Monday, October 1, 2012
Thrifting on 10 Bucks
On my way back from a fun trip to Niagara Falls last week, I stopped in at the Bibles for Missions Thrift Shop in St. Catharines, Ontario. I first wrote about this little gem of a shop in June, when my sister introduced me to it. You can read about it in my Thrifting Sisters post.
I have been trying not to visit thrift stores lately, in order to save money and stop building clutter in my home. But, I was missing the thrill of the hunt. So, I set myself a goal of spending no more than 10 bucks (plus tax).
I knew that if I could achieve my goal anywhere, it would be at Bibles for Missions. I wouldn't come away with much from Value Village or similar places for $10.
By the way, did you know that the slang term "buck," used in place of the word dollar, derives from a coin struck by the Hudson's Bay Company during the 17th century, with a value equal to the pelt of a male beaver, or buck? I didn't either. I just looked that up.
Anyway, this lovely green glass dish set me back only $2. It is stamped on the bottom with the words E.O. BRODY CO. CLEVELAND O. USA. I discovered that Brody glass was first produced for The E.O. Brody Company, which was founded in 1958 in Cleveland, Ohio, by Ernest Oscar Brody (E.O.).
Mr. Brody's innovative idea was to sell utility glass floral containers exclusively to florists and to market them through wholesale florists who in turn would sell to retail florists.
I love the shape of this pretty floral plate, which is marked RGK Czechoslovakia. Wikipedia says that the RGK stands for porcelain manufacturer Rudolf Kämpf. The company was founded (under a different name) in 1908, and continues to produce handmade porcelain today. The plate cost $1.
I have no need for this set of vintage jars, but I was drawn to the holder, the rose-patterned lids and the matching little white spoons. The volunteer at the thrift shop suggested the jars are for jam and honey. What do you think? The set cost $3 and is in perfect shape.
I also bought this cheerful vase, in a lovely shade of blue. It was $2.50.
I was attracted to the strawberries on this lidded jar. And for only $1, how could I resist?
Unfortunately, I dropped the lid when I was bringing it to the sink to wash it. It is mainly in two pieces (with a few shards missing from the inside), so I will glue it back together.
Have you ever done this with a thrifted item? (Come on, make me feel better.)
Finally, I picked up this photo holder for 50 cents. My mom gave me a few old family photos recently and I had them lying on my desk. I thought this would be the perfect thing to keep them safe and on display.
Okay, now let me do the math. Yep, $10 exactly. And these six items were literally the only ones I put in my basket. I didn't have to put anything back. Kind of strange. Kind of like they were meant for me...and my 10 bucks.
Linking up with these wonderful gals: Apron Thrift Girl and Homemaker on a Dime and Hey What's for Dinner Mom?and Six Sisters' Stuff and Cap Creations and The Cottage Market and Coastal Charm and Knick of Time and Two Yellow Birds Decor and The Thrifty Groove and Silly Happy Sweet