This week I went to four thrift stores on a hunt for vintage Christmas. Monday I went a couple of big towns over to the Flu Clinic to get my flu shot. I popped into my favorite Little Old Lady thrift, but I left empty handed. I rarely go there and since I had just been there about a week ago, I guess I depleted anything good then.
Next I stopped into a thrift that I have only been to only one other time. It is actually a thrift that has been in four different locations over the past twenty years. It is ridiculously overpriced. I don't know how on earth they decide their prices. They are at least four times higher than any thrift around. And, the sad part is that they actually have some great things in there like a ton of old quilts. But, they are displayed way up high so you can't touch them and they have big tags with these outrageous prices on them. It's so disheartening.
As you know, my holy grail in thrifting is the elusive vintage tablecloth. That is what I am looking for at every single yard sale and thrift I go to - vintage tablecloths. I am not really sure I have found one this entire YEAR!
So, when I turned the corner in this thrift and spotted an entire rack of vintage tablecloths - I got VERY excited and then, just as quickly, I got very sad because I was sure they would be out of my price range. And they were. *sniff* They were $8.00 each and although the colors were bright and clear, each one had some pretty bad stains on them. I can overlook small stains and I can treat big stains if the price is right. But, the price was NOT right.
When I spotted a piece of vintage Christmas fabric peeking out of one rack, I was not optimistic. It was three curtain panels. I've never seen Christmas curtains, so that was fun. They were only $2.00 so I grabbed them. I am going to use the fabric from one panel to make pendants and maybe use the other two in the kitchen.
This is this week's meager finds. :(
The gold reindeer are on a barrette, but they look old to me. I will find a use for it since I am not a barrette kinda gal. The nesting doll Santa's were 99 cents and my only purchase at one thrift. The tiny mixing bowl was $1.00 and was my only find at yet another thrift. Man, I hope to find more that one thing at each thrift in the future! That's a lot of time and gas for just a few things.
So, are you finding any vintage Christmas? Maybe I am just expecting too much too early. People are just now digging out their bins to decorate. Maybe my luck will get better. And yours too!