When it comes to thrifting I think I’ve finally learned the only way of resisting temptation that works for me.
One thing I can tell you it’s definitely not is making a specific list and telling myself I’m only buying what’s on that list. While that does help remind me of what I’m looking for, it has never worked at limiting me to just what’s on the list.
How about you?
This fabulous colourful plastic-handled cutlery set wasn’t on my list, but there’s no way I was not bringing it home.
For $2 for the lot, it was definitely a no-resist situation.
I have a few ideas for this lot. I can feel the repurposing wheels turning.
Tablecloths are not on my list because I don’t need any more, especially since I decoupaged a tablecloth onto my kitchen table.
But for fabric repurposing purposes? Yes please.
The colours in this one are absolutely stunning, and there was no way I was leaving this large $1 tablecloth behind.
And check out the colours on this $1 funky textured tablecloth.
I just started adding yellow to my aqua and red kitchen with my spray painted glass vases and then I find this.
It’ll be repurposed in some way, just not sure exactly how yet. The colours are perfect, and it was definitely coming home with me.
No ifs, ands, or buts about it.
I would have to be a little bit crazy to have snooker balls on my list, because 1) I don’t have a snooker table, and 2) I don’t even know how to play snooker, and 3) I’m not even really sure what snooker is. I’ve played pool quite a few times over the years, but I’ve never played snooker.
But look at all that glorious red!
They cost me $7 and I’m thinking they’ll look pretty great somehow displayed in my kitchen.
What would you do with them? Besides playing snooker of course.
The set is vintage Aramith and made in Belgium.
Salt and pepper sets are on my list, but only glass and/or silver miniatures for my collection. Even so I couldn’t pass up this $1 heavy plastic set because of the colour… perfect for my kitchen.
Vintage bakeware, like these 50 cent muffin pans, is always on my mental list even when it’s not on my actual list. It can be repurposed in so many ways like similar ones that I have in my craft desk as drawer organizers.
The $1 silver plate salad spoon set?
Not on my list, but they have rhinestones on the handles so they were too cool.
And last but not least purses are not on my list, but this $2 straw one was just too pretty. It still has its Made in Philippines label inside and is in great shape. I love that it has leather or leather-like handles for good durability.
When I first saw it I thought I’d repurpose it as another purse planter, but I just can’t do it. It’ll be used for storage in my craft room I think.
So at first glance it might look like I haven’t resisted temptation at all, but what I shared today is less than what I used to bring home each week.
This is all I brought home for the month of July, and if I added it up right I spent just $16. Woo hoo!
Not much right?
So what’s my secret? It’s simple really.
I’m keeping my un-resisting treasure-seeking thrift-shopping self out of the thrift stores, and far far away from garage sales. Honestly, the best way to resist temptation is to take the temptation away. Period.
Is that cheating? 🙂
I used to visit my local thrift store every day on my lunch hour and now I go just once a week… and sometimes I actually leave empty handed.
What? Who would’ve thought that was even possible? lol.
Garage saling used to happen every Saturday, but now it doesn’t happen at all. Yay!
There are always going to be treasures out there, but I’ve come to realize that I can’t be the one to rescue them all. I’m still finding some great stuff so I’m perfectly happy not knowing what treasures I’m missing.
So far it’s working great and my house, especially my craft studio, is so much happier now.
And so am I. 🙂
What about you? Have you been resisting the thrifting temptation?
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!