You can keep a girl out of the thrift stores but you can’t keep the thrift stores out of the girl! After some time feeling overwhelmed by the amount of stuff I have, I made a conscious decision to avoid getting even more stuff so I stayed away from thrift shops and estate sales. When a new thrift store opened nearby, the temptation was too great and I had to go to the grand opening. That taste of thrifting opened up the floodgates and soon I was driving 35 minutes to score something amazing I found on Facebook Marketplace before hitting a couple of local estate sales. Today, I’d love to share my thrifting diaries October haul as well as a lesson learned by the things that got away (I’m still having non-buyers remorse)!
Bingo was his Name-O!
How cool is this vintage Bingo score board I found on Facebook Marketplace. I have a thing for things with words and numbers. It’s a giant six feet long and I plan to hang it somewhere.
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With my adrenaline pumping, I hit the estate sales. The first one yielded nothing and was super overpriced! I hit the jackpot at the second one and came home with this fabulous old green bread box and this colorful Ross Havers ladybug tray! I had never heard of Ross Havers before but was drawn to the colorful, graphic art of this 1970’s tray. I couldn’t find one for sale online but did find these adorable ladybug mugs.
The Ones That Got Away!
I consider myself an experienced thrifter but I made a rookie mistake when I left this vintage enamel lobster platter on the shelf. I rushed back the next morning for it but of course someone smarter than I am snatched it up. Still kicking myself, especially since it was only a few dollars.
I have a collection of vintage state glasses and wanted to add this and a few others to my stash but the price was too high ($10 each). Sometimes you gotta be like Kenny Rogers and know when to walk away.
I’ll be re-entering the world of thrift stores and estate sales but I plan to be super picky about what I bring into my house. After all, what’s the point in buying everything if there is no room to display it.
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What’s the best thing you ever scored at the thrift store and did you ever let something amazing get away?