Shopping Golightly at THE THRIFTY CHICKS blog posted a lovely comment the other day talking about thrifting as children. I urge you to read the post entitled Fond Memories Of Thrift.
Did you thrift as a child? Do you still thrift? Do you take your children thrifting with you?
Growing up, weekends were spent at our lake home in Minnesota. It was a huge deal to drive the 7 miles into the nearby town to visit the Flea Market on Saturday mornings. We kids were all given a few dollars to find our treasures and sent on our way with an agreement on where we would all meet up again. I had certain booths to visit that never let me down. Huge tables filled with books for 25 cents each or 5 for a dollar. How I loved browsing those tables! The toy tables were also a huge draw, even into my tween years.
My Mom, sisters and sisters in law searched for kitchen decor, fiesta ware (you could buy it so cheap in those days!) interesting jewelery and furniture.
I loved seeing the treasures that everyone found. We would spread all our loot out on the cabin's dining room table (hmmm...the holding area, perhaps?) when we got home to show each find to whoever didn't come in to town with us. Or just to ooh and ahh over each piece once more. To this day, many of the really cool treasures that they found, are still AT the cabin.
Do you find yourself hesitant to tell others that you are a thrifter, garage-saler, junker? I have no problem telling anyone who asks where items in our home come from and have a tendency to also say how much I was able to find it for! This wasn't always so...I didn't thrift for many years. I'm not truly sure why but when I think about it, I blame the excessive brand named 80's and 90's. But about 5 years ago, I came to my senses and got back into the thrifting game.
And now, today...the items I want for our home? I know where there are treasures to be found: Thrift stores, Goodwill's, Secondhand Stores, Rummage Sales, Tag Sales...and yes, even the good old Flea Markets.