The glasses in my
kitchen cabinet have served me well. But for whatever reason... one after another has
broken and I no longer have a full set. So it was time to replace them. First
place I looked for different ones were the local thrift stores. It was there I got my daughter some unique glasses when she moved into her new home last year. Thrifts
repurpose glasses with a zeal. They have a wide assortment of colors and
styles. And are easy on your pocketbook. From retro , modern, traditional or
funky… they have you covered. And amazingly they have full sets of 4, 6 or 8
glasses, good to go. Prices vary from twenty-five or fifty cents a piece, then up to $5 for the groups. But buyer beware if you buy glasses
at thrift stores. Packaging is tricky to get them home. To keep the glasses together as one unit,
they often put clear packing tape on
them. While it works to hold them all together, it can cause breakage if you’re not
careful when pulling the tape off to separate them. And if you buy the glasses individually, ask
for a box to put them in so they don’t bang into each other in a bag and break.
But please don’t let these little annoyances bother you or distract you from
your mission. You’ll have fun picking and choosing what glasses you want at a thrift store. And the vintage
ones will bring a smile to your face as you recall childhood memories with mom and
dad at the dinner table.
PS) Dollar stores are another good place to look for glasses but the selection is not as varied. So I chose thrifts to do my shopping.
One of the
places I seldom mention for you to thrift at is eBay. At eBay everything you
can imagine is for sale. However, I have found shipping and handling costs to
be outrageous so I usually discount (pardon the pun) them in my day to day searches. But the truth
is… I shop there, more often than not, for small items… that are easily
packaged and relatively cheap to send. Particularly jewelry. I have been able to pick
up some stunning pieces on the cheap for some quality stuff. And no one knows I
didn’t buy it new or it was not left to me by my Aunt Lilly. Then… there is the
jewelry that is just novel and fun, costume pieces that come from places like China, India,
Malaysia and Thailand, even Russia. The stuff all ladies have
to have in their jewelry box. For instance you can get a CZ or GEMSTONE ring in
a sterling or rhodium plated setting that look pricey for only pennies on the
dollar with FREE shipping. The only problem is you must NOT be in a hurry. Trust
me you’ll go antsy waiting. These items can take a month or two to be
delivered. Tracking the packages is iffy also. And so is returning something. So
buyer beware. Another quick reminder… is to be sure you get item dimensions…
before you purchase an overseas item… because stone sizes can be way off. I
have found them to be too big mostly… garish or gaudy at times, though the
photo showed them to be proportional to the ring finger. But if you like flash
and panache, you’ll be in heaven. Getting a bargain is always nice and shopping
eBay can be like thumbing through catalogs for hours on end. And when you find
the right item at the right price you can do a happy dance when you push that
BUY IT NOW button. It’s the thrill of the hunt that always makes the purchase
worthwhile in the end. Admit it people... you know it's true.
The ring with the red garnets and lab opal only cost $7.81.
The others were $5.00 a piece. The chain and pendant $10.
If you are looking
for REAL artwork to decorate your humble abode or extravagant one. You won’t
find it at Walmart, the Dollar Stores or Macy’s. Believe it or not… I’m going
to tell you to start shopping at ‘thrifts’ for it. You can tastefully decorate
using REAL canvases. The selection of local artists on their shelves and walls
and in their bins, is simply amazing. And
it can be much more affordable than some
of the fake stuff out there. Watercolors, oils, acrylics, pen & inks are
easily found. Of course… so are posters and decorator stuff, too, if that is what you prefer. I found an
amazing Caribbean oil painting of a village in
a rainstorm that I nagged for only $8.00. It easily could have been priced for
$200 elsewhere. It was perfect for our wall and folks are none the wiser… it
came from a thrift shop, instead of a juried art show or island getaway.
Real gems are out there if you look. But you have to be willing to put in the time. The scenes and locations in each picture will melt your heart. I guarantee it. And… I’m sure, you’ll find one that speaks to you and is just waiting to accompany you home. So keep your eyes open to the possibilities of REAL art, that is original. It’s more affordable than you think.
With the new year
upon us… retailers are quick to get the
next holiday merchandise out there in the shops. And so are thrift stores. Here
where I live… the day after Christmas… they all had Valentine’s Day &
Easter spoken for with candies, stuffed animals, figurines, baskets, flowers and vases. Thrifting these things is not only cost
effective, but it gives you a variety of more unique items to choose from… instead
of the cookie cutter pieces, you find in
major retail markets.
I love shopping
and found a few things that spoke to me…
for HEART DAY as I call it, but have not
bought for Easter, quite yet. I think it’s a bit early but perhaps I’m wrong. These
folks who man the stores must know something about shopping trends. Is EARLIER
better? Perhaps so? There is no question inventory is pumped up right now and lots of choices are out there to be had. But… they will likely become
depleted, more so in the thrifting world, the closer and closer we get to the holidays. So sit down… and make a
list of what you need BEFORE you head out thrifting.
The merchandise when shopping for
‘repurposed’ things may be a bit more disorganized on the shelves… but
picking through them is half the fun. You’ll see plenty of Easter or
Valentine’s goodies to choose from that will be easy on your pocketbook… and
delight your sensibilities.