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Sunday, November 4, 2007

Treasure Finds at Two Thrift Shops

How has your thrift finding been lately? In this post I’ll tell about my last three shopping trips.
On Tuesday Oct. 23 at the Hospital Guild Thrift Store I spent a total $8.37 (incl. 5% tax) for the following items: a silverplate dish $3, a small covered glass jar/canister, a vintage package of 12 blue and white paper napkins (original printed price 30 cents) 50 cents, and a cotton tablecloth and four napkins for $4.00. The tablecloth is 79"L x 60"W.

Since I didn’t have enough cash the day before, I returned to Hospital Guild Thrift Store on Wed Oct 24 and spent a total $4.20 incl. 5% tax. These are the items I got:
A new red and white cotton apron - $1.00, a Pfaltzgraff blue and white creamer - $1.00, a metal filigree photo frame painted white - 25 cents, a small mason jar with grip lock - $1.00, a small covered glass jar - 25 cents, and a woven Asian style doll chair - 50 cents. The pretty apron, with its rick rack pocket, is what brought me back. But I was glas for the creamer since it is now holding small implements handy next to my stove.


I had gotten very good buys at a particular thrift shop, but it had been moved farther up the main shopping street. Having left the Hospital Thrift store, a slowly ambling down the street. An idle glance to the side revealed the words "Hidden Treasures." There it was! I had to go quite a ways to find parking, but then I eagerly walked back and entered the open door to the store. Inside I spent all of $10.76 including tax, for a nice stash:

The green ceramic lamp cost $3.00. Once I get a shade for it, this small graceful design will prove a better fit in my guest room than the brass lamp there now.

The wood recipe box with a cauliflower as a knob on lid was very well made and cost $2.00. A wood 5-peg rack was $1.00. It is a very finely made piece. On the back it is stamped ‘David Emerson/ Canterbury NH’ and the price sticker says ‘Shaker Village.’ For 25 cents I got a brayer roller tool, which should come in handy for some craft project.
The small hand-painted Delft dish 25 cents is a nice little addition to my blue and white Delft wares from Holland. The square white picture frame with the floral picture and the white grapevine wreath can be restyled for my use.

The pink ceramic jar for 50 cents is organizing things on a bookshelf, as is the clear plastic container with three sections - 25 cents. The camera flash looks like there is some damage, but the two fabric swatches are in perfect condition. The blue fabric is 45"W x 96"L (2.6 yds) and the yellow fabric 50 cents is 44"W x 85"L (2 yds +). Total for the two was $1.00. I haven’t decided what to do with the fabric, but they were too beautiful to leave behind. My seamstress sister may have an idea.

Ten Books, One Dollar

Having looked over the books on two bookcases, I went to the desk and asked, "How much are the books?" I was handed a plastic grocery bag and told to fill it up for $1.00. I got 9 hardcover and 1 soft cover books plus a ruled calendar book. I really only want about three of the books. The rest I’ll put on my Amazon.com Marketplace listings.

1. American Silver by Millicent Stow
2. The Good Book: Reading the Bible With Mind and Heart by Peter J. Gomes, Preacher to Harvard University
3. Prevention’s The Healthy Cook: The Ultimate Illustrated Kitchen Guide to Great Low-Fat Food
4. Pond and River – a Dorling Kindersley Book
5. Guide to the Recommended Country Inns of New England
6. Make The Connection
: Ten Steps to A better Body and a Better Life by Bob Greene and Oprah Winfrey
7. Why Be Good? Seeking Our Best Selves in a Challenging World by Byron L. Sherwin
8. The O’Reilly Factor by Bill O’Reilly
9. My Golden Lessons by Jack Nicklaus
10. To My Daughter, With Love: A Mother’s Memory Book by Donna Green

Total for the three thrifty shopping sprees was $23.33. Just the tablecloth and napkins could have easily cost me that amount. So I think I’ll visit these shops again when I feel a hankering for a bargain or two.

I hope you have good finds in your thrifting too.


Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

You have the best thrift stores! The ones where I live, they mark items up like they were new!

Anita said...

Great finds!
Our local thrift store is gone, (of course) and I haven't had time to go to any other towns lately... This post makes me want to get out there, though! lol

Cynthia said...

Great finds! Isn't it exciting to find new treasures? Thanks for sharing!

marypoppins said...

Your blog is fantasctic!!;)
ciao ciao

marypoppins said...

Thanks for my dolls. I prepared a small corner for Christmas with red hearts and these two elves.

marypoppins said...

Thanks for my dolls. I prepared a small corner for Christmas with red hearts and these two elves.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Wow! Nice finds!! I don't do much thrifting anymore, my hubby thinks we have enough already! I just heard our church may start a thrift shop, I hope this is true!!


P.S. - Thanks for the nice comment on my blog today!

Lallee said...

You found some wonderful bargains. I enjoyed seeing all of them. My eyes zeroed right in on all the red.

Esther Sunday said...

Wow! Good going!