Sabi Saturday : week 3

Sabi Saturday : week 3

Sabi Saturday Linkup Week 3

So the Sabi Saturday blog hop is open for the whole week where we share. Add your link up at the bottom of the post.

  • the vintage/antique items handed down or we “rescue” from garage sales and thrift stores so they don’t end up in a trash bin
  • items we’ve upcycled instead of throwing them away
  • items we’ve repaired in a transformative way to make them more beautiful or cooler than before
  • process or tutorials on how we upcycled or repaired something to make something new, more beautiful, or cooler

A few people were confused about the parameters last week but I’m hoping my answers in comments cleared them up. Crossing my fingers.

Sabi Saturday Linkup Week 2 Roundup

First the roundup:

There was a problem with the linkup ending too early and having to be restarted but as an alternative people solved the problem by leaving a direct link in the comments which also worked great.

Blacky’s Burrow and  15 and Meowing . She rescued a very handy little ironing board. (She’s two blogs. first one just shows Sabi Saturday.  2nd shows her cat in a St. Patty’s selfie along with the Sabi Saturday.

SketchingWords shared her mother’s cool purple glass collection.

Cactus Catz showed a vintage Blue Willow ewer found at a thrift store.

This week’s Sabi Saturday contribution


My mom would scour thrift stores and garage sales for artificial flowers and cool vases. She loved making these fabulous flower arrangements.  She preferred fake flora because the real ones died too soon.

Actually everything you can see in the photo was from a thrift store or garage sale like the clock, the plates and tiny dolls. Well except for the Okinawan doll on the bottom shelf. I bought her when I visited Okinawa.

After WWII, a lot of GIs were stationed in Asia and brought oriental objects back with them.  With Davis Monthan being a huge Air Force Base, many of them retired nearby when they finished their service.  Over time, some of those things ended up in the local antique and vintage shops as well as at thrift stores, garage and estate sales.

Mom loved going to the thrift stores.  We would often go two or three times a week just to see if there was anything new.  I picked up her hobby.  It’s still one of my favorite things to do and I often think of her when I go, especially when I see something she would enjoy.

Linking up

You can choose to do a pingback or add your link in the Mr. Linkys. Also feel free to leave a link in comments. The advantage to Mr. Linkys is that it can feature an image from your post. Please tag your post Sabi Saturday.

Note: Here are some quick instructions if you need a little help with Mr. Linkys.

  • Click “Check to accept use/privacy policy (click to read)” for your url to be accepted.
  • When you hit enter, a little pop up box should come up so you can choose which thumbnail to show.
  • Once you choose your image, click done.
  • It will ask to close the window so click ok.

Give it a few minutes to do the script and resize the image and then refresh your window. You should see your link. Be aware if you’ve entered a url in a previous Mister Linkys on anybody’s blog, not just mine, it will probably automatically propagate the fields with your previous entry. Remember to change the url if you’re not doing the same post.


26 Replies to “Sabi Saturday : week 3”

  1. Does ‘thrift stores’ mean the shops run by charities, where people donate unwanted or surplus things? There are an increasing number of them, even here in the Algarve. It’s a great way of recycling. You never know what you’ll find. 🙂 🙂

    1. Yes, that’s what thrift stores are. Most of them are run by charities but a few are just used goods stores as a business. It’s a lovely way to recycle. I love them. In Japan, I found one in Tokyo one day and got a boy’s black silk kimono for $10! So cheap and it fit me as a jacket. Ooooh, I should do a post about that. I completely forgot about that until now. If you find anything cool and do a post, please do join us. The Sabi Saturday is all week long.

    1. Thank you! My mom and I both collected them whenever we found them at garage sales and thrift stores so that’s our little collection displayed together.

  2. Your history of GIs bringing back Japanese artifacts and how they ended up in thrift shops near the retirement communities is very interesting. I heard something like that from the owner of an Indian art shop in Santa Fe. He was going to places where a long time ago people collected Indian pots (which weren’t valued or appreciated much back then, just like the Japanese art). His prices were REALLY high! Your post illustrates another example of this phenom.

    best… mae at

    1. Sadly I think there is an influx too because they are all getting to be in their 60s-80s and as they pass away, the adult children donate the things to thrift stores that they don’t want. It’s very interesting about the Indian pots. I wish I knew more about them. They would be lovely to collect but I don’t think I’ve seen real ones at the thrift stores — mostly the little tourist kinds.

    1. Thank you. I agree my mom did a lovely flower arrangement. I wish I had her talent. Thanks for popping by.

    1. That sounds like a great idea.

      I’m glad you were able to figure out the problem. If a linkup doesn’t work, you can always paste the link into the comments. That’s what some people do.

  3. Those are beautiful. I like silk flowers better too, I dust them with the can of air I have to clean the computer. Thanks for hosting this fun hop.

    1. oh, that’s great about the can of air. I think that would be better than a feather duster. thank you.

        1. I think it means that the name has to be 20 characters or less. That explains a lot. I was wondering why people were leaving their first name and not their blog name.

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