Welcome back to the delightful but infrequent blog series “My Latest Thrift Store Finds.”
It’s not infrequent because I’m not thrift store shopping.
No, no, no.
Even I don’t have that much restraint.
It is an infrequent series because I forget to write about my thrift store finds unless they are part of a larger story or project. This blog series is my attempt to right (or is it write?) that wrong.
Here’s what has come home with me in the last few months.
My Latest Thrift Store Finds: Mini Copper and Brass Colander
Once in a blue moon Handy Husband will come to the thrift store with me. He pretends like it is a hardship but then he discovers neat things he insists we should bring home like this mini copper and brass colander.
Who am I to say no to that?
I think this colander is what folks call a berry bowl. A colander specifically for rinsing off a pint of berries. I wrote about berry bowls once. You can read that blog post here.
I’m using this colander for tomatoes and it is perfect. I think it was $6.
My Latest Thrift Store Finds: Large Wood Bowl
I’m on a quest to decorate the top of my pantry cabinets with wood bowls. The combination of natural wood with a black cabinet makes my heart go pitter-patter.
All of these bowls came from the thrift store, but the one on the bottom left is my most recent addition to the family. It was around $10.
My Latest Thrift Store Finds: Hurricane Style Shade
After 4 years of idly looking for a glass shade with a 6-inch fitter for the sconce on our kitchen stairwell, I finally found one. It was $7.
The reason we needed one is that the one that was there when we moved in did not fit, so it was constantly lying askew.
The going rate when I was originally looking for a used shade online was between $40 – $75 because they don’t make these anymore.
Could I have paid $40 – $75 for a used shade online? Yes. Did I want to? No. I probably would have bought a new light for that price.
This light shade is a little more fanciful than my normal style but it does fit the era of this house. I think it works! More importantly, it fits.
My Latest Thrift Store Finds: Ceramic Dish
For the life of me, I cannot definitively figure out what this green dish or tray was originally intended for, but I decided it was perfect to hold my dish soap and cleanser bottle next to the kitchen sink.
It must have been meant to be because I spent more than I would normally spend on a small dish like this one. It was $8.
P.S. I’ve been refilling this black dish soap bottle with cheap dish soap for 2 or 3 years now because the bottle matches my counters, isn’t too bulky, and I like the shape.
My Latest Thrift Store Finds: Paintings
It is hard for me to turn down small landscape paintings when I see them at the thrift store. I want to save them all.
The two paintings on the inside left corner came home with me this fall.
In December, I found this gigantic painting.
Not only was it so happy for a winter scene, it also screamed Christmas to me.
I paid $33 total for the three paintings mentioned here. That’s it! I couldn’t buy three canvases for $33 these days.
My Latest Thrift Store Finds: Wood Music Stand
In the fall I found the music stand of my dreams, which is funny because I thought the music stand of my dreams would be brass.
As it turns out, it was made of wood and was buried at the back of a packed antique store booth. I will love it forever.
The music stand was heavily discounted down to $55. That was a steal. I regularly see wood music stands online for hundreds of dollars.
My Latest Thrift Store Finds: Wood Legs or Finials
A few months ago I brought home two wood finials for a dollar. They could be wood legs, but since one of them is rounded on one end, I’m going with finial. It doesn’t really matter what they are.
I used them as stands for my cardboard Christmas trees.
I also used one of them as a photo holder. To do that, I cut a small slit in the top of the finial. It holds the picture wonderfully well.
I love repurposing items, so these finials have been the gift that keeps on giving for my creativity.
My Latest Thrift Store Finds: Brass Bells
It’s not every day that you find a sandwich baggie filled with brass bells while thrifting. In fact, it has only happened to me once. There were seven brass bells in the bag and I bought the lot for $6. They are not in perfect shape. However, I used three of them to jazz up a Christmas wreath.
I can’t wait to use them again next year.
All told, I spent $120 on all of these thrifted treasures. Almost half of that was spent on the music stand.
I definitely think I got a pretty big bang for my buck for this round, especially when you consider the quantity and quality of the items I brought home.
I didn’t always fill my home with thrifted items but now I enjoy how unique these items make my home look while giving it a bit of soul too.
Thanks for reading today’s blog post! I appreciate you! If you have another minute, I have another blog post.