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Friday, June 25, 2010

Finally Thrifty Friday

It feels like it has been forever since I did any thrifting, and it has been a really long time since I had a visit to Funky junk, so today, even though we have very little money, I decided a trip to my local thrift store was in order. I don’t often go there with both kids, but little princess actually enjoys it, and this is something I want to encourage, because as she gets older I want her to learn the lessons I learnt as a child about money. I grew up as an only child to a single mum, who struggled to make ends meet for most of my childhood, so I learnt the value of money, how to budget, and how to “shop smart”. Every now and then I get the “urge to splurge”, but at least my spending generally happens at thrift stores, where everything is cheap, and at least the money is going to a good cause (sounds like I am justifying it?? maybe I am feeling just a little bit guilty about spend $20 when we don’t really have money to spend). Anyway, here are my findings for today…

P6250019 A few clothing items for little princess (jeans, skirt, top = $2 total), Blue gingham apron, froggy bath mitt (this was little princesses “toy” of choice), zip up purse (which is currently the perfect size to hold the crochet blanket I am working on for little man), magnetic wildlife book (LP’s book of choice), A very old your home and garden magazine, some vintage heels that fit perfectly so maybe I will wear them, 2 vintage sheets (not matching, but similar colour schemes), and some little bags containing lace and “old doilies for craft work” (that’s what it says on the bags so how could I not buy them!). When you buy those bags of craft stuff, it’s pretty hard to see what's in them, and they put about a million staples in the bag to stop you opening them, but for $1 it’s usually worth it. This is what was inside those four little bags…

P6250021There was 5 metres of a creamy lace, just over 5 metres of navy blue lace, some odd amounts of other lace that wasn’t measured, but it seems pretty long, a cushion cover with a bit of damage to the embellishment, some lace edged hankies and different embroidered things. Definitely things I can use if I ever get around to making myself one of those awesome doily quilts/blankets that everyone’s making at the moment, like here, here and here.

And while we are at it, I found this photo of thrift store finds from a couple of weeks ago that I never posted about…

P6020003 The most amazing red doily which I guess is supposed to be a table runner, turquoise biscuit tin (LOVE the colour and the pictures), another vintage sheet, some cute floral fabric, another bag of random lace and stuff, a bag containing cards of 3 different ribbons in gray/silver still with heaps on them, a black cape for dress ups, a Barbie doll and a vintage Barbie doll dentist chair, and the navy blue hat that I posted about here.

I’ve got quite a collection of vintage sheets now, I should really start doing something with them. I’m a bit scared to cut them up in case I ruin their fabulousness….but I suppose there's plenty more vintage sheets out there if I need more, right?? If you have an idea for what I could make with them, or if you have made something with them, please let me know, I love finding new ideas and ways of using things in my stash.

Linking to:

Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures.

Thrifty Treasures at Southern Hospitality.

7 comments:

Kelly said...

You find the best stuff! I always limit myself to $20 if it's a tight week (which it usually is - someone always wants money)
I love your new blog background too - very appropriate!

Grannys Attic said...

Great finds. I love the dollies. Blessings, Vicky

magpie chic said...

Wow, cool blog! Thanks for visitting me and leaving such a lovely comment. I just found the most fabulous shop in Christchurch that is even better than Port O Call, if such a thing were possible. The most devine cupcakes and girly things.It's called Truely Scrumptious. I found a small piece about it in this month's NZ House and Garden, which was so lucky because I had a weekend at Jo Seagar's cook School booked since forever with my girl friends for last weekend. We found the shop. Totally devine. I'm just waiting for said girlfriends to email me a couple more photos of us outside (couldn't take photos inside) and then I'll be blogging about it. Plus Jo Seagar's of course.
Jacqui

magpie chic said...

You are such a girl after my own heart with all your op shopping. So cool to think we can still find stuff like this. It just makes you so happy to know it's going to a good home doesn't it, and is being recycled and loved rather than ending up in a landfill.
Be following what you're up to.
Jacqui

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

You got some great finds! I felt like I was spending too much at Goodwill myself, but when I realized all the stuff I bought cost $45.00 and would have been so much more in a retail store, I felt much better about it.

Sherrie said...

Loved your finds, but really love your background images on your blog. Fabulous.

Lisa B. said...

I saw a blog where a lady had made big block quilts out of vintage sheets that were gorgeous! There were also some dresses made out of sheets using vintage patterns. I have a big stash of vintage sheets and plan on making the quilts (machine quilted) for Christmas gifts.

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