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Thrifting Love

January 31, 2011

It’s not exactly a secret that I’m in love with our local Salvation Army. I joke that it’s my favorite store, but it’s not really a joke – it is my favorite store. It’s like garage saling on crack.  I’ve almost(almost!) stopped buying things we need new entirely, at least until I check around at the thrift store and consignment stores. It seems that every time there is a need(or even a want), I find something that fits the bill perfectly.

I keep a separate budget section for it and every time I bring things home, I fill the bags I got at the store with things to take back and donate. I also keep a running list of things we need for the house and things the kids will need for upcoming seasons.

Recent favorite finds: a $10 train table, a $5 elementary math manipulative kit (complete with an extra grocery bag full of little legos),  $0.99 Adidas Sambas for Nick,  $1.99 Stride Rite sneakers for NIck(Basically, his entire shoe wardrome has been coming from Salvation Army lately), $2.99 Puddle Jumper maryjanes for Mia for next year, a $2.99 framed sketch that drew me in and just needs new mat(John wants a new frame, but I kind of like the gold) and today — $1.99 for a new fruit bowl, a $1.50 sweet quilt  for Nick, $1.99 Crocs for Nick for the summer, a $0.99 Pottery Barn Kids doll for Mia(the same style I wanted to get her for Christmas and crossed off the list) and a free PBK dollhouse because the roof was broken.

Passed up today becasue they weren’t in the budget: A $50 table with a built in Sears-Kenmore Sewing Machine and a $30 set of gold plated fancy flatware like these. They were so pretty. They got them at the counter as I was ringing out and the girl at the counter and I both agreed that they made us a bit sad – they were so pretty and lovely that we couldn’t imagine anyone giving them away. I kind of want to go back and see if they’re still there and convince John that they’d be a great joint Valentine’s Day present – especially to use if we cook a yummy date night dinner…

Her name is Allie Rose(that’s what her birth certificate that came with her said, t least.) Mia hasn’t put her down since we found her. She’s calling her My Friend and I love to see her play with her as a friends rather than her typical baby caring scenarios with the dolls we already have.

Kitchen progress took a hiatus over the weekend as John needed a break and I worked all weekend. I’m happy to report, though, that this thrifting is adding perfectly to all of the little details I’ve been dreaming about for the finished kitchen. White fruit bowls and pretty old tea cups, canning jars of all shapes and sizes. I’m also so excited to share the final numbers from the budget. I sat down and did the final calculations and I cannot believe how little we spent out of pocket to re-do our entire kitchen.  The cabinets need one more coat, as does the back splash, then we need to put on hardware, install the counters, repaint the trim and do a stripping cleaning of the floor and it will be good to go. I can’t wait!

Anyone else have any fun finds recently?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jennifer permalink
    January 31, 2011 3:46 pm

    I just went this morning to a local Re-Use-it shop and bought a 2 tier mini table/ plant stand thing ($5)to paint and use in our newly found play room. I also bought to 2 round picture frames to remove pics and add fabric for new life. I also was inspired by an older post of yours and hung wooden CD crates on the wall ( I bought at IKEA in Chicago 4 years ago) and a lid rack to store books and such and I love it! I love your blog, so many great ideas!

  2. January 31, 2011 4:33 pm

    Awesome finds. I love the fruit bowl. Your kitchen sounds wonderful. I collect old glass jars~one of my very favorite things.

  3. February 1, 2011 9:09 pm

    You’ve inspired me to check out the Salvation Army store again. It’s been years since I’ve been there. But, it used to be one of my favorite places to go & find treasures.

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