This week I found a vintage Pyrex dish with a lid for only $12! I am going to be using this in my microwave to steam veggies, instead of using plastic wrap.
Thrift Store Finds
So technically, this is Friday, but I wanted to share this fabulous thrift store find with you before I forget, and next week is going to be so busy around here.
I have been wanting to get a new table for sewing in the RV. The one I had is just a little bit too big, and has to be moved onto the bed every time we travel. Which means I have to move it onto the bed every morning then take it off every night. I was looking for something just like this, a sewing machine cabinet. This one was only $20 at a thrift store in Tallapoosa, Georgia!
The top opens up just like every sewing machine cabinet I have ever seen. When it is open, it is just a little bit too long for the space I have, but I can turn it sideways a little bit when I am sewing and it will open all the way up. The best part is that I can leave the sewing project out overnight if I want to and just close up the top out of the way.
One of the best parts of finding this cabinet is that the old sewing machine was still in it. I am sure that thing doesn’t work, and it must weigh 40 pounds, but I think the old sewing machines looked pretty neat. It will eventually go in my sewing room in the house as a display item.
The original box with all the sewing attachments and different feet for the sewing machine were in there too! This is such a great add on, I can’t believe I got it for only $20!
Oh, and can you believe the instruction manual was there, too? There is no date in the book, so I don’t know exactly how old this thing is, but I am loving this particular find!
What have you found at a thrift shop lately? Link up below to share yours.
This week we stopped in a store on the main street in Tallapoosa. It said Gifts, Antiques, Junk, and Other Stuff on the outside, and they weren’t kidding! The place had mostly junk, and was one of those places where you have to pick through stuff to find things. There was only one thing that really stood out as a good deal to me–this amoire TV cabinet. It was made out of some nice wood, and seemed like a bargain on only $100. It had a couple of scratches, but those could be fixed. We passed on it though because it was a little too big for what we want
What did you find this week? Link up below to share your bargains with us!
This week we went to two thrift stores. On Tuesday, we had to go to Carrollton, Georgia. On the way home, we were passing by the 7 Day Flea Market and Discount Groceries on Hwy 27. I have been wanting to go in there since the first time I saw it, so we stopped there for a minute. It turned out to be mostly junk, and lots of cases of damaged grocery items. There wasn’t much that I would buy, and we won’t be going there again. It wasn’t a complete loss, though, because I got a jar of McCormick Gourmet Collection Parsley Flakes and a jar of McCormick Gourmet Collection Saigon Cinnamon for $1 each, and a can of icing for $1. (That stuff is good on ice cream.)
Then on Wednesday, we had to go to Gadsden, Alabama to the VA Clinic for Fabgrandpa’s semi-annul checkup for his thyroid meds. We forgot about the time difference between Georgia and Alabama, so we were more than an hour early for the appointment. The American Thrift Store was across the parking lot from the clinic in Rainbow City, so we decided to stop in to see what they had to offer.
This store was huge. It was mostly clothing–what seemed like acres of it. But, if you take your time, you can find a bargain or two in there. It just takes looking around.
This sofa and chair could have been a bargain at $124, but you had to see it in person to appreciate how very yellow green it was. Sort of the color of snot. Yuck!
This store did have some other furniture that looked pretty good, but the prices they had on it was too much for used stuff. One coffee table had a price tag of $274 on it! Really?
Here are my purchases for the day: 2 small goblets (or wine glasses?), an embroidery pattern, 2 and part of another cones of thread, and some bra band extenders. Total spent: $2.74. Those cones of thread are very expensive in a fabric store. Joann has them on sale this week for $11.99 each.
What did you find this week? Link up for Thrifty Thursday:
Every once in a while, you meet someone who just ‘gets’ you. That is how it is with me and Marcie. She is a fellow fulltime RV’er. We have corresponded online for several years, and participate in a couple of forums related to RVing, and we met in person a couple of summers ago in Kanab, Utah. She is in Tuscon, Arizona, hanging out with family and enjoying her two grandsons.
I received a package in the mail from her this week, a surprise! When I opened it up, here is what was inside:
The note inside said something about using these in my office where I can plan my next trip. How cute is that?
I love shopping thrift stores, flea markets, yard sales, and other places like that. Besides getting great prices on neat stuff, it is, to me, one of the best ways to recycle and re-use. Why buy something brand new when you can get the same thing for less money used? That is the idea behind Thrifty Thursday, where I show you the things I have found each week while shopping the thrift stores. This week I am including a linky, where you can link up and show me what you have found, too! Come back every Thursday to link up and play along with Thrifty Thursday.
I forgot to get the price on these, but I love them! I used to have one a long time ago. If they are still in the store next time I go, I am going to get at least one of them.
This week we went back to the Apple Barrel Antique Mall in Bremen, Georgia. While it isn’t technically a thrift shop, we like to look for bargains in antique shops, too.
I have always wanted some of these copper molds to hang on the kitchen wall. These were in excellent condition and had a price tag of $24 for the set of five, which was a good price, but I didn’t have $24. This is something else I’m going to get next time I go it if is still there.
That’s it for this week. What did you find?
Today we went to a thrift store on Main Street in Cedartown, Georgia. It was a small store, cram packed with stuff. We found a few interesting things but the only thing we bought were some DVD movies.
This ironing board hangs over a closet door, and folds up out of the way when not in use. I need a new ironing board, but I’m not sure I want this kind. He had several more of the regular kind, for $8 each but I don’t know what ironing boards cost new so I don’t know if that was a good deal or not.
I liked this little shelf unit. It would be nice to put in the bathroom, but I didn’t buy it. I need to measure the place where I want it go to see if it will fit.
This could have been a nice coffee table, but it was sitting outside in the rain. There also wasn’t a price on it.
That was it for this week–I may go back another time to check out those ironing boards.
This week we stopped in at the Apple Barrel Antiques in Bremen, Georgia to take a look around. This is one of those places that consists of lots of booths inside a storefront. Each booth belongs to a different vendor. We found lots of things we liked in there. It was really hard to make a decision, but I wound up buying two small tables.
The first thing I found was this small table. It is the perfect size to place between two chairs for holding a lamp. It has three drawers in it too, which would be great for storing the remote control, a pen and paper, and coasters for a drink. It has a couple of very small scratches on the top, but is in otherwise great condition. Can you believe it was only $36?
As I was going to the front of the store to get someone to assist me with the round table, I saw this telephone table. I have seen only one of these in my life before this, and I was really surprised to see it in such great shape. Back in the early days of telephones, people had these tables in the hallway or entryway of their homes, where they had their telephone installed. The old black telephone sat on the table, and the shelf below was for the telephone book. You could sit on the bench while you talked. It think the name gossip bench came about because back then, even as late as the 1960’s, there were “party lines”. Your telephone service was on a shared line with four to six other households. Each house has a separate ring pattern, so that you could tell when the phone call was for you. If you were very quite, you could listen in to other people’s conversations after they answered the phone. And, you had to wait for them to get off the phone before you could make a call.
This is the only chair I have at the house right now, and it is very comfortable. Again, I was surprised to find it priced at $39.95, with a 10% discount at checkout.
The last thing I got at this shop was a carved cedar bear. The bear symbol is used a lot in the Native American culture. I used to have an Acoma pottery piece of a bear, but sold it a long time ago. This is what I found about bear symbolism:
Because the bear is cautious, it encourages discernment to humankind.
Because of a fierce spirit, the bear signals bravery to those who require it.
Because of its mass and physical power, the bear stands for confidence and victory.
Because it prefers peace and tranquility (in spite of its size), Bear calls for harmony and balance.
This little bear measures 3.5″ X 2.5″ and was priced at $3.00
I found a set of copper molds that hang on the kitchen wall, but did get them. I may go back in a couple of weeks to see if they are still there.