The weather is getting colder, so I decided last week would be good to take some time to check out several thrift stores I know of to see what I could find for my various doll projects. Once the weather gets too yucky I’d rather just sit at home and work on craft projects than be out and about. I think I did really well with my finds, with all the other stuff I’ve picked up, I should be busy for a while. It was a good week!
Met a friend for lunch early in the week and stopped at the Salvation Army nearby after we were done. I found three things:
The chair needs some TLC, I’m also going to make a seat cushion for it. Funny part is I had seen it the last time I was in this store and held off buying it and afterwards wished I had. That was at least 2 – 3 weeks ago. I lucked out, someone had set a stuffed rabbit in it and I don’t think anyone could see it. The little dog in the package is a stuffed Happy Meal toy that will be perfect for one of my dolls and the little mint container will make a perfect pencil case.
My next stop was the Goodwill not far from my house. I found two things there:
This little chest of drawers still had the original price tag on it for $12.99. I paid $4.00! The little laundry basket was 50 cents. I have some like this in another color, I thought it would be fun to have different ones for different rooms.
A few days later I decided to make a run to Pittsburgh to check out a few stores. I came across this set of shelves at my first stop:
Only $2! When I bought it I wasn’t sure if I would use it as doll shelves or a boat–I think shelves are going to win out.
I also found this:
Yeah, I know this is Barbie, not AG, but I am working on another doll project that it’s perfect for. It needs a little TLC and it was filthy dirty, but a trip through the car wash (dishwasher!) and it looks good overall. I was excited that the sliding door on the side was still in working condition and that all the seats were there. $3 🙂
On to the next store. I only got one thing, but I think it is my favorite thing of all of my purchases for the week:
This is so cute and it was only $3. And it works! It’s only a radio, but the scale on it is perfect for my dolls. The speakers even detach!
The little books were only 50 cents each, they are a little bigger than I would like, I guess they can be coffee table books. The little crock was also 50 cents, the divided dish was $2. Why it was so much is beyond me, but I’ve given up trying to figure out how they decide what to charge, it never makes any sense. I still thought it was cute and the perfect size for a doll vegetable feast! I am kind of curious as to what it was originally intended to be.
I ended the week with two more finds. I was out getting groceries and decided to stop by my local Goodwill, where I found these two “little” gems:
The teacup and saucer are just beautiful, so dainty. They are just slightly larger than I would like them to be, but I figure it’s like one of those big mugs on Friends, remember those? The book-I can’t tell you how excited I was when I came across this. It is just the perfect size. Both of these items cost me a whopping 45 cents!!! The best part of the book is it gave me a name of a publisher to look up and turns out they do a whole series of these mini books. You can find them on Amazon under Running Press Miniatures. I have two friends who regularly check out thrift stores and books looking for more now, much cheaper, but at least I know where to find more.
Now I just hope I get a day this week that it doesn’t rain, I would like to spray paint a few pieces including that chair. I’ve got so many projects in mind to work on once the cold weather really sets in, I could hole up here for weeks! (maybe even months 😉 )