When I picture the windows open in a room, I imagine warm sunshine streaming through as the wind gently blows the curtains. Fresh air hits me and I am compelled to take a deep breath. The refreshing energy fills my soul. Of course there are only certain seasons when it's practical to open the windows, but my goal is to fill my heart, home, and family with a beautiful serenity that always makes me think the windows are open!

Thursday, February 4

Thrifting at a NEW Thrift Store!!

I’m so excited!!!  Today I found a NEW thrift store.  Okay, it’s actually not new, but I didn’t know it was there so it’s NEW to ME!!!  This is especially exciting to me because I was having to drive 20+ miles to get to the nearest thrift stores and this one is hidden away in the little town closest to where I live… only about 5 miles from me!!   This is also especially good because being in a small town the selection is better (less shoppers finding the good stuff first) AND the prices are way better!!

In fact, I had given up on shopping at the nearest Goodwill.  I regularly found things there were priced about the same as if the item was brand new.  And with discount coupons to places like Hob Lob or Jo-Ann, the Goodwill store was actually MORE expensive!  HUH?!?!

So when I found this “NEW” thrift store today that supports Disabled American Veterans, I was psyched.  It’s HUGE!  HUGE, I tell you!!!!  And the prices are awesome!  Take for example these two great jars I got.

jars (Oooohh, check out the spooky shadows on the wall.  I need to work on my camera skills.)

The one with the cork stopper was $0.90.  YEP 90 cents!  The other one was $1.91.  It’s hard to tell in the pic, but they are both about 12 inches tall.

Also got these great frames.  The 11 x 14 I will need for the new baby’s birth announcement.  It matches the ones I have for the older siblings.  This was $0.70.  The bigger frame is 24 x 25 and has a heavy duty hanger on the back.  I plan to use it for a cork board, memo board, chalkboard, or some combination of these.

Also got this great clay pot for under 2 bucks!  It’s a big eight inch one. Woohoo!! 

clay pot

The possibilities are endless.  I may paint it and put tools in it.  Or add a little chalkboard paint to it and plant herbs in it like these from DIY Network’s site…

diy planters 
The last great things I found were these pretty little cups and saucers for a couple dollars.   I love the blue pears with the leaves.


I’ve been looking for some I like so I can make the cute little bird feeders that I’ve seen all over the place.  Like this one from Ehow.
teacup birdfeeder ehow

So now I have lots of materials to continue my crafting fun.  If only I could buy time and energy at a thrift store, I’d be set!!



  1. Wow you found some great stuff! I love jars!

  2. i, too, know the extreme (and perhaps unhealthy) excitement over finding a new thrift store ;) especially one with such killer prices! nice finds :)

  3. Hello! Thank you so much for visiting me at Imparting Grace! It's great to meet you.

    I had fun reading this post. You've encouraged me to go looking to see if there might be a thrift store near me that I just don't know about. I have a Goodwill store nearby, but lately I've been dismayed by some of the prices. When thrift store prices start looking like retail prices, it's time to start looking elsewhere, isn't it? You found some great deals!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  4. What great finds! I just had a very fruitful day at the thrift store and I can't wait to get started with the goodies I found! I especially LOVE that birdfeeder idea - I've never seen that before! I'm definitely going to have to give that one a try! :) Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by my blog! I'm glad I found yours! :)

  5. I commented a minute ago, don't see it. I am re-commenting, just in case.
    My mom bought a jar just like the jar on the right in the top picture, I just recently broke it and have been trying to replace it, if there is anyway I can make an offer to you for the one you have that would be awesome. If you are interested please email me

    1. So sorry, Simply Me, this is a treasured piece in my house now. I wish you luck with your search, though.


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