Monday, December 7, 2009

The Object of My Desire: Winners Revealed

When I found the Rain-Runner in a Fort Lauderdale thrift store -- the grand prize for my Mystery Giveaway that'll be sent along with a personalized copy of The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details -- it evoked many memories of small-town ladies keeping their hair-dos from wilting in a Spring mist or from shriveling under a full-on downpour.

Of course, my Grandma Williams who lived in Mulberry,
Arkansas, came to mind. She was not a fashion plate, and I can't recall her ever wearing makeup, but oh-my-my goodness, her pride and joy was her hair. Being a preacher's wife, she got her hair done every Saturday so she always looked her Sunday's best. I always think of that funny Southern saying, "The higher the hair; the closer to God." Now I wouldn't go so far as to say she had a super-big bouffant, but it was thick, white and wavy, meticulously coiffed, and never moved an inch even when met head-on with a mighty gust of wind. Toward the end of her life, even though the occasion for her to go out in public dwindled, her hair did not, as she always made it to the beauty parlor to have her hair puffed back to perfection.

So before I get all sappy over a rain bonnet, let me reveal the winners of my first Mystery Giveaway. Since I'm the one doing the giveaway, there are now three prizes.


Someone who follows me anoymously by the name of "Lurky" guessed that the mystery gift was "one of those plastic hair caps that my mother always had in her purse in case a raindrop fell" with the second clue on December 1 at 10:41 PM.

Now "Lurky," you have a choice. You may select the Rain-Runner from Fort Lauderdale OR the red ILGWU rain cap featured below that I purchased for 10 cents at a rummage sale in Independence, Missouri. It'll come along with your personalized copy of The Find. I promise not to reveal your identity, so just email me your shipping and personalization instructions at (I'll give you a week to respond, but then I'll need to pass the choice of bonnets off to the second prize winner.)


LuLu Kellogg at Coastal Sisters chimed in a mere hour-and-a-half later guessing a vintage rain bonnet. Once "Lurky" decides which bonnet he or she wants, then I'll send you the other piece of fabulous headgear along with a personalized copy of The Find. Email me at with your shipping and personalization instructions and I'll have your goodies in the mail as soon as I hear what "Lurky" has selected.


Shara at the Monkey Box guessed on December 3 at 11:25 that the mystery gift was in fact a rain bonnet "folded just right so you can never get it back correctly." I'm going to send Shara a personalized copy of The Find as well. So Shara, just like the others who have a rain-bonnet second sense, send me instructions to and I'll have it out to you in no time.

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous....come rain or shine

The Elegant Thrifter


  1. I'm so excited. Maybe I should be anonymous more often, because the non-anonymous me never wins anything.

    I don't have much hair to speak of, but I think I'll choose the red ILGWU rain cap. I love the graphics on it, and the fact that it's from your hometown makes it all the more special.

    I'll email you shortly with my info. :)


  2. Huh. I guessed the same thing Dec 3 at 5pm, but I guess it got missed or something, or clocks work differently there and 11pm is before 5pm.

    //sore loser.

  3. Congrats to the lucky winners!!!
    Close, but no cigars.....LOL!

  4. Oh gosh...Barbara is right. See what I get when I'm jet lagged and try to announce the winners. I'm sending her a little something to make up for my making her sore.


  5. Congrats to the winners :) That was fun, stan!

  6. You don't have to. I'm just whining. Really. Someone posted the right answer ahead of me, so give it to them!!

  7. Thank you Stan - you are generous. I just assummed you did a random drawing of the correct guesses. I am looking forward to your wonderful book. Thank you again! Shara

  8. Oh my gosh -- those old rain bonnets! My mother always had one in her coat pocket. My sister would refuse to walk with her if Mom put one on -- Peggy would just cross the street and pretend not to know the woman with the bouffant hair under the pleated plastic bonnet.
    Thanks for the memory!

  9. Thank you so much Stan! I am thrilled to be receiving a copy of your book. I am in the midst of renovating/redecorating a 114 year old Victorian home so I am sure I will get a lot of fabulous ideas from your book :)

    Happy Holidays!
    LuLu Kellogg

  10. Lucky winners!! My mom always wore those rain bonnets!

  11. Congrats to all the winners... You are going to love the book, it is loaded with fabulous ideas and will fit into any decor.

    Stan that was a fun game... I haven't seen one of those rain bonnets in so many years... brings back a ton of memories... the funeral homes always gave them out in our area...



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