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Thursday, August 1, 2013

What I Didn't Buy at the Thrift Store

Hi everyone! Once again I don't have much to post for this week's Thrifty Thursday. I'm still sewing up a storm and yesterday Phillip and I spent all day moving things out of our second antique space, so I decided to switch up this week's Thrifty Thursday post with something a little bit different- a post about what I didn't buy at the thrift store. I borrowed the idea from fellow bloggers Van at Thrift Core and Sir Thrift a Lot. I think it's fun to see what people didn't end up buying and why!

Here are some things I might have bought at the thrift store, but didn't:

This mid-century side table is pretty cute and it was only $5, but I didn't like the fake wood top and I wasn't confident that anyone would buy it if it wasn't real wood. At the store it stayed!

This vintage Sunbeam mixer was cool, but $29.99 cool? I think not. I think that's pretty close to what we would be able to sell it for and I'm not sure how many people are even in the market for them.

I thought this vintage pram was interesting- it's not something I've seen often. But the price tag was a whopping $99.99 and besides that the top wasn't attached. No-siree!

This yellow vintage dress and bolero was cute. However, it had a few stains that I wasn't sure would come out, so it stayed behind. Here's a closeup:
Yuck! What is that anyway?

Yikes! I wish that people wouldn't ruin their Pyrex bowls in the dishwasher! Needless to say, this one stayed behind.

Last but not least, I found this tapa cloth at a thrift store in Solvang. They aren't the most useful things outside of the south Pacific, but whenever I see them they always take me back to my Peace Corps days in Tonga. Anyway, this one was $80 for some reason! I don't need the nostalgia that much!

I hope you enjoyed this post! Did you find anything awesome at the thrift stores this week?




13 comments:

  1. wow! that tapa cloth is beautiful!

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    1. Isn't it? I love the patterns in Polynesian designs!

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  2. My husband and I have furnished our house exclusively with re-purposed furniture. It's so fun to hunt for the perfect piece as opposed to picking something off the show room floor. Last week, we struck gold twice! We got a beautiful wooden flat file/credenza that came from a 1950's Chicago Ad Agency. And, we got a gorgeous velvet regency style sofa that has been covered in plastic for the last 60+ years. We've recently gotten very excited about estate sales, and tend do shop those more than thrift shops.

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    1. Wow, sounds you've gotten some great finds! I also love hunting for fun vintage furniture rather than buying new stuff (though at the moment my income doesn't give me much choice!)
      My boyfriend and I have been gravitating more toward estate sales lately as well, though we still love to check out the thrift stores! I hope you post some pictures of your new furniture!

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  3. Starting to put my post together for what I found this week but thought I'd pop in and say thank you for sharing your wonderful finds. Love your blog! We have been so lucky to find the treasures we do but sometimes shake our heads at the prices that the shop decides on. Came across an item a few weeks ago that was marked at $10. When I turned it over, it had a dollar store tag that showed it was a $2 item!

    I'm off to write! Have a great day.

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    1. What! That sounds just like a few of my local thrift stores. One that I just saw today (wish I had been able to take a picture for this post!) was a Knight Rider lunch box priced at $89.99, though when you do a quick search on Ebay you can find an identical one for as little as $13.50. Who the heck is pricing this stuff?
      Can't wait to see what treasures you post!

      PS: I'm your newest follower!

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  4. At least it's not just here where they overcharge for stuff at thrift storea! And Tapa cloth? Strange to find that there! We have tons of that from Tonga rolled up, but never take it out!

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    1. That's awesome? Are you Tongan, or did you just decide to travel there? I suspect the tapa you occasionally see in thrift stores made it to the states as gifts from Pacific Islanders to "palangi" guests, who then got home and thought "what the hell am I supposed to do with a giant piece of painted, hammered bark?" and finally donated it!

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    2. My father is Tongan and my mom and he met while they were in grad school in Hawaii and lived in Tonga after that. I was born here in CA though and haven't travelled there yet, although I'm planning on going next year as I have much family there and in NZ and AU. A lot of my Tongan family has relocated here though.

      I imagine it was a tourist item and it takes up space, so off to the donation pile! Lol :)

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  5. That sure is a sad looking red Pyrex bowl!

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    1. Yes, it is! And I've seen worse. Don't put your Pyrex in the dishwasher, people!

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  6. Aw, thanks for the shout out. I keep getting teased by tables like that first one, too. Gotta leave 'em behind, usually faux wood or damaged. Grr. ;p

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  7. ooo, a RPCV! It turns out the RPCV online sewing community is larger than I thought :) Gives me another reason to love your blog even more.

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