You might remember that Kelli and I spent a Saturday talking at the NE Iowa Quilt Show in Decorah. Well I made a couple purchases that day that I thought I would share with you.
First off let me say I am such a thrift store addict that it almost kills me to go to Decorah without stopping at the thrift stores in Decorah and in Calmar. I knew I was suppose to be at the show at 9:30. That meant if I was in town at 9:00 I could hit up the thrift store. I was there at 8:55 and waiting when the doors opened. I walked in and the first thing I saw was this…
Ah..what a cutie.
I opened the case and everything was there.
The tag said “works” $25. Hmm… It was a bit of a splurge but I bought it. I’ve seen them in antique stores and the price has been higher and it didn’t seem to be in as good of shape. I guess I’ve spent $25 on sillier things.
I ended up having a great day at the store. I found a good name brand high chair that is red for Kalissa for $2.50. It’s the kind that attaches to the table. I also found that drawer cabinet that I showed you when I gave the tour of my sewing room. If you missed the tour find it here. See?
Typically at the thrift stores I spend somewhere between zero (yes, occasionally I leave with nothing) up to $20. This day I spent a whopping $72.
With so many people in our family I’m always on the look out for things that the kids might want…
Kayla loves yarn and pyrex. Check out her pyrex display.
The picture is her collected pyrex. I found some of the ones in the upper center for her. She has enough pyrex that she changes it out with the seasons. This is her new Fall look….cute right?! Her cabinet is perfect for displaying her pieces.
I’ve recently gotten several emails for readers that live in my area and all are wanting to know about my thrift stores. People want to know where they are and how I find the deals.
Here’s what I can say about thrifting.
1-Thrifting is VERY hit and miss. I find lots of things because I am looking for everything from scrubs for Kelli, clothes for Carver, pyrex for Kayla, to axes for Buck…(YES I did find an ax for him one time!!)..of course fabric and sewing goodies for me. I find pyrex about three times a year….I’ve only ever found an ax once.
2-I go to a thrift store EVERY time I go to town.
3-It takes lots of time.
4-There are stores in most every town that I got to. There are good ones in Decorah, New Hampton, Calmar, Charles City and a whole bunch of other places. Kayla is coming to my house she will likely stop in Hopkinton, Manchester, Independence or Oelwein. They all have thrift stores and are located between my house and hers. I plan my shopping trips in accordance with the opening and closing times of the stores.
5-Goodwill is the worst of the thrift stores I go to. Independently operated ones have better prices, at least in my area…church ones that are run by volunteers have the best prices.
If you want to get the deals that I get you really have to know your stores and stalk them. If you visit once and expect to find the things I do, it likely won’t happen.
I am so dedicated to thrifting that this is what happened that Saturday.
9 am I was at the thrift store.
9:35 at the quilt show and set up
12:35-1:15 off thrifting to another store
Kelli and I skipped lunch so we could thrift. It paid off too. It was bag day at one of the stores. We found a treasure trove of awesome clothes for Kelli and Kalissa including scrubs for Kalissa.
I don’t know if dedicated is the right word or if obsessed is…or simply crazy for thrifting. Whatever it is, I love it. I am a die hard thrifter and even if I made quadruple the money I make now, I’d never give up thrifting.