A Two Month Thrift Store Round Up

I must admit that this season in our neck of the woods isn’t that great for thrifting. Probably for two reasons.

1) Winter is coming. People don’t tend to go and get rid of stuff in winter as much as they do in garage sale season in the summer. Trying to unload storage and furniture in the snow and freezing wind chills is well, pretty much asking you to go sit on your couch with a hot chocolate and feign ignorance.

2) Everyone starts to cruise the stores for second hand holiday decorations so a lot of the good stuff tends to get picked over.

Mind you I have almost two months worth of photos that I haven’t posted. So here is a very picture heavy and very overdue thrifting gallery of things I came across.

Out of all of that I have two items that I regret not buying (and no it wasn’t the Star Wars book).

The set of retro stacking tables. That was a dumb move on my part. They were real wood and immaculate condition. And the other was the U shape lamp stand. I really like how it looked and of course after I leave it at the store, Apartment Therapy does this piece of brass lamps (though the one I came across wasn’t brass which I am not a fan of) that had similar shapes and entirely different price tags. See them here and here.

There was definitely a surplus of vintage Singer sewing machines. Maybe they were trying to tell me something. Like don’t leave your IKEA sewing machine in the ground where your husband can walk by and accidentally kick off the bobbin thread winder part and break it thus having you contact IKEA wondering if they sell replacement parts. I am betting that wouldn’t have happened with the metal parts of an old sewing machine.

What I loved but did not work was the General Electric Alarm Clock. It had the old school numbers that flipped over and all I kept thinking of was LOST. I even plugged it in to make sure and alas, the radio was broken and I’m not sure if the clock part would run properly. I could have gotten it fixed but it probably would have cost me 20x the cost of the actual clock.

See anything you’d take home?

 

18 Comments

  • Reply
    Stacey
    November 28, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Good stuff, Alex! I love the wood canisters, the glass containers with cork tops and that microscope set. ALL COOL! Really it was eye candy from the get go… but those probably would have come home with me. I have no room left in the house for big things but the small stuff I can always sneak in and find a place for. Then Richie says “when did we get this”? I can always just roll my eyes and say Oh.. we’ve had that forever”. Works every time. (lol)

    Believe it or not I also love that brass light fixture. I would definitely remove all the guts and just use the glass shade… AS A TERRARIUM! How fun. The sewing machines are great too. I do believe the sewing Gods might be trying to tell you something.

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      Alex@northstory
      November 28, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      A terrarium!!! See? I never would have thought of that. I was staring at that going ok how would you look in a rustoleum bronze oil.

      HAHAHA! The one downfall of doing these posts is that I always have some form of buyers remorse when I look at a certain photo and think why did I leave that exactly?

      That’s what I do too. Look for little things b/c our house is still not remotely decorated and finished. We need several side tables, storage, shelving, table, I could go on. What I have too much of are the knick knacks….b/c the shelves aren’t up to put them on yet. The sewing Gods are telling me to go fine tune my machine that I haven’t used in over a month!

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    hannahchristiane
    November 28, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I LOVE the “globe on a pedestal” piece, and the very first picture, the antique buffet. I keep picturing it with a lovely linen runner and some sparkling candlesticks on top…. But alas. I have no idea where I would put either piece. I’m also a fan of that gorgeous solid wood round table, but it looks like it would be out of my thrifting budget. You have a great eye for finding treasures! These are some beauties.

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      Alex@northstory
      November 28, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      It’s funny b/c usually at thrift stores around here things are not even remotely expensive. That one was $249. It was old and not remotely a cheap wood piece so even for antique standards they knew what had been dropped off and priced it as such. Normally something to that effect would be $50 and under.

      My husband said the same thing. Why did you leave that round table? It’s a big debate in our house. He thinks we need a round table in the kitchen. I am waiting to see what we do with the kitchen before I bring home a new table for it.

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    Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
    November 28, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Did you really leave that square green canister with the stainless lid behind? I would have had to buy it. Then it would just sit around since I have nothing to actually use it for.

    Also the cheese dome. Which frankly, I’ve never needed one in my life, but you can envision I’ll use it at my next imaginary dinner party… where I guess I could also use the small red-glass dessert cups.

    I’m getting better at remember to take photos of things that I MIGHT need a picture of for the blog… but I really passed up a good one at the post office yesterday. A box with a giant red label that said—Rush delivery, human remains. And I was like, BAH! What!! Then when I got in the car, I was like, WHY did I not take a photo of that?

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      November 28, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      I swear I did thought I came very close to wanting to buy it for my friend Christine but then I realized she had an entire set of similar ones in a creamy yellow colour that we got at Goodwill eons ago. I am one of those people that would have to have a set. I’d stare at it and be like where’s the rest of your family?

      I stared at that and thought see this is for people who do fancy grating vs my betty crocker $1 hand held contraption.

      Rush delivery, human remains? Now that’s a blog entry that I’d love to read. Do what I do, just take a photo. Once you start it becomes such instinct that you literally get angry when your phone doesn’t cooperate. I know you warned me about the differences between the iPhone 4 and the 4G and now I want the 4G. If only for the photo resolution difference.

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    Brandy@midcenturymodernlove.com
    November 29, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    i love the tall boy dresser! and all teh dressers in general. you could do some really cool things with them.

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      November 30, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      I’ve seen so many of them around and I’ve never brought one home. Isn’t that terrible? It’s the like Pyrex. I come across so much Pyrex that I think a collector is going to come across this and be like why can’t I get that, why is it all the way in Canada!

  • Reply
    Danielle
    November 30, 2012 at 2:54 am

    Oh boo! I just left a lengthy comment and it disappeared into cyberspace. Love the post… so many great finds. Every time I look at the photos, I see something new.

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      November 30, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      Damnit Danielle you have such great responses to the thrifting posts too. Stupid internet servers.

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    now at home mom
    November 30, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I love all these! 🙂 specially those retro dressers, I need 2 of those please? 🙂

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      November 30, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      One day I will get off my ass and do an etsy store. Mind you I don’t know how I’d ship dressers. OY!

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    runtspickins
    December 3, 2012 at 9:08 am

    I loooooove the anti

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    runtspickins
    December 3, 2012 at 9:08 am

    antique dresser! (Sorry, I pressed “send” to soon!)

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    julia @ life on churchill
    December 3, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    love the mid century dressers with spindle legs.

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    Organized Living Essentials
    December 3, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    I love thrift store shopping too but don’t always have the time. I am so enjoying reading about your treasure hunts. Do you have Value Village too? ~Thea

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      December 4, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      We do! VV, Salvation Army, Goodwill and some other independents. There’s a great blog I read in my WP.com reader that’s called Things I find in the Garbage. If you think what I come across is great, you should see what he finds on the street.

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