One thing I have learned from thrift store shopping is that it’s a bit like Forrest Gump would say: “you never know what you’re gonna get.” Sometimes you do really well, and other times you walk out empty handed. Lately I’ve fallen into the somewhere in between, but I’ve found some nice stuff. I guess it was time for me to be rewarded for all of my patience!
I had errands to run, so I decided while I was out to go to my local Salvation Army and Goodwill. Our Goodwill is in a transitional stage at the moment, I suspect it’s a change in management. It still looks kind of picked over, but it’s progressing and I have my fingers crossed that it will come around. I only found one thing, but it’s pretty cool:
I got the whole stack for 99 cents, not bad. I remember when these were all the rage for on desks to organize little odds and ends like erasers, paper clips, etc. I thought these would work well in the bakery or kitchen, or even in a bedroom for organization.
The Salvation Army also looks picked over too, but I did find one thing, and it hits two marks for me:
Isn’t this adorable? It’s a piece that Hallmark sold by artist Marjolein Bastin. I LOVE her stuff, I have a large collection of the Christmas ornaments Hallmark sold. When I first looked at it, I wasn’t sure, but then when I looked at the scale of the birds, I realized that it would be more accurate than I thought. It was $2.99 but when I got to the register, I found out it was 25% off everything day, so I ended up paying $2.25. Yay! I did notice it had a blob of some sort of glue on it:
Here’s a closeup of what I’m talking about. I got on Ebay after I got home and looked it up. Originally there would have been another figure of a squirrel there. No biggie, squirrels are the bane of bird feeders! I’m going to make something to hang there, perhaps a sign that says “don’t feed the squirrels” would be appropriate?
Here’s a shot of Louisa with it, you can see it’s a bit short, but not horrible. I do know some feeders should be set lower, so we’ll just go with that. The details and the scale of the animals on it move me to the “don’t care” area. 🙂
There were two other items at the Salvation Army that I looked at, but wasn’t sure about. They weren’t in the dirt cheap category either, so I hated to go ahead and buy them without doing a bit of research first. It was late in the day, they would close in less than an hour, so I decided to take my chances and leave them till morning. The next day I took some measurements and armed with my knowledge, I headed there, fingers crossed. They were still there, yes! The only downside was that I didn’t get the 25% off, but oh well. Both of these items are well worth what I paid at full price. Are you ready?
First thing was this:
Yes, a brand new doll chair, tag still on it. I’ll be honest, I didn’t pay very close attention to what the tag said, but when I got home I looked at it closer. I almost fell over when I saw the price!
The other thing was the one I had the biggest doubts about, but when I took my trusty measuring tape to it, I decided it must come home with me.
$4.99! Not bad, it does have a minor injury, but nothing I can’t fix. Thank heavens for all that basket making Evil Twin and I used to do!
And just to show you how perfect it is, Louisa was kind enough to help me out again:
She says it’s very comfy.
Since I was already out and about, I decided to venture out a bit further. My next stop was the little shop just over the Ohio border that Barbie Girl introduced me to. It’s so different, they get a ton of little things in, it just depends on what you are looking for. Last time I found the stuffed mini-monkey, the shelf, the salt/pepper shakers and the mug. I found three things this time:
I know you are wondering what that wadded up bag is…it’s a McDonald’s Happy Meal Build a Bear toy! I didn’t have my glasses on when I picked it up, but upon reading it once I got home, I discovered it’s Bearemy the Fireman.
I ripped the bag open and got him out, beyond cute, and he looks like a full sized Bearemy! Definitely worth the 50 cents I paid. He’s not jointed, but still darling, and came with a shirt.
Since I was already in Ohio, I decided to keep driving to another store I hadn’t been to in eons, it was about 10 minutes away. They were pretty wiped out and I heard another customer comment to the guy running the register, he told her they had recently had several inventory reduction sales to clean out. Made sense. I thought perhaps I might end up walking out empty handed, but then I found this little beauty!
A Precious Moments miniature! My niece (not Barbie Girl but Kit’s Human Twin) used to collect these in the regular size, her mom started her on them when she was just a baby. I thought it would look cute in one of the doll bedrooms, and at 50 cents, I couldn’t say no.
My last stop in this trip was at the Goodwill that Barbie Girl showed me last fall. If you remember, my last trip there was a study in frustration, not only was I not seeing much, but it was so crowded, it made it just about impossible to browse. Luck was in my favor on this day, and I was able to get a good look around. First I came across this:
I recognized the name and label immediately as Thomas Kinkaid. However, I was a bit surprised to learn that it was actually a refrigerator magnet! Whatever. It’s going to be a perfect picture frame somewhere in the doll house. 99 cents.
The two items were taped together for some reason, but that’s okay, I could use them both. The platter will be nice for cookies and other items and the Sponge Bob mug totally cracked me up. I remember when the daughter of one of my besties was absolutely obsessed with ole Bob. Are kids still into Mr. Squarepants and his gang anymore? 99 cents for both.
Believe me, after I got home, I couldn’t believe what a good 2 days I’d had. 10 items and I had less than $15 invested in the whole lot. Oh, and I forgot to mention that at the last stop, I also found 4 human sized bowls in a pattern I’d been looking for, 49 cents each. The icing on the cake!
The following day I had a doctor’s appointment and then Mr. Flo and I headed to my two favorite thrift stores in Pittsburgh. He did great, me…not so much. I got a shirt for me, a tote bag and these cute little Thanksgiving figures. The whole bag of them was only 95 cents, and I thought they would be perfect for fall decorating in the doll house.
My complaint with these stores is that all of the “littles” they have for sale are in bag lots. It not only makes it hard to look at them, but you also end up with a bunch of stuff that you don’t want. I understand that they probably do it to save space and to prevent theft, but it doesn’t help me. Oh well. I was just glad I’d done all the shopping earlier and found so many cool things or I would have been majorly let down.
The following day my husband needed to go check on an account even though he was off. He asked if I wanted to go along for the ride, and I remembered two stores near there that I wanted to check out. The first was a thrift store, but I didn’t see anything I wanted. The next was a second hand type store, no clothing. As we were walking in, I spotted something in the window that I definitely had to check out. I looked around and then went to see it up close. I asked if it worked and he said it did…
Isn’t it awesome?!?! And it was only $10!!!!! And yes, it does work! I’m so glad I didn’t get the AG version, I would have been totally annoyed if I’d spent that much and then came across this. It’s only a radio, but that’s okay, not like I’m going to be using it all the time. Another cool thing is you can just turn on the lighted part if you don’t want to listen to the radio but want the effect. It plugs into the wall, no batteries to worry about either. It needs a little cleaning up, but nothing a damp q-tip and some Pledge won’t take care of.
There you have it, all my cool finds for May! Not sure when I’ll be out and about again to thrift stores, but I think this lot should hold me over for quite a while. Have you found anything fun lately?