It was FANTASTIC! Mostly, because I DIDN'T GO SEE IT! I dropped off the boys off at the theater and then I hit a slew of thrift and junk stores ALL BY MYSELF. Well, that isn't really true - I met my Dad and he went with me. (The boys raved about the movie, so a good time was had by all!).
We went to two thrifts and a junk shop, then I hit one more thrift on the way back to pick up the X-Men dudes. The Goodwill we went to had rearranged the entire store since the last time I was there so my thrifting map was throw way off course. Also, it was really dark in the back where they had all the junk like I look at so I had trouble seeing what on earth was on the shelves. Luckily it isn't a Goodwill I frequent (due to the distance and the terrible parking) or I would be one UNhappy camper!
The first thrift store netted me:
A complete Tripoley game for $1.00 - it will go the Barn Sale /booth.
A baggie of twelve hand-turned handmade wooden eggs. I see wooden fruit all.the.time, but I never buy that stuff. But, these eggs intrigued me. You can see the layers of wood that someone put together to make these.
I think they would look in an old dough bowl or an antique egg basket. To the barn sale they will go - HEY! I even have some vintage egg cartons to put them in. Yea! I also bought an old ice cream scoop and a tiny curtain tension rod - neither of which were photo worthy.
Nest we went to a junk shop that said it was a "Flea Market" but it was just junk upon junk in there packed - I tell you, packed. My Dad said it had only been there a couple of months so I don't know how they had SO much in there. Now, my Dad is a fast looker - one quick trip and he is ready to go. So, I have to shop quickly and efficiently which isn't my usual look at everything TWICE procedure.
The first thing that I spotted was this adorable vase. I kind of held my breath as I looked for the price, because it wasn't a thrift store, so I didn't know what to expect. I was happy to see a $3.00 tag on the bottom. I would have bee thrilled to find it at Goodwill for $3.00, so it was a good price. It's just the cutest thing ever.
As I was walking through the kids area, I spotted a bin of stuffed animals. I always root through the toys because you might find an oldie in there. So, I reached into the bottom and pulled out......
This! A Rushton lion! I looked for a price on him or on the toy bin, but there wasn't anything anywhere. That's when the owner walked by and I asked how much he cost. Well, she stopped and she looked at me and she thought and she was quiet and then, as she looked at me over the top of her glasses, she said, "Oh, that one? Well, that one is ten dollars." He was well worth ten dollars, but I know that she saw the glint in my eye and the way I was clutching him and that I had NO CHILDREN with me so she threw out a big price. I could tell she didn't really know what he was or she would have said $45.00 or more. I'm trying to stay neutral about him so I can sell him. I MUST STAY STRONG.
Next up was the Goodwill.
I found two of these vintage Western Wear enamel cups. They will go on ebay.
And this little handmade hutch. It stands about ten inches tall and is really well made. I think it would be adorable painted white or a nice chalk paint, but I DON'T DO THAT. So, I will sell it and let someone else have some fun with it.
A quick trip to Aldi with my Dad and I was on my way alone again. I stopped by the local BIG GIANT Church Thrift Store that has been SO outrageous in their pricing lately - $25.00 for a wooden pallet. A plain, you can get them behind the grocery store FOR FREE wooden pallet. They get a ton of brand new donations from Wal-Mart headquarters so they concentrate on selling the new fancy high dollar stuff. I hate that part of the thrift, but they often will sell good old junk cheap because of that. So, I still pop in if I an close. This time, the store was really really bare and there were only three cars in the lot. I think they have run themselves out of business with their crazy prices.
I found a few things that made it worth the stop though.
I love this old worn tin of metal Canape cutters. These are the oldest and the tiniest I have ever seen. The tin is only about five inches across and each cutter is about the size of the end of my thumb. They are just too cute.
I bought a giant bag of cookie cutters, most of which will go to Goodwill again, but these were worth it I sell these for $2.00 each at the Barn Sale in my booth and they sell consistently. So, $3.50 for all was a good deal for me.
Have you ever seen one of these jars? It is an Ocean Spray Cranberry Mold. You open the jar and the thing 'spluts' out on a plate in mold form. Neato! I think the jar is cool enough on it's own.
Lastly, I spotted a Fisher Price Jalopy on the shelf so I went to grab it only to see the $10.00 price tag. So much for selling good old stuff for cheap. Ouch! Next to it, I spotted this great old bag of wooden blocks.
I held my breath, but there wasn't a price on it. I decided to take it to the register just to see what would happen - most thrifts won't sell it without a price on it. But, the girl told me they were $1.00. I love the patina on old wooden blocks. But these must not have been played with much because they are still nice and bright. They will go to the Barn Sale or the booth. Unless I think of a use for them........always the crafty one.....:)
I'm still making and pricing and sorting and gathering for the Barn Sale.
EIGHT MORE DAYS Ya'll!