Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thrifting Thursday

We were traveling last week. So when we stopped in an Antique shop in Greenville NC, we picked up a copy of Antique Week. It was an old copy, dated February 28, but it had some interesting articles.

One thing that caught my eye, was an article about collecting. I did not read the whole article, and sadly it was left behind when we headed home. But the gest of the article was how collecting anything nowadays is a good thing. Well I've known that for years :-) I've collected things since I was a child. You know the kind of things. Rocks, seashells, coins etc, etc..... But over the years my collecting has taken to include things that I use in my home.

I thought I would share some ideas about collecting. Do you collect anything special?? Some people start a collection because of a gift, or because they like a certain line of something. Years ago I used to go with an Aunt who loved to collect Bristol vases. We went to garage sales, antique shops, antique shows. She would look at so many beautiful things. And through my time spent with this Aunt, I think I learned a few things too.

I am a quilter, so whenever we go to an antique shop, I look at the quilts. Sometimes they are in great shape, and sometimes they are rags. But because I am a quilter, I look for certain characteristics in a vintage quilt. And when I come across one at a reasonable price, it comes home with me. I've not bought many quilts, but it is still fun to look at them.

So the first thing I would suggest if you are interested in collecting anything is to educate yourself. By that I mean, look at many different sources. Go to the Good Will or Salvation Army and just look around. You would be surprised to find many treasures there. Then go into Antique shops or malls and note the different prices. I've been to Antique Malls where the same item can range in price. You can read a post of my experience with this item


Next week I'll share some insights about collecting, and how to go about starting a collection. I hope you will join me, and share some of your insights too :-)

I am linking up with Time Travel Thursday. Let's visit the other travelers :-)

Happy Thriftin!


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

This is such a good post! I am a collector...but I have a lot of things I look for when I shop! It's nice to have guidelines before you go! Thanks! ♥

LV said...

I have a lot of Hummels, but do not consider myself a collector. I had to stop buying them as they are too pricey now. I want every quilt I see. I have way to many, but it has never stopped me from liking all of them.

Sunny Simple Life said...

Very informative. I can attest to the difference in prices. Biggest find at thrift store was a beautiful large crock for $3. Retail easily would have been $50 at an antique store. The thrill of the hunt is so fun isn't it?

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I "collect" too MUCH!!! LOL!!! That could be a name for a new TV show!
Have a great weekend!

Martha said...

And collecting is addictive!!!!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Do I collect? Haha! That's why I have two barns. lol I love quilts, too, by the way.

Thanks for linking to the party.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage