Monday, February 20, 2012

Confessions of a Thrift Shopper

I have a confession to make. 

  I consider myself an accidental thrift shopper.
Up until little over a year ago, I never went into thrift all.

 Now, I am not saying I am a snob, I just never considered Goodwill a place to shop.
There was nothing really I needed at any thrift store or such establishments.

To be really honest with myself, for the last 11 years I have been so busy with raising two babies on my own and running a small business,  my world didn't include much else outside of these two factors.

 I shopped for groceries and the odd time at  WalMart for home necessities.

Two different scenes on either sides.

I didn't think about china cabinets or what could go into them. 
 I didn't think about vintage treasures.

 I didn't have time to think about anything antique.
 Pretty tea cups I knew people collected, but never thought I would start a collection of my own.

 Then, a year and a half ago I went out west, Kamloops, BC, on a one year sabbatical.

I put my small business on hold for that year.
My children were young adults, so no longer had the demands on me that they did when they were younger.

 So now what do I do with my time??

 Up until that point I have always collected Christmas ornaments, and when I was to have my first Christmas out west all my ornaments were back at my Ontario house.

I jumped on the computer to look for some rustic, western Christmas ideas and came across someones wonderful blog.......and the rest, as they say, is history.

Blogging taught me how to find treasures in thrift stores....inexpensively.
Blogging taught me how to rejuvenate new life into an old treasure.
Blogging introduced me to a whole new way of thinking.

I am always amazed how I can find beautiful china at cheap prices.
I would also have to say that in its own way, blogging changed my life....for the better.

I kinda love this thrifting thing.  I look forward to the days I can go treasure hunting!
So there you have it, a confession of a (fairly new) thrift shopper.



I will be joining these linky parties

Show Off Your Cottage Monday at The house in the roses
Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm


  1. I agree with you, blogging is such a great way to learn about thrifting, painting furniture and sharing home decor ideas.

  2. A wonderful collection! I especially love your Adams Dickensware jug. Blogging is a great way to meet new friends and vistas, indeed. Nice to meet you!

  3. Hi Diane,
    You sound just like me. When I was raising my family, I didn't think about collecting china {although I always wanted to} and antique treasures as I didn't have the time nor the money.
    Blogging has changed all that for me too. Since my children moved out on their own, I now have the time and a little extra money to indulge in my fantasy. I have made so many lovely friends since I started blogging and there's no turning back now.
    Your photos are wonderful! I love your Dickens jug and the tea set. Thank you my friend for sharing and joining me for tea today.


  4. Blogging has been wonderful for me, too. I am so encouraged to try things that I would never have dared to before. My creativity is sparked by what others are doing and have done. It has been an awesome experience.

    Love your pretty china.


  5. B is for Blogging Blessings!
    You just can't have too many!

  6. Hi Diane. I found some decorating blogs through a friend and that got me hooked enought to start my own blog. I always had teacups hidden in the cupboard. Some were handed down and some were wedding shower gifts and I never thought I'd use any of them. lol Now I love them and use them often. You have some really pretty pieces. Thrifting is a lot of fun isn't it!
    Blessings my friend. Pam

  7. Who knew it could be so fun? Back when I was raising a big family I could have used a good thrift store, but I was too busy for that kind of fun! Haha!

  8. Isn't blogging fun? You meet so many different people ... different interests, learn so many new things. I'd say you've joined the world of thrifting and have done very well! Loved seeing some of your goodies -- love embroidery and tea things. Happy Tea Day!

  9. Hi Diane,
    every time is dedicated to something special. And as much times are changing, the special ideas are changing, too. That makes life interesting. So nice, that you found fun with your collection. I wish you many lucky moments with new finds.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  10. love your wee treasures.
    I can't wait for the warmer days and we go antiquing.

  11. I just love coming here...lots and lots of inspiration!
    Blessings, Joanne

  12. The love of thrifting is so much fun! You have a wonderful collection in only one year! I love to see what different thrift shops may have. I enjoy antique, vintage and new for it is so much fun to mix and match. Thanks for sharing how your joy of thrifting began! Happy Tea Party! Pam

  13. Yes, I agree, blogging is fun & a great way to meet new friends! I love your wonderful thrift store purchases...such treasures.

  14. What great finds! The old is always better than the new -- and you're "green" too!

  15. Diane, you just wrote my story! Almost to a T! :) I was delighted as I read it..and am always showing of my finds on my blog. Like you I am fascinated with what I find out there that I would have had to pay a lot of money for a long time ago. It's addictive, isn't it??
    :) Believe me, I shall return! It's been such fun visiting you.

  16. It's fun, isn't it? I usually look around with a purpose, but don't get to do it very often. A perfect afternoon? with a friend followed by a ramble through our favorite china consignment stores.

  17. Blogging does lead the way to new activities, doesn't it?
    I rarely go into our Salvation Army, it's in an old building that doesn't smell very pleasant.
    My favourite is antique stores and barns.

  18. I've found bloggers have the best ideas! I love all that beautiful china!

  19. Hi, Diane: I don't reeaaalllyyy have a blog, at least not yet. . . .but I do know what you mean about how blogging has given you new perspective. I have been following some people online for about the past year, and am learning about many different and fun pursuits, such as the thrifting! I have traveled around the country and abroad, and being able to re-visit some of my favotire places via the Internet is extremely enjoyable. Blogging is definitely great for finding out about some of the neat finds that people get in different parts of the world. And with that, I have to let you know that I LOVE the Dickens teapot you are showing here. Cheers! Cynthia

  20. So well put - and it is exactly my story as well only I caught the bug a few years before you did. I love the thrill of finding a treasure at the thrift store.