Thursday, November 18, 2010

I don’t know about you guys, but I always love a great antiquing or thrifting trip, even if I don’t come home with a whole lot.  But, I’ve been very lucky recently, so I want to share with you some of my recent treasures! I already blogged about my trip where I found these great wine glasses and water goblets:

I think they are great because the glass is thick and sturdy, and I love the color {light brown – they look greenish in this photo because of the countertop}.  I had a total of 3 goblets and 5 wine glasses, but I lucked out on a trip to the Silverdale Goodwill recently and found another goblet and wine glass!  Can you believe that?!  I now have a set of 4 goblets and 6 wine glasses – Woot Woot!

On that same trip, I found this awesome lamp {$8, and new shade at Fred Meyer for $20}, which looks great with our newly painted wall and fireplace:

I also made another trip to the Perry Avenue Antique Mall, and found a few fun treasures.  In the photo below, I found the wooden spools for about $5 each that I’m using as candlestick holders and the metal tin that I am also using as a candle holder as well {I like the somewhat industrial look of these two items}:

Thrifting and antiquing has lots of great benefits!  Not only is it great to reuse items {recycle!} and give them new life, but it’s cost effective.  It can be intimidating decorating your first home, trying to find unique items you love at a good price, since we found we have a lot more space to furnish than we’ve had in the past.  But, I’ve found that I really enjoy the treasure hunt at an antique or thrift store more than I would a larger mall store, even if it takes a bit longer to find the right item.  It also makes my home feel more cozy and lived in using items that have some history!

I would say the only hard thing about thrifting is not being TOO inticed by a good deal.  For example, I have to always remind myself that it’s ok to walk out of the store without anything, because the last thing I want to do is bring home something useless and junky that I really won’t use or enjoy.

Do you have any favorite antique or thrift stores?  I’m curious about your favorite hot spots!

1 comment:

  1. i love LOVE the blue lamp. wish i could go antiquing with you!