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A Trip to the Thrift Store - Part 2, What People Throw Away

Updated on December 4, 2010


Today, I explored the aisles of a local thrift store in search of interesting items. I found some unique things, discarded by their owners and donated for resale. Apparently, Sling Blade donated this useful tool to the shop, probaby after he was re-incarcerated. I reckon this here is a handy sling blade (some call it a Kaiser...uh uh, mmm-hmm).

Pitchers or victims of a time warp?

These two fine pitchers apparently wandered away from their decades and can't find their way back. Or they were abducted. Either way, they have taken refuge on a shelf in the thrift shop.

Ceramic village

Here we have a small neighborhood of ceramic houses. It's interesting that they all seem to go together even though they were probably donated at different times by different people.

Velvet picture

Even though this has a dated look, it's colors are still engaging. I was tempted to buy this.

Bourbon lady

What can I say about this bourbon lady decanter? She waits patiently for someone to come take her home.

Corduroy goose

A large green corduroy stuffed goose perches atop a shelf, sporting a jaunty red ribbon and a collar of lace.

Foam head

With eyes closed, this lovely foam head refuses to look at her surroundings. She has been lipsticked by her previous owner, probably for a night out on the town. Who knows where foam heads go to make merry? At any rate, if you have ever wanted to get ahead, here is your chance!

Tassel lamp

This tassel lamp is making a bold statement. However, I just wasn't listening today.

Home sweet home cannister set

For those of you who do NOT need to be told what a cannister contains, ie flour, sugar, etc., here is a set that simply proclaims your home to be sweet, just in case anyone is not aware of the type of home you have. Home Sweet Home wooden cannisters just scream domestic bliss like nothing else.

Cow plate

And what goes better with a Home Sweet Home cannister set than a happy cow plate featuring some kitchen implements and a chicken in a basket? That cow had better be careful. The chicken is wearing a checkered kerchief, a sure sign it will not go down easy into that good pot!

Dead mounted football

Like a big game trophy, this football's life was sacrificed to satisfy a decor whim. Not really. I lied. This is a ceramic vase.


This little macrame owl is a carefree sort. He doesn't take his situation seriously. See how he winks at the shoppers? I have a feeling he will live permanently at the thrift shop. There were no crowds pressing around to buy him. There seems to be an owl theme to thrift shop inventory. Every time I go to a second hand store, it seems there is at least one owl in residence. In fact, it's a theory I plan to test soon.

Wicker bell

And finally, we have the wicker bell. You can shake it until the cows come home (refer back to the earlier pic of the plate), but it will make nary a sound.


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      Karen Wodke 6 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks, Dream On! Yes, there is something intrinsically appealing about the items rejected by other people. I, too, have too much stuff and need to cull it out. Will I ever find the time? Or the motivation? I don't know.

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      DREAM ON 6 years ago

      I love it! I love it!Did I tell you I love it!I had to stop going into my local thrift store.After reading your hub I started hearing the things on the shelf talking to me too.I wanted to give them a home.But why?What is it about other peoples treasures that I want them to become mine.I wanted to say thank you for putting into words what I never could.Have a great day shopping.Remember only take home what you absolutely can't live without and for me it is everything I see that appeals to me.

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      Karen Wodke 6 years ago from Midwest

      Can't wait to see the pics, Enlydia!

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      Enlydia Listener 6 years ago from trailer in the country

      Now I want to go to the thriftstore TODAY. I must remember to take my camera.

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      Karen Wodke 6 years ago from Midwest

      Hi Enlydia, I would love if you do a similar hub! There are so many unfound treasures in the thrift shops. They make for interesting pics and posts. I look forward to seeing yours. Chalkware is a lucky find! I ran across things like that before I knew what it was, and didn't even realize the value.

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      Enlydia Listener 6 years ago from trailer in the country

      Hi Karen, I love this husband and I are thriftstore addicts...I have found some awesome things at the thrift store. Right now I have a lamp sitting next to me, that I paid $15 for and a similar one sells for close to $200 on is a chalkware lamp of a boy holding up an apple (getting ready to eat it)...

      Would you mind if I did a similar hub to this one? I love the idea of it...

      I love your fun pictures and comments on here.

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      Karen Wodke 6 years ago from Midwest

      Me too, thethrifty!

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      thethrifty 6 years ago

      Awesome! I love going to thrift stores and finding "hidden" treasures.

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      Karen Wodke 7 years ago from Midwest

      Thank, Pooh! You know, there is just something compelling about searching for a treasure among all the other items, and who can resist a bargain?

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      Poohgranma 7 years ago from On the edge

      Back before ebay and before everybody and their brother started selling "antiques" my husband and I would travel all over on weekends in search of treasures and found many! I did the research and he did the toting. I did the careful cleaning and he did the toting. We had a rented space in an Antique Mall and did pretty well there but alas, his appetite for collecting usually ate most of the profit. You've taken me back to some very happy days and memories with these two hubs on thrift stores. There is nothing like the thrill of the hunt!