Hello, My Friends!~~
This afternoon in the rain (finally!) I visited a humongous thrift store about five minutes from my house. I try to visit this place once a week but lately have been going once every two weeks. This store, the size of a Wal-Mart, has bargain Mondays and Thursdays but I went on Wednesday because I like the idea of shopping without a crazy bargain day crowd.
This thrift store has an odd flea market feel when you first enter it. There are these small booths with all sorts of crazy, mostly made in China, stuff from booty shorts to fuzzy Dora the Explorer throw blankets. But past this warren of small retail spots, the building opens up into a massively huge thrift shop.
There are rows and rows of household goods, clothes, linens, furniture, electronics, and kitchenware. There is a corner area with a glass counter for "special" goods and jewelry. Today I saw a creepy nun doll behind teh counter with a $19.95 price tag. I walked on.
I have been going to this thrift store for over 5 years now and have yet to figure out why they price the way they do. Anything that remotely looks vintage and is ceramic gets a too-high-even-for-an-antique-store price even if it has a chip or missing piece. I mean $6.96 for a ballerina figurine with a missing foot? C'mon! That tiny dancer, I'm sorry to say, is probably destined for the trash.
When I arrive at this mammoth temple to cast offs, the first thing I do is head to the toy section. Sometimes I find a reasonably priced vintage game or toy, but not often. Then I slip into the office supply section--BTW, this store does a good job of organizing their items into sections--searching for anything that would be of use in mailing goods. After that I cruise the store, zigzagging the aisles, looking up and down as this store prefers to bundle small goods into plastic bags that they hang from orderly hooks. These require careful scrutiny and sometimes I get a bag of assorted goods only because I want one thing in the bag. When I am looking around I usually see this same woman there lazily pushing her cart up and down the aisles with this contant look of disgust on her face. I have a secret nickname for her: "Prunella." I really believe Prunella lives there. Maybe she sleeps under the racks of used bed linens.
I avoid the clothing area because I don't know squat about clothes and have no desire to resell them. As you may or may not know, my niche are things that may have been originally sold in a Woolworths!
Today I spent most of my time in the book section, particularly in the children's books, and found several sweet vintage titles with the cutest illustrations! The children's books are resonably priced at this thrift store which means I can offer them in Dime Store Chic for a reasonable price!
I found this 1944 book right away and tucked it into my basket...
The illustrations are some of the cutest I have ever seen! Even a boy being chased by bats looks cute!
And I found this fun vintage Little Golden Book...
I love these numbers with faces, arms, and legs!
I found other cute books too and this lovely vintage Ohio Art tin recipe box in plaid...
And these Congress vintage pansy playing cards...
A nice way to spend a small part of rainy day. All of my finds are fresh in Dime Store Chic as of 7 p.m. EST tonight!~~~XXOO, Beth