A collection can start innocently enough. You find a seashell, and then another, and before you know it you have a jar full of seashells. Or maybe someone gives you a cream pitcher as a gift. You find another one at a thrift store or antique shop. You have started a collection.
where do I go to find little treasures. Years ago the most likely
place to dig for hidden treasures was at yard or estate sales. We have
them quite often here in Florida. With the balmy weather, it seems to
invite opening your garage and cleaning out the clutter. One man's junk
is another man's (or woman's ) treasure.
But in the last several years, thrift stores have cropped up in just about every neighborhood.
A good place to start is your local Good Will or Salvation Army stores.
I have found many collectible items at the Good Will. Some days I go
and find nothing, but then there may a day when I hit on a great find.
Antique shops are also a good place to seek out treasures. But I would
suggest that you do your homework and know what you are looking for, and have an idea of
what a good price might be. Some Antique shops can be quite pricey.
But then again you might find something like this.
One time on a trip, my daughter and I found an Antique Mall just
outside of town. It was a very well kept shop with lots of individual
booths. As I walked around the back of the store, I came across these
pink glasses. It was love at first sight. They are not old, but they
are the same color as my other pink depression glass pieces. When I saw
the price, I knew that I had to take them home. There were 9 glasses,
for $10! Now that was a far better price then if I had purchased them
new at Home Goods, or even at the Good Will. And the funny thing is, we
had just been to an Antique shop in town the day before. In that shop I
almost bought six pink glasses that were marked 1/2 price off of $6
(EACH). But the glass looked a little odd to me. They had some kind of
film on them, and it did not rub off when I tried to clean it with my
hand. So I left them. And was I ever so glad I did when I came upon
these little beauties.
Another thing that I might note is to be patient. Sometimes you might
be looking for something special. You just have to keep looking.
been on the lookout for an old scale for my kitchen. They have been
mostly too expensive for my budget. But when I found this scale, in
great condition, and in my price range, I knew it was a keeper.
So tell me, where do you go to find your treasures?? I'd love to hear about your adventures in thrifting.
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