Monday, June 20, 2011

Thrift Share Monday's - June 20

Why does thrifting always seem to start out was very slow, but my week turned out pretty good. 

It's always fun to find vintage sheets smothered in color.  I've tended to be turned off now when I see white sheets with a few flowers here and there.... I have plenty of those.  So these finds are always a delight.

Do any of your thrift shops bag glass items like this?  It's crazy how they just bag a lump amount of dishes in clear plastic bags.  I got 17 Anchor Hocking milk glass tea cups for $4.99.  I have something in mind for these.  Possibly tea cup pin cushions.

Look at these fantastic mushroom canisters.  They are soooo cute!

My mom went out with me on Saturday and it's nice to have her see what I see....especially when there are estate sales at nice houses.  It's amazing to see neighborhoods you normally don't see on your regular have no idea these nooks exist.  Sometimes you feel like you're in a different town when you go a few streets in off a busy street. 

So onto our finds.

Check out these great plant stands.  They were $2 each so we grabbed all three.  And these stands needed pots so we were able to score the terracotta pots to go in them for 25 cents each.  How awesome is that?!

A while after scoring the plant stands and pots mom asked me if I ever see plants at garage sales.  Uh yeah.  You need to look for the signs that say plants for sale, and shortly after...."look plants for sale".  So we got some plants to fill our new pots. It's been super hot here so we went for cactus, and other heat tolerant plants.

Two Tuppperware containers that match some tupperware mugs I scored a few weeks back. Awesome!

One stop had boxes and boxes filled with yarn.  Looks like someone loved to hoard yarn.  I contained myself simply because it was kinda sad...thinking of myself hoarding all this yarn and never using it, and it hurt my heart thinking of my family having to go through all my crafting stuff and selling it for 50 cents (what I paid for each roll of yarn).  One roll had a price of $20 on it, and I paid only 50 cents.  Estate sales always seem to be bitter sweet.

The same sale I got this really great large piece of fabric.  I love the flowers and the birds.  Also 50 cents.

Is it just me or do you also hold your breath when you ask for a price on an item your interested in thinking they are gonna give a price you'll decline on, but if it was in a store you would more likely pay 2-10x more?  Then I'm in shock when they give a price like 50 cents.  What? Huh?  Are you looking at the item I'm asking about...I think to myself.  Maybe it's just easier to sell something at a low price when it is not yours.  I tend to be insulted when someone doesn't want to pay a few dollars for something when we have garage sales.  A lot of times things are still worth more to me that are mine even though I don't use them anymore, and sometimes I'd rather give it away to Goodwill then to sell it for 50 cents.  Does that make sense?  Oh well.

Ay!!!  Sorry if I sound down.  It's just that these estate sales sometimes get you thinking about loosing someone, and what these families must be going through to part with items that belonged to their loved ones, but they have no need for.  I wonder if they will ever regret not keeping certain items.  I know I have.  When my grandma passed away 2 1/2 years ago it hurt thinking about taking anything of seemed greedy, because my grandpa still lived in the house they lived in in a way the things I wanted were also his.  However, if I knew then that he would shortly get rid of everything I would of been more aggressive in asking for things when I was able to, and take things.  Just a tidbit of advise, in a situation like this, if you want something ask for it.  You may never get the chance to do so again,  once it's gone it's gone.

Well that's it for me.  How was your thrifting week?


  1. Hi, love those plant stands and those pots you managed to get to go with them look amazing. It is always great when you manage to find nice vintage sheets and i agree with you i prefer the bolder ones. have a good week, dee x

  2. A very thoughtful post. It brought to mind a small cedar chest my widowed FIL sold at a garage sale that originally belonged to my husband's maternal grandmother. Seriously?!? I thought this would have been such a great piece for one of our kids to own. It's been almost 20 years and it still makes me sick to think about it. I agree ASK FOR IT NOW!!!

  3. Those plant stands awesomeness to the nth power!