on the hunt for finds!

Today I thought I’d do something a bit different than my usual cooking/domesticity post. Or rather, something kind of related, but not. hehe! Time for another thrifting video, that is! This time I discuss how I find thrift shops and estate sales, which is a question I have been asked a lot. Since the weekend is just about ready to kick off and spring is starting, this is prime time for gearing up for some serious thrifting or estate sale hunting! Especially since these sorts of places can be great sources not only for clothes and accessories, but household items as well. Just last week I found a darling little metal tray (below) for $1, which I had been coveting since seeing a picture of one used as a magnetic bulletin board. I have yet to convert mine to such (just need to add a picture hook to the back for hanging), but it was a great find that can add a bit of color and kitsch to a wall.

Have you found any great household items lately? What are some of your favorite sources for unearthing thrift shops and estate sales?

April 1, 2011 · 23 lovely thoughts
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Marmielu April 1, 2011 at 10:16

It did my heart good to see that happy tray! Between those bright Spring colors and the fact that we actually have sunshine here today, it brightens my spirits. Can’t wait to see a picture of it in use.

Andi April 1, 2011 at 10:36

Thanks for this! I have a few thrift stores that I regularly go to, but I didn’t know how to branch out.

Little Black Car April 1, 2011 at 10:52

The thrift stores around here are notoriously well-stocked with dismal incomplete Eighties country-powder-blue-and-mauve stoneware sets, in general, but–and I understand that this isn’t really thrifting, but it’s my compromise–there are a couple of antique malls that I frequent, and I wait for clearance sales. I’ve gotten some good stuff . . . not dirt-cheap, but cheaply, considering, by being patient.

Walker (mid-century California pottery) burro. Broken, but fifty cents at a garage sale.

1930′s-1940′s tulip pitcher. I love both the stencil and the shape of the pitcher.

1940′s platter or tray. I watched this literally for over a year, until the vendor got fed up and marked everything in the stall down by 50%. I think it cost me $7. I mean to get a wall-hanger for it.

Art Deco grease jar. Another one that I watched for a year or more, and finally got for $6. No lid or bail, but totally worth it just for the stencil design.

Pressed-glass pitcher from a garage sale. I think I saw one of these in an episode of Foyle’s War.

Laura April 1, 2011 at 11:09

oh yes. my favorite right now is our Hospice Thrift store. I love old people, they have the best stuff! i love their clothes, their music, their kitchen stuff.

Deja April 1, 2011 at 11:17

Thanks for this! Lately I’ve been doing a ton of thrift shopping. I have yet to go to any estate sales because I don’t have a car, so it’s just difficult. In general thrifting is difficult without a car. I’ll definitely keep those websites and tips in mind this weekend when I go thrifting. Thanks!! xoxo

Emily April 1, 2011 at 12:29

I found a 1940′s sewing machine and table in the trash right in front of the house! My sister now has it as a night stand /desk. It was hard to drag in by myself!

Erika April 1, 2011 at 12:32

Thanks Casey! Maybe you were thinking this for a future video, but you can find a lot of estate auctions using auctionzip.com or your local paper. I grew up going to auctions with my mom and aunts and remember her never going to one without bringing us back some random box lot to pilfer through, even if it was filled with junk!

Hosanna Blanchard April 1, 2011 at 12:47

My town has about four thrift shops; all charities. I figure out which days they re-stock and go on those days for the best stuff.
This weekend, my mom and I are hitting 2 big community “rummage” sales, held to benefit community organizations like the Arts Council, etc.
I also check the paper for estate sale and auction ads.

Kristin April 1, 2011 at 13:14

Locally, we only have Goodwills, a Salvation Army, and a DAV. None of them are really great thrift stores, but the Goodwill does have an amazing bookstore inside. =) The SA is okay, and the DAV isn’t too clean but sometimes has the best things (record sets, train cases, etc.).

I’ve only been to one estate sale, years ago. I hear about them being held locally pretty often, so maybe I should check one out.


Jen April 1, 2011 at 15:21

I just got some really nice cast iron trivets the other day. I’m always on the lookout out for vintage housewares.

Jayne April 1, 2011 at 17:44

That tray is adorable- and what a bargain! I make sure I visit my local thrift stores regularly, and whenever I visit a new area, I look out for any opshops- not the trendy vintage stores, but actual charity stores because they sometimes have treasures that no one else has found yet at unbelievable prices.

Sarah Louise April 1, 2011 at 18:03

Love the tray – that’ll make an awesome bulletin board. I’ve never been to any estate sales (I wouldn’t know how to find one here in Brisbane), but finding new thrift stores has become a weekend hobby of mine ;) The trendier suburbs here are littered with thrift stores – I find a different one every time. The stores in the small country towns are by far better than the stores in the city – I wonder why?

Gina April 1, 2011 at 20:45

That website is wonderful, I just printed up a list for my family’s spring break in Florida. I have been wanting to do some thrifting while on vacation but most times it’s hard to know where to find the stores. The site was super easy to use, thanks Casey. I buy everything from the thrift, the last item I brought was an angle food cake pan, very useful. I like trays and tins too, for all kinds of things. My best luck fro thrifting is the salvation Army. It’s clean and well staffed. Prices are really good at least the one by my home is.

Corinne April 2, 2011 at 00:03

I seem to be in the heart of antique/thrift/charity shops. I have been lucky finding my favorite things. I collect teapots, tea cups and dishes. I know, everything is fragile. I have managed to complete place setting for 12 of two of my favorite Homer Laughlin dish patterns, Dogwood and Virginia Rose. I also collect milk glass for my DIL. too many other favorites to mention! It can be addicting.

Jenny @ Kerrfect! April 2, 2011 at 02:18

Love the video and the tray! … and thrifting of course!

Amber Apple April 2, 2011 at 02:44

Your video was so helpful! Thanks for sharing!

Anna April 2, 2011 at 04:28

The place where I usually make finds is the Salvation Army but there are several other smaller charity thrift stores here too. The estate sales sound really interesting! Here people usually organize auctions to empty the estates.

Sydney April 2, 2011 at 13:27

What a great video! Thanks! I had never heard of thethriftshopper.com and I have to say I have discovered several new thrift stores from looking there! :D D So exciting!!

Shelley April 3, 2011 at 08:10

we mostly have charity shops here in the UK and they’re not that great. However, our local village Hall (Hulme hall where the Beatles did one of their first gigs) has regular Antique sales, Craft sales and Flea markets throughout the month. At a recent antique market, I picked up a beautiful Cut Glass Whisky Decanter with 4 cut glass tumblers on a vintage silver tray – for a bargain £12. It stands pride of place on our 1930′s bureau. Not so good for clothes though unfortunately :(

Jojo April 3, 2011 at 14:50

I have once found strawberry-shaped dishes, which are over a hundred years old, on a flee market. One big bowl and four small ones in bright red and green for only five euros!!!

Charlotte April 5, 2011 at 07:28

I love the idea of using a cute metal tray for a magnetic bulletin board! Now you’ve set me on my own hunt for one haha!

xx Charlotte

Natalie Brooke April 15, 2011 at 01:06

Love that tray!! Such a cute inspiring idea! I really need to find some good thrift stores in my area.. Thanks for sharing, hope you’re having a great week!

Keep smiling!
-Natalie Brooke

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