Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Thrift Store Finds!

I used to be a regular thrift store shopper. A regular garage sale junkie. Every weekend you would find me out at the garage sales looking and finding little treasures that we could use for a fraction of the cost. I also have my favorite thrift stores here that I would regularly haunt. I love a bargain and if I can buy something I need, or want, for a fraction of the cost, I'm a happy camper!

The other day I had to go to the doctor for a checkup and when I left, I thought I would go over to one of my favorite thrift stores. They had recently moved and I hadn't been there before so wanted to check out the new place.

One of the first things I found was this

I collect Marjolein Bastin things. I love her artwork and have been a huge fan for years. I think I've only bought 2 of her pieces brand new - all others have been from thrift shops or yard sales. I loved this because it came with the easel and it looks like twigs. A perfect easel for natures artwork. I have this on my bookshelf in my room where I can see it. Love it! I paid all of $1.29 for it!

Next I found these coasters. I needed to replace my coasters as they had seen better days and I even had one crack in half. I really like these because they are the absorbent kind so there's never any drips that accidentally flow onto your table tops. These four coasters were only $1.89 for all four!

Of course, I headed to the book section. No thrift store excursion would be complete without a look around at the books. I found these four Christian books!

Do you see that book on the top by Elizabeth George? She is one of my favorite authors and I am always shocked when I find one of her books used. They just don't show up that much. Here's a tip, though. The Elizabeth George book was not with the Christian books. A lot of times, thrift stores will put a book that has "woman" with the women's section. I always check the women's section and I always check the "Self Help" section. A lot of times they don't know that it's a Christian book and they just put it wherever they think it fits. Unless the person putting out the books is a Christian reader, they don't recognize certain authors. I have found a lot of great books that haven't been shelved with the Christian books.

Last, but certainly not least, I found this

I have been wanting one of these forever! It's a Tupperware veggie tray with a container in the middle for dip. Now prepare for a shock. I paid $1.29 for this!! It's in great shape and will be so wonderful for my Bible studies, the pot lucks at church and for home when we make tacos. I love it!! I have another tip for you, too. When you purchase things like this that you're going to serve food out of, or it's something you will eat directly out of, wash it with a bit of bleach in the soapy water. This will ensure that your item has been sterilized and is clean for use. I've been doing this for years and everything always comes out beautifully and I know it's clean.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my little finds. I had a good time, I didn't spend much money, and I got some really great things!

God bless you - Julie


  1. Julie, I too love a good find. =) I have had good luck finding great cross stitch patterns and hard cover books.

  2. Julie, you found some lovely things! I love the thrift store. It's one of the reasons I can afford to stay home/homeschool our daughter. We get most of our clothing, household items and kitchen stuff there.

    You and I have similar tastes in artwork and 'pretties' I think. I love the plaque you featured in the first photo. :)

    Have a blessed day! I'm sorry I haven't been participating in the gratitude posts, but I have been doing some online work from home and that takes away from my blogging time.

    -Laura at TenThingsFarm

  3. Hello Julie

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your kind comments on my posts.

    Goodness me Tupperware for that price! I find Tupperware is extremely expensive here. However it does last for years though. I must say I thoroughly enjoy hunting around in thrift shops and flea markets too. It Is amazing what people do not want...of course one of my main reasons is to find books in English.

    keep well

    Amanda :-)


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