I used to HATE thrift stores. I though that they were ghetto, nasty, and had nothing but useless junk. After all, that's where most of the stuff that we once owned went when we decided it was useless. However, the old saying still stands true: One person's junk is another person's treasure.
If you aren't a thrift store shopper you should atleast give it a try. You will be surprised at what you can find for hardly any money. Garrett and I once left with 4 full bags (and thrift store bags are BIG, atleast the one's we shop at are) for $50! If you are a crafty person, like I try to be, you can find all kinds of crafty things. If you are a collector of vinyls, like Garrett, you can find those there too!
No, the local thrift stores didn't pay me to advertise for them, (I wish!) I really do love thrifting that much. Too bad we live in an apartment without much space. But, one day we will have a house and every little thrift store thing we bought will have a place, hopefully.
Some "treasures" from our last shopping "spree":
Garrett found these Vinyls!
I had been looking for the Grease soundtrack all over the place, even at record stores, and we found it an ARC thrift store for $1.99!
I love stuffed animals. I am 24 and still have a pretty big collection. So, when I saw this sweet face below for only $4.99, I couldn't leave him. He is basically brand new and is from the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer movie. He say's two quotes from the show in his adorable little voice. When we got him home we realized he was from Build-A-Bear and that there was also a female version! Garrett didn't think I needed her though..
The stores we went to had already put out their Christmas stuff, so I got tinsel, flowers, garland, ornaments, and some decorative little cranberries! I got this stuff to put into a hurricane vase (also from a thrift store) to display on our table.
This is most of that with some pine cones I put into the vase for a centerpiece. And that's my cat Harley on the left. He was not a thrift store purchase.
I also used the hurricane glass for Thanksgiving, just with potpourri and pine cones instead of the Christmas stuff! See how versatile things you get from thrift stores can be? : )
I am a sucker for cute little pieces of china, so when I saw these I couldn't put them down. The fact that they look great with my Fiestaware was just a delightful bonus!
These beautiful lamps were actually found at an estate sale awhile back, but they are just too cute not share! Also, estate sales have GREAT stuff for cheap too! : )
Sooooo, the moral of the story, or blog post, is to shop at thrift stores! You will be amazed at what you can find and at the same time you will be helping out the area that you live in! Many stores are non-profit and donate their proceeds to the needy. That's great motivation to shop!
Have a great weekend! I am off to the store to get a couple of things for Alton Brown's Peanut Butter Pie for my self proclaimed Pie Month! I am SO excited!