Thursday, January 27, 2011

My first thrift store finds!

Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh!!! I'm hooked! Check out what I got:

First trip: $19
  The three tier shelf on the left is poorly made in China, but thought it would look great on a table with lots of fun things on each shelf, maybe decorated for the seasons/holidays. The washboard is just a decor item as it has geese and a heart on the other side, left over from 80s country I'm sure. The large shelf in the back is well made. I can imagine everything painted black, brick red, and mustard and hung on the walls. We have absolutely nothing hanging right now. The hubs even wants to help sand and get things ready for me to paint! Yay!! We need something we can do together and this will be great. We are even going to try and make some small furniture pieces this summer as well. I'm so happy! I was afraid of what he was going to say, but he was pleased with my finds. He just wants me to be careful in my future purchases, make sure that I'm not just buying to buy something. Whew! Thought I was in the dog house.

Can you believe that spool was only $1.50?!?! I almost died when I saw it. This thrift store is very popular for clothing, but I never imagined finding an old spool there. It's 11" tall! I bought two smaller ones in Amish country for $7 and $6 and they are about 6" tall, so this one would have been at least $20 in Amish country. They did not know what a treasure they had on their hands at the thrift store! I thought I was on Candid Camera or something. I grabbed it up so fast...right after I put my eyeballs back in my head.

My find is on the right with the small spool I found in
Amish country on the left for size comparison.

I wasn't sure if the scale was an antique, but grabbed it anyway as I've seen some of you with scale collections. I figured if nothing else, it would look good on display in the kitchen or dining room. I can practically hold all of my prim decor items in both hands, so I was happy just to add to the collection and start decorating our home.

I could have strangled the person who labeled the scale. It's dusty and a bit rusty so a price sticker wouldn't stick, so they just grabbed a Sharpie and labeled the tray! Wha???

So that was  my first trip into the world of thrift store makeovers. A big thanks to all of you who have shared your makeovers and addiction.    : )


Deppen homestead 1862 said...

Great finds!
I love the scale!
enjoy the goodies

acorn hollow said...

thrifting is a blast and you did good. the scale was a good deal it is missing its tray on the left side but you sould find something to replace it.

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

actually, the scales is missing the scoop-shaped bowl for the left and the counterweights. If you had those, it would probably be worth some good money. I would try a dab of nail polish remover on a q-tip.
You have a good eye.
You could try putting a piece of fabric over the 'country' on the washboard and put it in an enamel basin.
Spools are an awesome find. Tie a piece of homespun around it and set a candle on top!
great for a first trip!!!!!

The Barn Door said...

ohhhhhhh I want a thrift store near me! :-( Your purchases are wonderful!!!

Kady said...

Wow, all those treasures on your first thrift shop venture! You're for sure hooked. I am too. Thanks for posting your finds.

Michelle said...

Hi, Its addicting, be careful.. Please stop by me and enter my giveaway to win a Taste of Home magazine subscription. I will draw on Feb 1st.

Gatherings said...

Thanks for stopping by my site. I would put a pillar candle on the scale. That would easily cover it up. Kindest Regards, Wanda

Michelle~Sugar House Creations said...

Linda, after googling I did see the scoop-shaped bowl. That would've been nice to have.

Wanda, a candle is a great idea! :)

Michelle, I will stop by.