In the Pacific Northwest, our thrifting methods change as we move into autumn and the yard sales die off. If we are lucky to have any yard sales it's usually because someone is moving and they are forced to have a sale with weather that is lousy and in the pouring rain. Saturday gave me two rummage sales and one moving sale. I didn't even take a list with me because I knew where all the sales were. Unlike the summer where I carry a long list of sales and I strategically plan my route in order to hit the best sales first. When I arrived at the first rummage sale at the High School the sun was peeking out of the clouds.
By the time I got to the moving sale, it was pouring rain and I had to dash into their garage to avoid getting soaked. Locals don't tend to have umbrellas. That's how we can spot the tourists. The rain didn't even let up on my 15 minute drive to the next rummage sale. The first sale was pretty good, the moving sale was better and the last rummage sale was awful. When sales turn this way I start looking for utilitarian items rather than hoping to find some hidden sterling.
These are the unmentionables that I actually pick up every week but never tend to share because there are so many better things to tell you about. But at the same time, all of these useful things help make up the fact that I can proudly say that probably 88% of our household items are thrifted.
This kind of box makes me giddy. It's full of office supplies and it was only $2 for the entire box. At the bottom there are many post it note pads and those clear but colored post it thingys to put in books to mark a page. I went through and picked out what I wanted, gave the children some things and added the rest to a box that holds items I'm selling at my next yard sale. It's a rare day when I don't buy something for the office. Give me a box of pens and I feel faint especially if there are some sharpies in there.
These are tiny little tupperware containers and were ten cents for the pair. I pack the children a lunch every day. These will be great to hold raisins or cashews. I tend to look for glass containers with lids which are hard to find but earlier in the summer I found 6 pampered chef, 1 cup glass containers each with a lid for $7.00. I found the price a little steep but this might be one of my summer finds. I use these every day in their lunch.
These are verging a little away from useful because they are so darn sweet. They are two egg cups from France and cost me .50 cents for the pair. Keiran especially loves boiled eggs and who wouldn't love one in a cup like this?
Okay now I'm totally off the utilitarian theme. I certainly don't need another tea pot. I mean I already own 7 so perhaps it's time for an intervention. But I cannot resist a teapot made in Norway covered in blue dots and plum squares. And I've never seen a lid like this before on a teapot. That's a good excuse isn't it? And it was only $1. And I will try to use it at least once a week. I pinkie promise as Cerys says.
Except for the teapot, this kind of thrifing is imperative to my thrifting lifestyle. I really dread having to go out and buy these kinds of things new. Some dark part of me loves an estate sale where everything in the kitchen and bathroom are priced to sell. I pick up band-aids, ziplock bags, light bulbs, paper cups, unopened soap and don't get me started on the office supplies. And for the most part we use what I buy. If we don't, I sell it at my next yard sale or I give it away on freecycle. When your next thrifiting, don't forget the unmentionables, and I don't mean used underwear.
Do you have a list of useful things to look for?