It seemed to be the general consensus that once thrift stores opened up again after the COVID shut down that they would be packed to the gills with fabulous finds. I believe the thinking behind that was that people had nothing better to do while sheltering at home, so they were cleaning out closets, attics, garages, etc. Once the thrift stores opened back up, I also heard tales of cars lining up at Goodwill to donate items.
So I was optimistic when my sister picked me up to head to a few thrift shops last week.
Unfortunately, I did not find a bunch of fabulous stuff. I really didn’t see piles of extra items on the shelves. In fact, one of the Goodwill stores we visited had semi-bare shelves. My sister speculates that they don’t have enough staff working to get the newly donated stuff out to the shelves very quickly, which is certainly a good possibility.
I did come home with a couple of fun things though, so I thought I’d share them with you today.
I always hope to find vintage items while thrifting, but more often than not I only find ‘new’ things, like this adorable jug.
How cute is that?
I also purchased this Hearth & Hand with Magnolia recipe box. I dressed it up a bit with a Classic Vintage Label transfer.
Also under the heading of ‘new-ish’ is this galvanized container thingie with wooden handles.
I painted the wooden handles in Dixie Belle’s The Gulf, and then added a fragment from a transfer that seemed totally appropriate. This container is going to work perfectly for a birthday present I’m putting together for someone, but I haven’t given it to her yet so I have to keep that under wraps for now.
This faux copper french flower bucket got a paint job too. I painted it in Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth and then added a transfer from IOD’s Classic Pots.
I may need some sort of intervention on this next item because I’m dangerously close to starting a new non-collection.
This is Oxford Stoneware. It’s not terribly valuable or anything, but isn’t it the prettiest shade of blue? As you can see I already had one just like it and I keep my pens and pencils in it on my desk. It paired really nicely with my blue & white Staffordshire pitcher. I really don’t need a second one though, so I’ll probably take it in to the shop to sell.
Last, but not least is this … um, what do you call these? A mini-greenhouse?
In addition to being quite dirty, the off-white metal parts were weirdly discolored. You can’t see that very well in the photo, but in person it was quite obvious. I’m guessing this item sat in a sunny window too long. Also, those silk flowers leaned a bit towards the tacky side.
So I started by removing the three flower pots. Then I decided it would work best to spray paint the metal framework and that meant either taping off all of the glass, or removing it first as well. Luckily all of the glass was held in place by little bendable metal tabs, so it was fairly simple to take it all out.
Once I’d done that, it was simply a matter of spray painting the metal frame, washing all of the glass, and then putting it back in without breaking any of it. I always hold my breath a bit during that phase. I’d hate to break a piece of the glass.
But I managed to get it all back in safely. Once that was done, I pulled out some transfers to add some pizzazz. I’d had such good results with the bee transfer on the bird cage that I shared recently, so I decided another bee was in order. The bee transfer is part of the Classic Vintage Labels set from re.design with prima.
The “Curiosities Collector” wording is from a Tim Holtz transfer set that I found at Hobby Lobby last week.
I’m sure you’ll be seeing those metal tags on a few things soon too.
If I could find a magic lamp that would grant me three wishes, I think one of them would be that Tim Holtz would make larger versions of his rub-on’s. They would be so fabulous on furniture, if only they were bigger.
I also used some of the vintage French ephemera paper that my friend Terri gave me to line the inside, along with some more October Afternoon scrapbook paper.
I didn’t put the three metal pots back inside. This way you can use you imagination when it comes to deciding what to display inside.
I’ve added a pair of vintage books and an old black and white photo held up by a flower frog. That’s my grandparents by the way, with their two older children in front of their house in south Minneapolis. I’m guessing this would have been taken in the late 1920’s. My mom didn’t come along until 1940, her brother and sister were in their teens when she was born.
I’m working on another pile of stuff to take into Reclaiming Beautiful and a few of these items will be added to the stack.
I’m afraid I am not going to manage another week of 5 posts this week, but I am going to throw in a post on Wednesday about the road trip we took last week with my niece and sister so be sure to stay tuned for that. In the meantime, how about you? Have you been thrifting lately? Has there been an influx of goodies at your local thrift store?