July 21, 2014

Today’s Amazingly Thrifted Treasures

Feb18

The sun shines brightly this February morning, and a warm wave has hit our NC town. My immediate thought spins towards yard sale season and how I am itching to go out on my Saturday morning excursions.

I use the winter months to try and catch up on projects, clear out junk, and save money by not shopping at all, because let’s face it, even though I may be getting some amazing $1 and $2 deals on my thrifty treasures, those dollars still add up.

I have a specific budget line for my yard sale-ing and thrift store shopping, and believe it or not, it’s my largest category. (Well, next to mortgage and food, of course.) Start planning now to add those extra expenses into your budget because if you haven’t, then all the “savings” in the world still adds up to money spent that shouldn’t be spent.

Yesterday, our sons’ regional basketball tournament started, which means I had three games over the course of eight hours. The gym was too far away for me to go back home in between games, so I used my time wisely and searched out the closest thrift stores. Just five minutes away was the largest Goodwill in our region, and huge doesn’t begin to describe it.

My mom was with me and she wanted to scout out some new summer clothes for her trip to Florida. I found some great clothes for myself (I’ll save those for a different post) and my tween daughter found some as well. For our teen buys, we scored some brand new athletic wear from Champion, whose headquarters is in town, and had donated tons of new basketball shorts, shirts etc.

I found this $1 shelf organizer, which always makes me happy. Internally, I am an organizational mess, so anytime I can purchase something like this it instantly makes me “feel” more organized. :) Last year, I bought the green shelf, and yesterday, I found the yellow one for the second cabinet.  If I ever get to the point where I want them to match, spray paint is my best frugal friend. One coat of paint and they will look like I bought them as a perfect pair.

I have been staying away from furniture because I still have three more painting projects, and I made a “semi-vow,” something  just under a promise, not to buy any more pieces. Since it wasn’t a complete vow, and not very often do unbelievable pieces come by like this…

I “Splurged.”

Please, no haters.

I know you are. I can feel it from a far (or maybe because my basketball mom friends already exuded that when they saw what I found in between games. :))

No mourning such as, ” I never find anything like that” because I thought it wasn’t possible to find furniture steals at Goodwill anymore either. Their prices have surged on furniture and I stick to Craig’s List or yard sales for true finds, although THIS PROVES IT. The elusive find is still out there. I literally saw the workers putting this into place and I mourned that it was sold already. They quickly responded, “Nope, we are just bringing this out. It was just dropped off.”

Before I could do the happy thrifting dance, I proceeded to follow my own tips for second hand furniture buying. The material was in perfect shape. It must have been in grandma’s parlor with a sheet over it and a sign that said, “Not allowed in, except for with company.”

I did the smell test, the kid test, and all my other tests, and it proved more than buy-able. Now I was free to celebrate. Even though the fabric is still in pristine shape, it’s very dated. For me, this piece will be worth the expense to have it reupholstered. I will paint the wood white, and spend too much time deciding on fabric, something with a pale blue, light greenish hue.

I still have to think through the perfect place for it, but I am one step closer to redoing our great room and dining room, and so I am buying ahead on a budget. The only reason I ignored my Type A daughter’s inquiry of, “Mom, do you know where you are going to put this? Does it have a place?”

Has anyone else found any great buys recently?


Comments

  1. I love it! What a cool, cool find and for such a great price! I love the tufted back!

    Thrift stores are still my #1 go-to-place when I’m looking for furniture pieces. I typically find some pretty good deals, but I do stop in the stores frequently just to see what they have if I happen to be in the area. Earlier this week I scored three Parsons Chairs for a kitchen table that my husband built me. I paid just under $5 each. I thought that was a great bargain. I also found a Wing Back Chair for only $7. Like your find, the fabric was in really great shape but it certainly is dated. I plan to attempt to reupholster it myself. One of these days. :)

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  2. Congratulations on your find!! I love that you put “please no haters” :) You know us so well!! I still find the occasional amazing thing that makes thrifting all worth it!!! You should do a link up of that like you do of Tasty Tuesday!!!!

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    Jen Reply:

    HAHAHA! I know myself to well, and if I saw that on another blog, of course, I would be excited for their fun find, but deep down thinking, “Oh, I so wish I would have found that.” :)

    I’m doing a Frugal FAshionista link up next Friday, but yes, a thrifting one would be tons of fun too.

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  3. Oh gosh I love it just as is!!!

    The pickings have been very slim at the thrift stores lately but we did find a coffee machine for my husband for €3.50 to replace the one that’s started having issues. Not a super find since they’re pretty prevalent but it was just the one he wanted so that was something!

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  4. Green with envy :) WOW!! I also have started just ignoring the furniture section at Goodwill and DAV……..guess I shouldn’t :)

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  5. Hey – rejoice with those who rejoice! Good for you! Blessings!

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  6. You did good, kid, “real” good! I recently found four straight backed, dining chairs that I had been looking for, for a while. I am a Kijiji lover, when I’m not at an auction, or thrifting(I can hardly wait for the yard sales as well!). The chairs were $5 each. The fabric, well, the fabric sucked, actually, lol! But, I assumed for the price I was willing to pay, I’d have to reupholster them, and that way, I get the look I want. The new fabric is going on them, probably this weekend, a little paint, and I will be posting soon!

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  7. Wow! Fantastic buy, indeed! So very cool! I love Goodwill…you just never know!
    xo
    -Lisa

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  8. That is amazing! I am super jealous. but still very happy for you!

    This past week I went to a local thrift store (Thrift Store City) and bought a beautiful chair for my craft room that was $2.98 in perfect condition. I couldn’t believe it. I have never been one to go to yard sales but this year on our new budget that seems like the best option for this ‘Nester’. Hope to learn from you!

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  9. Just got back from the resale shops. 1/2 price today at nearly all of them. Purchased some clothing for a trip out of the country. Will be planning to leave and donate the clothing there in order to make room for gifts and treasures to bring back home.

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    brooke Reply:

    what a FABULOUS idea…. never considered doing that…. it’s amazing the things that you find when reading through comments. THANK YOU for sharing the idea and posting it ;)

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  10. LOVIN’ your score!

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  11. Fabulous finds! I’m wondering if the beautiful furniture piece was part of a sectional? Wouldn’t THAT have been TOO MUCH!!
    Please share the clothing finds, too.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  12. I can’t wait to see what it looks like when you’re done reupholstering and painting.

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  13. The thrift stores near me have all decided they are boutiques, and the furniture is the worst. (Call an old piece of furniture “vintage” and jack the price waaay up.) Congratulations on finding such a good deal.

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    Jen Reply:

    Isn’t that SO TRUE?? I crack up at what they are trying to label “antique and vintage.”

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  14. I hit two thrift stores this week specifically looking for shirts for my five year old daughter. I scored 5 shirts and a skirt (all excellent brands) for $5.50. I love being able to clothe my family for less!

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  15. Great find & I found your article on buying used furniture enlightening! My problem is I have a
    husband who just can’t quite see what I see when we go thrift shopping! He walks into a thrift store and sees things that are extremely used, smells smells that assault his nose and is sure that there are bugs that are just waiting to hitch a ride home…to make their home in ours! Which brings me to another topic: bedbugs! Because our area of the country has had a recent influx of them, I have been reading whatever I can about the nasty hitchhikers…which they indeed do! How would you advise your readers to be careful they don’t end up with additional “guests” that they hadn’t intended to take home with them when thrift shopping?

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  16. I can’t believe I’ve been reading your blog as long as I have and just noticed TODAY that you are in North Carolina…. I’m on the Outer Banks!

    We have one Good Will locally and several Hot Line thrift stores… unfortunately, 90% of the store is clothing of every size and type imaginable. Furniture is far and few between, and when it is there, sadly the prices are not worth what you are getting in return.

    I’m a garage sale girl through and through, and continue to find the best stuff there. Congrats on your find… I can’t wait to see what you do with it!

    Thanks for all of your posts… I can’t tell you how much information I get from reading your blog. And the fact that you crack me up is a BONUS!

    Lora

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