If you haven’t been to a thrift store lately, I have to tell you – you’re missing out! There was a time when thrift stores made people feel uncomfortable and no one wanted to admit they shopped there. (really!! I know – totally crazy, right?) But now – it’s COOL to thrift.
I’ve been a bit of a thrift store, second hand-shop junkie for a long time. I like nothing better than to take my time, exploring each nook and cranny as I search for treasure. One of my earliest memories is of a thrift store in North Vancouver – I can still picture the long rows of merchandise. There was so much to look at! Most thrift stores have changed since then, and some of them are even quite upscale. Personally, I like the little ones, because the prices are still low and you get to do a little hunting around in them.
I made the rounds at three of my favourite spots today and found some pretty great things. I’ve got plans for all of this – Valentine’s Day, my son’s room and more.
The trick to thrifting is to be open to the possibilities. While I do go with a list (especially for books in the series my boys read) I look around to see what calls to me.
My first stop was a local thrift store that had everything on for 75% off as they clear their store for a move. Here’s what I found:
The backpack I will donate to a charity that we like to support (they bring school supplies both new and gently used to a school in Kenya); the lunchbag will replace the tatty one my son has and the teaspoons will help buffer ‘unaccountable’ losses that seem to occur around here. I am planning a gift basket and this one was the perfect size and shape for what I have in mind, and I scored two books as well. The price tag? $1.60. Seriously.
I struck out a the second place I went to, although I have to admit to sneaking in there on my way home the other day. I did pickup a couple of books we were looking for, some popsicle moulds and a super cute owl making kit all for $2.50.
Lastly, I ended at Value Village. While they do tend to have higher prices than the smaller thrift shops, the selection there is huge. I poked around for a bit, and brought home a few things from there, too. I have plans for a Valentine’s vignette on top of my china cabinet, as well as setting our table that day in riots of red and the glittery placemats and candle holders were perfect for this. I think that tray with the compartments is supposed to be for candles, but I have another purpose for it that will be revealed at another time. (you’ll have to come back to see!)
My bill at Value Village was higher – just over $30. I found two pictures for my bathroom – something I’d been looking for over the last few months. I had a tough time choosing between the sailboats and the lighthouses, but the boats won since they required no DIY right now and the lighthouses would have needed a frame paint job.
I really think that if the frames where chalk painted black and then distressed they would look pretty fantastic. Right now with the gold they are a little to shiny for me. The sailboats don’t have frames as they are a stretched c over a frame. They even had hardware to hang them attached, so they’ll be easy to put up.
If you haven’t been to thrift store lately – what’s stopping you? If you like DIY, crafting, home décor or shopping, you will love thrifting. There is so much to explore and you just never know what you’ll find. And that’s part of the fun.
If you’ve had some great finds – share!!! I’d love to know what treasures you’ve unearthed.