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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Thrift Store Therapy


With summer vacation from carpool (can you see me jumping up and down with joy) comes time to hit the thrift store. I headed over early. My haul was a vintage in perfect condition Christmas tablecloth, a kitschy camp bowl for the trailer, a darling glass lemonade pitcher and a bag of books for Q. You can't beat the price of books. 95 cents for five awesome condition books. My girls already want to go again on Thursday. So we will be there bright and early.

You know when I was growing up thrift stores were not as vogue as they are now but half my wardrobe came from there. My mom would wash and iron new things she brought home all the time. I always had wonderful things to choose from. I think re-using and learning the value of buying used is important for kids today to learn. Consumerism is all too important and when I feel that urge to shop and don't have the money, I can get my shop on for less than $20 at the the thrift store. Plus, we just brought home a new washer and fridge so I am on a budget of sorts. I am so glad to have the new items but spending the money is always painful but let me tell you when I turn on the new washer, I feel like a kid with a brand new toy. Now to save up for a new dishwasher. Sadly it died, the mother board fried, four days after the new fridge and washer came home. What are the odds? For now I am the dishwasher.

You can see a tour of my little trailer I am decorating here.

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17 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love the new tablecloth, you will love that at Christmas, and the bowl is great fun for the trailer. Hope you get a new dishwasher soon. Hugs, Marty

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

Love your finds. I think it's great how thrifting seems to be "in" now. Maybe the current generation will learn the value of recycling things after all.

Maureen said...

I'm so addicted to the thrill of thrift store 'finds' that I rarely buy anything new. A dollar goes a long way at my Salvation Army store and I love saving these things from the landfill sites! You are so right about kids books being a great bargain used.

Kris said...

Great thrifty finds!!!
xo Kris

Kathleen Grace said...

Don't you love finding treasures like that? I dressed out of thrift shops as a kid, not always as happy about it as I am now, but I always had some cool vintage clothes. I love thirft shopping now. Of course I grew up in a very small town, the pickins were pretty slim and no big Salvation army of Goodwill stores around, just little church run shops. It makes a big difference in what there is to choose from!

Dawn said...

What great new treasures. I would rather thrift than department store shop any day. Part of the attraction is the thrill of the hunt. Finding just the perfect vintage item. I feel your appliance pain. Nothing worse than having to replace everything. They just aren't made like they used to be.

Mary Clark said...

You really hit the motherlode at the thrift store! Love that tablecloth, the pitcher, the bowl - and always love books! Q is going to have fun with those. We didn't have thrift stores when I was growing up (at least none that we ever heard of in the country) but it sure would have helped my parents. My children have grown up at thrift stores and yard sales and they're insulted if someone asks them to pay retail ;) Congrats on the great finds! Mary

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Great items at the thrift store! I always buy my grandson clothes there and it is awesome how much money you can save!!

Cindy said...

Great finds! The rest of my family are much better Goodwill and thrift shoppers than I am. My grown sons buy almost all of their clothes at Goodwill. But I don't really like to shop at all! So when I need something I go where I know I'll find it, get in and get out. I save money that way:)

Simply Shelley said...

When I was a girl,mama call GW the Sally Shop..so if anyone asked where I got that...I always replied..."The Sally Shop" :) I always loved shopping there...still do....blessings

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I can't tell you how many times I had a dishwasher and then it died and I had to wait to get a new one. One house, I never did get one! I see that AZ plate...that is neat....thrift shopping isn't my thing. Not that I wouldn't like it to be, I just never have any luck at it...

Cheapchick said...

Great deals! 95% of my wardrobe now comes from thrift stores by choice. My annual clothing budget is small so I only buy undergarments new and those on discount. When I was a kid all of our clothes were given to us by other families who traded back and forth depending on age and sex of kid. I didn't know any better and was fine - we did get one new set of clothes and shoes every August for the start of the school year.

ImSoVintage said...

Great finds. Love the bowl. I need to get my thrift store on. Haven't been for awhile. xo Laura

Tammy ~ Country Girl at Home ~ said...

Great finds Elaine! I get just as excited as you do over my thrift finds and thankfully my kids do too.

Bless your heart on the dishwasher. You know we found a mint condition one for our "Cedar Loft" for $85 on Craigslist. You never know.... :)

I'll check out your trailer decorating!

Have a great day!
Tammy

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I love consignment stores. They're popular here, even for home decor. Plato's Closet is real popular with my girls.

I love these finds, Elaine!

xo,
RJ

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I don't recall getting to shop thrift stores very much as a kid...sometimes the Good Will. But I always loved going there.

Looks like you got some good deals.

have a great week!
Pat

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

I feel the same way about thrift stores. I try not to go too often though because in reality I don't really need anything, as a matter of fact I need to have a sale to get rid of stuf!

I know,it always seems to happen like that here. One things breaks and then another and another all in a row!

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