I haven’t always loved thrifting. Growing up my mom would go to the thrift store every so often to drop off some stuff we didn’t need anymore, and while there she would normally browse the books since there were usually lots of read-only-once books for about $0.50. I didn’t like to go into the store with her because thrift stores have a certain smell that, as a child, I couldn’t stand.
Over the past year or so I’ve developed a deep love of thrifting which in all honesty I blame squarely on blogs. Before I started this one, and reading so many others, I never went thrifting. Now, every time I read a post about someone’s wonderful find I find myself plotting my next thrifting adventure. I don’t know if it’s the thrill of not knowing what you’ll find, or the crazy belief that one day I’ll walk into a thrift store an discover an original Eames lounge chair and ottoman with pristine leather, but I now recognise that ‘Thrift store smell’ for what it really is – buried treasure.
The other day I was looking around my home and I realised that over the last few months I’ve collected a number of thrifty finds that I haven’t told you about, so I’m starting Thrifty Thursdays – where I blog about some of the random things I’ve found – some of which I’m leaving as is, and some I’ve made improvements to.
Now, normally I would have just walked right by (the picture doesn’t do the colours justice – they were bad, and they were also rubbed off in some places), but earlier that day I had been in HomeSense where I had spotted this guy for $25 and for a moment was tempted to bring him home.
I bought my ugly new find home, and after a bit of spray paint and some felt to cover the bottom (leftover from this project) I had a decidedly less ugly bird statue, and all for just $2. What do you think? Would you have brought him home? Or would you have left him to languish in misery on the thrift store shelf?