Thursday, January 22, 2015

I'll Share With You EVERYTHING!!!!

Welcome to my Blog "Thrift Store Addict Knows".  Maybe you're asking "What does she know?"  I know a lot about thrift stores & shopping them.  I label myself a "Thrift Store Addict" with no HOPE or DESIRE of recovery.  I love thrift store shopping.

My goal is to visit a new thrift store every week or so & write a review on it.  I will share with you what I find & my impressions of the shop.  I'll tell you where they are, their hours & what I find out about special sales & events they may have.

I'll also share with you things that I do in my thrift store adventures.  What to take & what not to take.  I'll also share about yard sales & estate sales.  I'll share with you everything. I won't hold back.  I want you to have fun & be successful, just like me!!

Now, let me tell you a little about me.  I'm the mother of 5 grown children.  Funds were tight at times in the beginning & I learned to bargain hunt & make do with what we had. I mended, altered, & passed down clothes & toys & whatever.  I was having yard sales on my own when I was 12 years old.   I'm an empty nester now with lots of time on my hands.  I love to volunteer, travel with my husband, go out to eat, craft, recycle, bake and once in a while I'll even cook.

When we travel I always Google thrift stores when planning our trip.  I make sure thrifting is on our itinerary.  The husband expects to stop at a couple no matter where we go or how we get there.  I keep notebooks organized by states & the stores we've been to. I collect business cards & make notes about the stores, their inventory & what I thought about it.  I'll go to Palm Springs with a BF for a 2-3 day girls get-away & we'll hit every thrift store out there.  (I've got them ALL mapped out!!!)

I believe everything has at least 2 lives.  I will buy an item just because I like it.  I don't have to have a need for it, an idea for it or any reason to buy to it. I just have to like it.  When I buy a piece of furniture, I have to live with it till it tells me what to do with it.  Here are a few of my purchases, before & after.

This is a vintage sewing cabinet. I paid about $55 for it.  My Mom had one just like it when I was a little girl.  She'll be 93 on Valentine's Day.  All I did was clean it up & put cute mis-matched knobs on it.  I was looking for a new taller night stand for months with no success. I bought this just because I HAD to have it.  A couple days after I got it home I was looking at it & I measured how tall it was. The perfect height for my night stand!!  TOO CUTE & I think of MOM often when I look at it.

I seem to pay $4-$5 for a lot of my pieces of furniture. This vintage child's rocker was less than $5. It came with the cane seat broken. I researched recaning & did it myself. It took me over 30 hours to clean the old glue, reed spline & cane out. That was quite a job.  (Caning supplies was under $20.) Sanding, filling, painting & re-caning was the easy part.  Than I gave it to a very happy little 3 year old girl.

Charlie, the rocking horse & this table are my favorite make-overs. This was a $4 tilt-top-table. I changed it to a locked top, painted it & made a shadow box-type top. There's rope around the side, than shells. I glued sand on top. (I collect sand from beaches around the world.)  Than seashells & other things I've collect on those beaches.  I had a piece of glass cut to place on top.  "Husband" doesn't want me to sell this one. It stays in my "beach guest room" for now.

This dresser was $4.83.  The paper & knobs were less than $10. I had the paint.  
I even lined the drawers with '70's paper!!  Groovie!!   ($50)

I brought this table back from Sandy, Utah. I paid $5 for it.  It sat in the garage for about 2 years. I decided to do a mosaic top when I found a windmill tile trivet at a thrift store for $1.  I painted it sunshine yellow & finished it with small tiles in metallic blues & broken tiles in white & medium blue. ($45) SOLD

This is my "anniversary dresser".  I told husband about this find as we were heading out to dinner for our 34th anniversary. We had stopped for gas & he said "Let's go get that dresser before dinner".  When I was cleaning it I pulled out the top right drawer & on the left side I found written in pencil 

"Bought March 31, 1885 at Mitchell from G. Doty". 
I got very emotional wondering where this piece started & how it got to the thrift store in Orange, California for me to buy on February 10, 2013.  It was at least 128 years old when I bought it. 

I used cream colored chalk paint on the body & walnut stain on the top. 
It has the place of honor in my Master Bedroom.  
I love it!!  Thank you "Husband".  I love you too!!! 
This is another one of my favorite pieces.

This is how Charlie, the rocking horse looked when I brought him home from Goodwill in Mesa, Arizona.  I paid $4.50 for him.

   After over 60 hours & $70 this is what he looks like.
Isn't he adorable?  I haven't had the heart to sell him yet. ($225)

Custom eyes, ears, bridle, reins & harness

1 comment:

  1. Welcome to the blogging world, I'm glad I could help you with repairing the gesso on your frame