I have been spending the last couple of weeks browsing around a few thrift stores and antique shops in my area. I love finding second hand treasures at affordable prices. The first few places I went to were ‘antique shops’ and I found that the prices were much higher than I was willing to spend. I like old things…I just don’t want to spend a fortune on them just because they are OLD. I also don’t want to buy things that I am just going to look at. I find that most antique shops have things that you would not actually use…old dolls, delicate china, rickety furniture, etc. My ideal thrift store find is one that I can actually use in my day to day life.
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At one antique shop I did find a collection of metal spoons for $3.00 which I snatched right up. They are great for school lunch boxes and an assortment of spoon crafts that I have planned! I also found a 3 sided cheese grater at another antique shop which I really want to make into an earing holder for my daughter. I need to find just the right color paint first!
Every time I go to a thrift store, though, I come home with stuff I really don’t NEED. I saw a beautiful little hand made pottery creamer and I just had to buy it. I mean, it was only a DOLLAR! Of course, I already have 2 creamers and really don’t need another one but that’s the problem with thrift store shopping. You just can’t resist buying something you like because it’s so cheap! My argument was that it would look perfect in a photograph of some pancakes filled with maple syrup. So, now I need to make pancakes to justify my purchase!
My most exciting thrift store find today was actually a set of 4 hand made apple bakers. I have been looking at every pottery place we stop at but they are always close to $20 each and since I want a set of 4 I just couldn’t bring myself to spend the money. Today’s thrift store journey netted me a set of 4 hand made apple bakers (I even found the seller on Etsy with the artist stamp on the bottom!) and I spent $2 each. Yup, big spender aren’t I?
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Thrift store prices are much better than antique store prices but it definitely depends on what exactly you are looking for. I found a beautiful collection of old marbles at the antique store but they wanted $50 for them! I just wanted them for crafts and decor so that was a bit too pricy for my tastes. But, at the thrift store I found an old picture frame for $2 that I am repurposing for my daughter’s class picture.
This is what we started with…rather boring! And, my daughter pointed out, covered with what looks like pot leaves. How she knows what pot leaves look like, I don’t want to know!
I gave it one coat of white primer…it was a bit too dark for what I had in mind.
And covered it with washi tape! Much prettier!
Over all, my thrift store explorations the last couple of weeks were very fruitful. I found things I needed but didn’t want to pay full price for, things that were cheap that I just had to have because they were pretty, and a whole lot of cool things to upcycle into NEW stuff. That should keep me busy for a few weeks, right? Like I don’t have enough to do with the holidays rolling around! Hmmm…I wonder if my mom wants a spoon craft for Christmas?
Have you found any cool thrift store treasures lately?
Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.