Friday

Thrifting At Occasional Shops


It's time for the February Thrifty Style Team lead by Julie from Redhead Can Decorate, and for my thrifty post I got out from behind the computer and thrifted my little out.


I'm sorry Mr. Bezos, there will be no deliveries for me this week.  I no longer need a basket for my mail, which was my thrifting goal.

Thrifting didn't just happen on Saturday, I actually went out twice, once on Saturday and then again on Sunday.  No that's not how I usually roll, but I went to half of the local shops on a date with Daughter #2, and then again to the other half of the shops the next day with a new date.

And I know since today is Valentines Day, that there is a burning question in your heart.... you want to know did I purchase on both days?

Yes I did.  I myself.

I'll be showing you the items I plunked down some dollars for, as well as the lovely stuff I left behind, and make sure to click the links at the end to visit the sweet members of the Thrifty Style Team.  Both they and I would love it if you do.  It's Valentines Day but there is no particular theme to our posts this month, I just felt like including all this love .  

I have written before about the occasional sales in a small town a few miles from me, although I'm not necessarily the kind of shopper the owners want as clientele.

I wander around the 15+ shops to get ideas, then come home and figure out how to recreate the look myself, of course for less.

The shops are all open for four days starting the 1st Thursday of the month, and some are open full time.  I don't go each month, and many times I don't come home with a single thing.  What I really like is going along with someone and watching them spend their money.

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The crates above are on my list to recreate. Mine will be half depth for a wall I need some storage on.  Which is sort of funny because we are in the middle of a kitchen remodel and I have about 3 less walls to hang anything on, and those walls won't be going back up.

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Some of the thrift/occasional sale shops are filled with totally thrifted items, a smorgasbord of every garage sale in the last 25 years, others have tons of antiques, and a whole slew of the shops are a mixture of both antique, and new reproductions made to look old or appeal to the farmhouse style customer.

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The two galvanized tray tables above are adorable, so I'm going to make myself knock offs from wood.  Of course they won't be identical, but I do already have a Farmers Market stencil from Old Sign Stencils.  I can picture mine on the porch this spring with some plants.

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The above rack is in the category of left behind.  I was considering it as a paperwork holder, and I may go back and fetch that next month after my home office is rearranged, which is happening simultaneously with the kitchen remodel since I lost the desk and wall I had in the kitchen, and I am probably also going to loose my mind before the redo is over.

I did come home with this smaller basket.  The only job it has is to hold the mail as I bring it in the house so I don't just add fresh bills to a pile of junk mail and forget about paying them.  I don't know about your creditors, but mine like to be paid on time.

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Since that basket wasn't vintage, I bought an actual cow tag to dangle on it. '82 was a good year, and the tag was a buck.

Some of the shops have coffee, and midway through thrifting if you need a snack, one  has chocolates.  I have indulged in them on previous visits and they are excellent.

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The same shop that has the chocolates had this big glass front armoire with a sign warning me that Valentines Day was coming, along with a pink sign proclaiming a sale price of $199.  I can picture that tall beast all painted up, and the price was fair, but no I didn't buy it.

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This particular shop is large with a variety of antiques, along with some ugly vintage crap I'm not sure who would want, and lots of interesting parts to make over into unusual repurposed things.

All with a walkway painted like brick to lead you around the isles, or to the Emerald City.

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I spied this box of black and white kitchen enamelware.  Enamelware seems to be a popular item to breath new life into, like the Dear Liza bucket that I upcycled last year and used as a planter.

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The prices on all the enamelware were good, a buck here two bucks there, but no, I didn't buy any of that either.

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If you wanted to buy a Valentine gift that wasn't as large as the armoire, Elvis is in the house. He was staring up at me from under a table, and you could toss this large creepy Elvis pillow onto your bed to love you tender.  Or not.

Elvis should have been a package deal with this cool wood and barbed wire guitar. If it was I might be serenading my significant other with all my dreams fulfilled.

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And if I didn't get šŸ’•Love Me Tender stuck in your head, here is a cute hat to be sure that you're humming for the rest of the day, I'm just not sure the hat song is much of a Valentines Day tune.
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Some of the shops have clothing, new at some, vintage at others.  The new garments are the kind you would find at nice little clothing boutiques, and the vintage stuff is what you would find on some of the young hipsters.

Pictured below is what I'm calling the big funky jar, and that's what was also written on it's tag.  It caught my eye, and I put $12 on the counter for it.  The thing is huge - 13 inches tall and 10 inches wide.

Terrarium?  Pantry storage?  What would you do with it?  Return it?  Ah ha ha ha ha.  Not an option.

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My glasses are perched there so you can see how large the glass is, and below is a photo of the glass ball top (that looks a little like mercury glass in person) with my hand so you can compare the size of it.

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Giant bottle of Patrone or perfume?  I think not for either of them, but I have no idea what it was originally from.

Give me some ideas what to do with it since I'm having a little buyers remorse about it.

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The above sign was one of those reproduction vintage-y items I was referring too.  It looks like it's on heavy wood, but that's not the case, it's some sort of a plastic-y type thing.  However the lettering is cool and is recessed into the wood as if chiseled.  Hung on a wall it could totally fool the eye into seeing heavy wood, but at $95 I will make my own, on real wood.

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Another item in the reproduction vintage style is this type of flip calendar.  I saw several tin versions and think they are cute.  I almost bought one, then I remembered the desk in the kitchen is now a pantry and the office is also getting a redo.

Besides, I usually just check my phone for the date.  In 20 years when we are done with both the kitchen and office updates, if the shop is still there I'll go back and buy this one since my eyes will be too old to see the phone screen, or appreciate my kitchen makeover.

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I love the old locker drawers above and have absolutely no place to put them.  Who knows, maybe in those 20 years I'll be asking to have the walls put back up, and I'll regret letting these get away.

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I'm no stranger to using old wood spools in decor and at the bottom I will link my past projects using spools.  We have some bar tables made from spool tops that were used at the wedding of Daughter #2, we have made big clocks, and I had considered a headboard at one time.  I think this would be really cute for a western styled little boys room.

More stuff I didn't bring home....

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 There were bunnies, and signs.....

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and wood scrap letters oh my.

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The giant heavy cast iron hook below was on clearance for $5.00 and it DID come home with me.

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I'm putting it right there next to the shower to hang a towel on.  For 20 years I've been throwing the towel over the glass shower door to dry.  Nothing wrong with that, but I always have to push the towel to the side on the glass so it doesn't get wet when I shower.  If it is hanging on the hook I'll be able to dry off with a dry towel.

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Last but not least is the crate I didn't buy.  I have a thing about old crates, I love them, I guess it's sort of an addiction.

But eventually I had to admit I had a problem and the problem was I am running out of places to put them.  I particularly like the lettering - Queen Dairy..... yeah I might have to go back and get it, or maybe stencil Queen Dairy onto a sign.

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The last things I bought are the cutest, most awesome little clicking clanking short stubby colorful ceramic spoons.

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These spoons are so adorable šŸ’•.   I put them in some pantry jars where really no one but me will see them, where they can't clickity-click together and break.

So after all that mumbo-jumbo, if you were keeping track...I came home with the mail basket and cow tag, the cast iron hook, the big funky glass jar, and the clickity clanking little spoons.  Everything is in it's new home except for the cast iron hook that still needs to be hung up.  My towel is anxiously waiting.

Below are all the links to the rest of the Thrifty Style Team so you can see what they've been up to for February.


♥ February Thrifting, The Thrifty Style Team Way ♥

♥Redhead Can Decorate - My Gorgeous Thrift Store Mirror
♥2 Bees In A Pod  - Blue and White Thrifted Home Decor
♥Jennifer Rizzo - Free Bee and Honeycomb Printable
♥Postcards From The Ridge - Clear the Clutter with this Tool Box Mail Organizer
♥Salvage Sister and Mister - DIY Cardboard Sunflower
♥Virginia Sweet PeaDIY Milk Glass Lamp Makeover


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11 comments :

  1. So many treasures! I would have had a hard time passing up that armoire for $199.

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  2. That was fun! Thanks for taking us along for the trip! :)

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  3. I always love browsing thrifty stores and looking at all the treasures. I would have had a hard time passing up that armoire too! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Oh my, what a fun virtual shopping trip! And I didn't even have to drive anywhere. :)
    Love what you chose. I go into information overload on shopping trips. lol
    As for losing your mind... if you do... don't go looking for it... at least that's what the voices in my head tell me.
    ~ Christina
    Enjoy your fun finds!! (No clue what to do with the cool jar.)

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  5. How fun! Can’t wait to see what you do with that huge bottle-thing.

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  6. what fun! i'm off today to a new-for-me shop about 40 miles out of my small town. sadly, we don't have the variety of thrift shops you do, but i still check them out often. i'm looking forward to checking out all the links you shared! also, good to know that i'm not the only one who takes photos in shops so i can recreate my own goodness at home! that jar is fabulous, please let us know what you do end up putting inside, something colorful to help show off that gorgeous top!

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  7. WOW...what treasures. Wish I was going along with you. THanks for taking us a long for the ride.

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  8. So many cool pieces! I love the basket and spoons you came home with. Maybe you could put some little rocks and succulents inside the big bottle. It would be a cute and quirky terrarium. Thanks for taking us along with you on your shopping trip!

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  9. You find the coolest things! Maybe SOMEDAY we could go shoppin' together!

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  10. Looks like fun sales! I love sales like that for inspiration, too! You found some goodies!

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  11. I really enjoyed the vicarious shopping of your post and loved the treasures you got. I have an open concept house and curse the fact that I don't have enough walls to hang things on! I rotate pictures around on an irregular basis!

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