6 posts categorized "Thrifting"

June 30, 2011

Thrifting Detour (Part 3)

We decided to take our time driving home and stopped a few more places on the way. The first was a huge ranch style building. It was owned by the sweetest lady. She reminded me so much of my Grandma. She followed us around the store sharing her favorite items with us and insisting that even though not everything was for sale, if we saw something we liked we might be able to make a deal. So cute!

The space was filled with to the brim with mementos she'd been collecting over a lifetime. At some point in time she must have bought out a clothing manufacturing company. One room held an entire wall of fabric and notions along with a collection of at least 8 vintage industrial sewing machines each with it's own pull out cutting table and built in measuring guides.

Antique Industrial Sewing Machines

I almost died. They all needed some special attention and weren't at all practical for me, but UGH, they were so amazing! I left with a few tiny matryoshkas and a couple of milk glass vases  - only 75¢ each! I did not get the vintage barbie station wagon (in mint condition) below. *pats self on back*

Barbie Parking Lot

Or final stop was at a salvage yard. We almost missed it, the sign was just visible through the trees. It was quite the collection. Favorite pieces:

Tin Plated Letters

Headboard Graveyard

Antique Light Fixtures

Decorative Bricks

The best of the best:

BRAINS! - 25¢


June 28, 2011

Thrifting Detour (Part 2)

After we finished breakfast we wandered in and out of most of the antique and thrift shops on the street. We would have visited all of them but two of them were closed for lunch. Completely adorable. I instantly just picture Andy Griffith heading home for a sandwich and a slice of peach pie. (And now I'm hungry for peach pie - Thanks me!)

Here's a collection of some of the things we found:

Wooden Sailor

1. Wooden Sailor

Star Trek Mugs!

2. Star Trek Mugs

Wall of Buttons

3. A wall of vintage buttons - all sorted and labeled.

OCD Buttons

4. Did you catch that? They were all sorted and labeled. Then they were stored in a large collection of bottles and jars each wrapped with a small piece of red twine and then sealed with packing tape and another label. If my collecting ever reaches this level of OCD please, in the name of all that is good, get me out of the house! That being said - I bought two jars. You knew it was coming.


5. A large collection of National Enquirer magazines from the 60's and 70's. Jaclyn Smith's husband totally looked like Fred from Scooby Do. Somebody needed to say it.

Aside from the two jars of buttons I only bought one thing. I'm still working on reducing the number of things that I own so new items need to be really practical for me to even consider bringing them home. The other item that we got is a cushioned bench that we found to sit at the end of our bed. It could use some new upholstery, but it's solidly built and the dogs can use it as a ladder to get up on the bed. No more late night elevator service for drinks of water! I'll try to post a picture of it later. It was a good find, but the best is yet to come! Third installment coming soon...

June 27, 2011

Thrifting Detour (Part 1)

Remember when we went camping a few weeks ago? We stayed near a small town at the base of the Ozarks called Steelville. It is within a few miles of three different rivers so, while it may not draw huge crowds on it's own, it does get a lot of through traffic from people traveling to the rivers for float trips.


It's obvious that the main street through town has received some renovations in recent years, but thankfully not enough to steal from it's small town charm. We drove into town for breakfast one morning and were guided to a small restaurant not much larger than my living room filled with locals that the waitresses all knew by name. There were family rodeo photos lining the front of an antique pie case that looked like it hadn't held pie in at least 40 years.

Every cup of coffee was served in it's own unique mug collected over the years, no doubt, from a thrift store, garage sale or regular patron. I LOVE it when diners do this. It is so much fun to look around at all of the other tables to get a more complete view of the collection. All of the mugs were silently being guarded by an ancient taxidermy squirrel positioned on a shelf high on the wall above them. Somewhere in his past he must have lost the acorn he was holding in the presence of a well intentioned soul, as it is now roughly being held on by a gnarly length of floral wire. :/

I wanted so desperately to take pictures in this place, but it was so busy and sooo tiny that if I'd moved even slightly in my chair I would have either taken out a waitress or moved into someone else's personal space. Hopefully next time it's less crowded so I can snap a few pics. I couldn't stop staring at the squirrel. Seriously.


This is the bank located just down the street from the diner we were at. It's so cute! The rest of the street was lined with small locally owned shops ranging from a soda fountain to a bait shop and peppered throughout were antique shops. Awesome. I'll show you what we found in part 2!

Hope you're easing into the work week comfortably! - Kali

May 27, 2011

Thrifty Finds!

When I first moved to St. Louis I was only familiar with a few neighborhoods and I spent a good deal of time wandering around (sometimes lost ;) discovering new parks, restaurants and shops. The city offers such an eclectic assortment of neighborhoods each offering its own unique style and feel. We have our own versions of little Italy and China Town. There are distinct hipster, posh and artists neighborhoods. As a new resident it was so exciting to head out in my free time and explore. I was in the habit of visiting one new place at least once a week.

More recently I realized I'd been slacking on this. With summer just around the corner I'm hoping to  pick it back up again. I started by branching out this week and visiting some great vintage and thrift stores on the south side of the city. There were so many wonderful things to look at, but only a few made it home with me.

Plastic Beaded Purse

Marbled Closure

This black beaded purse. My grandma used to have a collection of purses like this. Love it! The marbling on the closure is adorable.

White Beaded Necklace

White beaded necklace.

Vintage Smocked Pillow Pattern

This vintage smocked pillow pattern. Swoon. My summer project list overfloweth.

Have you made any great finds recently?

March 30, 2011

March Giveaway!

I'm still alive! This has been a rough month schedule wise, but I'm not ready to give up on number 28 of my 2011 goals. So as promised, here is this months giveaway! (Tutorial to follow tomorrow.)

What do you get when you combine a thrifted skirt with blanket binding and decorative trim?


This crazy adorable apron!




Would you like to call it yours?

Here are the rules:

To enter just sign your name in a comment and tell me what your favorite outdoor spring activity is. (I can't wait for the weather to change so I can get outside!)

For a bonus entry tweet a link to my giveaway or post a link on your blog. (Make sure you post an additional comment here letting me know so you get your bonus entry!)

The winner will be randomly selected Monday night (April 4th) at 6pm. Good Luck & remember to check back to see if you've won!

(Interested in possibly making your own apron? Check back tomorrow for the tutorial!

*This Giveaway is closed.*

March 08, 2011

Record Lows

I've started exploring the smaller thrift stores around my house and recently found a treasure trove of vinyl. Most of the albums are priced under a dollar and there is a surprising selection.


In Spanish!!!!

I don't currently own a record player, but it's getting harder to resist. Captain and Tennille... in Spanish?!?! Yes please! Maybe I'll find the perfect yard sale bargain over the summer.

Most of my time the past two weeks has been spent gearing up for my next craft show. After this past weekend I really feel like I'm getting somewhere. Exciting! I'll try to post some progress photos later.