Friday, October 16, 2009

Miracle at the Salvation Army

This probably sounds like it's going to be an inspirational Christmas story (it's not). Unless a good day at the thrift store is like Christmas morning (it is).

I live an hour east of civilization and the thrift store options nearby are few and far between. If I travel east another 20 miles, I reach a town I like to think of as 'The Promised Land of Thrifting' and yesterday's excursion was no exception.

I did all of my boring errands first (get a snow shovel, hairball stuff*, blahblahblah at Home Depot) with the idea I would reward** myself with a trip to My Favorite Salvation Army Store Ever. (Yes, I have a favorite Salvation Army store. Everyone does, right? I've been to some that were consistently awful, this one is always amazing. I love it).

Completely oblivious to the time of day, I was in the store for 10 minutes when they announced they were closing. (note to self - when driving 20 miles to shop, watch the clock) Fortunately, in that short amount of time I was able to grab a vintage chenille bedspread, some wonderful VAT PRINTS vintage fabric and 2 pretty milk glass dishes.

But wait, there's more!
The line at the cash register was moving slowly so I poked around the sweater racks and found a vintage black beaded sweater in perfect condition. In my size.
Thrilling, I tell you.

And so now I'm back to my regularly scheduled Christmas sewing.

*Just to be clear, this is for Vintage Cat

**My self-reward system also applies to dental appointments,
Christmas shopping & bathing suit purchases


  1. I can't believe you found all that awesomeness in 10 min. That IS a great thrift store! xo,suzy

  2. Oh boy! Oh boy! I have bought so many pillows, etc. from you. It is so nice to "meet" you. Can't wait to come back and see what else you're working on. I just started my blog too. Hope you can come by for a visit.

  3. Enjoying your blog......I am vintagebejoyful also known as the other Tracey, Congratulations on becoming a blogger!your sweet funny stories have me giggling, I think we thrifters have a lot in common, keep up the good work!


  4. What a great Salvation Army, ours was very good for a long time and then it changed, I still do find treasures but not the same. I love your treasures, and your projects are so nice. I have you bookmarked and adding your blog to ones I follow. Nice to meet a new friend. Hugs, Diane

  5. I wish I could find fabric like that at my thrift stores. Nice score. Welcome to blogging.


  6. Great thrift store finds!!! The sweater is gorgeous!!! Have a nice day~


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