Thrifty Thursday

We haven’t been to a thrift shop or antique shop in quite a while. But, we finally found someone to come and clean our house once a month, and we need to be out of the house for a few hours while she is here. So, we decided to go to The Apple Barrel in Bremen, Georgia to pass the time.

I found several things I liked, but this sweet Kewpie Doll came home with me. I used to have a similar one before we sold everything to go RV-ing. I have been looking for another one for the longest time. This little darling really wasn’t a bargain, at $18, but I was thrilled to get her.

Kwepie Doll

My little Kewpie Doll

There were three of these in a locked case in the front of the store. None of them had price tags on them, but this one is the only one that had the Kewpie mark on the bottom.

KW916 is marked on the bottom

KW913 is marked on the bottom

This new little Kewpie will live on the shelf in my kitchen now. She looks right at home there.

on the shelf in the kitchen

on the shelf in the kitchen

Fabgrandpa was poking around in another booth, and found this cute ceramic “chopper hopper.” We had to take it home, too. This fat little man is just too cute. He was also $18, but again, we both loved it and it is still useful.

His Chopper Hopper

His Chopper Hopper

What have you found in a thrift, antique, or junk store lately?

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Fabgrandpa and I went to the Pea Patch, a local antique/vintage shop in Tallapoosa yesterday. We found several treasures that we could use. It was a very good day for junking or thrifting.

My little blue owl hook for potholders

My little blue owl hook for potholders

I love this little fellow. It is probably about eight inches top to bottom, and made of cast iron. Two little twigs coming out of his perch to hold potholders. So cute, and only $6.

Metal trash can for my bedroom. CIrca maybe 1960's? My sister would like this because it has a french horn on it.

Metal trash can for my bedroom. CIrca maybe 1960’s? My sister would like this because it has a french horn on it.

Next, I saw this metal trash can with a French Horn on it. I haven’t seen trash cans like this in years! Again, only $6.

Fabgrandpa's metal storage cans

Fabgrandpa’s metal storage cans

Fabgrandpa spotted these two neat metal storage cans with lids. The are unpainted metal on the bottom, and black painted lids. He jumped on them as soon as he saw them. He doesn’t find things he likes often. I like these too. It must have been $6 day at that store, because the smaller one ws $6, the larger one $9.

Wrought iron plate holder

Wrought iron plate holder

This is my favorite find of the day. It is a large plate holder, used for displaying plates on the wall. I put the lid from a hat box that my daughter painted for me years ago on just to show what it would look like. It will hold two large platters.

Detail of the top of the plate holder

Detail of the top of the plate holder

This is a close up of the detail of the top of the plate holder. I think it is beautiful. The bottom looks like this:

Detail of bottom

Detail of bottom

This was marked $19.99, but I don’t think that is what she charged me. Altogether I spent $36. What did you find this week?

Thrifty Thursday: Apple Barrel Antiques, Bremen, GA

Fabgrandpa and I decided that we needed a corner cabinet to put by the sofa in the living room. So, we did what we usually do when we are looking for a particular piece of furniture. We went thrifting!

Black corner cabinet

Black corner cabinet

We stopped by our favorite place, The Pea Patch in Tallapoosa, Georgia, but they did not have anything that would work for us the day we were there. The next stop was Apple Barrel Antiques in Bremen, Georgia. We have been to this place numerous times, and have bought things in there before.

This day, we found the corner cabinet we were looking for. It is a little black cabinet, with built in bookends. It is rather small, but fits the space we had. It will give us a place to put some photos out, something we haven’t done yet. I think it was a steal at $32.

I also picked up a jar of bobbins, all filled with black thread. That is something you rarely see in a thrift shop. Maybe spent too much, but I am a sewing freak. $20

Jar of black bobbins

Jar of black bobbins

The last thing I bought there was a McCall’s Needlework & Crafts Magazine from 1962. The cover is so classic 1960’s, with the model wearing a sleek red knit pant suit, red flats, with a huge bow in her pouffy hairdo. I could not walk out of the store without it. A real treasure at $1.49

McCalls Needlework Magazine 1962

McCalls Needlework Magazine 1962

What did you thrift this week?

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA A couple of weeks ago when we were coming home from the Birmingham VA, we decided to take Highway 78 instead of going on the interstate. We stopped in at 7 Springs Ministries Thrift Store on Hwy 78 in Oxford, Alabama. They had a lot of furniture and clothing outside in the parking lot in front of the store.

The front of the store

The front of the store

They have a pretty big store. They are also building a church camp next door. It looked like they mostly have household goods like furniture; lots of clothing; and kitchen supplies.

7 springs thrift store oxford alOn the day we were there they had a washing machine and a dryer, and some exercise equipment out front.

Lots of mugs and cups

Lots of mugs and cups

If you need a new mug or coffee cup, this is the place to go. They had bunches of them!

That's a nice table and chair set

That’s a nice table and chair set

There was a really nice curio cabinet in pine, and a pretty good black  table and chair set. There was also some living room furniture for sale.

My purchase for the day

My purchase for the day

Of course, I was atrracted to the fabric and patterns. They had a lot of fabric for sale, but I only had $10 in my pocket. I got these three fabrics and a cute pattern for cowboy outfits size 2-6X. There is about a yard and a half of the plaid flannel fabric; about 5 yards of the blue cotton print; and about 1 yard of the striped fabric. That is a pretty good deal for $10.

7 Springs Thrift Shop located on Hwy 78 in Oxford, Alabama. If you are interested in volunteering, or for location and hours of operation,  please contact Colonie Hughes 256-770-4089.

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Lots of flower pots

Lots of flower pots

While I am waiting for the right time to plant a garden in my area, I am busy gathering supplies. The thrift store in Bremen, Georgia yielded a ton of flower pots in all different sizes and shapes.

A metal shelf for the porch

A metal shelf for the porch

I also found this great metal shelf unit for the front porch. It is just the right size to hold grilling supplies, and maybe a plant on the middle shelf.

A rusted decorative shelf for the front porch

A rusted decorative shelf for the front porch

This rusty decorative shelf will hold some flower pots of petunias and a trailing vine once I get the plants potted up. All these things cost a $20 bill at the thrift store.

4 Things Every Thrift Store Shopper Must Know

Thrift stores are treasure troves of unique, affordable and unexpectedly high-quality items. From clothing to shoes to furniture you can almost find everything you need in a thrift store. However, there are a few things you need to know if you want the best selection, the best deals and the safest used goods. Become a savvier thrift store shopper and enjoy the bargains without any of the drawbacks.

Second Hand Furniture Isn’t Necessarily Clean

Perhaps you love the idea of an eclectic collection of furniture in a room. Maybe you luck out and find an entire matching set. Perhaps you’ve been furnishing a room bit by bit by finding pieces that go well together during multiple thrift store trips. The first thing you need to do whenever you buy upholstered thrift store furniture is contact COIT as soon as you get the furniture home.

Professionally cleaning of upholstery

Professionally cleaning of upholstery

Secondhand furniture may look clean because many thrift store owners try to surface clean everything they sell so the goods don’t appear soiled. However, furniture can come from homes with smokers, pets or excessive dust, which means invisible allergens get rubbed deep into the fabric. They could also be stained under the fabric. Luckily, you can make secondhand furniture as clean, sanitary and allergen-free as new furniture with the assistance of professional upholstery cleaners.

Store Location Makes a Difference

If you’re tired of going to secondhand stores and finding junk you’re not interested in buying, you might be shopping in the wrong locations. Thrift stores near more affluent neighborhoods are more likely to have brand name and top quality items. If you’re the type of thrift store shopper who loves labels, you have to shop where the people who pay full price for brand names are more likely to donate. See if there are any reviews of the specific stores online or use an online thrift store directory listing to get an idea of the types of items a certain location sells.

Season Changes Mean More Stock

Second hand women's clothing

Second hand women’s clothing

Keep in mind when people are most likely to donate en masse: when they undertake big cleaning projects. “Spring cleaning” is a regular activity for just about everyone. People are most likely to tackle big cleaning projects when seasons change, especially when winter turns to spring, but also when summer turns to fall and fall to winter. You might find more goods when spring turns to summer, but remember, the better the weather outside the less likely people are to want to stay cooped up indoors cleaning. If you visit your favorite thrift stores at least twice a week as seasons change, you’ll likely find new goods for sale every time you go.

Toys Could Be Dirty — and Dangerous

Kids burn through toys fast — they use them once and then move on to the next thing. If you bought brand-new toys every time your kids asked for them, you’d have to devote even more of your income to placating your children. Thrift store toys can save your family money, especially since your kids likely won’t be interested in the toys for long.

However, secondhand toys have dirt, germs and allergens on their surfaces. They might also contain lead, the dangers of which were not known until recently. Before you give a thrift-store toy to your kids, research the toy to make sure it wasn’t recalled for lead-related concerns or produced before lead-based paints were outlawed for use in children’s toys. If it’s safe, clean it thoroughly with anti-bacterial cleaner or soap and water. 

There are plenty of deals to be made at a secondhand store. The National Association of Resale Professionals claims thrift stores and other resale shops earn a combined $13 billion in profits each year, all from previously owned items that could be yours for a fraction of the original sticker price. However, don’t be so hasty to buy whatever you happen to find. Plan your thrift shopping experience to get the best quality items and keep your family safer by thoroughly cleaning and researching your buys.