Sunday, January 14, 2007

Thrifting Success

Yesterday I was inspired to resurrect an old habit of mine- thrifting. I used to be an old pro at the game, but in recent years have gotten sucked into the false allure of the "new." So, after perusing Sara's blog yesterday, reading a few good articles, checking out Compacting, and hearing about my friend Mollie's success in finding a "new to her couch" during one of her thrifting adventures, I hopped in my van. With Ella in tow (and Robert gone working on a group project for his Masters program), I ventured out to our closest Goodwill store, and got to shopping. And boy was it a succesful trip! For under $30 I scored everything you see below:


A gorgeous, mocha-toned silk curtain panel for our bedroom. $2.99


A cute, colorful basket with a handle, to be hung in the playroom for storing our downstairs stash of clean cloth diapers. $1.99


A vintage, funky red beaded necklace that I'm hoping will go with a smoking hot strapless red dress I bought recently to wear to a wedding. 99 cents.


A tin to be used either as a wall decoration, or to hold something, in my bold-orange-and-red crafting room. 49 cents.


A funky patterened mug. I like to drink my morning coffee out of mugs whose design inspires me :) 29 cents.


3 cool, vintage bowls to be hung as wall ornaments in my dining room. My dining room is chocolate brown, with lots of bright yellow and white accents....how perfect are these??? All 3 cost me just 75 cents!


Just a closer up shot, minus the price stickers, which were blocking full view of the pattern in the previous pic ;)


Rainboots for Ella- 2 pairs, one in her current size (gently used), and one in a future size, BRAND NEW. Cost for both pairs? $6.


2 old milk jugs to be used a juice decanters- 99 cents for the pair.


Brand new Bath & Body Works cosmetic holder, for all of my pedicure/manicure supplies! $1.99


A crafting tote for Ella, 99 cents.


AWESOME, stylin' leather baby shoes (for the next one...and no, I'm not pregnant!), 99 cents.


Quite possibly the "find of the day." A painted wooden picnic basket, snatched up for Ella's new wooden kitchen and wooden play food. $1.99


Can't decide if these are wine, water or champagne glasses, but they are tinted brown, and so dainty....I love 'em! 6 glasses for a grand total of 90 cents!!


These match the skinnier glasses pictured above, but sadly, there were only 3. I bought them to use as votive holders. (See below) Set of 3, 75 cents.




How pretty are these hand painted glass mugs? I'll be using them for serving tea :) 6 for $1.25



And there you have it, my friends....more evidence that you should go thrifting. And that new is not always better....and certainly not cheaper!

6 comments:

jen said...

wow! i'm so terrible at thrifting... i never seem to find anything! i need to be schooled by you and mollie, lol!

Andrea said...

I LOVE to thrift!! LOVE it...and I've been trying to go every two weeks. I bought the best hot rollers that are essentially heated velcro rollers, so no clips necessary...Now I want to go out and thrift! Saturday it is. :)

-Happy Mom

Christine said...

You've gotta be kiddin' me! We have a Salvation Army outlet store nearby and I think I need to hit that up, stat! Way to go, Lotsie!

momtobri said...

Great finds!

angela said...

Holy Moly! You have the best goodwill in the world!! I never am able to have such great finds at my goodwill.

Christin said...

do you know how many times a week I get on this blog only to see the same old picture of your almost-boob? :) (not that it's not a hot picture, it just...means you haven't updated). and today here I am, and you've updated with 3 new posts!?!?!? what on earth. when it rains it pours.

this thrifting trip, you hit the jackpot. i too have been known to score some hot items but you REALLY raked it in. this is something to be documented. you're amazing!
I think the mocha curtain and rainboots might be my faves!!! those dishes for the chocolate room too though, WOW...amazing.