Archive for the ‘~ Thrift Store Shopping’ Category


Candleholders are wonderful decorative accents, and you can find all styles in thrift stores!  Even better, they’re usually very inexpensive 🙂

Here are a few of my thrift store candleholder finds:

And here are a couple of closeups:

In the background of the above photo you can see some of the Dark Opal Basil we cut from our garden today to make pesto sauce.  Here’s a closeup:

The crystal vase is another thrift store find 🙂


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I really enjoy teacups, especially the old-fashioned kind.  Mugs are handy, and are great for coffee and hot chocolate, but for hot tea nothing compares to a delicate teacup with a dainty floral design.  I have quite a few, and some of them are displayed on this shelf:

On the top shelf are two crystal vases along with two teacups and a pretty saucer.  These are all thrift store finds 🙂

The middle shelf has a miniature tea set, along with another miniature teacup which is a thrift store find from my teenage years, at a Value Village in Tacoma, Washington.  The teacup on the left is one I bought from a coworker, and the one on the right is another thrift store find, from a Catholic thrift store in South Sacramento.

The teacup on the left on the bottom shelf is from when we lived in West Germany when I was a little girl.  It’s a July teacup, with the official birthday flower of the month and the word “July” painted inside.  My father found this at a dump of all places!  The teacup in the middle is one that I bought at an antique store.  The teacup on the right is another thrift store find, and the flowers between the teacups are also thrift store finds, from different thrift stores at different times.

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Here are some interesting and fun items I’ve found at thrift stores over the last year or so.

This is a gorgeous vase/bowl with bubbles inside the glass. I bought this for $9.99 at Goodwill one day when I needed a bowl for a trifle I was making. The trifle was originally a bundt cake based on a cupcake recipe by Giada De Laurentis but the cake crumbled because I took it out of the bundt pan too soon. To rescue it, I decided to buy some fresh strawberries and some vanilla pudding and use the frosting layered with the cake to make a trifle. it was a hit 🙂 I’ve included a photo of the trifle at the end of this post.

Here’s the vase I used:

Now here’s a collection of some smaller items I’ve purchased at various thrift stores:

First up we have a small mustard jar from France. I was attracted to the delicacy of the flowers, and also discovered it was brand new. I don’t recall the price I paid, but I’m sure it wasn’t much.

Then there’s a very pretty small dish I use to hold teabags so I can use them again:

Here’s a beautiful small pottery bowl with gorgeous colors. I paid .99 for this because I couldn’t resist the colors

Finally here’s a beautiful small Wedgewood bowl that I bought at Thrifttown yesterday for $1.49

And as I promised, here’s the trifle:

Oh, I almost forgot!  The light sage green cloth you see over the small table in all the photos is a beautiful Indian scarf I purchased at Family Tree Thrift Shoppe a couple of years ago for $6.00 🙂

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Gator Finds

One of the things I love about thrift store shopping are the unexpected and often whimsical items that I find. Today I’m sharing a couple of alligator items.

First, here’s an adorable resin alligator wearing a cute hat accented with a daisy. On the body of the alligator are some large gems. This is adorable and whimsical!

The lamp in the background is another thrift store find. I’ll feature it another time.

And then here is an alligator bathtub mat that I found for 2.99. It had never been used. My bathtub really isn’t this yellow, it’s just poor lighting.

I love thrift store shopping 🙂 I find so many neat things there, and shopping in regular stores bores me now. The selection is narrow, and everything looks the same.

The outfit I’ll be wearing to church today is 100% thrift store, and it looks smashing 😛 From my shoes to my purse, it’s all thrift.

If you’ve never ventured into thrift stores, you should!

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I confess, I’m a thrift store addict!  The thrill of the hunt is always luring me into thrift stores just to see what I can find.  Here’s the latest:

Queen Anne Bone China Teacup

Queen Anne Bone China Teacup

Isn’t this a beautiful teacup and saucer?  I love the detailing and that there are also some strawberries inside the teacup as well.

I paid $5.99 for this set, it was worth it 🙂

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I love thrift store shopping.  It’s like the most wonderful treasure hunt around!  You never know what you’ll find, and it’s never boring.  Shopping at regular stores bores me most of the time now.  Bleah.

I went to a nearby thrift store on Saturday, and I found this:

A very cute cell phone bag

A very cute cell phone bag

The tag was still attached, so I did some searching online and discovered it here, at this website.  Sometimes I will sell items I find at thrift stores on eBay, but not this time.  This is a wonderful classic little bag that I plan to use on special occasions 🙂

Thrift store finds are the best!

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