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12.22.2010

Goodwill Hunting

I went and did one of my favorite things this past weekend - thrift store trolling. My parents love to bargain hunt too, and the funny thing is, I used to almost hate going to thrift stores and flea markets when I was growing up. I just got so bored and would sigh out loud when we went to another flea market. (Sorry mom and dad...I never told you because I didn't want to break your thrifty hearts, but you probably knew all along.) I guess the stars aligned and pigs flew because I found the thriftiness in my blood and love thrift store trolling now.

Anyways, fast forward to today and bargains make me almost as happy as spray paint. Combine the two, a bargain needing spray paint, and it is instant euphoria - read about my spray paint problem here. And since I hit up the thrift stores and found some killer bargains, I have a perma-smile on my face right now. Behold what $15 buys:

Let me break it down for you. The large white vase was $4! That's right, $4. I quickly put it under my arm and guarded from any other potential buyers. The woven grass runner was $1 and the antiquing spray paint was also $1. And my favorite find is the black two drawer filing cabinet for $2 which is going to become a coffee station for the kitchen.

The glass ware was $1 each. I don't plan to change anything about the apothecary jar and cake stand, but the other 3 globe-like vases were turned into mercury glass via a DIY knockoff project.

The books were on sale 2 for $1 and the cute little owl book ends were $1 for the set. The little bird was also $1. I plan to spray paint the owls and the little bird gloss white to make them look ceramic.
Yes, I am happy with my finds. And in case you were wondering, my go-to thrift stores are Salvation Army, Habitat Restore, Goodwill, and Savers. I usually find the best treasures at my huge Salvation Army, it is always stop number one.

What are your go-to thirft stores? Do you love to go thrift store trolling?

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Swooning over the owls! I never find anything that great.

Chris said...

Woohoo! We recently moved and I've discovered the ReStore, and can't wait to visit the Goodwill tomorrow. Treasure hunting is so fun.

Shawna said...

Oh I love those owls. Love, love, love them.

Anonymous said...

You have a good eye for treasure hunting. Nice finds!

Kristin said...

So. Jealous. Great finds! :)

It's A Priceless Life said...

I love thrift stores and garage sales!!! You found some awesome things!
I'm your newest follower...come check out my blog when you get a chance :-)
Shantel @
www.itsapricelesslife.blgospot.com

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

Great finds. Your caption at BCD's Show and Tell was a great play on words...

If you have a chance tonight, please link up your post to Creative Juice Thursday.

I am sure my readers will love your eye!

Nicolette @
http://momnivoresdilemma.blogspot.com/2011/01/creative-juice-thursday-6-features-and.html

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

wow, you found so many awesome decor items! yay for thrifting!

http://inthehammockvintage.blogspot.com

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