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A Trip to the Thrift Store - What People Throw Away

Updated on November 24, 2010

Winking eye tea cups

A very cute set of Bailey's cups caught my eye early on. They agreed to pose for a photo, but didn't take it seriously as you can see. They kept winking.

Elevated candle cage

Obviously a Medieval torture and containment device for unruly candles. If your candles have a tendency to escape or otherwise get out of line, you might want to consider elevating and caging them.

Woven cups

Three woven cups with handles. Interesting look, lightweight, and inexpensive. Inefficient way to hold liquids, though.

Bunny towel

Hand towel with bunny applique. What else can I say?

Dog head teacher statue

A fashion-challenged statuette with a dog's head. The base says "teacher" on it. Hmmm. I think this one has deep psycho-social implications.

Paper mache mask

A bright cherry red paper mache mask with bulging eyes. I don't think he will find a new home soon, but I could be wrong.

Kitchen art

Very stylish (at some point in the past) kitchen plaque featuring spoons, bread, flowers and a crock. This fine piece screamed "buy me". Somehow I was able to resist.

Lighted ceramic owl

Here we have a very noble ceramic reproduction of an owl. One with many small holes in it. You guessed it - this is secretly a lamp! It leaks light like a sieve leaks water. It sat there proudly, putting to shame all the ordinary lamps on the table.

Wall of discarded art

An entire wall of unwanted art stands watch over the shoe & basket section of the shop. For someone of a particular taste, it's a one-stop supply of ready d├ęcor-o-mania.


What is your favorite item to find at a thrift shop?

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    • Karen Wodke profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Wodke 

      7 years ago from Midwest

      What a great store! That would be a fav hangout of mine if I lived closer!

    • Poohgranma profile image


      7 years ago from On the edge

      Oh - now you've hit me where I live. I have a favorite, named "The Crowded Closet" in Iowa City. It is run entirely by Mennonite volunteers and whatever clothing does not sell is shipped to countries where people are probably thrilled to get any sort of things to wear.

      My house is filled with treasures from this shop, two Goodwills and a Salvation Army. But this one is my favorite because they have a gazillion antiques, retro, and knic-knac items - and books - a small library of them.

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      Grandma's House 

      7 years ago

      These are my favourite places to shop although I may pass on that fashionable teacher. Where else can you find something completely different? Years ago, my sister and I made a pact to give each other gifts that had humour, meaning and it had to be very inexpensive. There was only one place to shop that could meet all those conditions and believe me, it took time to find just the right thing but we did, every year! Great hub!

    • Karen Wodke profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Wodke 

      7 years ago from Midwest

      I know what you mean, Scarlett! You never know what you might find and sometimes there are some kind of hilarious things there. But, always plenty of still useful items as well.

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      Scarlett My Dear 

      7 years ago from Missouri

      We took our kids into a thrift store to buy each other a Christmas present once. They loved searching through the place, each with five dollars in their pocket! We still have that old clock radio with the glow in the dark hands and a creepy little stuffed Ewok!

      Love thrift stores! Practically live in them, with all of the gently used items that we've collected over the years.

    • Karen Wodke profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Wodke 

      7 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks for your comments. I love going to the thrift shop and seeing what I can find. You never know what might be there.

    • saddlerider1 profile image


      7 years ago

      Oh I thought that this was the cutest hub. I to shop at these stores for fun and adventures, one never knows what one is going to stumble upon. Those pictures you added above were priceless. Goes to show you how much time some creators have on their hands, the junk that people buy and then put it out in garage sales the next season. Although I have found some gold if I dug deep enough, I find it so amusing just to visit these types of stores. Funny hub...loved it.

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      DREAM ON 

      7 years ago

      I just came back to enjoy looking at all the great bargains without cluttering my home.It is so easy to buy more than what you want.Just because the prices are so good.I love a good deal and love to see other who love one too.

    • blackjava profile image


      7 years ago from Canada

      Great stuff. I volunteer at a Thrift/garage sales store. Everything is donated and there are a lot of neat things that come our way.

    • RunAbstract profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      This is great! I consider thrift stores huge recylcing bins where you pay a small fee when find your treasure! I hit them for vintage costume jewerly, and silver tableware.

      Great article and voted up!

    • Karen Wodke profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Wodke 

      7 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks for the great comments. I actually ended up buying an old metal pan which can be used for cleaning. You wouldn't want to bake in it or anything. I want to try and go back each week or so and see what new old things I can find!

    • billyaustindillon profile image


      7 years ago

      I actually had one of those winking eye Baileys Cups came with a bottle of Baileys one Christmas. That bottle has long gone but the cup is somewhere at home.

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      Donna Oliver 

      7 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

      This is one of my favorite hobbies! You never know what you will find. Thank you for sharing.

    • DREAM ON profile image

      DREAM ON 

      7 years ago

      I am happy to post first.You have done a hub I have often thought about but never got to do.You have sparked my imagination further.Did you end up buying anything?I could shop for hours at thrift stores but you give me a regular store like Walmart I am done in 15 minutes.I love character and old and sometimes odd things.So much fun even if you can't buy you get to take a quick peek.I remember this or that.A trip down memory lane.Thanks for such an original hub.


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