It's my favorite thing in your house, too, and that includes you! :>
I miss the table terribly (it's transference), so I got some marble-patterned and clear contact paper at Target to cover the plywood board that acts as a top for my filing cabinet (clear on top, for the dry-erase capability). It won't be nearly as cool, but it will be a space to write notes, shopping lists, and whatnot that I can see every time I leave my room. We should point out, by the way, that if you get sick of doing the crossword puzzles you can always just graffiti on the table... don't post the picture of our graffiti, though, because I don't want it getting around that I [heart] Satan.
(Secretly I filled in all the clues visible in this photo! Ha ha! But actually wordie is much better at crosswords than I.)
This post makes me hyperventilate with glee at how cool we are.
My favorite thrift store in the area is Value Village in Langley Park -- it's HUGE, very cheap, and always has something good (clothes, home decoration stuff, boxes, bedding, books, games...). It's not easy to get to by Metro, but it's easy with a car -- it's just on 193 between Riggs Road and the university. There's also a medium-sized Salvation Army near there, on New Hampshire Ave. just south of the 193/NH Ave. intersection.
My favorite secondhand store is Glad Rags in Takoma Park (Carroll Ave. and Ethan Allen Ave.), but it isn't particularly cheap. However, they have great stuff, and they sell crafty jewelry -- Jody might be amenable to taking work on consignment.
I have these fantastic tarot cards that a friend was just going to throw out, and I'm not sure what to do with them. They look like the ones here: http://www.wicce.com/1jjswiss.jpg. I've already used the Death card (I made a memento mori shadow box for the friend who gave me the cards... it didn't come out that well or I'd take a picture), and I decoupaged the Roi des Epees onto a journal for another friend, so I can't do anything involving the whole deck. And actually, I'd prefer to do things that only involve a few of the cards at a time... they're so cool that I don't want to visually overload any one thing. Plus red, blue, and yellow is not usually my color scheme, and too much of it would just be Too Much.
ballerinababe, if there's an antique store or thrift store in your town, you can often find shadowboxes there. I have my dried roses in a shadowbox with a shelf in the middle -- roses on the top, antique poison bottles on the bottom -- that I got at an antique store for more money than I wanted to spend but not that much money overall. And thrift stores sometimes have display boxes with something ugly in them, but you can pry off the back and put whatever you want in there.
Apparently I look like everybody... at least everybody with funny hair. As of tonight, that includes Bette Midler. Some drunk old lady in IHOP told me I looked like her, and from what I could gather, it was because she's done something odd with her hair. At least, I hope that's the only reason, since she's about 60.
I am working on a wallet in the same vein, made mostly of fabric with sewn-on comic panels (though it'd be easier if I waited to inherit a friend's sewing machine -- the cuffs are hand-sewn, but they're small). You could probably make an all-WWN wallet using the techniques in the comic strip wallet thread.
I also made wordie a picture frame for xmas using flat marbles glued to circles cut from WWN (focusing on classic words like "Elvis" and "aliens"). I think we may eventually make great strides towards remedying the underutilization of the Weekly World News.
Whoops, those photos are pretty darn big... I'll resize 'em.
Man, that "simul-feeling" panel cracks me up every time. The guy on the silver sparkly one is saying "Push one button and it all ends," which is pretty cool too. It was surprisingly easy to find interesting comic panels of the right shape.