When you visit your favorite thrift shop what is the first thing you find yourself searching for? Do you look for teacups with a vintage maker's mark or maybe antique tools for a hubby or friend? Vintage linens, old books, or old millinery hats?
For me, finding something that was once loved and given away is much more exciting than buying something new. Old treasures, or gently loved finds, have quality and character that seem to age more beautifully with time.
I can lose myself in a second hand store because most everything inside is unique, one of a kind. My ultimate goal is to leave the store with something lovely and use it for something entirely different than it's intended purpose.
I know it probably sounds strange, but I love feeling like I've saved something from the landfill...
Yesterday, after working on a window display for the shop where I have a booth space, I stopped in at a local second hand store for a peek around. I don't always find good things~honestly~sometimes all I find is junk and leave empty handed. I can't help but wonder where all the STUFF came from and without a doubt some things are beyond rescuing.
But then...almost as if I'm led to it (and I believe sometimes that I am!), my eyes will dart across the aisle and focus on something truly fabulous. That's what happened to me on Tuesday.
Incredibly I found two sweet white linen pillows from Paper White. One is a neck roll and it was $2.98 and the other one was a 16" square pillow and priced at $3.98... Both are like new.
Next came a linen dress and a linen skirt from Ann Taylor, also in white. I'm sure at least one of two items donated was because it's a size 2! WHO IS THAT TINY?
None of my friends are that small...well...maybe my Miss K...but she's 9 (10 in a few days) so she doesn't count!
My final score was a set of King Pottery Barn Sheets for $4.98.
They came with the pillowcases and were like new. Underneath the PB tag it said "STORE USE ONLY" and so my guess is they were probably used for a window display or something.
They were made in Israel. I thought that SOOOO interesting. I mean, NOT CHINA? Wow!
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I'm off to stitch...
Love to you~