Marianne Spellman

Marianne Spellman
Seattle-ish, Washington,
April 06
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(I am absolutely delighted to once again feature here on Popthomology my friend and colleague, Seattle-based writer and photographer extraordinaire Suzi Pratt! Suzi will be bringing you SMOKIN' HOT coverage of the annual Capitol Hill Block Party this weekend, and I am so excited to see her work I am… Read full post »

Play baseball in your shed!

Talk on the phone in your new kitchen!

Enjoy some Chopped Beef Dinner and Hawaiian Punch!

Don't get too casual!

Exercise with Bruce Jenner!

Learn the new fad sports craze: soccer! 

Hang to the right!

My theory™:

After the clusterbang that will be climate change and nuclear holocaust and whatever else nasty we've chosen to inflict upon this fine Earth, all that will be left will be roaches, Rush Limbaugh, and massive piles of curios and knick-knacks.
Of course, I won't be around to see this p…

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Six things I've learned about people from rummaging through the old record bins at thrift stores:

1. Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand, people are dumping your entire recorded works in every thrift store I've been at all over the nation. Sorry.

2. Local religious records are not popular.

3. Nor are reco… Read full post »

When I found out several months ago that THIS show was coming to Neumos...

...THIS is what I did:

And then this!

And then this!

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 Q: What is more fun than seeing a superb live triple bill at a sweaty Belltown club on a lovely July evening?

1. Staying at home and watching a rerun of "Dance Moms" while clucking your tongue.

2. Organizing your pencils and pens by height and color.

3. Drinking craft beer at the… Read full post »

Isn't about time YOU made yourself a record? I'm serious! Clearly, if you peruse this post and the many other thrift store record posts I have made, you may correctly surmise that ANYONE can make one! Go ahead! Haul out your powder-blue leisure suit and a slide whistle and do your… Read full post »

Here's the question I have in my mind today: did ancient peoples have knick-knacks? You know what I, did The McHuttersons collect turtle shells to display or did the Swampsteins paint rocks to look like big-eyed wild boar with stain made from berries? I don't think I have to even… Read full post »

OK, so "Hey Joe" is already one of my fave rave songs of the 1960s, so I'm up for hearing any version of it I can get my hands on, yeah? This week in my thrift store runs I came across drummer Sandy Nelson's "Superdrums!" LP from 1966 and put it… Read full post »

It was a gorgeous summer day yesterday in the Pacific Northwest, and we found ourselves at the very unique and cool Gas Works Park in Seattle: From the park website:

This 20 acre point on Lake Union was cleared in 1906 to construct a plant to manufacture gas from coal -Read full post »
JUNE 20, 2014 6:03PM


Tomorrow, June 21st, the inimitable Ray Davies turns 70 years old. I'm very comfortable with calling him "inimitable," having suffered through many possibly well-meaning attempts by other musicians over the last 50 years or so to jack his style. Writing a pseudo-nostalgic tune about blueberry scones… Read full post »

JUNE 15, 2014 4:37PM


Frail grumpy pop legend Morrissey has, once again, canceled a slew of concerts because of illness. This time, because of a respiratory infection contracted by, his representatives claim, opening act Kristeen Young (which she adamantly refutes, by the way), fans will once again be deprived of an eveni…

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HOO-EEE!  Das rite, you read it's a MEGA-BLOWOUT SUPER POST of dusty old donations from our musical past! CAN YOU DIG IT??? I KNOW THAT YOU CAN! Please to enjoy!!

Do you need to really annoy someone? Put this on at home but use a garden hose. Inside the house, of… Read full post »

JUNE 7, 2014 8:19PM


The bluest sky you've ever seen, in Seattle
I find the sun to warm me
Bleach away the pain
The unfairness of it!
A perfect couple pulled apart
Sweat and tears, salt in my eyes
She is gone.

I look up
There is no Big Guy there for me
But there is something, a presence
So many hearts connected
Love and grief…

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Hello, Fellow Fans of Found Foolishness! A couple weekends ago, I made it to THREE YES THREE Value Village thrift stores here on Seattle's Eastside, and collected some images from the rows and rows of tchotchkes for you. Ponder them in good health, and please to enjoy!!


MAY 29, 2014 12:41AM


I had spent a miserable hour at the Lincoln Park post office, in a line consisting of nothing but miserable people waiting to be served by even-more-miserable postal workers, and pushed the exit door hard enough to rattle it against its frame, grateful to be done and out of there. AtRead full post »

I hope everyone is having a pleasant and reflective Memorial Day across the United States. Do something nice for a veteran today! When you come back from doing that, you can look at these odd things and reflect in a wholly different way. Please to enjoy!

This was on sale for TEN… Read full post »

MAY 21, 2014 12:58AM


I've been in a bit of a semi-sloth mode lately...with definite bursts of spring cleaning, sure, but I feel kinda like a lazeball. And this is just fine, I have decided. I think periods of mild hibernation and minimal productivity can be very refreshing, as we are all far too busy…

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I sometimes wonder what fellow thrift shoppers think of me, when I am smiling and taking photos of strange crap to show you here. Like, do they think I am checking out things that may be super-rare collectibles and worth money to an unseen buyer? Or that I am stone-cold crazy?… Read full post »

Well, my goodness gracious, the hits just keep on comin'! My trip to a nearby VV this past Saturday paid off again, in STRANGENESS! Bless all you weirdos making records! An amusing extra: while I was systematically flipping through the record bins, a group of three teenage boys hovered nearby, watchi… Read full post »

Once you pass the half-century mark, you realize that you have an awful lot of memories banging around in your cranium, running into each other, blending, swirling, fading, changing. A few are strengthened, and many are lost. I hate losing anything that is MINE MINE MINE, so I've worked at keeping… Read full post »

Dear Miss Victoria:

I graduated college about a year ago, but I can't find a job and I'm broke. All my friends keep asking me to go out and party, but I don't even have enough cash to buy a couple of PBR's and bus fare back from theRead full post »
Do you wonder, as I do ALL THE TIME, why people buy the things they do? The more trips I make to the thrift store, the more wonder I feel. Actually, perhaps "deep and intractable confusion" would be a better descriptor. In any case, here's more crap! Please to enjoy!!


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