Now that both our boys are back in school, Sis and I have mornings to get errands run and have girl time. In my world, though, “girl time” isn’t always so girly. So this week, she and I hit a few favorite thrift stores–Goodwill, HomeStore, and SallyAnn–to see if we could uncover any treasures. While I saw a bevy of lamps and chunky wooden candlestick holders that could be spray painted right into a fantastic new look, we don’t need any of those, but here’s what I didn’t pass up…
First we went to a Goodwill. I always head straight back to the furniture and housewares areas to hunt for makeover candidates. Nothing called my name. Then I
stopped Sissy from pulling books off the shelf decided to look at the books and found these three winners. The first one is a 1941 paperback hymn book.
Not only is it deliciously vintage, but it’s full of simple songs of truth about God. I can’t wait to pull it out and play it on my kids’ keyboards. And I bet Big Bro will want to learn how to read music, too.
The second Goodwill score is a 1970 book published by NASA. It’s another great vintage find. I love that it is big and full of cutting edge, now-outdated pictures of the moon. It’s a great historic conversational piece. I saw this and knew my parents had to have it! Growing up in my house was like living in a library (I think I once estimated that we had about 2000 books in our house), and my dad is a computer software engineer, scientist, and pilot, so I thought this would totally appeal to him. Side Note: Mommy, I know you’re reading this, so act surprised when it shows up on your doorstep, okay? 🙂
It even still has the 3-D glasses & Dewey Decimal card tucked into it. Love that nostalgia!
Third & finally at Goodwill, I saw this oversized Americana Quilt book. Large books are a great source for cheap framed art images (sorry to those of you who are cringing at the thought of tearing up a book–you could color copy yours?). I love how these old hand-stitched quilts tell a story. They are not my particular taste, but I still think they are beautiful. My friend who is totally into Americana will love this book (I hope!).
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HOMESTORE
I found this fantastic throw for $4 at HomeStore! It is in almost-new condition, and the bright & happy green is perfect for Sissy’s pink and green nursery. I love the texture and color! Total score. If you’ve never been to a Habitat for Humanity store, you must look up and see if there’s one near you. They have all sorts of architectural pieces (doors, windows, moldings, fireplace mantles) as well as a thrift shop chock full of furniture, household goods, and fixtures. They have everything AND the kitchen sink. I love going there for wonderful makeover finds and for inspiration.
Last but not least, I hit a SallyAnn where I picked up a great stroller bag for Sissy’s umbrella stroller.
My sister-in-law had gotten me this fantastic Maclaren stroller, and this $1.99 bag is a perfect match to the stroller’s stripes with its periwinkle flowers, bitter chocolate background, and black webbing straps. Huzzah! A quick run through the wash, and it’s ready to roll!
And yes, I also bought an 8×10 framed glossy of a total stranger…
But remember this little pretty I gushed about a couple of weeks ago? I think my $5.99 frame is a perfect starting point for my own version of this inspiration painting!
So, any other thrifters out there score some great finds recently? Do tell!
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Hey Gina!! Looks like you found some wonderful treasures!!
Can’t wait to see what you do with that framed glossy!!
Thanks Rene’! Maybe the frame makeover should be my October contribution over at Bargain Hoot?!
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Seriously?? That would be fantastic!!!I love your Art!! 🙂 xo
Oh my gracious, I just love it when friends throw around multiple exclamation marks like that!! Hugs to you!! 🙂
I read a post about exclamation overuse on someones blog….I’m kinda guilty…but I just can’t help myself 🙂
I think I read that post, too… Don’t stop!! It’s not overuse; it’s typewritten exuberance!
I love it!! I’ve never heard it put that way. I won’t stop. Thanks for the encouragement!!
Oooo!! I LOVE thrifting! We live in a rural area but when we visit family in the city my fav spot is their Goodwill. Recently I got a treasure. I’d wanted a sun hat for a long time–one with a big, wide, floppy brim. I found one in a retail store for $30 but my inner-cheapness wouldn’t let me buy it. Another time at a chain store I found one for $15 but I still waited. THEN at Goodwill I found a perfect one for $3!!! It’s like a little blessing from God–for real. 🙂
(P.S. I enjoy both your blogs so much and appreciate the tips, inspiration, and faith-sharing you both do. Thanks, Gina and Rene!)
Liz, Thanks so much for your comment! I’m excited for you…about your hat!! Love those blessings from God!!
Isn’t Gina a sweetheart!! xo
Thank you for your kind words! And I love a deal, too!! Ahem, I will not tell you that I found my big straw summer hat at the dollar store!! 😉