyle, all while keeping the drinker amused. I love this glass for the same reason I love to eat cereal with the box on the table - sometimes you just need something to read! Not to mention, I think its myriad of colors would lend itself to coordinating with a number of drinks - from crisp white milk to a spring green margarita!
And then, this past weekend, I found this set of mugs. I got a glimpse of them from the corner of my eye, and I just had to have them. The fanciful prancing horses in their patterned blankets stole my heart. I can't even imagine the visual joy that would come from dining at a table set with the whole collection. And I'm not even a horse person! I'm just very smitten with a company that is willing to put such levity into every day items.