I woke up in a thrifting mood this morning. Yes, there is such a thing as a "thrifting mood." 'Cause there's definitely been times in the past when I've NOT been in a thrifting mood. This usually occurs when I'm looking for clothes and either can't find anything I like or any that fit. Usually it's the latter. Ugh...but today was a good thriftin' kind of day. I was ready for some awesome deal-findin'-action! Then I remembered I have kids. Man, why can't all stores have play lands like Ikea does? I could just drop those little sweethearts off for a couple hours and shop in peace. That would be awesome. But no. They don't. Not all stores are created as equally as awesome as Ikea. So there I was pushing my cart around with Finn flailing all over the place, desperately reaching for things on the shelves, Bryce running around playing hide-and-seek inside the clothes racks, and me telling him for the 67th time "Bye! I'm leaving now!" Sounds like fun, huh? And I always have those people (usually old ladies) glaring at me with that look that says, "Keep your brats under control, would ya?" So.much.fun. Well, even though I walked out of the thrift shop with a headache, I also managed to walk out with a few treasures.
#1. A fun orange toolbox. This will not function as a toolbox in our house though. Mitch already has one. (he better by now!) It'll be some kind of storage compartment. Obviously I have a thing for chippy paint (the box and the bench).
#2. This runner. The runner that had been in our mudroom was starting to fray. Actually just last night I ripped the fringe off. So it was pretty dang good timing. Pretty sure someone handmade this rug.
#3. Couldn't resist this old wooden box. It'll probably go in the boys' bathroom to hold some of their "stuff" like jars of cotton balls, Q-tips, etc.
#4. Not sure if I'll keep this little plaque as is or paint it out, but I had to get it for $1. It'll probably go in the boys' bathroom as well. (I'm thinking in a gallery wall.)
#5. We were in the dish section of the store and I said to Bryce (to keep him from breaking something), "Hey see if you can find a train cup!" Within a couple seconds, sure enough, a train cup was found.
And then there's always plenty of other stuff to see. I thought this old workbench would make an incredible kitchen island. Isn't it cool? I posted this pic on Facebook and some of you thought it'd make a great island too, as well as an arts and craft table and a TV stand. I love that you guys think "outside the box" just like me. ;)
All the drawers were already divided up like this. And the two doors on either side opened up to deep cabinets. Great storage options in this beast of a piece.
This fishing basket thing was in the silent auction section of the store. I can totally see it in a gallery wall, kinda like what we did with the canteen on Bryce's gallery wall.
Lo and behold, look what else I spotted!
Then there's always those items that are just...well...kinda weird.
We're Flyer fans for sure, but this?? Seriously?
And this was in among the kids' toys.
For some reason, I don't think it really belongs there. Or in a Mennonite-owned thrift shop either.
So have you scored something sweet when you were out and about thrifting? You snagged a sexy little bear, didn't ya? Do you even attempt thrifting with kids? Tell me please, what's your secret??