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
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.
(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!!
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…
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.
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!!