What is your most memorable purchase from a thrift store?
There's just to many! Probably the beautiful oak medicine cabinet for the bathroom. Just $5. Whomever priced that didn't know their wood! I shop thrift stores weekly! Love it! Why pay more? Once you get a bargain you're hooked forever!
A branded long sleeve polo. I don't know how to convert it to dollars. The original price is around 2000 pesos but in the thrift shop, i got it for 150 pesos
I bought a chair that was almost an exact replica of the one I used to sit at my Grandparent's dinner table when I was a weeeee child. It is not a booster seet, but a tall red chair with an attached stool from the 1970's.
This wasn't exactly from a thrift store, but it might just as well have been. 25 years ago we were driving by a yard sale and saw a beautiful, large Monet print in a solid mahogany frame for $1. As it turned out, there were two other paintings hidden behind the Monet! We still have the Monet hanging in our house and laugh every time someone compliments us on it! What a great deal it was!
I purchased a small, privately printed book entitled "The Long Dark Road" by Brigadier General Wm. E. Brougher, Copyright 1946 By The Author (Gen. Brougher). It was autographed by the author "For A. F. Garford with best wishes" and signed by General Brougher who was a Lt. Colonel in the Philippines when the Japanese invaded. He led the 11th Division Philippine Army resisting the Japanese fighting continuously until the surrender of American and Filipino forces the night of April 9, 1942. In the almost three and one half years from the date of that surrender he and the other prisoners of the Japanese were severely, cruelly treated, moved from Camp O'Donnell to three Japanese prisons on Formosa and eventually to Manchuria by way of Japan. His book recounts his and his fellow prisoners' experiences at the hands of the Japanese military and is dedicated to three other US Army Colonels Moses, Noble, and Moran from his 11th Division who were martyrs executed by the Japanese. The book contains General Brougher's postwar photo and a photo of imprisoned American generals and five of their Japanese captors. In his book, he recounts how Colonel Paul Bunker who was an All American football player was singled out for especially cruel treatment because he had been strong and athletic compared to his smaller Japanese captors. Colonel Bunker died of a starvation diet, beri beri, and acute edema at the hands of the Japanese though a hero of
American and Filipino resistance at Bataan and Corrgidor. General Brougher's recounting in verse of Colonel Bunker's fate ends with these words: "Buried with paupers in enemy sod---Son of America, favored of God!"
My favorite so far was a pair of heels. They were gorgeous and only 3 dollars.
I used to sell on Ebay and would scour the thrift shops regularly. One day I found a beautiful cast Iron train set in the box like new. I paid $15.00 for it and got $75.00 on Ebay.
A list with pictures of some of my most memorable thrift store purchases. Some are antique finds while others became DIY projects. Check out part II for more of my treasures and ideas for displaying them. read more
As a journalism graduate, I have a very special place in my heart for a handsome typewriter. This is another find that was purchased especially for our 1920s themed wedding. It came in a very beat-up case & my maid of honor had to jimmy it open with a butterknife because they didn't give us a key for it. So keep that in mind if you ever purchase your own-- HAHA! We used it on a table with vintage reproduction postcards in lieu of a guestbook. Everyone loved it & now it sits in our dining room. read more
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