It had been weeks since I last hit up the thrift store (’cause I had been stalking some estate sales and found stuff like benches….a pool table…etc!), so yesterday, a trip was in order. I figured–why not sneak by after work?
Can you believe I didn’t buy a thing?? That’s unheard of. I always walk out with something. But since I also have a ton of upcoming projects, it’s best I stop hoarding and get my ass in gear and start painting, now that life is somewhat back to normal after attending BlogHer in NYC.
One of my favorite things to look for at thrift stores are chairs. They’re plentiful, usually good quality wood, and are cheap-o. This round-up of chairs cost anywhere from $2.99 to about $20! What a steal!
Oh, man…I loved this dresser. There were 6 separate drawers at the top, and 3 large ones below. Priced at $55, it was a great deal. Hell–you could even sell it on Craiglist for a good $125 easily, without having to paint it! There was a whole rack of ‘em lined up (*wiping my drool*).
This unfortunate thing was so lovely, and I actually thought that round brassy handles were unique. But–ugh!–it reeked of smoke! And if you know smoke, that sh*t doesn’t come out of anything!
Who cares how much this cost?! It REEKED!
Now this dresser was in such great shape. Seriously, you could have just bought this and put it in your house immediately! Okay–well, not immediately, but you know what I mean. Clean it first! Oh, hell…..paint it, too! But isn’t it so solid??
I’m really not one to buy bedding from a thrift store…..(nor panties, bras, or rugs, HAHA), but this pattern caught my eye and it looked so modern! It was about $20. Am I stupid for thinking that’s too much?? For some reason, it just felt like it was.
Buying kids stuff at the thrift store is one of the smartest things you could ever do, because a) they outgrow stuff faster than you can pay for it, and b) they ruin everything. This little table was so cute!! What little girl wouldn’t want this in her bedroom or playroom? It was only $3.50!! I should have bought it. Hell, my boys would have loved it, too.
This easel was in fantastic condition! Solidly built, with a dry erase on one side, and a chalk board on the other, kids would be able to use this for years! And super cheap!!
Not, it’s not a tiny boat–it’s a cradle! Actually, kind of cute, but the bottom was way too flimsy for me to put an infant in there. What about a doll’s cradle for your little girl? But at $30, a bit pricey, ya think?
Lamps…..ahhh…..another thrift store staple. This black one here was great because it had a nice shape, and was already “done” (read: no paint needed!).
Here’s a tip: If you ever find a cute lamp at the thrift store, and it doesn’t work, BUY IT. You can easily get this lamp kit and re-wire it yourself. It’s pretty simple. Anyhow, with a replacement lamp kit, and my thrift store lamp shade I found a while back for $2.00, this would have looked good in my house.
This dining table was pretty beat up. But overall, I think it was pretty solid. Just scratched up! A table like this will scare most away, but not YOU, right?? And at only about $7.00 (with a discount, about $5.00), it’s a great deal!!
This console was very simple. I could see a sleek black. What do you think?
Crap, this lamp was ugly. You’d think it would be glass, but it was a thick plastic! Still, I would have bought it. I had some really cool ideas for it. But, it was a bit overpriced at $30! WTH!
Any, hey, if you’re ever injured, you know where to go, right???
I don’t know how to play chess, but I want to learn, and what better way than with Little Tommy’s “Chessmen.”
I think they were hand-carved! I’m impressed!
Not sure how much this costs, but it looks like someone went to the trouble of DIY’ing it themselves. Would save me the work!
If I had high ceilings, you can guarantee this baby would have been coming home with me. I really liked it, crystals and all. The funny thing is that when we moved into our house, we actually had a chandelier that had crystals on it, and I thought it was the most hideous thing ever. Funny how our tastes changes over time. LOL
What’s this thing? Not sure, but wouldn’t it look cool over some fireplace?
And last but not least, look what I found when I was walking from my building today at work–seriously, why would a department, or whoever, just throw this stuff out?? They were solid, and even had the holes for an umbrella! I was kicking myself for not having my van today, and knew I probably wouldn’t be able to go back to get one.
SIGH….I guess some poor unfortunate landfill will be consuming them. >:-(
So, see anything you like? Anything I was CRAZY to pass up? Tell me, and I will go back and look for it. LOL
LIFE shouldn't be financial suicide! Thrift Diving is about finding cheap solutions to life's expenses, via thrift stores and second-hand goods: I paint used furniture and decorate my house with it....my family rocks cute thrift store clothing.....and I invest tons of DIY (do-it-yourself) home improvement hours into fixing up our old 1973 single-family home. Thrift Diving is about turning the "expensive" into the "affordable." Thanks for joining me! Happy Thrift Diving!