Thrifty House: 1st Day of Summer Edition

I have a special thrifty house for you this week because both items I have received/purchased have really great stories behind them. Part of my June wishes list was to get a bike, but I got more then I bargained for.

This is Mary my new bicycle. Now Mary belonged to a dear friend of mine, Clare who moved back to Australia in February {I miss her dearly} so yesterday when her man friend brought Mary over to our house I was ecstatic! He said ‘This is a gift from Clare. I know she wants you to have her.’ I teared up I won’t lie! Clare and I meet in summer French class and would stand infront of Mary for hours after class just talking about life. You know when you meet someone that gets you on every level and shares so many of the same view points as you? Like the universe crossed your path for a purpose? Well that is what I have with Clare, she is my soul sister if you will. She also loves to write long letters and I receive a nice 12 to 20 page letter from her each week and I send her the same. So having Mary is like having a little piece of Clare here with me, I know that sounds cheesy but I am HUGELY sentimental.

Now what do you do on the first day of summer with a new bike? You take a freakin’ bike ride! Now I didn’t get many photos as I was just enjoying the ride, but here are a few things that caught my attention as I biked down the canal.Proudly walking home with my beautiful red train case in hand, I took a different route home past all the antique stops because they always have wonderful window displays and I was in no hurry. A British man on a vintage bike with his basket full of flowers stopped to talk with me about my train case. He said he was looking at it in the morning and was very close to buying it but thought he already had enough in his collection of 8. I thanked him for not purchasing it as this was better than any train case I could imagen owning and I have wanted one forever. We chatted about how it use to be to travel and how elegant everything once was. We parted ways as he said he was happy to see the case go to such a great home. Ahh… it’s moments like that I love living in Montreal!

This happened last week (other wise I would of been riding a bike too) and today our paths crossed again at my local thrift shop. I don’t have much of a social life so these personal connections are special to me. I have a feeling I will be running into this gentlemen again, and I should really ask him his name.

I hope you are all having a wonderful first day of summer and I can’t wait to share some more of my thrifted finds with you. If you have posted some of your thrifted finds let me know I always LOVE looking at the great treasures people find.

Much Love,

6 thoughts on “Thrifty House: 1st Day of Summer Edition”

  1. oh those are great! that basket is a lot like the one i got on free day!! i need to take it in and see what i can do to get it fixed up because it has no seat right now, and i’m not too sure what else is wrong with it, but it’s so fun we both have bikes like that!

  2. LOVE the train case! How very retro cool. Happy first day of summer to you! So glad I’ve found your happy little blog! :)

  3. awww! Traveling did seem more elegant in the past. But I think a lot of that is because with time it’s easy to only talk about the lovely things, and skip over the frustrating.

    The red on your train case is gorgeous! And Mary is such a pretty bicycle!

  4. i’m sentimental person too, don’t worry Crystal you’re not alone :D
    very lovely bike! i can go biking everyday with such cute one. mine is grey, i have a plan to air brush it to white but no time.

    lovely bike tour photos!


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