I met my friend Nester for coffee the other day. We always say we are going to meet for coffee, but actually its just to grab a cup, talk as fast as we can about 9,000 different things before we run out, jump in one of our cars, and then hit the thrifts stores. I love going thrifting with Nester. We walk in together, split apart, meet back up, show each other what we found, try on clothes, and then I always model something for her to get her honest opinion, which she will always give. We talk, share, dream, usually repeating things over and over because we are easily distracted by all the junk just screaming to be taken home! When I leave our thrifting adventures I always feel so happy, almost giddy. I guess its spending time with a dear friend doing something that I love. Thrifting is my therapy. Digging though all that junk, the hunt, the projects that come to mind, the dreaming up ideas from different cast off pieces, it just fills me up. But also to thrift with someone you love spending time with who also appreciates the hunt, well that is just about the best thing.
This was one of my scores that day! I have been looking for one of these old retro suitcases for a while now. I was extra excited about this color! I can’t wait to show you what I am going to use it for!
But this was probably my favorite find of the day. I almost walked right past it because it was buried under about 10 things. I just happened to see a little piece of the fabric petal sticking out. When I uncovered this pot of vintage fabric flowers I ran to find Nester!
I found three of these wood trays at the dump awhile back. A man was actually throwing them out when I pulled up beside him to unload some stuff for my husband. I was like, “WOWWWW, are you throwing those out”!?!?! He was so super nice and just started loading stuff up in my van! I went home from the dump that day with more than I went to throw out! That is the last time my husband has asked me to take anything to the dump for him!hahaha
I found this quilt top at a Goodwill in my hometown, Bristol, VA. It hurt to cut it up, but it has been so much fun using it for different projects.
I found this bird pattern in one of my books. Actually now that I think about it, it was a library book, that I returned three years ago……….oops.
Once I got those fabric flowers home from Goodwill I had so many projects that I wanted to use them for! Here are a few……..
No wonder thrifting is soooo therapeutic for me. For 2.99 I was able to come home and use something that I found to unleash my creative juices! Fills me up every time!
Nester is in Tanzania Africa this week, make sure you check out her blog posts about her trip with Compassion International!!! We actually sat down as a family last night and picked a child to sponsor though Compassion International. It was something really special for my kids to learn about little Lukas from Tanzania. We can’t wait to receive our packet of pictures and information about Lukas. Compassion International is such an amazing organization. Click here for more information on the organization and sponsoring a child.
While Nester is away anyone want to go thrifting with me!?!?! I am needing a does of therapy!