This morning I was reading a post by Jenn Mason over at Cloth Paper Scissors Blog titled “mixed-media thrift store dilemma.” In it Jenn mentions how she has thrift-store amnesia, when she walks in a store she can’t remember what she is looking for.
I got to thinking... I am an avid thrift store shopper... THE HUNT is my favorite part of shopping. In the stores, yes I said stores. Do I know what I am looking for? NO NEVER! It is ALL about the HUNT for TREASURES. I usually hit at least one thrift store a week sometimes more if you count yard sales, flea markets and auctions.
Do I make a list? Not really. I have a routine in each store. Each store I visit the routine is a bit different. There are sections I tend to gravitate towards. My mind is always going a hundred miles a minute with one question, “What could I use this for?” I keep my eye out for the following:
Books: Vintage books with old pages, good pictures, music, children's books and old school books
Crafts & Fabric: Paint, paint brushes, stamps, buttons, lace, trims, paper, feathers, anything that may work in a future project, beads, crepe paper
Toys: Games with awesome pieces, doll furniture, checkers & chess pieces, blocks, tidily winks, cards
Office Supplies: Old ledger paper, office stamps (now obsolete), brads, pen nibs, scissors
Jewelry: Vintage, costume, beads, chains, broken jewelry
Silverware: Small spoons, interesting handles
Brass: Bird cages, candle sticks holders
Wood: Pictures frames, boxes, shadow, boxes, small bird houses
Nik-naks: Smalls that would go into a shadow box or make great molds.
Fabric: Lace, vintage looking scraps
Other: Crystals, chandeliers, vintage postcards, old photos, old letters, cabinet cards, old reel film, birds, keys