Moose and I left our home at 6:20 yesterday morning (anything after 6:30 and you hit stop-and-sit traffic until nine o'clock-ish.) and headed over to my daughter's home across the river in Oregon. By 8:30 we had gone to Home Depot, planted flowers in pots for her patio, changed a few light bulbs, and added a new shelf to a fabulous little cabinet in her living room, thankyouverymuch.
We then headed out thrifting and ...(I know I've said this before, but this time I really mean it) we hit the motherload! We actually had so many large pieces that we had to take one car load back over the bridge to my home, then head back and get the second carload, which we then had to tie my hatch back down on my car, because the fit was not quite close enough, and we didn't want to turn it into three car trips.
I kid you not, it was as if we had a golden touch. Every piece of furniture we found was more charming than the last. And, to make this a real dream trip in the thrifting world, every item we wanted was either incredibly affordable, or not priced. When we would ask the price,we were shocked at how cheap the stock person would announce the price to be. They had the largest overstock of furniture I have ever come across in a thrift shop on a single day.
So many of you have commented or emailed me on occasion to say that you never seem to find great things out thrifting. I want to encourage you to keep going. Those of us in the business (it's like a sickness really....we get so hooked on thrifting.) know the rush of adrenalin that comes over us when we spot a diamond in the rough that the person before us had missed.
It's a hit-or-miss process, and sometimes you have to go to the thrift shops, estate or yard sales multiple times before you find the types of things you are after. Next time you are at a thrift shop, go slowly. Look past the messy pile or bin of what appears to be real trash.
You just may discover a real treasure or two or ten.