Most of us like to treat ourselves every now and then. Whatever the reason may be...finish a big project, hit a milestone, have a major accomplishment...we're ALL entitled to these little rewards. Some may treat themselves to a day at the mall. Others, an afternoon at the spa. And even others to exotic trips. Well, I decided to treat myself to a day of shopping!
Now this was no ordinary day of shopping! I decided to go after a record; and needless to say, I definitely broke my own record. I thought about calling Guinness, but I didn't want them hoarding in on MY day! LOL! I'm SURE I may have broken a world record here, though! I mean...who else would even ATTEMPT to accomplish what I did on Wednesday! In less than 8 hours...7 hours and 47 minutes, to be exact...I hit
21 THRIFT STORES!
I had been planning this little excursion for weeks now, mapping out all the stores and making sure I had the best route possible. We live within the metropolitan area of Seattle. Here, we have town after town after town, all running into each other. Each town has at least one Goodwill and some towns have at least two or three other thrift shops, as well. And believe me...I know where each and every one of those stores is! I only needed a twenty mile radius of my home to hit the 21!
I started by getting up bright and early. So when the alarm went off at er, um, 9:15 AM, I jumped out of bed eager to start my day! I decided to treat myself to breakfast first! I knew I would need a hearty breakfast for all the energy I would need that day. So, stopping at one of my favorite donut shops, I grabbed a cup of coffee and two maple bars. I saved one for later, for that afternoon "pick me up" I was sure I would need! And I was on my way! I was at the first store when their doors opened at 10 AM. In and out in 10 minutes flat with nothing in tow. Not a good start to my day! But when I walked in to the next store, I immediately saw this red pip berry wreath. I needed these SO bad for my Americana gatherings I'm working on! I found the orange pip berry wreath later in the day.
After I hit the three thrift stores in my town, I set sail for Bellevue, the town north of me. I was amazed at how the traffic lights were turning green for me and the roads seem to "open up" when I needed to pull out into traffic. I knew I had divine intervention on my side! I hit two more there and then headed west on I-90 towards Seattle. My next stop was on Mercer Island. Now, this is NOT your ordinary island. Homes here START at the million dollar range, and those aren't even the ones on the water! When I first discovered this shop, I was surprised to see a THRIFT store on THIS island. But then, rich people have to have someplace to donate their junk, too! I don't usually find much here, as their high dollar junk is not quite the kind of stuff I look for when making my primitives! However, I got lucky and found this wonderful rusty tin milk can there for $2. I can't wait to make a sunflower gathering in it!
From there, I headed to Seattle. As I drove across the I-90 floating bridge, I could feel my heart racing and my palms getting clammy. And it wasn't because I was driving over a bridge that literally FLOATS on the water! No...I knew where I was headed next! It was the MEGA store of Goodwills....the Goodwill to outdo ALL Goodwills! The granddaddy of them all! Why, you could fit at least three, maybe even four, regular size Goodwills in this one store alone! My brain was racing! I needed a plan or I knew I wouldn't be able to meet my goal. Up till now, my pace had been quick. I know what I am looking for when I hit the thrift stores. And I only shop certain sections. Up to this point, I was in and out of each store in 10 minutes or less. I couldn't let my guard down.
I drove up into the parking lot, and low and behold, they KNEW I was coming! For right there, at the front of the building....in a parking lot I ALWAYS have to hunt a spot for.....right THERE was a parking spot...just for ME! I went in and stopped at the collectibles section first. I hardly ever buy anything from this section, but for some reason I decided to walk in. And today I got lucky and found a set of four plates and a platter of the dishes I collect. These are old plates from the Blue Ridge collection. I collect the apple, crab apple and cherry patterns. I got the five pieces for $15!
You can see some of the dishes I already have in the photo below. I was thrilled to find these!
I ran those back to the car and went back in. I walked quickly through the huge first section, which was filled with clothing alone, and headed to the back room...a warehouse of a room, filled with everything else. As I walked down isle after isle of various housewares, I could feel my pace start to slow down. It was a lost cause...no way could I go through this store at a quick pace. I found a few goodies and was out the door.
I see a couple of Americana gatherings and a couple of decorated candle sticks in the making with these above!
Think this might be a table cloth, but loved the print and will be using it for some of my Christmas creations!
I knew the hardest part of my day was over. But I still had 14 shops to hit and lots of miles still to cover. I trekked on and stopped at Goodwills, Salvation Armys, Value Villages, St. Vincent DePauls and a Deseret Industry. And at the end of the day I had driven 95 miles and hit 21 thrift stores! And I still managed to finish with two hours to spare. I was home in time to have dinner with my family!
Needless to say, I was quite tired! I had only spent around $75 dollars, but I had found some great items to use in my creations. I won't be doing this again any time soon, although I quite often do a "thrifting day" with about half the number of stores. Here's just a few more of the things I bought. I also bought a nice cutter quilt, but it's in the washer at the moment!
I LOVE this piece above and plan to save it for a Christmas gathering. I was so excited when I found not one, but TWO off round wood bowls. They just need a little cleaning up.
I'm always looking for enamelware and was so excited to find the sugar dish and two beat up bowls below. I see gatherings in the future for all three of these!
So, I'm almost done organizing my new craft room. I just have a few bins to put away, curtains to hang and a couple of piles of fabric to put away. I'll be back to show you THAT accomplishment later.
And now..................for the fun part! I do quite a bit of thrifting, and one thing I've noticed is the large number of wood knife blocks I see at every store I visit! I mean, NO ONE should EVER buy a brand new knife block. Just walk into to any thrift store and you'll have your pick of all sizes, shapes and designs. So I decided to count the number of knife blocks in each of the 21 stores I would visit. My first task when I got back into the car was to write down the number I had counted in that store. Sooooooooooooo.......if anyone can guess the number of wood knife blocks I saw on my thrifting adventure on Wednesday, you will win a prize. No...it won't be a knife block! But it WILL be one of my little creations! So start guessing. First correct answer wins (one guess per person, please). After three days, if no one guesses the correct number, the person coming closest without going over will win! Here's a couple of hints....out of the 21 stores, there were only two stores in which I didn't see a single block. And in the MEGA Goodwill store I counted....now get this....I counted 40 wood knife blocks! So there's your hints. Start guessing!
Hope you enjoyed going along with me on my thrift store adventure. Wish I could have taken you along physically! It's always more fun when you bring a friend along!