more thrift store joys



I mentioned in my last “gratitude sunday” post that we had spent part of James’ birthday checking out some of our favorite thrift shops. We found some treasures that passed the “does it bring me joy” test and made their way home with us. 🙂

First, the four-book set of the Illustrated Library of Arts and Crafts. Although published in the 1970s, the references provide a ton of information still incredibly useful today, including instructions for making mosaics and wind chimes, boutiquing, scrap art, decorative painting, collage, dough art, flower preserving, and so much more — an inspiring but practical “joy” that I know will get a lot of use in its new home.

Next up — an adorable vintage cast iron small muffin or mini-bundt pan. It’s in wonderful condition and just crying out for some blueberry muffin batter, don’t you think? 😉

And my last joy to share from this excursion: a stack of back issues of The Workbasket magazine, dating from 1952 to 1962. I have been a collector of vintage women’s magazines for several years now, so this little lot brought me great joy (and credit to James for first spotting them and knowing his wife well enough to immediately add them to his shopping basket!). Each edition is full of crafting projects and ideas, recipes (I’ve already bookmarked those for cranberry relish, strawberry tarts, baked eggs in cheese sauce, and “miracle” icing), flower and garden tips — not to mention great vintage advertising, another fave of mine. 🙂


joy and thrift store finds


One of my favorite ways to spend a day is thrifting — at charity shops, flea markets, yard sales, or estate auctions. I have no shame that most of the cashmere sweaters filling my cedar chest were purchased for four dollars at the Goodwill or that the 1850 Robert Burns lithograph by James Baillie hanging in our bedroom came to us in a lot of other framed print for twenty-five bucks at an auction or that most of our paperbacks come from the local library’s annual book sale. Some of my finds I resell, but most are put to good use right here at Baldy Hill.

Yesterday, my friend Patty took me to an amazing shop in Lancaster County. This nonprofit charity shop is huge — 26,000 square feet! — and full of wonderful finds at really good prices. Now, to make sure I don’t make any purchases I later regret, I have been using the “does it bring me joy” approach, and the answer must be “yes” before any item makes it into my shopping basket (this approach works really well when decluttering any home space, too).

So what brought me joy yesterday? First, the vintage tin. I have several that my grandmother gave me many years ago — I remember hers always being used to store sewing notions, and now I do the same. 🙂 Next, I found two tops: one long sleeved and linen — perfect for sunny days in the garden — and the second sleeveless and in the sweetest summer print. So yes, definitely joy there (as an unexpected snow falls outside my window this afternoon, such reminders of warm sunny days are much welcome). And lastly, I chose a five-dollar grab basket. The basket itself was large and sturdy (perfect for storing yarn) and it was filled with pretty fabric remnants that I know will get put to good use.  🙂