Aug 9, 2012

Thrifty Thursday

I wandered into Goodwill yesterday with a plan. Since this past weekend was a long weekend, I figured people would be cleaning out their closets and donating like crazy. And I figured it would take a day or two for the staff to get the good stuff on the floor. (Plus I was busy on Tuesday.)

Well, I didn't find any spectacular $15 sideboards or $10 chairs, but I did find some things I "had to have."

Care to see?

I found this metal lock box piled in with a bunch of wire racks. It's made of heavy steel and has a military feel about it. Can you believe it was only $2.50? To give you a frame of reference for the pricing in my local Goodwill - a reproduction milk can painted navy blue was $88. $88!! This was indeed a bargain. I took it home to Tom. His response? "I don't know what I'm going to do with it, but I like it!" The boy could be a thrifter at heart.

These two bottles were 99 cents each. I adore the shape of the stoppered one with the deep indentation in the bottom. I removed the stopper and took a whiff - it used to hold cider vinegar. I think I'm going to use a paint wash on the inside of it - maybe blue or green.

This little elephant jumped out at me and I snatched it up so fast. You don't understand just how excited I was. I've been looking for some ceramic animal to take home and spray paint but so far haven't found a thing - unless you count those precious moments-type figurines, which I DO NOT. But this is even better because Tom & I have a tradition of buying a carved wooden turtle every time we go on vacation to a tropical place. We've also added two carved wooden dogs to the collection, so this little guy will fit right in. Don't worry, I won't paint him. He's perfect just as he is.

Ready for my jackpot find? 

This sign/wall hook/decoration was hiding in amongst a bunch of wooden cast-offs. Doesn't it just remind you of something Donna from Funky Junk Interiors would have? And Lord knows I envy her decorating style. The best part? It was also only $2.50. I wish the kid in charge of pricing this past weekend worked all the time.

Just check out that gorgeous rust. And the detail on the taps. I swoon.

Tom rolled his eyes when he saw it. He has no vision. It's going to look amazing.


Been thrifting lately? 

I've been trying to limit myself to once a month but sometimes the urge overtakes. It doesn't help that all three thrift stores in my town are within the same block.


Sandra said...

Hi Barb,
Oh how I love to thrift and I find it to be such a destresser for some reason.
You really scored. I can't believe what some people get rid of but that is your gain for sure. I love the metal box the best.
Have a super weekend!


BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

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