I’m back with the latest thrift store haul! It’s rather small, but keep reading to see what I found when panning for treasure in an unlikely spot! If I gave you 3 guesses, you would never guess where! I haven’t been to many thrift stores or estate sales lately and I’m overdue for a fix, LOL. I get a bit twitchy when it’s been too long.
These are all picks from mostly one thrift store~
I got a kick out of this tea mug. It comes in 3 pieces with a loose leaf tea strainer inside. I’d never seen one like it. I bought it for me to keep, but reality is…I’m not much of a tea drinker, so I changed my mind about keeping it. Bought for $1.59. Available
Wood salt and pepper grinders in great shape, but if they don’t sell as is, I might paint & distress them. $3.18/set. Available
I thought these boho sun napkin rings were a fun looking set. $4.99. Available
This is one of those little buildings for a Christmas village. I have plans for it later in the year. $1.99
I loved this hat! I didn’t buy it for me, but I thought it was vintage. It isn’t, but it has that vintage look. Would you believe the original price tag was $80? Wish I could sell it for that! $3.99. Available
A cute size of a small apothecary jar~99¢. Available
And this cushion I bought for us~
I guess it must be comfy enough…”Wes” thinks so. 99¢
This is a recent find from the little town of Greensboro which we visited recently. We took a day trip to visit a restaurant called “Pie Lab.” Written up in magazines like “Southern Living,” it’s a place we’ve been wanting to visit.
For all my Alabama followers, have you ever been there? If you don’t know about it, they specialize in homemade pies, but they do a nice lunch too. It’s a really nice side trip.
This piece is a vintage tea tin, made in England. Bought for $1 & Available. I think it’s quite pretty.
That’s it for the thrift store finds. Ready for the true story?
My hubby works a lot on our old motorhome, which we keep stored in a public lot nearby. I was over there with him a couple of days last week. To give you a little history, a guy used to keep repo cars in the lot, and whenever he got in a new crop, he routinely cleaned out the junk, leaving it behind on the ground. One day, he and all his junky cars left for good, but the junk didn’t leave. It sat out in the wind and rain for weeks until everyone knew he wasn’t coming back.
If you don’t know me yet, I’m drawn to a pile of junk like a homing pigeon to his roost. I thought I’d have a look at it. Most of it was man stuff…screwdrivers, hammers, socket wrenches, etc, but there was a toolbox…the kind that’s mounted in the back of a truck.
The toolbox contained a few things I thought we could sell in our next garage sale. I got excited when I saw a handful of change in the bottom of a bag. I found a whole 89¢ in change! I get excited when I see a couple of pennies on the pavement, so 89¢ was a big deal!
The next day, I checked the junk again. This time I found a damp, yellow, pollen-covered zip bag containing a pool cue. A few more odds and ends came home with me. I spied an old beat-up, sunburned vacuum cleaner in the yard. “Why don’t you go pick up that vacuum?” I told my husband. “We could sell it for $5 in the garage sale.”
A couple of days later, the vacuum arrived. It was a lot worse off than I thought. It worked, but I don’t think we could even get 5 bucks for it. Hubby took the lid off and it was full of little glass shards…AND more money!
I had a lot of fun “panning for treasure”! Using a cat litter scoop, we took turns combing through the muck and glass shards and came up with $2.18 in change! It was like hunting for Easter eggs!
Any money I find goes into my “found coins jar” I keep for a ministry at our church called the “Pocket Change Ministry,” which goes into buying food for the poor.
As we were combing through the dirt, I saw a glint of gold.
It’s so tiny, it looks like a baby’s pinkie ring. Do they still make pinkie rings for babies? Does anyone know?
3 little clear stones are mounted in the center. Diamonds? With my jeweler’s loupe, which is the strongest magnification I have, I barely made out what looked like the date, 1914. I can’t be certain, but I intend to take it over to some appraisers. I’ll keep you posted.
What is your latest treasure?