Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Thrifting Treasures

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??

7 comments:

  1. No, I do not thrift with kids. I don't even grocery shop with kids if I can help it. On rare occasions when I do shop with kids, I bring lots of fun snacks and I stuff their face the whole time. Food is entertainment to them. ahahaha
    That bear, I hope you got it for Mitch!

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  2. I don't take my little boy with me - he has a number of allergies and all of our thrift stores are more than a bit "musty". LOL. The craziest thing I have ever found while thrifting.....a coffee mug in the shape of a pregnant woman. I went back to the shop the next day (for something else) and noticed it was gone! It was around Christmas time so I can only imagine someone got a really charming secret santa gift. :)

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    1. Oh man...now I won't stop thinking about a pregnant lady mug. Gotta get me one of those!

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  3. LOL. It was one of those times that you stand there thinking...What? Why? What?

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  4. Please keep that mug forever and tell Bryce about it when he gets older. So sweet. Totally jealous of the wood box and run. Ok and the sexy teddy bear.

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