Hello friends! Well, the dog days of summer have finally arrived in my neck and of the woods and when temperatures and humidity soar, I head straight for the pool....and that's exactly where I've been hiding out for the past two weeks.
Floating, soaking and swimming.
As you can imagine, wet hands and computers do not make good company, so I have not been online a whole lot.
Summer doesn't last very long around here. Pretty soon, the snow and cold will show up again and I will be relegated to indoor activities. I try to stay out of the stores and out of doors as much as I can when the sun is shining.
However, this past week, I did venture into the thrift store. The heat was brutal and I figured I would check it out. Now, I will tell you right off the bat that my thrift store stinks. I know I've said it before, but it bears repeating.
Because it does.
First of all, it's small.
Very, very small.
It doesn't get much traffic, so there's very little turnover, and my biggest complaint with the shop?
Very, very expensive.
I read blogs and see some great picks go by for bargain prices. I rarely find a bargain price. I have to dig deep to find one and, trust me, it's not like every item I pick up is a valuable vintage piece. Some of the items are relatively new. Some have been recently donated by ME...and are priced higher than what I originally paid for them...at Home Goods!
That's what I'm dealing with here.
Maybe it's geographical. Maybe I am not going to the right shop, but frankly there aren't many around. There are tons of antique shops, but I am usually looking for junk. I have enough heirloom pieces.
I want items I can repurpose or craft with, transform.
So I trudge into my stinky thrift shop every few weeks hoping my experience will be different. I think that may be the definition of insanity, if I'm not mistaken.
But maybe not, maybe I'm just ever hopeful, because every now and then, I get lucky.
Here's what happened this week.
This is a print that I almost didn't notice. It was a dollar. I loved the colors, it was in perfect shape and it was a bargain. Finally! I didn't get it though. Nowhere to hang it in my tiny cottage.
So I passed.
These brand new fish grilling boards were so cute and they were only $1.50...half off the sticker price. I don't grill fish this way though and I couldn't think of anything crafty (and easy) to do with them, so pass.
Next, I came upon two neat items to craft with in the plastic area. The outdoor dining cup was my first find.
This pretty plastic cut crystal looking bowl was next.
Neither was particularly interesting on their own. As a matter of fact, they were both a bit beat up. However, with a little glue and white spray paint, I could put them together and make myself a faux milk glass pedestal bowl that would be safe for outdoor use.
I bought these two, right? Well, not exactly. No. You see, as I said, they were both kind of scratched and roughed up and they were no bargain at a buck apiece. I mean, I could go to the dollar store for that price and get two brand new ones. Plus, they may already be white, or at least match, and then I wouldn't have to paint a thing.
No bargain here. I passed.
My last find was this wooden wreath. I thought it was interesting. I didn't buy this either, but I did take a picture of it, because I could definitely make something like it. I could customize my own, pick wooden ornaments for Christmas or Halloween. The idea of it was very fun, so while it didn't come home with me, it was a great find.
I know you must be wondering by now if I did buy anything and the answer is yes. I bought a tea cup for a sweet and easy DIY that you can find at The Kim Six Fix, since I am a contributor there. I also bought two plastic doily placements for a buck. I want to try something. Honestly, they should've been like a quarter each...or maybe a dime...they are not in good shape, but it's for charity so I paid.
One last thrifting confession.
I went back and bought that floral print. It was only a dollar and I couldn't get it out of my head. I have a great idea for it.
I just need the temps to go down a little, so I get get out of the pool.
And dry off my hands.
How are your thrift stores?
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