Monday, July 8, 2013

Hey, Come Thrift Shopping With Me!

Hi there fellow thrift store enthusiasts. Welcome to my little blog.  I thought I would share a thrift store trip with you. So come along and see what's new at one of my favourite stores.

We are shopping at the Salvation Army. 
The Salvation Army House Ware

Ahhh. Look! A sewing basket. 

I want it. 

I've read quite a few blogs recently about organizing and stocking up sewing baskets. I thought it would be fun to organize my stuff too.  :)

Poop, I don't have the space for it right now. I'm still living in limbo and don't know where anything is.
The Salvation Army House Ware

That is such a bummer. I hope I'll be able to find a nice one once I get settled into a new place.

Hmm. Looks like these pictures were paint by numbers. 

You know, I haven't had much luck with finding good priced art work at thrift stores. What about you?

Here comes one of the sales clerks. They always greet us with salutations and a smile. 

I enjoy shopping at this Salvation Army because the ladies are always so nice. It's not just their sparkling personalities, it's their whole attitude towards the customers. And they seem to genuinely enjoy their jobs.


The Salvation Army House Ware
My granddaughters look forward to going to this Salvation Army too because the ladies are so nice. 

The girls can chatter away and the clerks actually stop to listen. It makes them feel good when an adult takes the time to pay attention to them. 


My girls also like this store because they can play freely with the toys. The clerks get a thrill to see them smiling and laughing.  To them, a bit of mess is nothing as long as they can see the cuties enjoying themselves. Besides my girls tidy up after themselves - most of the time. I mean it isn't perfect but overall they put things back where they belong.

The Salvation Army House Ware
Back to shopping!

I'm not really seeing anything interesting here today on the shelves.

Cole likes the vintage canister set in orange and browns with the mushroom lids and decorations. They are kinda cool but I think they cost too much.

Moving on, let's check out the lamps.
The Salvation Army House Ware

I like the gold lamp. It isn't vintage so it can't go in the Etsy shop but the shape is kinda cool. It would look fantastic painted a dark colour (of your choice) with white paint dry brushed onto the raised areas. Very shabby chic. Good price too.

I think, over all the Salvation Army has very reasonable prices and I can usually find a great deal.

I've seen some interesting lamp shades at the thrift store. I like the way they stacked these ones.

Second hand lamps are great buys because you can find some very unique pieces. And you don't have to be afraid of painting them because they are so cheap - customizing it to coordinate with your decor.

Look at the lamps below. Very nice square based lamp with matching lamp shade. I'd probably paint out the gold trim but other wise it's good as is.


What about those crazy lamp shades in the middle? Very interesting lamps details in the lamp base. They would look nice painted in black - matt finish for a modern look or white wash for that ever popular shabby chic.

The Salvation Army House Ware

The Salvation Army Fur
I mean, even the next two lamps have potential. All it takes is your imagination and some paint.

Okay, let's take a gander at some of the furniture.
The Salvation Army Furniture

Looks like a hotel or motel was updating their furniture -getting rid of the old bulky t.v. style cabinets.


I don't think they will sell very fast. You see these things along side the road all the time because people are upgrading to flat screens.

Although these units are great for DIYers to repurpose but paying for them doesn't make much sense to me when you can very easily get one free when curbside shopping.

The Salvation Army Furniture
Ewww. See here? An armoire. Remember what I did with the one I purchased at The Second Look? Read this POST.


The Salvation Army Furniture
The corner cabinet is solid wood. I can't see a price tag - doesn't matter, someone already bought it. I was just curious.

Oh, another good thing about the Salvation Army - every Friday they have some sort of sale on a selected item. For example, they may have all furniture or children's clothes marked down to fifty percent or ten t-shirts for ten dollars.

The ten shirts for ten dollars sale came in handy when I wanted to make a blue rag rug

I choose t-shirts that had company logo's on the front. I figured those shirts wouldn't likely sell so I wouldn't be ripping. up a nice shirt that someone would love to wear. 

I'm going to have a quick run around the linens and clothes. Sorry I won't be taking you with me.

Well, thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed this post. You might like to read my post.

If your interested, stop by my Etsy Shop, Little Shop of Treasures .


If you would like to receive my blog updates please subscribe via email or follow me on TwitterPinterest or Google +.




Have a fantastic day.

26 comments:

  1. I love thrifting! You're so lucky the salespeople at your thrift stores are nice. The ones that are where I live aren't very friendly. Looks like you found some good stuff though! If I ever need thrift shopping advice, I know where to go.

    Tiffany Khyla
    tiffanykhyla.blogspot.com

    P.S. Found you on the blog hop! I'm following you on Bloglovin!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Tiffany, it definitely makes shopping a nicer experience when the sales clerks are nice. It's too bad they aren't all nice. Those ones should be looking for a job they like better. :)

      Delete
  2. I am the original thrift shopper but what I really like to do is get stuff off the side of the road! That's completely free. Come share at my party What to do Weekends also. I'd like that. I'm following you on facebook, google+ and Pinterest. Linda

    http://www.craftsalamode.com/2013/07/what-to-do-weekends-27.html

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Curb shopping is the best. Years ago the city had two weeks in the spring in which they would pick up anything and everything. You'd see lots of people driving by slowing looking for good finds. Furniture galore. Oh and the junkers searching for scrap metal and such. It was great because it kept a lot of stuff from going to the dump. Too bad they stopped doing it.

      Delete
  3. So fun, thrift store shopping is the best! Thanks so much for sharing this.
    Have a fantastic day.
    Hugs,
    Marcie

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Marcie,
      Isn't if funny that when I was a child I was totally embarrassed by thrift shopping. Now my youngest daughter is embarrassed and has to avoid being seen by kids her age.

      Delete
  4. I love going to thrift stores! So far I've gotten clothes and jewelry from there. Also, I too, love interacting with people who love their job and it shows by how they talk to you. In a store, that is always a plus. I love it too when I call a place to talk to customer service and I get that from the person I'm talking to as well. The simple joys in life, right?! Enjoyed your post. Found you from the Modern Hippie Momma hop. I hop you enjoy the rest of your week! <3

    http://getfithealthylife.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Brittnei,
      Who wants to shop at a place where the employees are all grim. I want to have fun shopping so smile or find a job that makes you happy.
      Hope you have a fantastic week.
      Bye for now,Darlene

      Delete
  5. I LOVE shopping at thrift stores for unique items for my home AND I'm a sucker for a great deal!! Thanks so much for sharing Darlene and thanks for linking up today!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Michell, thrift stores are definitely the go to when looking for something unique and who doesn't love a great deal. :)

      Delete
  6. Totally wonderful! My bestie and I have thrift shopping days, as often as we can. Some of the time we even take our girls along, for a total girls day out! We always have an amazing time! Following you now. Thanks so much for stopping by This Momma's Ramblings and linking up with This Momma's Meandering Mondays! Hope you will join us again next week! Have a great week!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Stacey,
      We usually make a day of it too. We hit two or three thrift shops and stop for lunch. Need to energy boost mid-day to keep on shopping!

      Delete
  7. Thank you for spreading JOY and sharing at the Oh What a HAPPY Day party.

    Holly at Not Done Growing

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Holly, thanks for hosting another great party.

      Delete
  8. Thrift shopping is like therapy for me! I'm always amazed at what I will find shopping there! I once found a Louis Vuitton Purse for $30. SCORE!

    Jessica
    The Wondering Brain

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Jessica, congrats on the great score. Gotta love it when you come across one like that.

      Delete
  9. I enjoyed shopping with you (what a fun idea). Like you, I try to only use clothing items that are discounted (because no has has wanted them) or ones that are not likely to sell. I love to rescue clothing from the landfill but hate to repurpose a clothing item that someone might wear. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Susan,
      It's always a pleasure to see you here. Thanks for shopping with me. I'll be shopping again this week sometime and hope to get a few good pics to share.
      Til then,
      Darlene

      Delete
  10. I haven't been thrifting in a while. It's been too crazy lately for DIY projects.
    Thanks for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist!
    Hope to see you again this week.

    http://back2basichealth.blogspot.com/2013/07/tuesdays-with-twist-15.html

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Mary,
      I know what you mean. So much to do aqnd so little time. LOL And I look forward to linking up again.

      Delete
  11. Well that was fun. It was though I was right there shopping with you. I know how hard it is when I go thrifting to not buy everything I think "I'll use someday".

    That is a great price on t-shirts and what a great way to recycle them - rag rugs.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Sara, I glad you liked shopping with me. I hope you'll join me again next time.

      Delete
  12. You've got a great eye! How do you do it??? I never get great finds. Thanks for stopping by the SSSBlog Hop. Following you now everywhere...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, so happy to see you here. I hope you find some posts to enjoy.

      Delete
  13. Great finds! I've just gotten into thrift shopping so I learned a lot here. Thanks for sharing at All Things Pretty!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Kathy, You'll love thrift shopping. It can be addictive.

      Delete