Keep trying. Because just when you least expect it, you might uncover a goldmine!
On Saturday, during a rare few hours when the roads had thawed, I zipped to the post office and then on to a Goodwill across town that I hadn't visited in a while. The GW was a complete bust - not even worth the gas I burned to get there. I was heading home in a very sulky mood when suddenly, I spotted it: a grand opening banner for a brand spankin' new thrift shop! I'm pretty sure I almost caused a pileup by swerving suddenly across three lanes into the parking lot.
This store is a Salvation Army "Family Store" and while the few that we have here are completely cruddy, this one was fantastic. As in, I almost needed two carts, people!
Here's what I found:
|A gorgeous Readers Digest book; several fancy lattice edge milk glass plates; a huge set of oval Pyrex restaurantware plates with Greek key borders; and a Dansk lidded pot. And do you see the elephant head peeking in the corner?|
|...Oh yes, it's another elephant lamp! Plus a gold trimmed Culver bowl.|
|...and a mid-century copper pot, a set of Georges Briard Icicle glasses, and a HUGE DeMott sailboat sculpture (it's 21" tall!)|
It's really sturdy and perfect as a little footstool / conversation piece. And I am dying to know how it ended up in a cobwebby corner of a thrift store in central Indiana.
So there you have it. The moral of this week's story is that just when you're ready to give up, the thrifting gods will throw you a bone. And that you should keep your eyes open, even when you're tooling around parts of town that you've driven through a million times, because you never know what you'll spot. Oh, and that you really shouldn't swerve across three lanes of traffic on icy roads, Salvation Army store grand opening or not. :)
Wishing you all a successful week of thrifting!