That's right, my new favorite place to go is the thrift store!
I've been in thrift-stores before, but mostly for things like shopping for an "ugly" sweater for last year's Ugly Sweater Christmas Party.
Then, this Christmas as we were setting the table for our full-house, it hit me that I had a total of four - FOUR, matching dinner plates. I used to have 12, back when Brian and I got married. But one of the side-affects of teaching kids to do chores is, you loose dishes. And let's be honest, Brian and I have broken our fair share, too.
Anyway, the day after Christmas, Brian and I were out running errands and I yelled, "pull over!" when we drove by Goodwill. Brian thought I was crazy when I said, "I want to look for some new plates". You see, we've been wanting to get new dishes for about a year and a half. And we've priced some sets out at Pottery Barn. But we've never been able to pull the trigger on the couple-hundred dollars it was going to cost to get some plain, white, dishes.
As we browsed the dishes at Goodwill I found two sets of white dinner plates - each with slightly different patterns. And I loved them. I picked out six plates from each set, and went home with 12 new plates for the bargain price of $9. Love it!
Now I have a cupboard that boasts a tall stack of dinner plates. And even though they don't necessarily "match", I love the eclectic look around the dinner table.
So there you go. Since then, any time we see a thrift store while we're driving, we pull over and see what treasures we can't live without. We've found bike helmets, ski coats, snow boots, Nerf guns, home decor items...all for practically pennies.
Oh, and if you want to know, I can rank all the local thrift stores in order from nicest to grossest. (Not that that will stop me from going to any of them!)