Friday, September 30, 2011

thrifted find #1 & thrift store "ambiance" {31 days of thrifting}

 
On the first day of thrifting, my true love gave to me:

 
The Dyson handheld vacuum- $25, brand new in the package at Goodwill.
{bonus points if you can sing that to the tune!}
 
It was a Target surplus item, and I don't know why it was there or how I was the one who managed to find it, but I snatched it up quicker than you could say your mama's middle name.
 
The day I bought it, it was selling for $339 on Amazon.
 
Pretty sweet!
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thrifting tip #1:

Prepare to enter a different world when you thrift. One that isn't too pretty.
 
Realize before you ever walk through the doors of a thrift store, it's not going to look {or smell} like Marshall's. If yours does, count yourself extremely lucky. You will likely see dirty floors, polyester clothes your grandma wore back in 1978, and lots of weird, overpriced junk you wouldn't put in your house if you were paid to. But somewhere among those decorative 80's ceramic bow-tie-wearing duck cookie jars and hanging fabric calendars from 1994, great treasures are hiding.
 
Like my pretty little brand-spankin'-new Dyson.
 
*grin*
 
So how does your favorite thrift store look? I've not seen a pretty one yet, have you?
{oh, and please leave the address in the comments if you have, I wanna go!}
Would you agree that it's worth it to overlook the atmosphere in most cases?
 
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Wanna find out why I'm blogging about thrifting for 31 days straight?
 
And don't forget to check back at the Nester's place for lots of other 31 day blogging topics!
 
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Wanna join in the fun? I would love to feature a few of your very best finds as well {you don’t even have to be a blogger!},  so email me at mandy  @ biblicalhomemaking dot com and submit your photo with a few details! That way we can all share in the thrifty goodness!
{be warned- it’s slightly addicting! :P}
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