Saturday, May 30, 2009

Saturday Surprises: The Mane Event!

My mouth dropped as I was veering down Fifth Avenue the other day, for right there, in the middle of Manhattan, was a painted concrete lion drinking fountain standing guard aside a vintage baby pram. Did the lion eat the baby? Was the lion guarding the baby? Was there a baby lion in the pram?

This outrageous sculpture reminded me of the ones that I believe used to be at the Kansas City Zoo in Swope Park. To get a sip of luke-warm water from its spout, you had to stick your head inside one of these beasts, which, I recall, also included a yawning hippo. I'll have to rummage around in my old family photos when I go home to Kansas City in a few days and see if there are photos from our childhood trips to the zoo. I also remember a gigantic whale with a carpeted tongue that squished under your feet as you entered its mouth.

This fabulous feline was on the back of a flatbed truck promoting a New York vintage shop called Olde Good Things. I'll have to poke my head in there someday!

Stick your head into a copy of The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Detailsat Borders, Barnes & Noble, Amazon or Powell's.

Having a roaring-good Saturday!

The Elegant Thrifter

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!


  1. i too found such a lion and it lives at Hazen's used and New Furniture in Minerva, Ohio.



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