Last week, while out running errands, I popped into a thrift store in a nearby town, that I rarely go into, though I drive by on a regular basis. When I go through this town I am on my way somewhere else, and I was this time too, but decided to come that way on my way home and stop in. I am so glad that I did.
I love thrift stores. Not just for the fact that some of the money goes to help others, but because I feel like a rescuer of lost treasures.
First up was this first edition of Sea Star by Marguerite Henry.
The dust cover has seen better days but the book is in good condition, including an inscription to to someone. It was given for Christmas the year it was first published which is 1949. I'm sad to think this book was in someone's personal family collection, and no one wanted it so it was given away. I'm happy to have rescued it. It may end up as a gift for a horse loving daughter for her personal library. Oh, and the cost? $2.00 I saw a copy in similar condition for sale on line for $40.
I always look for books, of course, and found these that caught my eye.
Longbourn by Jo Baker, tells the tale of those who serve 'downstairs' in Pride and Prejudice. I'm interested in reading that soon. Mr. Darcy's Daughters by Elizabeth Aston caught my eye, too since I am a Pride and Prejudice fan. Not of all the 'sequels' are worth reading, but for .50 cents I thought this one was worth giving a try. Then C.S. Lewis - I've heard of the book but have never read it. My girls will be interested as well.
The next treasure is a dust ruffle. My mom had been looking for one and the only kind she could find easily are the more tailored style. Knowing that dust ruffles were hard to find, when I saw this white embroidered one that fits my bed, I checked it out, then put it back, then came back to it and put it in my cart. I figured for $4.00 it was a good buy. It was! I love how it looks on my bed!
I always look at dishes and glass ware, too. I found this silver plated footed tray. I cleaned it a bit but need some cleaner so I haven't finished it yet.
It has a pretty monogram in the middle! It was $1.00 - seriously.
The last treasure to show you is the first that I found. I love history and Williamsburg, Virginia is a favored place of mine. I spotted these prints behind some dishes, on a bottom shelf. I hung them over my desk.
They are of the Bruton Parish Church
The Raleigh Tavern
and the Capitol.
The artist is Coby Carlson, and I found one of his litho prints of the Raleigh Tavern for sale on line for more than I paid, which was $2.50 each. These are special to me because of the interest I have in American Colonial History. They are not matted but the frames are decent, but I may paint them. Eventually I may matte them as well, but we'll see.
I appreciate that other folks don't think of these items as treasure, but I sure do, and I am thankful to be able to furnish my home at such low costs. I like to think that I am rescuing once loved items as well, and giving them new life.
Do you like to hunt for treasure at thrift shops, too? What is your best find ever?
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