Thursday, February 9, 2012

high on thrifting thursdays with harper's happenings

I don't usually post about my thirfting experiences here on the blog. if you follow me on twitter, ig, or facebook you know i have no shame showing of my hauls when they are amazing. remember that one time i brought home around ten pairs of like new/nwt tags semi-designer jeans for the girls and i for twenty dollars? well, i am so excited that mandy is hosting this link up for thrifting thursdays that i can't help but play along! so i will be playing catch up on this post with stuff i have scored in the last few months, it has been a good run...i may never buy retail again. ok, that is a lie...but, you guys - we almost bought stella that exact piano down there, with a $70 amazon price tag, for her birthday. that same week, tim scored it for ten dollars at goodwill.

i am no thrifting pro and i rarely score the amazing vintage pieces i am always on the hunt for, but i must be doing something right, so here are my tips and thrifting misadventures...

books are easily my favorite thing to go searching for, sometimes i shake my head and wonder if people realize the wonderful stories they are are just throwing out. like i talked about in a post a few days ago, we are on a mission to build a wonderful and good looking library for the girls. books they can enjoy now, can grow into, and can save for their children. amazon has been an amazing resource, but i just can't deny the amazing feeling when i find a book i have been after, and it is only seventy-nine cents. or like today, i literally had hesitated on buying this book, took rowan to school, got to goodwill and it was the very first book that caught my eye on the shelf - it was meant to be :)
quality control: bottom line, i am picky - i know i am only paying a dollar for something originally from old navy but i don't want thrifting to turn into inexpensive clothing hoarding. no stains, name brands, no rips in pages or broken corners on books, scratches on toys, and etc are things i look for obviously.
i have really hit the jack pot several times on a cart full of gap, it jeans, or gymboree kids jeans for three dollars or less - i love to stock up one these, with three adventurous daughters you can never have enough quality pairs of denim.
shop used first: for us thrifting hasn't just been about name brand clothes for pennies or pretty vintage books. when we got tired of paying for our comcast modem we almost headed straight to costco to pay their hundred dollar price tag - tim, wanted to check goodwill first and lucked out! he even found a comcast one and right there in the store called up the company to verify it wasn't one with a warrent for its return for an unpaid bill (cause you won't be able to hook it up). again, when i was getting ready to put my succulant pinning obsession to real life i headed straight to the vase/planter section and picked this 'so perfect' vase up for fifty cents.

when planning our wedding i knew i wanted a lot of used and vintage charm - one way i was going to accomplish that was with funky old silverware and canning jars of all shapes and sizes. i really lucked out on some amazingly awesome silverware that just oozed with vintage history. ok, maybe 'oozed' isn't the right word when talking about things we eat with, ha! i still have the whole blox of this stuff - i have plans to paint/color the ends of them like this or use them for crafts like this.
consistency: i try and go often, maybe about once a week to my favorite local goodwills. bellevue goodwill is a goldmine, but it is forty minutes away so we frequent one in our town where they are a little behind on the insane price tag raises lately. tim is always on the mad hunt for a old school nintendo system and thinks the only way to score is to be ahead of the game and constantly be on the lookout.

we can't keep rowan is puzzels to save our lives - she moves onto harder ones every week. i love the ease of buying one for ninety-nine cents and not feeling to bad if it doesn't have every last piece in the box. also, as huge game loving people - i love when i find fun games that beat the twenty-dollar plus retail prices.
i may or may not have started screaming when i spotted this dresser, as we pulled into the parking lot. they were having a big furniture deal outside and i knew it was meant to be the minute i saw it. it sealed the deal when i finally saw the price tag of fifteen dollars. screw you bookmarked craigslist one, this baby was coming home for me. perfect for our candy bar at the wedding and even more perfect for the girls vintage bedroom (we painted it, distressed it, and replaced the knobs). life is good.

stay tuned till next week! 

10 comments:

melissa rohr said...

wow!  what a great, well thought out and well written post!  i was so psyched when mandy announced that she would be hosting this... and now i know why.  because of posts like this one.  thanks for sharing.

melissa rohr said...

These are such wonderful finds! I try go to often but haven't had much luck lately and I always feel rushed. :( I LOVE that dresser! I want to go to the downtown Seattle goodwill sometime, I've heard it's awesome!

melissa rohr said...

I had that same little "dollhouse" that's sitting on top of the little piano! And you got some amazing clothing too. We joke that our thrift stores around here are full of stuff that was bought at a thrift store and returned a second time....it's pretty crappy. Finding great stuff is rare!

melissa rohr said...

you've found some amazing deals! I haven't had much success thrifting, I should give it another try, or maybe take a professional with me...wanna come? ; )

melissa rohr said...

I'm in love with that dresser. For real. I try to go thrifting, but our Goodwill SUUUUUUCKS. I have been in there like 3-4 times and there is never anything good.

melissa rohr said...

haha, yea - try the one in southcenter maybe!

melissa rohr said...

come up to the bellevue goodwill! such great stuff!

melissa rohr said...

both my husband and i did too! his mom has his and won't give it up :/ i literally squealed for tim across the store when i found it!

melissa rohr said...

um, yes! let's go - when?!

melissa rohr said...

awe! you just made my day :)