Thursday my neighbor, her dh and her dgd and I headed out to a thrift store. I am looking for older Christmas décor items and sadly, ebay is not helping. This stuff is not covered in gold dust folks.
Anyway, as we entered there was a sign, all Halloween 75% off. It didn’t mean anything to me, since I don’t do Halloween. Which is good because as far as I could see, there was NO Halloween stuff. 75% off or otherwise.
Next, we came on 2 large tables with orange stickers. I asked the ladies there and they said that was the dime table. There were several items there I am always looking for. Such as:
Pop Corn boxes, those plastic ones that hold about a quart of popcorn.
2 Picture frames. I often get sent pretty cards. So pretty I want to frame them. Looking at new frames at Walmart recently, I decided that just would not work.
A really truly biscuit cutter, also good for simple round cookies.
A large bowl. Not sure what I will put in it but for a dime…
Then I began in the dish section. I wanted some new fun mugs for my morning coffee. None of the 6 I found were marked. Then I saw the sign. Mugs were .25 each and on sale for 50% off. So, .12 or so each. 6 mugs cost me… .75c. I was pleased with that for 2 reasons. 1) I found 4 neat mugs for my kitchen and 2) I found 2 mugs that will make cheery thinking of you gifts.
I also found a new basket for my kitchen to hold my coffee stuff, Creamer, coffee and the cappuccino stuff I add to it to make it more COFFEE ish. The box of ornaments is in this.
A set of stationary, looks like large note cards but might be paper.
A small plaque that will go to my SS.
I found a lidded casserole. I have wanted one of these for years but just can’t bring myself to pay the price. This one was just under $5.
I of course perused the toy area looking for Barbie, but she wasn’t there.
I finally found the Christmas section.
I found several items that will be gifts. At church we are doing a secret sister thing where we give a note or small gift each week then a bit nicer gift (Not to exceed $5) at our big cookie party.
I found plates on which to gift cookies without wondering if my plate will come back…
I found one item that needs a new box, A snowman tea pot. It is so cute I have 3 options with it. 1) give it to my SS 2) give it to a friend who collects tea pots or 3) keep it. #3 is a long shot. Though I really like it, I don’t drink hot tea. I also have a hot pot for the odd cup of cocoa. I like my stuff to be useful…
I found one of my 6 mugs here too, a snow lady face.
A set of ornaments. I am thinking one each week would be fun.
A sweet box to wrap the mug in.These things are in the stack on top of the tea pot box. A few of my pictures did not come out right either.
A baggie of ribbon. I am planning an ornament making party so odd bits of craft stuff will come in handy.
A set of Enesco salt and pepper shakers for myself. I can’t find any value on the set. Nothing registers on ebay for this 1993 set. Not even under completed auctions. Most sets sold were about $5 so .79 isn’t bad.
I got an unopened 2 pack of Christmas cookie cutters. For some silly reason I gave away all my plastic cookie cutters last year in a fit of decluttering.
I defied temptation on the Santa cookie jar. I have ended up with a collection of cookie jars but not on purpose. Though I love them all I don’t go looking for them. This one was calling my name. I ignored it and moved on.
I did make 1 silly purchase. This was marked at .49c. When I opened it, it was empty. Now I love Peanuts, but .49c for an empty card box? No. When I asked the lady at the counter if they were really charging that for an empty box she was shocked and said some one must have made off with the cards. I said I do like the box. She asked if I would pay .10c. Since I can add it to my peanuts display I said yes.
After tax I spent $20. What do you think, did I do well or no?
Friday after mall walking, we went to the Salvation Army store to find fanny packs. We don’t want to lug purses around the mall so we leave things we could use at home. Like phones, inhalers and so on. I have skirts with pockets so I generally have my phone, and keys with me.
We did not find any fanny packs. I did how ever find this gorgeous blouse. I don’t have any blouses, or is it blice? Anyway I have shirts, which are basically polos or fancy tees. Red tags were 50% off this week so I spent $1.50 on the shirt. It looks crisp as if it was either gently worn or never worn.
I also found a few more frames for my project of turning gorgeous note cards into art.
I found a couple more mugs, but I am spoiled by the .12c mugs and could not bring myself to spend .69c each on them. I will go back when green tags are 50% off and see if they are still there… if I remember!
Then Saturday we hit an estate sale where I got this big ol’ box of stuff. I spent $20 but in it I got
A monopoly game. With the original pieces not the newfangled ones.
A set of sheets for my bed. From the feel they are at least 500 count.
A new quilt, printed not a REAL one and 2 matching shams.
A piece of hand done embroidery
3 yds of fabric
A over shirt/sweater… thing. For which the picture did not turn out.
A curtain set for my backdoor window
2 Trivets. They were the same so only 1 picture
A cool nightlight
With light detector. Note those prices? Well they were 50% off. So a complete bed package, sheets, shams quilt and all for $10.
We stopped by another sale on the way home where I succumbed to the lure of:
3 small gift bags, to use for our SS weekly gifts.
A set of pink glass candle sticks. I have a small bit of pink depression glass, I think in Princess pattern and these will look nice displayed with it.
My worst by was something that just demanded to come home with me. It was overpriced, and I knew it. I just fell in love with it though.
This is an English egg coddler. I found a set of them on ebay for $9,99. I paid… gasp $2 for one…
Sometimes though things just need you to take them home. The lady at the sale went on and on about its being an antique and worth at least… $25 or $30 in an antique store. I thought not to some one with google on their phone. Still I am doing my bathroom in pink roses and this will look cute on the shelf. I didn’t get the antique vibe from it. I used to deal in antiques, or at least vintage items. Mostly toys and dishware/kitchen ware. Antiques feel differently to me than more modern stuff and this just said modern to me.
So here is my coffee this morning, in my new mug. It made me happy just drinking it. Silly I know.
Here are my .10c frames with the note cards in them. That pink one I think needs to go in my pink bathroom.
This black one needs some tlc. I got some black paint and I am sure I can get the price sticker glue off. I think the dark frame sets off the picture. What do you think? I may, depending on how it looks after the paint, glue some beads or… buttons around it. I can’t decide.
Have you done any thrifting lately? Did you find treasures for you? Find treasure to use as gifts?
If you really want to see thrifting done expertly, check out the Queen of Fifty Cents blog, that lady knows her onions!
Tell me about your thrifting adventures!!