Thrift Store Finds: November feels like an insane race rather than the usual low key casual shopping I am accustomed to. I have thrifted, or “Treasure Hunted” as I like to say, for most of my life, starting in my late teens early twenties. Up until last year I was only thrifting for items for myself. Unfortunately this can get a bit expensive and can leave you with a very cluttered home. Last year I decided that I would shop for items to sell to pay for the items that I kept. After an initial investment, and a lot of trial and error, I got myself into a position where the money was coming in as fast as the money going out. It’s not a lot of money, but enough to allow me to visit my favorite stores a few times a week. I also love that I can enjoy a piece for a while, and when I get tired of it I sell it.
By far my most favorite items to shop for are holiday decorations. I love both old and new things, so it’s really easy for me to find things all year round. My usual thrift stores often have an item or two each week, and if they make me smile I grab them. Up until last week I haven’t had much competition and the shopping has been stress free.
Last week I grabbed a pair of corn husk dolls, an oversized acorn, and two acorn shaped soup bowls with lids.
Now, I didn’t have to run over anyone to grab them off the shelves. According to the lady behind the counter, they had all been sitting there for a few days. She had wondered why no one had grabbed them until today. I always chit chat it up with the lady who works at one of my favorite stores. She points out the good deals and sometimes can even gives me a little history lesson on vintage items. I love socializing a bit when I shop.
This past Saturday I got a taste of the more competitive nature during the holiday season. Hubby and I discovered a new thrift store that benefits the local animal shelter. The fist thing I noticed was the half organized / half chaotic nature of the shelves. I loved it. Treasure hunting at it’s finest! I slowly meandered through the store, picking up a few Christmas decorations that were adorbs. I was in my own little world not really paying attention to the other shoppers. It was only after about 15 minutes or so that I started to recognize an arm that was attached to a very grabby hand. I stood in front of a table filled with glass ornaments, and while I was admiring a festive Santa with sparkles, the hand scooped up all the ornaments it could right in front of me. I grabbed the Sparkles Santa quick.
Feeling a bit crowded and not liking the intense nature of the shopper I moved to the other side of the store. OH!!! That’s where I found the most beautiful Santa. I grabbed him quick. I was absolutely delighted with his ceramic face and European like coat.
Before I could even finish inspecting him and trying to figure out how to fix his broken candy cane, I heard the voice of grabby guy right over my shoulder. “You got the Santa eh?” I smiled and cheerfully replied yes, and noted how cute he was. Then off I went, gripping the Santa as if he were my child.
Yup. Tis the season for “Grab First, Decide Later Shopping.” That’s fine. I will be back next Saturday 10 minutes before the shop opens. Let’s see if there is a line.
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