if you haven't heard the song, there is a song by rapper Macklemore, that is a fun, sort-of endorsement to Thrift Store shopping. A few weeks ago, I decided that I would put $20 in my pocket and leave my purse behind, and head over to my favorite thrift/junk/used treasure shop: RIVER CITY TRADING POST in JENKS, OK.
This is what I found:
|Painted Giant Spool ($30)that I would sand the heck out of and use for a table.|
|Cool rectangular table, would be great coffee table in front of long sofa. I also loved the zinc letters|
that were in this old case.
|It's a good thing I didn't have my wallet with me. I fell hard for this old card catalog. It evidently had been used to store old fishing supplies but I'd like this in just about any room of my house....jewelry box, anyone?|
|Ah...who doesn't love a good Social Studies flash back? This roll-down U.S. map was only $85.|
I went back for it a week after this pic was taken and it was gone. Maps are super hot items these days.
|This Parson's chair was only $35...would have been a fun re-upholstry project.|
|Cubbies!!! Again, possibilities would be endless...shoe storage for your garage, book case, you name it.|
|And around the corner I found this AMAZING piece of junk: I fell hard for this. But I didn't have the space for it and it was pricey. But how cool would this be in a workshop or craft room?????|
|This table set was really fantastic. They were metal, had an Asian Bamboo thing going on and totally could have been from HORCHOW after a good scrubbin.|
|This dresser shouldn't have been painted. It would have been a fantastic mid-century piece to keep its original finish. But since they painted it, it would really be spectacular to do an OMBRE (not HOMBRE) finish on the front drawers.|
|Love that they spiced these simple chairs up with Chevron. Great update.|
|This little sweetheart of a table would be a fantastic coffee or side table, not to mention the perfect tiny table for a book nook, along a comfy chair in the corner of my bedroom. ($45)|
|Another mid-century piece that shouldn't have been painted, in my opinion. But super fun and a great find.|
|mid-century Jadeite measuring cup ($12)|
|Crazazy wood planter ($6). I love it. It's natural and can find a home in just about any room in my house.|
I have a huge plant in it right now.
So, that's what I got for my $20.
Some advice when thrift shopping: usually you can negotiate and make an offer on something that is over $85. It never hurts to try. If something is under say $85 they probably won't go less. But if something is priced at $350, start by offering $50 less and see where it takes you. Don't forget, these vendors do have to account for not only what they have in their item, they have to pay their booth space/rent, etc. Typically, they're happy to haggle to sell the item.
I'll be flea-ing once a month, checking out what's out there at my favorite second-hand places!
Come flea with me!