October 11, 2011

Feelin' Thrifty

I mentioned I took some time to go thrift store shopping during Cyclebration. Coco & I hit up the Folsom Goodwill and made some good finds. I love thrift store shopping, but I don't often find time to do it. Plus, I don't think I'm always good at it. I think the best method is to treat it like a treasure hunt; go in with some stuff in mind, but don't be too specific.  Also, go with someone who is a master treasure finder if you can.

Check out our finds from the trip.....

Find #1
Credit: Coco
What: Ann Taylor top with the original tag



This photo doesn't do it much justice. It would have probably been better for me to take a picture of it on me, or have The Cyclist take a picture of it on me, but he wasn't home, so...
It is super cute on though!

And here is the best part....






I'll take it!

Find #2
Credit: Coco
What: Kids cowboy boots for The Munchkin


These are really cute!
The leather is nice and soft, good quality too...


I looked for boots when we were in Montana, but they started at about $50.
I couldn't bring myself to do it knowing The Munchkin would grow out of them in 3-4 months.

So here is the best part...


$10.00!  Make me holla!
Disclaimer:  I know I'm a nerd.  Just roll with it.

Find #3
Credit: Wife
What: Nice table-runner for blog photos



The color on these photos is a little weird. Sorry.

Cool part.....


....it's reversible!

Best part....


$1.99! Are you out of your mind?
Disclaimer:  See disclaimer above.

Find #4
Credit: Wife
What: Cute napkins (or hankies?) to spice up blog photos






The best part....



Lucky for you I'm out of rhymes.

Find #5
Credit: Coco
What: Cups & Saucers
Prize: Most Interesting Find of the Day



We got an espresso machine for the wedding & I was looking for an espresso set.
Coco spotted these in a big bin...


The china is super fine.
I actually bought 4 cups (we could only find 3 saucers), but one broke in my bag.
I guess it was meant to be just 3 of each.



Here is the interesting part....


"Made in Occupied Japan"
Wow!


I did a little research on this....

According to this website "Following the end of World War II in 1945 and until 1952, items imported from Japan to the United States had to be marked in a fashion indicating they came from Occupied Japan. Although four different marks were used on cups and saucers during this time ("Japan," "Made in Japan," "Occupied Japan," and "Made in Occupied Japan"), only the last two marks guarantee the pieces were made in the Occupied Japan time frame. For serious Occupied Japan collectors, it is items with these two marks for which they search."

Pretty cool!
There was actually a huge bin of this stuff, but not all of it said "occupied".
The clerk told us a lady had come earlier in the day and bought everything she could find.
I actually wonder if this is the rest of the stuff that the mysterious lady bought.
Oh well, I'm keeping mine.



I paid .99 cents for each cup and $1.99 for the saucers.

This was a lot of fun.  I can't wait to go again!

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4 comments:

  1. Oh my, Sara...I'm a thrifting NUT!! I was raised on thrift stores and garage sales...it's in my blood. Love it. And I have to say, you found some fantastic deals! I'm crazy over those dishes. Great finds!
    --Amber

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  2. Uh oh! I'm going to have to go with you now!!

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  3. Very interesting finds! I am in the process of selling my heirlooms on e-bay and having second thoughts on some of them!

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  4. It is hard to get rid of things isn't it? I'm thinking of starting a process where anytime I buy something new, I get rid of something old! Love your blog btw!

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