When my children were growing up there were a few consignment stores in our area and I would find some great things there for all of us, and make a few dollars by re-selling back to them. But we didn't go to thrift stores. Didn't go when I was growing up either...probably for the same reason.
In our town we have an antique mall. You know the kind of place, where different vendors set up their booths and sell all kinds of wonderful finds. My husband and I would go once or twice a year, usually during a time when the town was having some sort of celebration. We'd be walking down the sidewalk and "remember" the antique mall, head in there, find a few things, and leave wondering why we never come here! But we didn't go to thrift stores, yard sales, garage sales, rummage sales...we just didn't.
I would go into Bargain World occasionally looking for scrub tops or table linens (my lifelong passion) but that was about it. I never really ventured to other parts of the store knowing that I had already too much stuff and not really interested in starting another collection.
About a year ago I started reading different blogs...DIY, home-improvement, decorating, and gardening blogs. What I discovered from all of you is a passion for all things
I rekindled my love for vintage table linens and have added to my one piece of milk glass. I now have several pieces, but they are hard to come by. I've ventured into different areas of the store and found wonderful sewing notions, ribbons, lace and craft items (rubber stamps). I've found several pocket vases and I just adore them. And a few weeks ago I found two shirts...and if you know me then you know that is trouble!! The hubs even found a complete set of golf clubs, name brand, for $35. Now that is a steal.
I get a sense of excitement when we head over there since it is always a treasure hunt of sorts but I have learned not to go too often. Once a month seems to fit the bill for me...and keeps my pocket book in check. And since this is the year of purging at our house I have to be careful not to get carried away. I will be selling some of these treasures in my Etsy shop as soon as I get organized but I get the priviledge of enjoying them until then. AND I get the priviledge of seeing your blogs and checking out all the wonderful ideas you have and projects you are working on. Transformation...it's a good thing!