My Winter Workout
by Amie Stark of
Here in Connecticut where we have long cold winters, if you are not a skier or winter sports enthusiast — which I am definitely not — the only sport left for us girls is running to estate sales and thrift shops! It might not sound like much exercise, but you can get a pretty good workout. There’s a lot of bending down, lifting and reaching. There’s also finding something so sublime that it makes your heart go pitter-patter, which in turn is good for my physical being. You get where I’m going with this?
So instead of heading north to Vermont or Massachusetts to fly down a freezing cold mountain attached to two tiny little skis, I prefer to spend my weekends on level ground planning out which estate sales and thrift shops to visit. I cannot break my leg doing it, it’s deeply fun, and it’s how I stock my Etsy shop up with so many fabulous vintage finds for everyone!
On another afternoon my fellow thrift hunter and I (and the GPS) headed out for a sale at a home that was so enchanting I hardly noticed any of the contents in it that were for sale. The house was built by an architect named Frazier Stevens in the 1920’s, and was this incredibly charming, rambling English Tudor with a real turret. I was way too busy daydreaming about what a great childhood I could have had there playing fabulously exciting games of hide & seek to even shop. I just missed out on a gorgeous and highly coveted orange Cathrineholm casserole dish with a lotus design that another shopper claimed she had found first, as she snatched it out of my hands. All I left with was a glass ashtray, but I was still happy.
Thrift stores often turn up treasures too. They are perfect for the much-needed mid-week workout. Last week I spotted a really cool brown enamel teapot in one that l thought might have a been something good, and I was right! It was an authentic Arabia of Finland, designed by Kaj Franck, an iconic mid century modern vintage piece. I left feeling extremely satisfied with this little treasure.
So that’s my winter workout. Another weekend is just beginning so I need to run so that I can lay out my plans for another fun-filled adventure. After all, a girl has to keep up her exercise routine to stay happy and healthy!
Thank you so much Amie, it sounds like you have got your winter workout down pat.
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