For the past several months, I’ve been hitting the thrifts quite frequently. Unfortunately for me, it’s been to make donations. For a woman who used to shop a circuit of stores 3 days a week, it’s been a sad, sad thing. My previous habit had been in support of my eBay store, where I sell LeSportsac bags, homegoods and vintage kitsch. I also liked to find fun stuff for the house as well.
Due to our move, the eBay store will focus primarily on LeSportsac bags with some new homegoods thrown in for good measure. This is partly due to storage space at the new house but also has to do with the fact that I will be rejoining the work force in the near future. With full time employment as well as two shops on Etsy, I really don’t have time to run a fully stocked eBay store and keep up with the changes they make every other day. This is in part why I have been making so many thrift shop runs – donations of outgrown kid stuff, old eBay stock, stuff that we simply had no more use for.
So, yesterday I was making a donation of stuff to a shop in Maryland. This was a combination of things that moved from my mother’s house and things Steve used in the apartment where he lived for the 9 months we were still in Georgia. I dropped off the boxes and bags, got my receipt and proceeded to maneuver the car through the parking lot, fully intending to drive home. “No, go in”, said a voice in my head.
I quickly agreed with the voice (it’s always better to not argue with the voices in your head) and pulled into a parking spot. Walked into the front door and noticed the display cabinets of glass and tchotchkes to my right. I proceeded over. Through my years of being on eBay, I have learned an appreciation for glassware and dinnerware from the Depression through the 70’s. Ahhhhhhhhh, the joy of seeing glassware that I recognized.
There’s some Anchor Hocking Wexford and some Indiana Glass Whitehall (trying so hard to be Fostoria American). Most of what I saw was utilitarian in style, until I turned my head to what was obviously the feature cabinet. A small glass vase had me joyous. I knew it was Seneca Driftwood in yellow. I asked to see it and it was perfect and blemish free and priced at $4.90. Not a color I’m really fond of but I have a thing for this pattern, as well as Morgantown’s Crinkle and Bryce’s El Rancho so knew I had to buy it.
Then my eyes scanned the dinnerware. Aqua blue starbursts on cream caught my eye. A large set with plates, cups, saucers and bowls sat on the lowest shelf. I asked to see the butter dish. Unmarked, as was the saucer and cup. The dinner plate was finally handed over – Royal China Celeste. Awesome. A lovely Mid-Century Modern set, waiting to be used and loved again. I asked the price – $19.90. SOLD.
Went to checkout with the vase & tag from the set. $16 and change was the total. I never argue with a lower price. As I left the store, I saw the sign that said 33% off Monday. It really did pay to to listen to the voice in my head.