10/22/2013

Latest Thrift Store Finds



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My family and friends all know that I'm a thrift store junky. I know some people who wouldn't dream of going into a store full of old used stuff. I'll admit I'm not crazy about the smell of thrift stores and some are downright creepy. Others, like the Goodwills and Savers which are set up like big box retail stores, tend to be more acceptable. The draw for me is always the thrill of the hunt. What will I find this time? I'm always on the lookout for items to sell in my Etsy shop or for things that can be upcycled or restored. There's a certain adrenaline rush about it all. And when I find those rare items that turn out to be highly sought after, like a Cathrineholm enamel bowl or some Swedish art pottery, it only fuels my addiction interest. Although it's fun to resell and make a little money it really isn't about that. In hindsight there are always a few things that I wish I hadn't sold. That's the down side to it all. It's so hard to let go sometimes. I sometimes feel like a foster home for tchotchkes.

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My habit tends to run in streaks. I have been known (rarely) to go weeks without setting foot in a thrift shop. And sometimes I will go to the same store on consecutive days if I happen to be nearby, because the stock is always changing. At times I can drive past a store and not blink an eye; other times it's like a powerful force is drawing me in. More often than not it's the latter.

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There are just two thrift shops in the town where I live...a Goodwill and an independent consignment thrift store. My usual haunts are in a larger nearby community and I usually have good luck, sometimes great luck, finding stuff. Of course whenever I'm traveling further afield I'm always on the lookout for shops. I've never had much luck with garage sales so I rarely go out of my way to find them. I love estate sales but for some reason they've never caught on in my community. Auctions seem to be the preferred way to deal with a household when someone is downsizing or dispersing an estate. They can be very entertaining to attend and quite a social occasion, but I don't have the patience or stomach for it.

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By now, if you've followed my blog, you know that I gravitate towards anything mid-century so I'm always keeping my eyes peeled for kitchen and decor items from the 50's to 70's era. I must say that in just the few years I've been doing this I've seen a real change in what's available. It seems a lot of other people have jumped on the same bandwagon so I have to dig a little deeper or hope it's my lucky day. So far I'm still finding enough to keep my shop going. In fact I'm running out of space to store my inventory and am hoping that sales will pick up with the holidays approaching. I'm planning to offer some discounts as it gets nearer. In the meantime, to show my appreciation to my blog readers (who have stuck with this post this far), I'm offering a 10% discount on any item(s) in my shop by entering the coupon code THRIFTLUV at checkout. Good through November 21st.


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Photos: 1. Lacquered wood rice bowls. 2. See No Evil hand carved figures from Kenya. 3. Fancy copper color gelatin mold. 4. Mirro copper finish aluminum cake carrier. 5. Brass rainy day duckling. 6. Colorful woven trivet. 7. Hazel Atlas chartreuse creamer. 8. Antique flow blue plate. 9. Wool Mexican throw blanket. 10. Souvenir State of Washington tray.

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