I love thrift shopping. Sadly all I have around me are Salvation Army’s – I tend to prefer Goodwill but I’ll take what I can get. I’m a believer in you have to go back and go back often to find good things at the thrift stores, something I’ve always done in secret. I make good money so why thrift? I like the thrill of finding something unique for a fraction of the cost that you’d spend at big name stores. I also love finding old items and making them beautiful if needed or else just cleaning them up a bit and giving them a second chance. Let’s face it – you can find some crap at thrift stores but you can also find some hidden gems.
This weekend I went on a hunt to find a table or dresser for the basement for a little extra storage (yes, even after all of the storage I’ve added down there, I still want more!). There are two Salvation Army’s near me so I hit those up in addition to one about twenty minutes away (that trip also included a trip to HomeGoods to make up for the distance!). Lately I haven’t had any luck at thrift stores but this weekend I hit the thrift store jackpot!
I walked out with a cool tray, two round storage baskets ($1 each), two circle pictures that will be revamped, a glass dome, a sugar/creamer set, a white glass vase and some white glass bowls (candy jars? not sure what these technically are) for $33. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
I don’t drink coffee but I fell in love with this stainless steel creamer/sugar set. You can keep the set together or split them up (flowers would look darling in the creamer; office supplies could be kept in the sugar bowl; the tray could corral jewelry on your night stand). Multi-purpose for the low cost of $6. All this set needed was a little cleaning with some water/soap and then a final wipe with some stainless steel cleaning rags.
These pictures will likely go in the basement once they are revamped. The old pics, while charming they are not my style ,but I fell in love with the circle frames and the cost (2 for $5). I’m planning on painting the frames white and adding something special under the glass to be shown later. Yep, a fun DIY project is in the works!
This is my favorite purchase. I LOVE the milk glass compote that was found with candy dishes. I simply fell in love with the shape, texture and color of course. The best part was the price - $3.00!
Another milk glass compote that I just fell in love with. This one was $4.00!
I loved the simple white milk glass vase ($2.00) so I quickly added it to my white dish collection! I can’t wait to fill this with some fun tulips (my favorite!).
I loved the shape of this tray ($7) and the silver edges, handles and feet, but I’m not in love with the wood inside of it. I have another fun DIY project in mind that will take this from interesting to amazing.
What could I want a glass dome for? Well, if you take this dome and this gorgeous plate:
You get this:
I have just always wanted a unique serving piece like this and was able to make my own with a dome from Salvation Army ($4) and a plate from HomeGoods ($2) for a total of $6.00.
I’ve been playing with the white dishes on the shelves in the dining room to see what I like. One thing is for sure – I need to paint the back of the shelves to really make my white pieces pop!
See the cool patterned metal wall hanging on the bottom shelf (that currently blends in – I’m thinking of painting it a soft blue or gray) – it was a great $3 purchase from HomeGoods yesterday! Not only did I score some great deals at SA but I also found some great clearance items from HomeGoods!
What is your take on thrifting? Any secret deal hunters out there? I finally admitted to J that I love to go to the SA but he doesn’t seem to be on board with my secret pleasure.