Thrift Shop Challenge

So, two weeks ago, my “friends” Sherry and John posted their Macklemore Thrift Shop Challenge over at Young House Love based on this song.

And, I thought this would be a great time for an adventure. I hadn’t done a little thrifting for a while, and my two best friends both had the day off.  So, we thought it would be fun to hit up a few thrift stores that we hadn’t had a chance to see. The way I looked at the challenge was to head to a thrift store and spend no more than $20 and look for some funky stuff like what he talks about in the song, although we did look for the weirdest stuff we could find. It was a dreary day, threatening rain the whole time, but we had a great time!

So, here are the ladies, Alie and Emily (sorry for the cruddy phone pictures–needed hands free for the digging)!

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And, this is the first place we hit up, Community Forklift in Edmonston, Maryland, a local organization much like ReStore where donations are collected for new, used, or vintage building supplies.  We realized this isn’t really a thrift store, but it really depends on your definition.  And, for our DIYing-loving selves, it counted.

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We found a ton of cool stuff, and Alie found some old science equipment that she is going to use as decor pieces. I didn’t come home with anything at this stop, but I would have loved one of these guys.  I think they were old rolling room dividers in a previous life. They were all already sold, but I might DIY one sometime.  I think they would be awesome for a chalkboard, particularly if you didn’t want to chalkboard paint a wall in your home.

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After a wonderful lunch at a local little place, Busboys and Poets, we headed over to our next stop, Unique Thrift in White Oak, Maryland. I had been to the Unique Thrift in Falls Church before, but hadn’t been to this one. This one is particularly cool because there is a Value Village on the other side of the same space.  Prices for the two were roughly the same; they are just owned by two different people, so you have to check purchases between the two.  A little weird, but it was also very convenient.

And, for $24 (yes, I was over by $4), here is my loot.  Lots of stuff for the little man – two shirts, two trucks, and number foam squares.  Some textiles – two sheets and an awesome pillow case/cover.   And, my favorite find, the the little framed carnival photo. It was a good day, and the challenge helped keep me reined in.

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As for the other stuff we found, we start with the obligatory keyboard from the song.

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The real ferret or mink or some small gross little animal stole that Alie actually bought to send to her dad for his birthday.  Sounds a little weird, I know, but seriously, her dad will love it.  And, it’s purchase led to our funniest moment of the day when the checkout lady wouldn’t touch it.

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But, that wasn’t even the weirdest thing we found. This little number was.

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The lovely color and flowered trim was one thing, but the pants or apron (???) the dog is wearing unzipped to say “I love you.”

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Which, I have to say, is just weird.  I mean, why would an “I love you” like this need to be hidden? So strange!

Overall, the day was a great one.  I don’t get a chance to see my lovely ladies very often, so a day with both of them is an added bonus.

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