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06 Jul, 2008

Saturday thrifting

Posted by andrea tomkins in: - Thrifty is nifty|Oh! Things!

I went in looking for a glass goldfish bowl to make a second terrarium but didn’t find one. 

Law of Thrift Shopping no. 1 states: if you’re looking for something specific, you won’t ever find it.

But I did find some good stuff (photos to come!) including a black rain coat, formerly from Old Navy. It is perfect, exactly what I wanted, and it looks fabulous on me, but I have a feeling the sleeves are a smidge too short. (Please tell me this is something that I could take to my tailor and have fixed!) I also bought a small lidded glass jar to hold my collection of paper stars, which are being bequeathed to Sarah.

Little known fact: ValVill can very good for table linens. I was looking for a new tablecloth (the First Law of Thrift held true here as well) but found a set of nice placemats and two (embroidered/unused!) cloth hankies instead.

I was having good luck here. I continued walking along the rack, seeing with my hand more than with my eyes, when I suddenly felt something that was much too soft to be in the Bed and Bath section. It was a lovely cream-coloured pashmina/silk shawl. For $2.99 it had to come with me.

A pretty good day, don’t you think?

4 Responses to "Saturday thrifting"

1 | J.

July 7th, 2008 at 5:18 am


Sounds like a successful trip! Good finds. :)

2 | Sharon

July 7th, 2008 at 11:31 am


I love finding stuff like that a VV. I go to the on Cryville road. Where do you find your treasures?

3 | Marla

July 7th, 2008 at 11:55 am


Having been gifted with the stars, we know how sweet they are!

I got the short end of the stick when thrifting this weekend – Steve ended up with 26 vintage 60’s Honky Tonk albums and stuff I found for him. People GAVE things to Josephine just because she’s cute. The only things for me were a pair of wooden Polish dolls I’d been sort of hankering for since seeing various ones on sundry crafty blogs. $5 wasn’t bad, but I’m not sure I need them now that I have them.

4 | alison

July 8th, 2008 at 11:44 am


I have to plan my trips to the thrift stores around the girls. They don’t have the patience to stand around while I poke around.

Your finds sound wonderful! Especially the shawl. Must check out VV for tablecloths/napkins/placemats.

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