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My downfall are Thrift stores and 1/2price Book stores

Category: Thrift Store Finds | Posted: Sat Nov 04, 2006 3:48 pm

Thrift Stores and several Half Price Books stores really like to see me come thru their door...and I am more than willing to make them happy by doing just that.

I have yet another gardening related book to add to the stack of unread books.....Why We Garden - Cultivating a Sense of Place by Jim Nollman. Plus a couple of books on weaving and another knitting book.

I have a really good excuse for making so many trips to thrift stores, several months ago I quit using the dishwasher and will be getting rid of it as soon as we find an interesting and useful cabinet to replace it in the kitchen. Over the last few years one store in particular has had several really cool pieces that were removed from older homes but of course at that time we had no place to put any of them. Now that we have the space, there aren't any available. We try to make a trip to the largest of those shops at least once a week since their stock comes and goes so quickly. At the same time, since we are there I may as well look around for any fun things they might have gotten in since our last visit.

I found this green wicker plant stand and small purple wishing well shaped planter yesterday....

Last Saturday when my daughters and I were spending the day together we stopped at a large Salvation Army shop, I found a small spinning wheel but they wanted $50 for it. Last night Randy and I went there again looking for an old radio cabinet to convert to hold our stereo...the spinning wheel was still there waiting for me I think and this time it had a $30 price sticker next to the original one. When the clerk rang it up, she took 50% off, so we got it for $15. Even if it is never usable for spinning, at that price it makes a really cool decorative piece in our country cabin looking livingroom.

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eileen wrote on Sat Nov 04, 2006 3:58 pm:

Oh I love the spinning wheel - it would look right at home in my cottage!!!! I'm Green with envy.


glendann wrote on Sat Nov 04, 2006 4:07 pm:

I do love the spinning wheels for sure wouldn't know how to use it but love it anyway,adds so much to room .


CritterPainter wrote on Sat Nov 04, 2006 4:47 pm:

Good greif, you got that so cheap?!?!?! If you want to learn to spin, maybe I can talk you through it. Failing that, PM me & I'll mail you a skein of handspun to hang on it if you like, for decorative purposes.
That's called a "castle wheel", btw. Often used when traveling. Great find!!!

pondlady wrote on Sat Nov 04, 2006 5:35 pm:

Love the spinning wheel. And are those winter coats and scarves in the background? Oh dear, and here I am in t-shirt and jeans, having just gotten finished deadheading in the garden.


reggaefan wrote on Sat Nov 04, 2006 5:40 pm:

I can relate half-price books are like an addiction to me. Looks like you have a good eye in the thrift stores


Gardenstew wrote on Sun Nov 05, 2006 1:19 am:

Props to the spinning wheel, what a great decorative piece. The 'Why We Garden' book sounds really interesting, I wonder what mental defects it will classify us with :D


CritterPainter wrote on Sun Nov 05, 2006 4:30 am:



cajunbelle wrote on Wed Nov 15, 2006 1:28 am:

We have the Fellowship Center in Gonzales. They keep it so clean, and the prices are really wonderful. The Goodwill Store is a little higher and the Salvation Army store is so dirty you feel like you need a shower when you leave. Still, I would rather go thrift store shopping than go to the mall.

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