The beauty of a thrift store is that you can actually go in with twenty dollars in your pocket and come out with several fairly awesome items.
Recently, while the Chief watched our girl, I made a mad dash through three of the local resale stores to look for some of the things I want to add around the house, particularly for the living room. It was in the Salvation Army that I hit pay dirt.
First of all, it was half off day. I noticed the sign advertising “50% off today only!” as I walked in and promptly forgot about it. I began to look around the store for lamps, dressers, trays, and frames but it seemed that I would be disappointed in my endeavors because this store was having a particularly bad selection day. Everything seemed to be either little dirty cluttery junk or way, way overpriced. Witness a pair of large blue and white ceramic lamps and shades in good condition for fifty dollars – EACH. You could get better ones at Home Goods for less than that price. They had some more lamps in the back but they all seemed to be $18-$22 and not very nice. Bah. There was one I liked the shape of but it was on a shelf out of my reach and probably marked at least $18 anyway.
As a last stop I went to the back room where they keep the larger furniture items and there, leaning on a shelf full of porcelain knick knacks, I found a big beefy frame. Wow! It was already in keeping with my color scheme, not too beat up, and was priced at $10. I didn’t have a specific spot in mind for it but I realized I could think of at least four places it would work, and so was able to convince my inner cheapskate that a frame that big (the opening is 24″x36″) for that price in those colors could not be passed up. Here’s a sneak peek.
When I went to purchase it, it rang up for $5 and I remembered it was half price day. The cashier asked me if I’d found everything I wanted and I said, Now that you mention it, there’s this lamp I couldn’t reach… so the manager went to fetch it down and when he brought it to the front to show me he said there was no price tag on it but I could have it for four dollars, out the door. FOUR DOLLARS. When every other far crappier lamp in the place was at least $18. I grabbed it out of his hot little hands. It was missing a harp and a shade but those are so easy to pick up, and the shade would probably have needed to be replaced anyway… you know how thrift store lampshades generally look!
I forgot to take a before picture of this lamp, but it was a speckly tan colored porcelain, about as blah and drab as you could get.
I gave it a makeover with my navy blue spray paint to match my other spray painted living room lamp.
So that is how I walked out of the store with two perfectly imperfect items and only $9 lighter in my pocket.
Have you hit up any good thrift stores lately? What do you like to look for secondhand for your home?