This may come as a bit of a shock; I haven’t been browsing thrift stores as often. Going into a thrift stores was beginning to feel more like a survival game with two (sometimes three) children in tow while weaving through the aisle, unlatching baby hands from clothes hangers, and attempting to make it out alive without a hysterical child or grumpy face. So it’s been nice, not managing to turn a 15 minute trip into an hour long marathon.
Don’t get me wrong, I kind of miss it – and I look forward to my next thrifty visit – but I also appreciate looking back on April and seeing that, wow, I only brought home a few things? Things of thrift stores passed are either being displayed on a shelf or stored away waiting to find a match on Etsy. Storage is filling up, though, so until some things find new homes, I just don’t have the room to bring much more in.
Speaking of room, there was really no room for this chair when I spotted it at the thrift store. I had even told myself I would not be buying anymore chairs. Period. But really, this is me we’re talking about here – how could I resist? And after finding out I could receive a $5 coupon just by donating some items? It was a done deal.
So picture this: after putting the chair on hold and racing the clock to pick up my son, I ran with both girls out to the car to grab a bag of to-donate children’s clothes (that just so happened to be placed in my car that day!), then ran back into the store and donated said clothes to the way back donation center. After receiving my $5 coupon, I rushed up front to purchase this beauty of a chair – totaling (after the coupon) a whopping $2! I’m not making this stuff up, folks. It’s a true story.
So needless to say, I made room in my house for this chair in the girls’ bedroom – after dusting every nook and cranny of course (and there are a lot). The details are stunning but it isn’t perfect; and that’s okay. I like it that way.
Now picture the story I just told you, but now add this metal pot into the equation. It came with, too. It’s a little rusty on the inside but not bad. I think I’ll list it for sale on Smithly’s but haven’t gotten around to it yet. I’d like to try to remove the rust first, or should I just leave it be?
Lastly, I collected a decent amount of terracotta pots from thrift stores and garage sales in April.
Some have already been filled with Green Thumb Festival plants and other are awaiting their turn to house more plants to hoard.
So how do you thrift shop? Are you a relaxed thrifter or a frantic, survival-mode shopper? Maybe somewhere in between, perhaps?!