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My Latest Fun Thrift Store Finds

July 03, 2024

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Whoa.

Well, that was a very long, unintended break.

When I started this website, 11+ years ago, I diligently posted twice a week.

As time marched on, that schedule became a little less stringent, sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on what was going on in my life and around the house.

Thrifting Queen Tote Bag

However, in all that time, I never ever posted less than I did this month.

I wish I could tell you I had a good reason, but the only thing I can say is, well, summer.

I guess you can take the teacher out of the classroom, but even after several decades, you can't really take that summer vacation habit out of the teacher.

This weekend, I'll share some of what I've been up to, but for today, I'm excited to show you a few of my latest thrift store finds.

This is usually prime yard sale weather in my neck of the woods, unfortunately the rain seemed to quell a lot of that activity, so instead I shopped indoors. At some of my usual spots. 

Oh, and one new one where I found this treasure.

Thrifted Rooster Statue

A darling rooster that I paid way too much for...$18.

Yowza, but it's my own fault, I was in an antique/ collectibles shop with my husband who insisted I get it.

He's well acquainted with my rooster obsession and said, now that you've seen it, it'll be on your brain, and you'll never find another one like it. He wasn't wrong.

Besides, we were on vacation.

Thrifted Country Kitchen Decor

To be honest, I already have way too many DIYs, decor items and thrift store upcycles waiting in the wings.

I really didn't need more stuff, but I love wandering around in the shops, especially in the rain.

And who can resist a bargain?

Granted, that rooster cleary wasn't cheap, but generally I'm a frugal gal.

So let's get to the bargains, shall we?

First up is this sweet wooden...something? Anyone know what it is?

Long Wooden Serving Tray

To me, it looks like a canoe.

I guess it could be used as a centerpiece or a bowl, but for two bucks, I didn't care. I grabbed it.

$2 Thrifted Wooden Tray Bowl

Google shows similar ones and lists them as vintage wooden serving trays. I can see that. 

Although, I'll probably paint it and use it for decor, to hold candles on my mantel or maybe ornaments at Christmas. Either way, there was too much possibility to pass it up.

Long Thin Wooden Bowl Centerpiece

In the next aisle I found this raised patterned, frosted floral vase.

Floral Frosted Glass Vase

Now, trust me when I say the last thing I need around here is another glass vase, but this one was so unique I couldn't leave it behind.

As my mother used to say, it was dirty as all get out, but with a good cleaning and a coat of spray paint, I think it could be stunning.

With or without flowers.

Raised Floral Patterned Glass Vase

This laundry sign wasn't anything special, but the shape alone was worth the price tag.

Lately, I've been very taken with round and oval frames.

The Laundry Co Oval Sign

I have no definitive plans for this sign at the moment, it certainly won't be going in my washroom, but I have a lot of empty walls in other rooms looking for some eye candy.

I have a feeling I'll find an open space for this Ikea shadow box, too.

Wooden Ikea Storage Box

It was a buck and again very dirty, but lots of possibilities.

And for a dollar, I mean come on.

Ikea Shadow Box

It could be very charming with a few furniture transfers or some decoupage rice paper. My wheels are turning.

Speaking of charming, I don't believe I ever shared this little lamp I found a few months ago. If I did, my menopause brain and I apologize.

Rainbow Flowered Ceramic Lamp

Although, it's cute enough for a second share, wouldn't you say?

It was $7 and even though I had nowhere to place it, I brought it home.

Of course, now that I'm an empty nester with a blue bedroom to cottage up, it's perfect.

Thrifted Floral Lamp

The only trick here will be finding the right shade to top it off.

Looks like I'll have to go shopping again.

Oh well.

This time though, I promise not to be gone so long.

😉

Are you having a fun summer?

Oh...and if you want to know about that cute Thrifting Queen tote at the top of my post, tune in Saturday for the story behind the bag. 

It's a good one! 

Happy Thrifting, Friends!

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  1. I think the little lamp is my favorite piece! I love the dainty flowers. Hope you find a cute shade.

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    1. Thanks so much, Kitty! I love that tiny lamp, too. I hope I can find a shade that does it justice.

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  2. All great finds. I know you will find a cute lamp shade for that adorable lamp. If not you will transform one into a cute lampshade. You are the craftiest person I know. You can re love thrift items like nobody else. Happy 4th. Hugs. Kris

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    1. Thanks so much, Kris! I think I’m actually blushing over here. I appreciate the compliment and the faith. I need to hit Pinterest to get inspired. I think it could be a very sweet little light with the right shade! I hope you have a fabulous 4th. Any big plans?

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  3. Camama1@verizon.netJuly 3, 2024 at 7:27 PM

    Kim I think you had a wonderful find. Your rooster fits perfectly with the rest of your decor. It fits wonderfully. Actually, it looks like you you painted it to match the grouping perfectly. I think it looks stunning. Great job husbabd!

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    1. Thank you so much! Like I said, it was a bit pricey for this budget minded decorator, but I'm so glad he told me to get it. It really does fit in so well with my other decor. I really appreciate you taking the time to comment and I'll be sure to pass you kind words on to my husband!!

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  4. Great finds, Kim! I'm really taken with the wooden 'canoe'. I envision it with some vintage Christmas ornaments, pine sprigs, and fairy lights, but, that's just my vision. Now, that vase is a stunner. Is it flat white or frosted? Either way, it's a beautiful piece.
    I guess I'll be back Saturday for your story.....

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    1. It's a frosted vase, Ann, thanks for asking. I thought for sure I mentioned it, but nope. So I added that detail in...and thanks for the beautiful bag my friend. I just adore it. Of course, now I need a tiara when I shop with it. 😉

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  5. Good for Mr. Exquisite!!! Great rooster....lovely glass vase, and I am in Love with the wooden "boat". I have a similar one that I use a LOT
    for a table centerpiece! Good to see you again! Blessings, J

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    1. Thanks J!! He's a great shopping buddy, or enabler. Haha!! Thanks for popping by, always lovely to see you in the comments!! xo

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  6. I can’t believe these prices. The vase is so pretty. And that idea shadowbox is a steal Kim. I need to visit your neck of the woods and find some bargains.

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    1. Come on over, Mary!! Trust me though, that's the local church thrift store prices, there are some shops that are way too rich for my blood around here! I steer clear, because I could get in a lot of trouble there. SO pretty!

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  7. The wooden canoe shaped item is inspired by a Palm tree seed pod. They actually look like that after they’ve fallen from the trees. People here in Florida do use them to serve food like tropical fruits or nuts on a table or buffet or with greens or flowers especially hibiscus that don’t require water to stay open for a day. I have a large glazed ceramic replica that my mom paid a lot of money for and use it in a guest bath for washcloths rolled and lined up. I have a soft spot for roosters too. Pamela

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  8. The wooden canoe shaped item is inspired by a palm seed pod. in nature they are huge and used often used on a tropical table to serve food or hold flowers. I have a fairly large ceramic one my mom paid dearly for and line it with rolled up washcloths in a guest bath. look on line and you'll see their true size. they're often planted as a succulent garden or filled with fresh tropical flowers like hibiscus or orchids. Pamela

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    1. Pamela, thank you for sharing that, I was truly perplexed by it. I'm a history buff and a "why" girl. I like to know the backstory of what I'm buying. I think it's my undergrad degree in journalism and communications...thanks for filling in the blanks!

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  9. Hello,
    Oh my... you did well. I shall kneel before the Thrift Queen.... Hee Hee!

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    1. Carla, you always make me smile!! I just love that bag!!

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  10. Nice finds Kim! I like the canoe! I'll be interested to see what you do with that & I like the lamp too. It's always hard to find the right shade. Be sure to take the lamp with you when you shop again!

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    1. Thanks Florence! I thought it anyone would know what it was, it would be you! Thanks for the shade tip, yes, I'll need to travel around with it, since you never know where the right one could pop up!

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  11. Very cute finds Kim, the rooster is perfect for you. The canoe will look awesome with candles. Happy thrifting.

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    1. Thanks Linda! I do love those roosters. I tried to hold back, but it's clearly an obsession. 😉

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