I've been hitting up my local thrift stores quite a bit the last several months. I have a game plan when I go into these stores. First, I check out the dishware/china area. I'm on the lookout constantly for cute Pyrex dishes to add to my collection.
Second, I check out the linens section. I'm looking for fun vintage sheets (like the ones I used to make Mia's apron) and lately I've expanded my search to doilies crocheted in unexpected colors (eye popping pink or sunshine yellow). I also look for vintage kitchen towels.
Next, I hit up the luggage area. Currently I'm looking for a vintage train case, by either Samsonite or American Tourister. I've seen a few on Etsy (you can see some here) but they charge way more than I'm willing to pay. I saw one at a thrift store a while back for $4 and I'm still kicking myself for not picking it up. It was sort of a drab shade of blue, but I could have decoupaged something cheery on it.
I also check out the crafty area for vintage sewing notions. Sometimes I'll glance at clothes (skirts, mostly) but that's about it.
Last week I found a set of these lovely crocheted valances. I thought Sweet! I'd love to have these in my living room, and it's so great that some granny crocheted them a zillion years ago. Um, not so much. Right before I washed them I found the tag that said "Dry Clean Only" and "Made in China". Oh well, they're still nice. I'm wondering what my husband will say when he gets home? Plus, since I crochet, people will probably assume I made them. Is that wrong? I'll tell the truth, but only if they ask, haha.
I also picked up a grab bag that included several things for $3 or $4. I saw this through the bag and thought it was ridiculously cute...
so I didn't pay attention to too much else. This is what I found when I opened the bag and started pulling things out:
fun heart shaped bean bags (think I'll use them in my classroom for some kind of game), a fun wicker ball (not pictured), some other piece of junk I threw away, and this...
... pardon my French, but can somebody please tell me what the hell this thing is?!?
It totally cracks me up every time I look at it! It's just so kitschy and country and I think it's hilarous.
Yay for thrifting!
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