What I’m Thrifting For :: Summer ’12

I love dropping in thrift stores from time to time. After the big hoard clean out and yard sale of 2010 I’ve slowed down my thrift shopping.  Currently I stop in about twice a month to a few stores and the things I’m looking for are always changing.  Some of my most recent finds?

Candles.  All the candles in the top photo and the one on the right in this photo are from thrift stores. (and the top photo candelabra is from OKL)  I’ve started buying all colors of vintage (sounds better when you call them vintage instead of “used”) candles when I’m thrifting.  I pay ten to fifty cents and it’s a great deal especially if you like to have lots of candles.  If a candle has a strong scent I’ll pass but if it’s not smelly and is a color I think I could use, I’ll buy it.  Candles are an easy way to introduce a little color to your space.

I also have a little thing for bowls.  This one is holding some rocks/gems? that we’ve mined for at various gem mines over the years here in North Carolina.  The bowl was 99 cents at the local Salvation Army.

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I also suffer from a sickness called “if some child made a bowl and it’s at a thrift shop I must purchase it-itus”  So I usually end up with a few handmade bowls in various colors. I love the imperfection of them and they are useful too.  Again, bowls are a low color commitment so it’s fun to experiment with them.

Here’s another bowl I couldn’t refuse.

…and one more….

And of course I could not pass up this pair of owl lamps.  I’ll spray paint them glossy white and that should help with the scary eye problem that they currently have.  I have a thing for pairs of lamps, did you know that?

Finally, I’ve been on the hunt for books.  Some I buy because I like the color, some I like the title, some I’ve wanted to read.  I pay 80 cents to $1.50 so even if I get 20 pages in and hate the book, I don’t have to feel like I wasted my money.

What have you been thrifting for this summer?


  1. Heh, you could leave the owls as they are until Halloween – they’re definitely spooky enough with those crazy eyes! I actually just finished reading I don’t know how she does it – in some ways, it made me sad. Bitter is the new black, however, is one of my favorite books I read last year – it’s Big Belly Laugh funny. Enjoy!

  2. oh my. those owl lamps will look much better when the stink eye is gone. too funny. good find though! love the eclectic collection of bowls too. well done!

  3. Cute items. I have a thing for pinch pots made by kids. Can’t help it. Currently, I want to find unique plates and vintage model airplanes and a Goodyear Blimp model to hang from my son’s ceiling as planes and the blimp are his favorite thing (we live near the Blimp hangar and see it frequently. Hubby used to work there but models were not easy to come by). Right now, for house stuff, we’re having a clean out phase similar to what you did. Totally going through every nook and cranny of the house to have a huge garage sale. Whatever doesn’t sell will not come back to the house… I refuse!

  4. I have a creepy owl lamp too!!! For now I’m liking the creeptastic glowing eyes but I know eventually I’ll grow up and spray paint it glossy white!

  5. Loving all your thrift store finds :) Theres so much potential with the owl lamps :) Are you planning to keep it the way it is or do more with it?

  6. I have never been thrifting **gasp** The closest I get is consigment stores. I just don’t even know where to start.

  7. These are great thrifting finds! I love the owl lamps. They will look great with a new glossy white coat of paint. Thrifting is such a great and inexpensive way to find things you normally wouldn’t find at stores.

  8. I’m loving coral….and always on the hunt for vintage shave brushes.

  9. The owl lamps are the funniest thing I have ever seen! Those eyes would totally creep me out! I shop thrift stores for everything, love the candles. It’s amazing what some people throw away. My biggest finds at the thrift store are expensive pans. I bought a Romertopf clay bake pan for .75 cents, it’s awesome, I love it. I also got a Seiko watch for $2.00, they retail for $300.00. I love the hunt!

  10. Well, I have to admit, I was staring so intently at the doily covered canvas that I hardly noticed the scary owl eyes. But yes, spray paint those puppies like a boss :)

    I love thrifting also, but I too have to be careful about how often I allow myself to go. Almost everything in my home is handmade, from IKEA, or from a thrift shop– and I love that– but if I’m not careful I find myself more infatuated with the thrill of a “good deal hunt” instead of being wise and buying things that my family genuinely needs.

  11. I had an owl candle in college almost as crazy as your lamps (I had been the editor-in-chief of THE OWL, our high school paper) but when it finally came time to get rid of it, I put it in the junk pile and looked back to find it wasn’t there. I found it sitting out and then put it back in. And it went missing again. Finally, I realized my brother couldn’t handle seeing the thing go. I think he still has it…unless my sister-in-law put her foot down. ;) Anyway, right now I’m thrifting for a green chalkboard for my office, an old typewriter to put some sheet music in on top of my piano, and some more vintage yo-yos for my little boy’s room. Like your teen room, it’s in need of some love.

  12. Yes! Finally someone writes about seiko automatic.

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