Thrift shops. Amazing little stores that you find in the nook and cranny of almost any city. Ben and I (finally) went thrift-shop-exploring this Saturday with nothing specific in mind. Something we should’ve done four years ago but never got around to doing.
Now, thrift shops are great for two main reasons. You find unique and inexpensive things that someone either outgrew or just grew tired of. Sure, you’ll run into the occasional hole-in-a-sweater or scuffed up pair of boots, but over half of the items are in decent condition, waiting patiently to be used (and loved!) Most importantly, thrift shops directly benefit charitable community organizations, so you can actually feel good about your purchases. Somebody’s Attic, the first shop we went to, coordinates with community outreach programs such as Community Abuse Prevention Services Agency (CAPSA) and local churches to provide clothing and household goods to anyone in need.
As I walked up the stairs to the “attic”, I was greeted by an orphanage of household items – kitchenware, ceramic mugs, vinyl records, ribbon, paper, hand bags, belts, golf clubs and a TON of infant clothes. On the right, there was an area just for kids filled with books, stuffed animals and board games. And just look at what I found….the original CANDY LAND! Reminds me of Halloween 2008 :)
Found this guy buried under some dusty teddies. Doesn’t he remind you of that scene in The Sword in the Stone where Merlin gives the dragon/witch chicken pox? Of course I had to take him with me.
And when we were checking out, I peered into a glass window and spotted these two guys. The most adorable deer salt-and-pepper shakers, on bid (starting price $2!) So I crossed my fingers and put a $10 bid on them (kind of high but I want them dearly! Pun intended)
After visiting a used-book-store and the Art Gallery, we made a final stop at the D.I. where I purchased two well-known children’s books for only $0.50 each. I’ve been collecting children’s stories for the past year now in hopes of reading these classics to my own children one day. They have just the right amount of mustiness (I like to leaf through the pages while sticking my nose in it). AND they’re hard cover :)