Monday, March 30, 2015

Thrift Store Finds

After a very long thrift drought I  ended up going to a couple of thrift stores over Thursday and Friday plus one junk sale.  I finally added a few items to my Spring wardrobe:
Pink tunic $4.75
For those who are new readers of my blog - I buy 95% of all clothing at the thrift store, excluding socks, swimsuits and undergarments and have done so for several years now.  I am still extremely picky on what I buy as thrift store dollars are just as hard earned as any other and anything I buy must be in perfect condition or it stays on the rack.  The first two shirts (pink and red) appeared to both be brand new and never even been washed.  They have now been washed and are hanging in my closet.


Red Liz Claiborne Shirt $3.75
 I first found the paisley blouse in one store, took a picture on my phone of the colour and pattern and set off to find a tank that would go with it underneath.  At the very next store I was successful.
Paisley blouse $4.75, Blue tank $2.75
On Friday evening Mom and I went to a Church junk sale where I found this lotus bowl which likely is going to be turned into a planter.  It was definitely a junk sale though as most items were yard sale leftovers.  This was the only item worth considering.  Even the books were lousy.  It seems my memory is not that great as we went to the same sale last year and felt the same way.  We have now decided to skip future sales at this particular organization as it just isn't worth the time.

Lotus ceramic bowl $2

What cool items have you found at the thrift store lately?

20 comments:

  1. I found some Manhola Blahnik shoes today but they were £35 and I don't need any shoes for a long, long time. I do enjoy looking though.

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    1. Wow, never seen those in real life here. Someone would have to import them.

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  2. With the weather so cold here, it will probably be another month before the yard sales start up here.

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    1. There is the odd one here but it has been raining so much they tend to start up in full force in May

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  3. Great finds! Love the lotus bowl and the paisley shirt especially!
    xxx

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    1. My bedspread is paisley too - I must have a thing for it. I just bought a new nightgown that is red and purple paisley...perhaps a new trend?

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  4. You pick good quality stuff so it should last. I don't by cheap stuff even if it's "cheap" at a thrift. Some of the stuff you found would go well with the stuff I found this weekend!

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  5. I've found quite a few used books, but have been buying some others online via Amazon. The books are practically free (usually one cent), but the shipping is $3.99 US. I have them shipped to Bellingham to wait for my next trip south. It's cheaper that way. Other than that, I haven't found any treasures in months. I think fewer people are donating these days. I did purchase an item full price that I've been looking for this last year without success. It's a tall pot called an asparagus steamer. I bought it for canning one jar at a time. Sometimes I have just enough tomatoes or berries to do up a pint and hate to waste the propane to heat water in a bigger pot. I figure the savings in propane will pay for the $22.95 (no tax and free shipping to a friend that has Amazon prime) in no time. - Margy

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    1. I've bought several hard to find books off amazon. What a great idea - Ive never seen one of those. I used to hate asparagus but now it is one of my favorite although expensive veggies. I buy loads of it when it dips to $1.99 a pound.

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  6. I've tried to follow your lead. Maybe mens' thrift store clothing just doesn't offer as many options!

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    1. To be fair I don't think men have nearly as much choice at the thrift store as women, hubby only finds the odd thing. You are right.

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    1. It was - I just liked the style though.

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  8. I hate thrifting droughts. You did great on the blouses. In the winter, the only places we can go to thrift are a few(7ish) shops. Its been slim pickings for sure. Everything will pick up once the garage sales start again.

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    1. People must be cleaning out their closets here as the stock is much better than it has been for the last three months. Yippee!

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  9. All your finds are lovely. I still enjoy buying 2nd hand. I've got some lovely linen shirts recently all from a range at M and S. New they would be £30+ but I've got them from £4-11. They are great to wear for school and travel.

    Sft x

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    1. Don't you love getting a bargain on nice clothes? I have a hard time paying retail now.

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  10. Well done - that blue paisley is just perfect!! The last time I thrifted I bought 6 T-shirts at half-price for a total of $18.00. This will go with me on my trip in September and if I need to make room in my suitcase I can easily say goodbye to these 2nd hand shirts.

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    1. Good idea - I have several polyester shirts that I use for travelling - they never crease and if you need to wash them dry overnight.

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