Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Yesterday's Thrift Store Scores

By mid-morning yesterday, I had finished all the work I intended to accomplish for the day ... so, I changed my clothes and I leaned my head into the office and told my husband, "I'm going to go waste the rest of the day.  See you later this afternoon."  

I hit a couple of antique shops, but nothing was tempting.  That's how it is since I realized that I have too much stuff ... it's hard to get in the mood to bring more stuff home, no matter how wonderful it seems.  I kept at it, and I finished my afternoon at a favorite thrift shop, spent a whole $1.50, and I got really useful stuff.



The Brighton business card holder is totally my style ... embossed stainless steel, patent leather, with a silverplated monogram that spells L-O-V-E ... $1, thank you very much.  The measuring spoons will be a spare set kept in my workshop for measuring garden chemicals ... $0.50.

For lunch, I treated myself to a McDonalds chicken wrap, large unsweet iced tea, and a small Wendy's frostie (one of my guilty pleasures), and I returned home relaxed and recharged.  

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  1. Breaks like that are so needed! I too have too much stuff but still do the 'search' and have been buying more useful items at the thrifts then decorative. Also some toys for my Grandson. He loves them and for a few dollars I can get him new things to enjoy when he visits me. I love a frosty also. Hugs, LInda

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    1. You are still my hero, for the way you downsized so drastically for your move. In addition to buying things for Tiger, Ms. Rosemary will certainly be needing herself some girl stuff. Another category of things for you to hunt for.

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  2. Measuring spoons! Probably in every thrift store in America and I never thought to purchase a spare set for the garden.

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    1. I know! I was digging through a box of silverware looking for interesting spoons and forks when I found these. No more using the kitchen spoons for measuring chemicals.

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  3. I feel the same way ... we have too much stuff and yet I really miss thrifting. What to do, what to do. LOL

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    1. We left behind a 4000+ square foot, 4 bedroom house with three fully finished (and furnished) levels when we moved to this old house of ours in 2007. While the square footage here comparable, there are fewer rooms and no truly livable living space in the basement. Add to this the fact that we had all three of our children and a toddler grandson at home in our old house. Now, it’s just my husband and me and one part-time daughter.

      I have given away and sold a LOT of stuff in the past eight years, but it’s still not enough. On days when I feel ruthless, I have been known to take a whole truckload of stuff to the thrift store (profits from which benefit a local animal rescue). It took decades for us to amass all of this stuff, and it’s going to be a process to whittle it down to a reasonable amount. My goal is to keep at it a bit at a time, working to have a place for everything and everything in its place.

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  4. I miss looking, but it's too tempting and I have NO ROOM for anything else. I need to get rid of about half of what I do have.

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    1. I hear ya! Part of my process of limiting the amount of stuff that I bring INTO the house is to also reduce the stuff that I already HAVE. Unless my new treasures are things that are small and immediately useful, like these are, at least one existing thing goes into the 'Donate' box for every new thing that's brought in.

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  5. Today my break, well at least I am planning it, is to go to the library.

    I love your found goodies. I also have 'more than enough' here in my little cottage so don't usually go out looking.

    Have a great day today ~ FlowerLady

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    1. Thrifting is a hard habit to break, so I’m doing what I can to temper it. It’s working so far.

      Enjoy your trip to the library … one of my favorite places!

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  6. Well, $1.50 and the spoons are useful so I wouldn't feel guilty
    and it's much better than buying a measuring spoon set Made in China from a Dollar Store!
    Yep, so much better to reuse.
    and the card holder is pretty.
    We all need pretty in our lives!
    xo

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    1. Pretty AND useful ... ticks all of the boxes.

      Reusing things is the story of my life, as I sit here in this house that has mostly second-hand stuff in it.

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