I mentioned on Monday that we had taken a trip to Bend for Brian’s work and visited a couple of thrift stores while we were there. As you know, it is one of our favorite things to do – even if we don’t find anything we’d like to buy. And I am trying to be more discerning since my motto for the year is “Eliminate” and not “buy every great deal you see.”
Things like the little concrete urn pictured above definitely qualify – I hardly ever find things like this and I’m always looking for ways to bring garden elements inside. It was $2.99 and I’m wavering between planting it with an airy little fern in moss or filling it with some moss-covered decorative balls. Which would you choose?
I can’t believe I bought brass candlesticks – that seems so 1990′s, doesn’t it? I’ve been reading, though, how it’s making a comeback (yes, everything seems to eventually) and I’m working on a gallery wall (I hope to be able to share it with you soon!) that incorporates some old-gold frames. They also tie in with nearby vintage light fixtures that feature aged gold.
These, of course, are not aged – but they stood out from the masses of brass candlesticks because of their detail, which I love. And at $1.99 each, I can take the risk of attempting to age them myself. Anyone aged brass recently?
Ah, now these urn-shaped candle holders were a little splurge at $4 each. I can just picture them anchoring a spring mantle, however, maybe with a paint job that makes them look a little more like outdoor concrete urns?
I don’t usually highlight clothes here at the Cottage, but we are about living better on less and shopping at thrift stores can often lead to great clothes for a steal. I’ve been looking for a cream cardigan for a couple of months actually – in regular stores – and finally decided to look while we were at the thrift store.
Score! All my criteria met: long sleeve (not 3/4), v-neck, cotton and fitted- all for $3.25.
But I think this black casual jacket is the best find because I had seen similar “field jackets” in an Eddie Bauer catalog that had come in the mail just the day before- to the tune of $80-$130 each.
I paid $3.25 for this cotton-linen jacket that had never been washed and probably not worn as it looked brand new (I didn’t snap the picture before I washed it, however- I usually stick clothes in the washing machine as soon as we walk in the door!).
And while black is not usually the color of the jackets in the catalogs, it happens to be the color of that I needed – I already have brown and tan casual jackets- so I was pretty happy with this find.
Do you shop for clothes at thrift stores?