I always thrift with my children. Our thrift store sells children's paper backs for $.25 a piece. We hit half of the store and then make our way back to the books. They sit for about 15 minutes and look at books. They can then choose their favorites, and we move on to the second half of the store. While I'm digging through sewing notions, they usually just sit and look at their books. Sometimes they dig with me if they are trying to replenish their own crafting supplies. I know lots of people thrift alone, but this system at this stage in our lives works for us. And truth be told- I really do enjoy their company! It's fun having someone to model crazy hats with!
I realized a while back that thrift shopping can be as big a trap for me as the Kohl's one day sale is for other women. If I saw something that I liked, I jumped on it with little thought. I began to feel conviction over this, because spending is spending. And rarely it is about the amount, but more so about the accumulation of stuff. We like living small. Small living requires discretion about what comes into the home. I really had to realign my thrift store spending.
With that said, I have a confession. I have restraint problems when it comes to vintage trays.
This is where it all started for me. This mid-mod mermaid tray. Here is a close up of the detail:
Isn't she lovely? And I truly had noble intentions for this one. I needed a place to hang my chicken scratch recipes that I scribble out while I'm making something. These trays are magnetic! Yes! Beauty with function!
Here is what it usually looks like:
Recipes stuck to it, surrounded by crazy ingredients.
And then along came Handsome Man:
This guy is huge. And oh so lovely. Here's a close up shot:
He guards the cookbooks.
And then, the little ladies:
(these pictures are horrible. sorry about that.)
I like to pretend these little ones have a purpose. I use the top one for guest's jewelry and the bottom one for Moonpie to use as a sorting tray for her math work.
|Moonpie working out her tens and ones.|
So that is the collection.
How about you? Any thrifty treasures you have a hard time saying no to?