I can’t really remember the first time I was exposed to thrift shopping, but I know I’ve only become more and more in love with thrift shops over the years. I don’t necessarily have a purpose when I go. To me, walking into a thrift shop is like walking into a room with hidden surprises; Not always good, sometimes hilarious, and other times I just want to run to the checkout with sweet finds in my hand! It’s like one big treasure hunt without a map!!
The worst part about thrifting (for me, anyway) is the fact that I feel like I have to block off a whole day for it. I can never tell how long I’m going to end up walking in circles around a shop. Some days I walk in and I’m out within 10 minutes, while other days I feel like I’m in a store for at least an hour.
Since moving to Seattle, I’ve had a lot more opportunities to go thrift shopping. There are a lot more places to check out here than in the suburban neighborhoods I used to live in (one of the many perks of living in a city!).
On a recent trip to Goodwill, my roommate and I had way too much fun in the housewares section of the store. We looked at shelf after shelf of porcelain figurines, tacky souvenir mugs from the 80s, and random bags of shot glasses (haha a truly classy mix of housewares!). My favorite find was the porcelain piggy bank:
Sadly, I couldn’t justify taking this guy home. I have a huge soft spot for porcelain animals, but in all honesty, I realize how ridiculous my collection already is (I have a pair of porcelain squirrels as well as two bunnies) and don’t feel like adding more to it would help me justify my sanity to people who see my collection for the first time.
The next cute find was this hand-painted plate. I think it was the doe-eyes on the birds that drew me to this one. Again, couldn’t justify taking this plate home since it was smaller than a tea cup plate and wasn’t very practical. Still very cute nonetheless!
The BEST find of the day were, hands down, these gloves:
How amazing are these? Each fingertip has a hand sewn sheep on it with crazy eyes. There’s are even some nicely embroidered grass on the bottom of the gloves! Genius!