By now you know I love to get lost searching for treasures in tucked away places. And if you’re not into this, then I bet you’re wondering what a day of digging for gold really looks like, right?
Here’s a little run-down, a few tips before you set out:
1. Take your own bags.
Some thrift stores are starting to charge for their bags, and many rely on bags by donation. Why not save a bag – notice my friend Heather’s cloth bag slung over her shoulder?
2. Plan to pay with cash.
Some thrifting outlets will accept cash only; smaller bills and coin are best.
3. Keep handi-wipes and/or hand sanitizer with you – if you thrift you’ll know why!
4. If you see something you love, buy it.
Like this vintage fondue pot my friend Angie pulled from a pile! If you wait, chances are it’ll be gone next time you’re in.
5. When in doubt, snap a quick photo.
Text it to your trusted voice of reason for a second opinion! There are times you’ll be glad you did, LOL! Heather pranked my poor, unsuspecting hubs – had him second guessing whether or not I was really serious about this keeper of a piece. Might be rare vintage afterall!
6. Know your prices.
I’m noticing a shift upward in the pricing, and that’s fair, but just beware that thifting isn’t always the bargain basement you’d think. These are vintage Baribocraft bowls I just happened to spy, and I can tell you that I’ve seen them priced all across the board!
7. Practice the one-in, one out rule. Hand over a bag of donations along the way!
8. And last thing…
Don’t forget to eat, and drink lots of water!
Treasure hunting can be so much fun… you just never know when or where you’ll find something cool and unique.
Like this vintage West Bend cake carrier, c. 1950s-60s. Pretty cool, huh?
It caught my eye when I was spending the day with my Kelowna pal, Carol (The Design Pages and mastermind behind The Bright Box). Did you enter the Bright Box giveaway yet? Better hurry, there’s only a few hours left!
Photographs by Sheila Zeller unless otherwise indicated.