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Monday, August 10, 2009

Thrift store shopping and a few questions....

If you've been following me, you know that I'm a novice at blogging and everything that goes along with it. I've been up and running for 4+ weeks and have loved every minute. I've been inspired, touched, and have learned so many incredible things from all the wonderful, creative people and their adventures!

Thanks to blogging, one of my favorite new pastimes is thrift store shopping. It has been so much fun and, well, addictive! I just love wandering and looking, thinking about all the possibilities of what could be.

Here are a few things I've found this week:

This silver plated platter was so pretty ~ I loved the handles.

This piece has delicate roses around the edges, the pattern is Camille.

I had always wanted to pick up a few of these pieces to see if they were worth it, and I was presently surprised! They cleaned up very well. I think they'll be pretty used in different settings.

Ok, I'd like to ask a few questions to all you experienced thrift store shoppers:

1. What in your opinion is the best day{s} to do your shopping?
2. Is there a better time of year?
3. Does the time of day matter?
4. Do you have any other words of wisdom about thrift store shopping?

Please share your thoughts, I'd truly appreciate it!

Be sure to visit, 2nd Time Around Tuesday, hosted by Diane at A Picture is Worth a 1,000 Words. Here you'll find many participants and their treasures! It's definitely worth the trip!


  1. Sharlotte,
    Thanks so much for linking to 2nd Time Around! I love your thrifty finds.

    I haven't found a best day to thrift shop unless u count garage sales on Saturday!

  2. my advice... go when you have some cash to spend... look for things that others over look... art, a chipped cup that you can turn into something else, (and I always look for anything I can paint white!)... since I work outside the home, I have to go on the days I have the time to do it... but I'd love to know what others think the best days are... great questions! and I love your silver finds!

  3. I don't have any thrift stores near me except Goodwill and you just have to haunt them all the time. No special day or time. I love your silver dishes, they're wonderful. Hugs, Marty

  4. Love your trays! I have one similar to your oval shaped one but I haven't polished it up to see if it will look like anything. Must remember to do that sometime *smiles*
    My thrift shops around here are mostly very over priced junk so it's hit and miss.

  5. The best thrift shopping is when you visit your favorite store often. New things come in every day. A quick walk through could be worth a great find. I think you did well with your purchases you shared today. I hate cleaning silver so I stay away from those pretty things.


  6. Oh what lovely pieces. Can't wait to see how you use/display them. I don't get to shop anymore. My shopping is at my mom's or daughters lol. Check out my post! Thanks for sharing your lovely's and I hope you get some great advice.
    Oh and Welcome aboard.
    Have a Blessed Day,

  7. I grab silver pieces too and you got some really pretty ones:)

    I go to Goodwill when I happen to be in town and haven't noticed that one day is better than others.

    My store does have a calendar every month though that shows what days that they have special sales. For example, I can see that pictures and frames are 50% off on the 27th, so I will try to get in there that day. That is handy, so see if your local store does something similar.

    Also, I have a secret weapon. On Tuesdays and Sundays, seniors get an extra 10% off, so I bring either my guy or my mom in with me to get the discount.

  8. My suggestions would be to pick your favorite(s) and go pretty frequently. Get to know some of the people who work there ~ who can be on the lookout for things you like. Don't get discouraged ~ it can be hit or miss. Have an open mind and I agree with one of the above comments that it helps to look for things that others may have overlooked. Of course, if they have discount days you want to go then!

  9. I spent the summer doing reasearch and trying the different types of "thrift" shopping. Unless you consider Goodwill to be thrift shopping, it was actually my least favorite or profitable. I tried estate sales, garage sales, Craigslist, college salvage yard, model home sales, Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity and thrift stores. Estate sales and Craigslist have been my best for larger items, garage sales for small items and Goodwill for name brand clothing.

  10. I've just begun to thrift shop, so I have no tips. You sure got some nice pieces.

  11. Thanks to each and everyone of you who contributed to today's post! I appreciate your thoughtful comments, again, I'm learning so much from you all!

  12. Well it looks like you found some great pieces! I have very little luck at thrift shops no advice.

  13. Howdy, I am new to blogging and found yaw a minute or so ago... love your blog so I decided to be a follower.

    Thrift Stores...are best visited everyday... I am a junk store junkie, very experienced in these matters. I think Monday is also a very good day ....around lunch time. Then they can get the donations from garage sales and weekend closet, attic, and garages and barn clean outs, priced and into the store... I had a little junk store once and we did the auctions all weekend so Monday and Tuesday you could get the best deals. Here is a little ditty to make it all sound more glamorous... my sister and I renamed "Goodwill", "Bon Voulior" yes you guessed it French translation. Ou la la!!


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