Treasuring The Journey

Treasuring the journey through life, one footstep at a time.

Thrift Stores, Thrift Stores, Oh How I Love Thee November 18, 2010

Hello Thrifty Friends,

As usual I made my rounds this week to various thrift stores in my area: Habitat Re-Store, St. Vincent de Paul, Loaves and Fishes, and Salvation Army. Yes, I went to all 4 of them…I told you I was addicted. Well I went a little crazy, but as you know thrift stores can be hit or miss so when you are on a roll why stop? Here are a few (ok a lot) of pictures of the treasures I found this week.

First Baby Peanut stuff:

A few (ok more than a few) cute outfits. $1 each at Loaves & Fishes:




Two Baby Playmats $1 for the 1st one picture from Loaves & Fishes; $2 for the other one from Salvation Army

A Fisher Price Music Maker Toy (it works) $5 from St Vincent De Paul:


And my best Baby Peanut purchase this week:  Fisher Price Vibrating Chair (only missing the hanging toy monkey)…$3.  Yep, $3, and it works!


Next came a lot of pillows, fabrics, and linens:

2 Green Pillow covers (pillows included) pictured in the middle for $3/each and the yellow and green pillows on each end $.50 each.  These will be used in the Spring. 


4 Burgundy Pillow Covers – remember the green and yellow pillows – they are now in these lovely Burgundy pillow covers.  $2/cover.  $8 for new-to-me pillows!  We already had the brown/red pillows.  The brown throw on the right was also a $1 purchase this week.


Some more pillow covers:  2 White covers ($.50 each) and 2 cream linen covers $2 each).  I don’t have pillows to fit these…yet. 🙂


Now moving on to Bed Linens:

2 White Pillow Shams with matching Bedskit (full size).  $2 for ALL! 


2 Khaki Egyptian Cotton Pillow shams and one 1 multi-colored striped sham, $1 for each


Now for some window treatments.  2 long (I have not measured them yet) window treatment panels.  Not sure if I will use these, but they will serve as a great template for me if I decide to attempt to sew my own window panels one day.  $1 for each.  I also bought 4 window sheer curtains but did not photo those.  $.50 each.


And some fabric:  Lovely red wine color (silky type of fabric) and creamy white  (linen like fabric).  $2.50 per fabric roll.  Over 8 yards on each roll!




Now for some items for the kitchen and around the house:

I collect old canning jars, particularly the old blue/turquoise Ball Mason jars.  I have almost 40 of them.  I saw these old Atlas Fruit canning jars with the glass lids for the RIDICULOUSLY low price of $2.50 for all 5 of them.  Even though I normally don’t buy the clear ones, the price was too good to pass up! 


The basket will come in handy and the banana holder has been on my “keep an eye out for” list for a while.  $.50 for the basket and $.75 for the banana holder. 


Two lovely matching crystal lamps.  I will be painting the brass parts a lovely shade of white more than likely.  $15 for the pair!  Just need to look for some shades now!


I have a weakness for Blue & White china/pottery pieces.  When I see them from range in a thrift store it makes my heartbeat increase, and I have to all but run over to them to stake my claim.  I once left some blue and white china pieces on a shelf and headed to the front of the store to get a shopping cart only to go back and find they were gone!  #1 rule – always get the cart from the get-go and #2 if for some reason you end up cartless, load your arms up with your treasure then go find a cart or box or something to put them in.  Anyways, I digress.   I got these lovelies for $1 for each cup/saucer set and $1 for each side plate.  🙂 Score!



A new non-stick grill basket.  We have one of these already, but after a year or two of being used on the grill, it begins to get a bit icky.  Now we have a new one.  $.75.  These lovely grill baskets are normally are at least $5-$7 in stores.


Three more rectangular/square vases to add to my collection.  $1 each.  I now have 4 of each size.  4 square ones and 4 slender rectangle ones.  I like to group them together.  When I see these again I must remember that I really don’t need another one, but they are do darn cute and useful.


And last, I know you have got to be wondering what else could I possibly have bought!  I few items for me…clothes!   Exercise capri pants by Champion still with the tags on them $2.50; a lovely pink cardigan by Ann Taylor $1; a nice light blue sweather by New York Company $1; a green print maternity shirt from Target $1; a FILA exercise sports bra/top $1.


There are two other items that I purchased – one I cannot tell you about because it is a gift for my sister, Susanna, for Christmas.  The other item is HUGE and I could not fit it in the car.  We are picking it up tomorrow with the trailer.  I will post pictures of that purchase tomorrow!  It is BEAUTIFUL!  🙂 

So sorry if this post was insanely long, but this week was a good week at the thrift stores and I was on a roll.  If you are not a thrift store shopper I highly recommend you try it out.  There is a TON of good stuff there.  Oh and yes, I did take my required box of donation items…in fact I took 3 boxes. 

Find any good thrifty treasures this week?  I would love for you to share your findings with me!