My sister and I love nothing more than to spend an an hour or two going from thrift store to thrift store. So when our sons had plans to watch the Portland-Seattle Timbers soccer game, and my niece had a special grandma date, we knew the stars had aligned for an afternoon of thrifting.
See how happy we are?
Of course, thrifting is a crap shoot as the merchandise is random and I’m as likely to buy nothing from Goodwill as I am to bring something to the register. I had no choice but to take a photo of this statuette, which I promptly texted to my son.
I received no reply.
I liked this particular “College Fund” targeted savings bank, as it was actually large enough to stuff some serious cash into. My hand is there for scale.
I was horrified by this pair of nurse’s shoes. As a skilled RN I get annoyed/offended by products that infantilize my profession. Reminds me of the fanny pack I once received that said “Nurses are Bear-y special!” Of course it featured a teddy bear.
But then I spied a flash of color in the dishware section and I knew I’d struck gold. I’ve been collecting Fiestaware since high school, so I can locate a piece from a hundred yards away. These 12 inch vintage divided plates sell for around $50 apiece on eBay and I picked them up for $3.99 apiece.
I gave the green one to my father as a gift, and have put the other three onto Craigslist.
We then hit a suburban Goodwill, where I immediately spied the corner of this antique oval mirror. I pulled it out from behind a stack of framed bland artwork and knew I’d lucked out again. Priced at $6.99, this purchase was a no brainer.
Look how beautiful it is!
Even though it appears to feature a crazy lady. Again, I’ve put this Goodwill find onto Craigslist, although I’m happy to enjoy it until it can be rehomed.
I was tempted to buy this kitchy tissue box holder.
Especially since it originally cost $19.99.
Plus the half-off tag color was green. However, my family uses handkerchiefs and toilet paper instead of tissues. Also, I noticed that my internal dialogue featured a lot of me trying to convince myself to buy it, and my rule is that I don’t bring anything home if I have to actively convince myself to it buy it.
I then discovered an alcove off to the side with a jumble of furniture. And although this table was under another table, I recognized the style as mid-century Lane, which is highly in demand.
Even though it featured an add-on of some kind of effed-up DIY locking mechanism.
Which of course was no favor to the wood. However, this will be a fun project for me and although I’m tempted to keep this table it’ll likely to find its way onto Craigslist as well.
I thought I was done shopping, but then my eyes landed on this groovy vintage chair. It’s a Steelcase brand chair, but is essentially a Knoll knockoff. Also priced at $6.99, I knew I could sell it without any problem. The fabric was a little grubby, but it was nothing that a little time under my Bissell upholstery shampooer couldn’t fix.
What did my sister buy? Just a ton of half-off T-shirts for a silkscreening project. After all, anything she buys here will need to be schlepped back to New York.
We had such a fun afternoon, especially since we sneaked in a lunch at an amazing Mediterranean restaurant that we found though Yelp.com.
None of my Craigslist listings have sold yet, but it’s just a matter of time. Plus I think many people are on vacation right now, so I’m anticipating an uptick in a week or two.
I’m going to miss my sister when she heads home at the end of the week.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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