It’s probably a good thing going to Goodwill with two toddlers is practically impossible, since I have a little bit of a thrift store/yard sale/flea market addiction. I used to have a Livejournal (ha!) dedicated to my flea market shopping trips, but hopefully it’s been lost in the interwebs and I can’t bore you to death with the five hundred useless cut-glass candy dishes I bought for a nickel. But I CAN show you the stuff I bought at Goodwill last weekend when I was on a childless errand-running spree.

I went specifically looking for plain cloth tablecloths for Evan’s party and spring/summer baby clothes. Obviously I struck out on the tablecloths but I still think it was a pretty successful trip.

Besides having a kid’s name in the front, this dino pop-up book was in PERFECT condition. Amazing, since within 2 hours my kids had already ripped two of the dinosaurs. I think I’ll put in on the “read with mommy quietly” shelf. The Babar book is vintage – 1960’s – and also in great condition. I bought it more for me than the kids, since I love Babar.

The glass thing is a fishbowl I’m using as a terrarium for Evan’s birthday party decorations. The red and white checked thing is a tablecloth I’m going to keep in the car for picnics and playing at the park so we don’t end up eating lunch on my yoga mat. And the little girl dresses, well…

This one is obviously hand made – it has little bloomers underneath too. It’s going to be perfect for summer time outside playing.

The print on the fabric AND kitty cat buttons? I die. Caroline kept saying “Keetteee!!”

This last thing is cheating a little, since I didn’t exactly thrift it…

The house across the street from ours has a steady stream of short term renters who move in and out and they’re always having yard sales/leaving stuff by the curb. This was out for the trash a couple weeks ago so I rescued it.

As part of a dining room set it wouldn’t be my style at all, but one chair mixed with my other single chairs in the living room is eclectic. I might repaint it something fun – yellow? pink? – and find it a home upstairs some day, but since it was zero dollars I’m just happy to have another place to sit.

Even E – who DREADS seeing stuff by the curb because I’m always shouting “STOP THE CAR! I need to go through the trash!” – admitted this was an acceptable acquisition. Hooray for thrifting!

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8 Responses to “Trash/Treasure”

  1. Swistle says:

    Whoa. GREAT chair!

  2. Audrey says:

    Ooh I like that chair! I would be tempted to see what it would take to put rockers on the bottom. It just has that rocking chair feel to me. But it’s beautiful as it is. I have gotten the thrift bug recently and have been begging Chris to go down our antique/thrift street with me for the past few weeks. Maybe this weekend!!

  3. Jamie B says:

    My daughter would LOVE that dinosaur book! And I am SO jealous of that chair. It’s gorgeous!
    Thrift store-ing is a two-parent job if our sproglet is with us. One to corral her, one to look for stuff. :) It’s okay though because our favorite thrift store has a “free stuff” area in the entryway, and there’s always a bin of toys. If the kiddo is good while we’re there, we let her get a toy. :D

  4. Lindsey says:

    Excellent thrifting day! Jealous of those books. I love Babar and the bambino loves dinosaurs!

  5. raincheckmom says:

    Love the kitty dress!

  6. Sarah-Anne says:

    oh good for you finding all that beautiful vintage stuff!

  7. April says:

    lol…just tell your husband that you’re saving the Earth!

  8. Love the chair! And the baby clothes? Too cute :).

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