Gettin’ Thrifty

I think you might remember us introducing you to Rachel and telling you she is a master thrifter. So with her around, and two college apartments to furnish, my interest in thrift shops and secondhand stores has been renewed. Now not that I’ve never been too proud to pick up something on the side of the road. Take for instance this little chest of drawers I found on a country road. It will be a great nightstand for Hayley. Should we keep it white or give it a pop of color?I’m seeing a trend here, but these are a pair of lamp tables I scored at a Goodwill outside Chicago a couple years ago. At $10 each, I couldn’t pass these babies up. Someday, the perfect spot for them will arise. Until then, they stay safely nestled in my garage and will continue to be a source of complaint for hubs. Doesn’t he get it?So after a less than successful day at the flea markets last weekend, Rachel suggests she initiate me to the Goodwill Outlet. Who knew Goodwill had an outlet? Have you ever been to one? Seriously… it’s a trip. Things are sold by the pound and there is a lot of junk to sift through. But voila, I found something. This wonderful bunch of Sheffield table knives. They will be perfect for the cabin. You definitely must be in the mood to dig through some “stuff” if you attempt the Goodwill Outlet. It’s not for the weak of heart.

Occasionally you’ll find some “buried treasure” at the thrift store. I’m not a big brass candlestick girl, but these caught my eye. I picked one up and it was heavy, so for $2.99 each, I decided to take a chance. They are cleaning up nicely and lo and behold, I think they are candlesticks made to celebrate Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee.

Back to furnishing college apartments, after checking out Craigslist, I found this set listed at a secondhand store.Its a nice solid Drexel table and chairs. We’re going to tackle the painting today- keep your fingers crossed. Darling daughter wants it blue. Look for pictures via my Twitter @ScoutDeb

We get lots of questions about buying secondhand whether such & such is a good deal or not. Unless you are in it for resale, the key is to buy what you like and what you need and let that indicate if your money will be well spent. So, tell us, what’s the best thing you’ve ever found at a flea market, thrift store, or side of the road?