I always love to point out how much I hate to shop. And I do… for new things. Give me access to pre-used, bargain deals, then my mouth salivates at the thought of going store hopping. It’s to the point where I can’t even stand being in regular stores, because I think, “Oh I’m sure I can find a better deal on this.” or “Who would pay that much for this?!”
In effect, I’ve become a snob. A reverse snob, I guess.
There’s a thrift store trifecta that I hit every time I’m in the neighboring town. Even if it’s for a quick run-through due to limited time, I cannot not stop. They all help satisfy my different needs, so the steering wheel literally takes on a life of its own and plops me right in front of the door. It can’t be helped.
First stop, Goodwill.
Here I get clothes, books, bric-a-brac, and occasionally a piece of furniture.
It was at this place that I landed on a pile of discarded Eddie Bauer sweaters. If you know me or R, then you know of our love affair with EB (or Ed, as he likes us to call him.)
Then onto the Salvation Army.
Here you can find a great piece of furniture and bric-a-brac. The clothes are still too pricey (can you believe me!?), and the kitchen ware is slim.
Okay, I’m not a complete imbecile.. where I refuse to buy anything new. It’s just become a knee-jerk reaction to question the need to pay such inflated prices. I mean, yes, I will buy new and unused underwear. (However, I did buy and wear a vintage 1940s swimsuit for a summer. Discuss.)
A hairbrush? New. (This has especially been cemented in my head after working in an elementary school where those insects whose name rhymes with ‘mice’ tend to congregate. Shudder.)
If I were to jump out of a plane, then yeah, I’d pay extra to make sure the parachute was new and in working order.
See? I’m not demented.
The last stop on the holy trinity trail is just a generic THRIFT STORE (per the sign). I found this puppy while getting lost one day.
It feeds my do-it-yourself projects, my kitchen ware, knitting, and occasional piece of clothing.
It was there that I bought these bushel baskets. R thought it was a great idea, since we have an orchard not growing anywhere near us. (He never appreciates my purchases).
And who could forget the great book buy of 2010: a Gardening Encyclopedia set. The cashier rang up each book at 25 cents when I thought they’d be a dollar. Will I read them? Probably not. But I saved almost $14 people.
And I love how they look in our eames style TV stand. We found that curbside in our old KC neighborhood and I made R carry it three blocks home. You know, instead of me running ahead to get the car. I was afraid it would be snatched.
Yes, I am that person. A dumpster-diver.
There, I said it. I’m a dumpster-diver and I love it. During my sister’s annual neighborhood large-item pickup day, she and her husband would grab a six-pack, sit in their screened porch, and make fun of my fellow divers.
They don’t understand.
Then what about the Shack’s mini, almost microscopic wine (and champagne?) cellar. With my $4 wine rack and $2 carafes. I bought the carafes back when we lived in KC and they were next to 12 mini wineglasses of the same decor. Those glasses still haunt me to this day. Why I didn’t buy them, I’ll never know.
I think I didn’t want everything to be mitchy-matchy. I still get queasy about mitchy-matchy, but in this case I would’ve come to love the matching set eventually.
Note Klimt’s and my mutual friend, Judith, gazing longingly for a glass.
And then my ‘Medicinal Plant’s’ poster. At the checkout line, a lady said that she was this close to buying it.
Half of the fun is the competition. There are not several of these in the store, with more in the back storage room. It’s a one and done deal. Who knows when you’d see it again, if ever. So you have to grab fast if you like it, because others are just as quick.
For the record, I have no idea which plants these are, as they are all written in the latin names. I know one day I’ll see something outside that looks similar and then end up with poison ivy on my tongue.
But when you live in a Shack with limited storage, you have to be creative. So when I found this 60s (maybe earlier?) laundry basket, I immediately thought where it could go.
In front of our kitchen window, where I am desperately trying to revive my grandma’s plant. Remember? I said I’d baby this one forever here. Turns out I’m a liar. It’s hanging on by a thread. Sorry Mary Margaret. I’m trying.
It also holds the cute set of vintage mixing bowls, one of which holds our compost goodies.
You need storage, Carolyn? Then voila! That little guy opens up to find all of my awkwardly sized bottles. These have been stashed randomly in the kitchen, bedroom, and who knows where else.. so it pleases me to have them all in one place.
The Shack’s wallpaper & white linoleum, on the other hand does not please me. Oh well. I’m blessed to have a roof over my head.
Happy Thrifting everyone!
EVERY time my husband sends me for a tractor part etc. I make a stop at a flea market or thrift store!
yay! Don’t you love it? I do.
I have become a snob too, lately the thrift stores are too pricey for me on clothing. You can actually go to Kohl’s or the Mall and find discounted out of season cloths for about the same price as the ones at the
Right now, I am a huge fan of garage sales and craigslist.
You’re right though. When they started going to individual pricing for each piece of clothing, it went downhill for us thrifters. 🙂 And yes, the 80% clearance rack at Kohls can be very rewarding.
I relate to every word in this post. Shopping retail just bores me now. Thrifting is a hunt, it’s like playing the lotto. It’s addictive, and it’s a habit that won’t cost you if you play it right. Instead, you just reap treasure.
Love the photos in your post, too 🙂
Exactly! …and like a friend and I were discussing, you don’t feel so bad getting rid of something, because you didn’t put much into it.
I hear ya! I won’t even buy something at the thrift store if it’s been made recently. I pick something up and proclaim “Bleck! It’s NEW! Eww, put it back” and then move onto the next thing. I only want old shit. Well, not actual shit. Oops, sorry for saying shit on your blog.
Ha! – I like new (if it’s something like appliances) AND old shit. Thanks for your comment, you made me guffaw.