10.25.2009

Thrift store awesomeness.

I had several loads of clothes to donate last week, and when that happens I make a trip to my local Dove's Nest.  It's a bit of a drive compared to say, Goodwill or Salvation Army, but I prefer to donate where the profits go directly to helping those in severe need.  For instance, on a circular rack of mens shirts, there's a placard on top reading "every shirt purchased helps feed one family in (specific country)".  It's run by the Mennonite Central Committee.  It's also tons of fun to shop there, obviously.  They even have silent auctions weekly on some of the nicer items that come in. All the workers are volunteers as well, so very low overhead.  Just an all around good place with a good vibe.

Anyway, Friday they had a 50% off on all house goods.  Yep.  The heart started racing.

Here's my favorite thing I found while there. A vintage ironstone pitcher and bowl.  9 buckaroos.  Has a crack and chip in the handle.  So endearing.



This next shot includes a set of 4 Stratfordshire plates and a carved wooden tray, 2 cheese servers which will eventually be some chic cloches, and an apothecary jar with some seriously gross soap which will be dumped and replaced with something lovely.  Everything else came from the Salvation Army jaunt I made on Thursday.

Did you see that cool tray and the super deep frame?  How 'bout the two wire baskets, stack of mini frames, and the wood circle things with flower designs carved on top?  Yeah.  Niceness all over my craft table.

Lastly, I poked my nose into Big Lots and found this stuff as I was returning shade number 362 in my search for shades on my big brass redo.


Super cool ribbon for $1 a spool, some glasses that will become the base for some homemade cake platters ($1 each), neato varigated woven basket in browns and aquas, and yes, a Martha Stewart wedding cake topper.  I'd admired it at Walmart several times, and I think it will be freaking awesome as part of a vintage-look Easter/Spring vignette.  $2, what can I say?

What found you this last week on your junkin' jaunts, hmmmmm? Do tell.

15 comments:

sarah { abeachcottage } said...

ooh you found a great haul, I love it when they have 50% off, that seems to happen more with clothes in the shops I go to...

sarah

Flat Creek Farm said...

Great items! No recent finds for me. I'm in the middle of trying to DEjunk, however I promise to hold onto the really cool stuff and save it for later. I did however feel a twinge of temptation.. when you mentioned "Goodwill" :) -Tammy

NM said...

Everything looks so perfect. Whenever I go looking for treasure all I seem to find is trash. I need to keep looking for hints and inspiration from you obviously! Best wishes, NM.

Bunny Jeans Decor... and More! said...

Ha! Every time I go in a store to return stuff... I end up spending more than the refund!

Looks like you had some fun making returns too.

About lamp shades... I got this fab little Mackenzie Childs knockoff lamp at the Goodwill for 3.00. So far I have purchased three shades (two at GW and one at Ross) to go with it. So much for my bargin.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Oooh, that wood tray looks interesting. Love the detail on it!

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Lots of potential here!!! Don't you love transforming those cheese plates in chic cloches???We sure do!!! Thank you for playing today!!

Jill said...

Lots of interesting items that could have so many purposes---and re-purposes!

~~Carol~~ said...

Hi! This is my first Junkin' Monday! You found alot of great things, especially that pitcher and bowl and the future cloches! I love that last line: what found you? That's the way I'm going to choose to look at it from now on. I don't find IT, IT finds me!
Happy Monday!
Carol

Lori said...

Cindy, that first shop you mentioned sounds wonderful...i wish all of those sorts of shops operated that way...i LOVE the pitcher and bowl that you found, they are lovely!!!

Lori said...

What great finds Cindy! So glad you stopped over at my place and as I came over to yours, I said to myself....I have been here before!! I love the picture on your header ~ it is a beautiful shot!

nannykim at spindle cottage said...

Nice stuff!! I do like Good Will because they employ the special needs Adults. I used to work with special needs adults and they are thrilled to be working and getting paid! A lot of their work is in the back.

At Salvation Army this week I was able to find 5 pairs of good quality shoes. I was thrilled because my feet are short and wide and I have a problem finding shoes. Even got a pair of Italian leather sandle type ones. ....and some nice ones from Bass, and some Dr.Schols ones that I often wear, but in a red color. Got some Gloria Vanderbuilt ones and some Soley Ours comfort shoes----I was really thrilled!!

bringing up boys said...

I am a snob in rehab. I try to go and find treasures, really I do, but I never seem to find much. My nose crinkels, my hair stands up, and I leave without. I have managed to purchase a few pictures, or linens to turn into curtains or other things. Tomorrow, I am going to try to leave the snob in the car and see if I can find treasures. Great post! Karyn

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

Lots of good finds! I always love the hunt...
Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy

Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

The ironstone find is such a great price!! Lucky you. love your blog and style. I am going to go back up and click on the "Follow" button so I can check back often. Please visit my blog and do the same if you like what you see so that we can share in each others creativity!

Sandy said...

My mind is on overload looking and thinking about all the things that you can do with that haul. Great finds and and prices. Thanks for showing and for visiting. I can't wait to see the afters.
Sandy

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