Monday, July 16, 2012

Thrift Squeeze


Somehow I manage to sneak in thrift store visits at the most unexpected times. I even went to a couple stores while we were in Cape Cod. I didn't find anything though.

On Saturday, we drove straight from Cape Cod to my sister's house in St. Catharines, Ontario. By the time we stopped at Wegmans for some grocery items and the Duty Free for some (very cheap) booze, we arrived at my sister's at about 11:00 p.m.

On Sunday afternoon, my sister (and partner in crime) suggested we go to a nearby Goodwill store. The Bibles for Missions thrift store that I had so enjoyed with her on our last visit is closed on Sundays.

The Goodwill has much higher prices than that store, but I found a few bargains nevertheless.

The first treasure we spotted was this Alfred Sung teapot, above, for $2. I decided to give it to my sister because she liked it too, but I snapped a quick photo of it at her house.



I bought this decanter for $2. What I like about it is the shot glass built into the lid. I also got the scarf it is sitting on (for $1.99).


I purchased this rather strange wooden jar. My sister suggested putting cotton balls in it, but we were surprised to find that it has a very shallow interior.


I got this cute watering can, which is actually plastic inside, as well as two of these colourful doilies. I have no idea where I am going to use the doilies, but I couldn't resist their upbeat cheer.


I guess I couldn't quite leave the beach behind, because I snapped up these shower curtain rings.


I then found this bathroom mat at a discount store next to Goodwill.



In keeping with the beachy/shell theme, I used a previous thrift store find to display some shells we picked up on a beach in Cape Cod.

How is your summer going? Are you making time to shop?

19 comments:

  1. I can't believe how generously you gave that teapot away! It's beautiful. x

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    1. I do like it, but she said she needed a teapot. I can't claim to "need" one since I have quite a few. ;)

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  2. All was not lost, you came home with something!! The little watering can is sweet!!

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  3. That teapot is a lovely shape. There's lots of antique and second hand shops on the cape, but as with everything in this area I find it's largely overpriced. Maybe I just don't have the thrifting magic :)

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    1. I was surprised by the number of consignment shops there. You are right, everything seems more expensive in Cape Cod! My experience with shopping in the US is mostly in Niagara Falls/Buffalo and it seems to be cheaper.

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  4. You have the best luck of any thrifter ever-- I second everyone else-- the teapot is divine & you are most generous to part with it!

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    1. I never think of it that way, but if that's true, then I am grateful! :)

      I kind of want the teapot back now. ;)

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  5. I love shopping too at Op shops. It's like treasure hunting in these shops :D

    This is my first time visiting your blog and happy too to follow you via Twitter.

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    1. Thanks for visiting. The food on your blog looks yummy!

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  6. That wooden jar looks like it is probably a butter dish/pot. What does the inside of the lid look like?

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    1. Interesting, Heather. The lid is all made of the same wood, recessed on the inside.

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  7. I'm charmed by the little wooden jar!

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    1. I'm glad you like it! I felt like I might be a little bit crazy buying that. ;)

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  8. Great stuff! I love the coloured doilies!

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  9. that is the most adorable watering can! i've never seen one like it. thanks for sharing at cap creations. glad your sis could get some use out of the teapot!

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  10. You found some great stuff! I love the little teapot in the first photo and the decanter with the built in shot glass is very cool! I would have thought thrifting in Cape Cod to be bountiful - kind of a bummer. :/

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  11. What wonderful thrift finds! That teapot was a real bargain! Thank you for sharing at TTF last week! I hope you are having a terrific day!

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