“I love thrifting day” recap + pictures of our finds!

This past Saturday was so fun!  Getting a bunch of ladies together to go shopping is fun… but get a bunch of frugal/spray-paint loving/thrift store loving ladies together (who all actually read my blog and many other blogs too) to go thrift store shopping is A BLAST! Smile

I am changing things up a bit this week on the blog – so today will be my “Friday Frugal Finds” post and I will share a recipe on Friday.  Because I couldn’t wait to share all of our finds from Saturday’s trip and I knew a lot of you were anxiously awaiting this recap too!

Here’s our group that shopped on Saturday:


From left to right – Martha (a friend from my church), Chandra (a blog reader who drove from Atlanta to come shop with us – and can I mention had some great ideas and a book filled with DIY plans that she plans to do – like a traveling Pinterest board – awesome!), Judy (friend from church), Melodie (friend), Nikki (friend), and Julie (one of my blog readers).  And of course I am in the green “I love thrifting” shirt (which several thrift store cashiers mentioned that they loved!)

So I was a horrible blogger and didn’t get many pictures of our actual shopping time (maybe because I was too busy shopping myself).

We started at Goodwill – here’s Nikki and Melodie checking out with their finds. (I don’t remember what they got?)


Here’s what I got at Goodwill (was sort of amazed at these prices, but this is the better Goodwill in my area to shop):

  • Coffee pot – $1.21
  • Black ceramic candlestick – 88¢
  • Fall wreath – 88¢


Then we headed to my favorite parking lot yard sale (in the parking lot of an antique mall).  It wasn’t as big as it has been in past weeks and my jewelry man wasn’t there, but we did manage to find some good finds.  Probably the best booth was one that the antique store was actually running.  They have many items left behind in booths where people don’t come back and pick them up or don’t pay their rent so they drug a bunch of stuff like that out and were selling it for CHEAP!  Like 25¢, 50¢, and $1 cheap!

Martha got a bunch of things at this booth:

  • a metal baby doll bed – $1
  • wood church/birdhouse thing – $1
  • set of frog candle holders – $1
  • vintage Christmas candle nightlight – 50¢ or $1


Nikki picked up a stack of really nice stack of matching white frames with white matte’s (basically brand new with some nice photography in them – had prices of $10-15 on each one) – for 50¢ and $1 each.

Here’s my finds:

  • 4 forsythia stems (price tags still on them from Michael’s at $2.99 each) – 25¢ each.
  • white wood tray (LOVED the metal on the corners) – 50¢
  • ceramic owl – 50¢DSC_0189

There was another great parking spot where the guy was selling everything for 50¢ each!  I picked up 2 hard back books, a crystal candy dish, and a wood bowl for $2.00 total.


Judy got a ton of great finds too which I will show you at the end.

Then we headed to Rockmart Thrift Store.  This was smaller store where not everything was priced.  But I have to tell you, I actually really like those stores because it usually means you can NEGOTIATE! Smile


I really liked these lamps and the fact that you could get a matching set.  I am not quite sure what I am wanting yet for our bedroom, but a spray painted version of a ceramic lamp like this may be what I end up doing.


This is also the kind of store where you kind of have to dig – but then again, I actually really enjoy those stores!  Lots of treasures in this back room – see that huge brassy chandelier on the floor?


Melodie saw past the grime and imagined what it would look like in her master bathroom.  It wasn’t priced and we all agreed that she shouldn’t pay more than $8 for it.  So she went to ask the cashier how much she wanted for it – $3.00!!  Steal of a deal!


I have a light fixture that same style just smaller that I bought for $4 at Goodwill.


I spray painted it ORB (oil rubbed bronze) and it hangs in my entryway.  Can’t wait to see Melodie’s transformed fixture in her space!

Martha got this huge wood sign that was so perfectly distressed already.


I would have totally bought it if I would have seen it first Winking smile  but we didn’t fight over it – LOL! Smile  It had a $3.00 price tag on the back but Martha offered $2 and the lady said that was fine!

Next was Salvation Army.  (Can I just tell you, I don’t always get a chance to visit all these thrift stores on a weekly or monthly basis.  Goodwill, Value Village, and my yard sale keep me pretty busy.  So even I had a lot of fun exploring some newer places to me and will DEFINTELY be visiting these stores more frequently. )


I was super impressed with the price of their books at Salvation Army.  Adult hardback books for 79¢ (MUCH better than $2.50 at Goodwill!!) and 39¢ for hardback kids books.  One of the things on my list to find was some “coffee table books” – hardback books with pretty covers under the jackets.  But I didn’t want to just pick up any books without knowing what the content was inside.  So I was super happy to find this complete set of books from the Left Behind series (when I have time to read again would love to finish reading this series – I have already read about 6 of them previously)


And I couldn’t pass up the cute baby Curious George book for my nephew.  It was in brand new condition and I paid 39¢.

The next thrift store, Repairers of the Breach, was MASSIVE!  We could have literally spent ALL day in this thrift store.  I might have to do tour through it later here on the blog.  It was another one of those not many things priced/dig for your finds kind of place.  BUT they were negotiable and the prices were fantastic!

Chandra picked up these 2 lamps (can’t remember how much she paid?).  The one on the right is very Ballard/Anthro looking – almost looks like it had a telescope mounted on the back.  She plans on converting it for Edison bulbs – will be so neat when she is done!  Maybe she will send me a picture! Smile


Here is my finds:


  • green glass piece – 50¢
  • pinkish urn – 50¢
  • 2 burlap type placemats – 50¢
  • Vintage style pillow – 50¢ (Our last name begins with “J” so I couldn’t pass up this pillow.  It is actually in the wash bleaching right now but if it doesn’t come out completely white, I will just tea or coffee die it.)
  • America book – has gorgeous pictures and will be a perfect coffee table book!  – I think she charged me $1.50 for this.

(I can’t remember all the prices, but I think the above amounts are correct.  My receipt says $3.73 so I think it was $3.50 +tax.  Like I said, nothing was priced so they just price it all at the register.)

We had lunch a little coffee/deli right in our historic square called Square Perk –  it was really yummy!  And we had fun chatting about our finds and things we were working on in our home.


These girls weren’t ready to stop shopping after lunch either!  We all went to my local fabric store and a few of them got some pieces.

Then Martha and I ran by my flea market on the way home.

I picked up this milk glass dish for $1 and the vintage bottle for 75¢.    (Old bottles and a LARGE old bottle was on my list to find too.)



It was HOT, we were all tired when we got home, but we had so much fun!  And got all kinds of treasures!

I have to show you all of Judy’s finds – she emailed me a picture when she got them all unwrapped at home.  She paid less than $25 for all of this.

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Didn’t realize she was a dish lover like me Smile  and she racked up on Saturday!   The tall white shutter was a $1 from the yard sale booth.  The book was $1 or so at Repairers of the Breach. I think she got the square plate, the red pie dish and the red square container at Goodwill along with the file box thing.  Now the best part – the tall black plate rack, the black metal holder with the 3 bowls, and the rack with the green, red and cream dishes (perfect colors for her kitchen)were all from the yard sale.  I think she paid $8 for ALL of that!  Now the plates on the tall plate rack didn’t come with it – she just bought the stand.  BUT then she was on a mission to find plates to fit it.

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At Repairers of the Breach they had PILES and PILES of plates (and probably 500 coffee mugs – LOL!)  Although she wasn’t able to find a matching set she did fine 3 little salad plates that all coordinate.  I LOVE that she mixed and matched the plates – definitely has a vintage feel.    Each plate was 10¢ – 50¢ each.  So she paid like $2 for the stand and less than $2 for the plates – GREAT deal! Smile

I showed you Martha’s finds already – she paid less than $8 for all of this.DSC_0169

I paid less than $20 for all my finds.


I will say it again – we had SOOOO much fun!   One of the things we talked about was doing something with all of our finds SOON (and not just letting them sit un-spray painted or unused).  So in spirit of that, I hope to show you 1-2 projects later this week with some of my finds.

And for all of you that live local that were out of town, or sick, or had other plans – all the girls told me we definitely needed to do this more than just once a year.  So we are planning on doing another thrift shopping trip when it is a little cooler.  Maybe the weekend after Labor Day, Saturday, September 8th??  So tentatively mark that date down and I will announce the official date later.

Did you participate in “I love thrifting” day this weekend?  Even if you just went on your own in honor of the day?  I would love to see some of your finds – link to your post or tell me about them in the comments.

Off to go spray paint my owl, urn and do a tray makeover! Smile


Linking up to: Rhoda’s Thrifty Treasure party

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  1. Kelly Palmer says:

    It looks like you all had a really fun day thrifting. Thanks for sharing your pics with us! I am saving the September 8th date on my calendar 🙂

  2. Yay, what fun treasures! I hit the jackpot at 2 goodwills and many yard sales. Sharing my post tomorrow! And, September would be fun. Maybe I could come then!
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  3. Wow, you had so much FUN! I am really jealous. I don’t know anyone around here who is interested in doing the thrift store visiting just for fun thing. Such hauls you and your friends had. And yep, in total agreement that maybe some kind of “deadline” or contest maybe? should be put in place so that you and your kindred shopees (is that a word?) will reveal the uses of their (and your) finds in all their glory! Would love to see it. BTW, I really enjoy your blog.
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  4. that looks like such a fun day!
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  5. You all found such great things for ridicolously low prices! It looks like you had so much fun! I participated in the Denver I Love Thrifting day. Swing by and check out my recap http://www.kathewithane.com/2012/07/i-love-thrifting-day-wrap-up.html
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  6. Rondell says:

    The prices at these places you visited are fantastic! For a hardcover book at our GW they charge a 1.00 and .50 cents for paper back! I love the one lamp your friend found! You all had such a nice thrifty day!

  7. Chandra Thomas says:

    Christina, as soon as I finish those lamps (and a few other projects) I will send you pics! Let me know the next time you do another outing. It was a great day!

  8. Looks like you had lots of fun!! Wish I could’ve come too!
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  9. Fun to see what you all got. I think we had that America book at my house growing up. I wish I knew what ever happened to that. Enjoy. Looks like you all have plenty to keep you busy…at least til next weekend anyway! Hope you’ll stop over sometime and visit me at Quirky Vistas!
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