Thrifty Finds

Saturday I was supposed to have a sewing day but life interrupted.  Our finish carpenter, who happens to be a childcare dad, was here to work on the house.  I wasn’t in the mood to listen to the air compressor and hammers so opted to take it as a “errand” day.  I needed to get groceries and it was time to stock up on paper and cleaning products.  That meant I had to go to Decorah and that meant thrifting!

I am so thrilled with my finds.

First off…Let me explain.  If you’re a real thrifter…a true thrifter like me, you might have a plan something like this.  I enter the store.  I scope out the places I most want to see.  For me that’s usually the toy section…and the craft section.  The craft section is where the fabric and sewing machines are.  Then I loop around the rest of the store.  The thrift stores that I go to are constantly stocking.  Someone will come from the back with a cart full of goodies and distribute them out while people are shopping, typically all day long.

For me, once I loop the rest the store, I always come back and check the toys and crafts one more time.  This sometimes pays off….for me, on this day, it did!

Check out what I found….a box of fabric.  I dug around and didn’t think a lot of it then pulled the plastic bags to the top.


LOOK.  It’s wool.  The person who donated these was a wool rug hooker.  YES!  This is awesome.  I know I still haven’t tackled rug hooking, I still want to….building some supplies while I try to squeeze out a little time isn’t the worst idea.


…and look they had another box of wool that must have been donated by the same person as there was strips of wool already cut and ready to use in this tote too.


Now it was time to check for a price….fingers crossed.  Look on the sides…no price.  I flipped the lid over.  $5 was on one tote.  The other no price tag could be seen so likely the same price.  SCORE!!


I checked out…YES! the other tote was $5 too.  I paid.  I had some other goodies and couldn’t carry it all out to the truck in one trip so I took one load and came back in the store.  My eyes happen to look towards the antique/vintage section and I saw this…

I love old stitched pieces that I enjoy and this one I loved.  It’s even better in person.  $4.  Yep.  I’ll take that.

Wait.  What about these tins?  25 cents each.  Yes please.


I’m not sure where I’m putting it all yet, but it will all find a home somewhere upstairs at my house.

What can I say?  I love my thrift stores.  I love them a lot.

I was having so much luck at thrifting that I decided, Hmmm..maybe on the way to the grocery store I should stop and see how things are going at the auction that was in town….Would there be something I liked?  Would my thrifting/auction karma be with me…stay tuned.  I’ll tell you more in tonight’s blog post.

7 thoughts on “Thrifty Finds”

  1. Wow, finding the wool strips was a great find. I just learned how to make Amish Toothbrush rugs making and those wool strips would be perfect. Lucky you.

  2. We are a thrifting family too, my Hubby and I stopped at three Good Will’s on the way home from work last night. I didn’t find anything but he found a few things and it was so much fun helping him find his treasures. He found a tub of brass keys at work and is wanting to try to see if he can melt the brass and make some brass items for his old Dodge trucks. We bought a old blender for crushing kitty litter to make molds with and a little cast iron pot to melt the brass in. I should have been filming him when we found the pot the look on his face was so much fun! For a minute I thought the pot had gold coin in it!

  3. Very nice tins! I have a black wool skirt I am going to rehome. I asked a friend who hooks rugs if she would like it but she isn’t doing it any more and is getting rid of her stuff. I’d be happy to send it to you if you would like it.

  4. SCORE!! Oh, I just love reading your thrift posts. And I am SO JEALOUS of that stitchery find. I decided to start collecting those to hang in my sewing room and this one would fit right in. What a great errand day you had! Thanks for sharing your finds, they are so fun to read about.

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