Am I getting more selective in what I purchase? Do I already have most of what is on the shelves? Or is it a case of less to choose from because more shoppers have discovered these treasure-troves?
Probably a combination of all those reasons.
Last week after visiting my three of my usual shops without anything to show for it, I finally hit paydirt at Value Village where I found four treasures to add to my studio decor: two really nice doilies and two beautiful green pieces of English transferware ironstone.
Once you become used to shopping at thrift stores, you realize you have to look and look again. Then for good measure look a third time... up and down, in behind other stock and well, everywhere really. It is hunting in the truest sense as you never know just what you'll find in the weirdest places. I guess it's because people pick up items then put them down again anywhere they please.
Case in point: this plate was found in the "Collectibles" section with a price tag of $3.99. Cool; I added it to the two perfect crocheted doilies already in my cart.
Then a few aisles down, I came across this bowl for $2.99... in amongst the kitchen pots and pans! Cool again! I continued to hunt in case there was a rogue cup, saucer or other piece somewhere astray... but no more ironstone was found.
Even though they look like matching pieces, the two undersides are dissimilar (from different series by the same maker):
Which is why thrift store shopping is so fun - you never know just what the heck you'll find (or where!).
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