Good friends are rare to find. Good shopping partners are even rarer. Sherry is both.
And that is why it’s so fun to hit up stores with her whenever we are together. During her last visit here we were able to squeeze in a little Goodwill adventure (between house crashing and family fun).
In about ten minutes, we had loaded an entire cart with goods. Some folks think of thrift stores as just dirty, intimidating junk hoards. And sometimes that is absolutely true. But in my experience, as long as the prices are right and you know how to look at items, most thrift shops are worth looking.
One of the things that struck our fancy was this sugar and cream holders. Love the pop of color…but most of all – I love that they were homemade and Sher is a lucky girl for taking these beauties home.
I took home a huge stack of books…but this extra large coffee table book had some great and interesting photography. It’s always better to get ones with jackets (you can just toss em!) because usually the cover will be in better shape.
This is my someones-gonna-kill-us look. Sher is doing the innocent-victim-but-escapes-alive look. And yes – you can-hyphenate-any-thing.
Sherry found this collection of animals….I love the quirk.
I love this wooden pea pod and polka dot sheet. A couple bucks for a queen sheet is a good price…given how much fabric you get is well over two yards. And the accessories – like a wooden pea pod – I would consider for under $5. And the greatest part is that it’s wood – so you can paint, sand or refinish to your heart’s content!
Sher found this small green dish (it reminded me of my shorts – and my face after I saw her great find!)…I think she actually was able to score it for less than a Whopper.
John actually pulled this giant popcorn bowl off the shelf. He’s got good taste. Because I already have one just like it
This holy bowl wouldn’t work for some things (coughwatercough) but the texture is what makes it so great. I think the dots are timeless.
I love it when weird stuff is hanging on the wall…so it’s only natural to think old sporting equipment would be good art. Case in point – an old racket ball racket and some crochet mallets.
Storage boxes are great because they can hold everything from jewelry to remote controls. This one was perfect because you could remove the glass to personalize it with paper, fabric or a replaced plain piece.
This little guy Sher and I fought over. Not literally. Because I could just body-slam her.
We saw stacks of suitcases that would be perfect for extra storage in open view.
Speaking of storage – I love the basket aisle. I use baskets and big bowls for newborn photoshoots…but this little one was colorful and so happy. I would use it everyday for napkins and silverware placed right on the table.
Sherry pulled some cute baskets down to demonstrate how adorable they would be as wall hangings. I obviously love a good basket on the wall. Consider me a fan.
Clothing is a great resource for fabric. Extra long skirts, men’s shirts and dresses are perfect for cutting up to use for everything from throw pillows, dining accessories like runners, placemats, and napkins, and any kind of sewing project.
One of my favorite things about our trip was not what we brought home (although I did buy everything in our demonstration below)…it is doing crazy things like creating vignettes in Goodwill.
Yes, people were watching.
But this just goes to show that you can actually create a cute scene from el cheapo stuff…
But the real fun part about our trip is that we filmed the entire thing. Sherry has the first part of our video posted on her blog this morning…so go over there and watch Part 1 for all these items and a bunch more….and then watch part two below:
sorry – no chest bumps this time. Just a lot of cheesey jokes. And an off-camera shopper who threatened me with a baseball bat….I wish I was kidding.