Today's Thrift Store Finds

You never know what you'll find at the thrift store...

I'm convinced thrift stores are the best inventions ever...

I love, Love, LOVE thrift stores.

I try to go at least once a week and not just to one, mind you, but as many as possible. I think I'm addicted. 

It all started back in the late 90s when I sold on eBay. 

I used to hit every thrift store in the area and make special "buying" trips to various locations on the east coast just to find awesome bargains. 

I've met a lot of great people in thrift stores and I'm on a first name basis with most of the shop owners... which is GREAT because they steer me toward things they know I'd like and a few even call me when something really good comes in. =)

Now, on to my thrift store haul for the day.

I got all this for $6. Yep, that's all. 

The thrift store all of this came from is one that doesn't put prices on most items... you just get it to the front and they give you a price and at that point you can agree, send it back to the floor or haggle. I know some people are turned off by that selling concept but I like it because their prices are usually much lower than I think they will be. 

So, here we go...

First is this birdhouse utensil carrier by Russ. It has pansies painted on the sides, which I love but it looks pretty faded so I'm going to give it a paint job. Not entirely sure what I'll be using this for. Any ideas?

Next up are three gorgeous photo frames. They're made by Weston Gallery and I honestly have no idea how old they are. They have a sort of tea stained iridescent fabric insert (which for whatever reason reminds me of casket lining, Yes, I'm warped) that really gives it that old time, vintage feel.

I love the ornate design and that aged brass look. I'm thinking some silhouettes would look good in these.

How can you pass something like this up for $1? You can't... Have I mentioned I love thrift stores?

And of course, the cheese grater... hated by many but loved by enough. I plan to rough it up a bit, and hang it in the kitchen. Yeah, it's been done before but I'm going to try to put my own spin on it. We'll see how that turns out. Maybe I can get some ideas from Pinterest. I could write a book about my Pinterest adventures (mostly hilarious fails, heh). I'm surprised my family hasn't banned me from that site.

Last but not least (that line is SO cliche but I still use it =) we have a birdhouse canister. My friend's mom had the entire set back in the 90s... It had the lid but I dropped it. Doesn't matter because I want to use it on the kitchen counter to hold utensils anyway. And as lovely as the birdhouse/topiary/heart theme is, I plan on painting it. Me + Paint can be VERY interesting (and sometimes a little scary) so we shall see how it goes.