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“Thrift Store SCORE!” {11/4/11}

Now I have no idea how this happened, but apparently it’s been a whopping TWO AND A HALF MONTHS since my last “Thrift Store SCORE!” – This is a record people. As I was sitting at the table with John last night planning today’s blog post, I paused and asked him when the last time was that we had brought something home from the thrift store (besides the tiny something I’m about to tell you about). He said he couldn’t remember.

This, my friends, is huge.

If you’ve been keeping up with us, we used to have this thrift-centered feature every single week. but it started to fuel my urge to constantly shop at second-hand stores…We were quickly running out of room to display and set things, even though we bought some really special pieces in that era. Here are a bunch of my favorites:

So proud of those finds…And NOTHING was over $150 – In fact, most of it (except for the two dressers and the side table) was under $20! I think that little table-top clock was $1:)

But anyway, the amazing thrifted treasures we were able to dig for and bring home slowly started to fill up the house. So then I cut the feature back to once a month, thinking this would keep my wallet feeling a little cushier. It did the trick! Instead of feeling the need to buy SOMETHING every time we went downtown to scour the crowded warehouses full of old furniture, records and figurines, I started to look for only the most special of objects. I got picky! So much so, that even the monthly “SCORE!” posts got cut down…

But time has passed and, almost three months after my last big second-hand purchase, I finally found one very important thing to bring home from the store…I dare you to find it in this next photo:

No it’s not the Grace Kelly collectors Barbie doll (don’t hate – I’m a MASSIVE, clearly devoted fan and there’s nothing wrong with that!) or the brushed nickel lamp. It’s not the books or the picture frames…

Today’s “Thrift Store SCORE!” is this teeny tiny little antique metal bell!

I know my mom is probably smiling like crazy when she sees this, because she knows E-X-A-C-T-L-Y why this itsy little piece of cheap souvenir metal made the cut for our feature today.

So here’s the story: Ever since my little sister and I were kids, our mom and dad were sure to take extra special care of us whenever we got ill. We were given the five-star treatment with milkshakes for achy throats, bland-but-yummy grilled cheese sandwiches made to order for sensitive tummies and any movie, blanket, teddy bear we wanted in our time of need. I was more often than not the one who was sick – I tend to be a bit whiney and pathetic when I have the slightest hint of an illness…Sorrrryyyyy mom and dad…But the other VERY important thing that we got when we were sick was a bell.

This bell was a special bell that my dad bought on a business trip to France. It has a French inscription on the side and is made out of a heavy cast metal with a wooden handle and bronze sheen. To me, that little piece of hard, heavy metal was the absolute epitome of comfort, because I knew that any time we needed something day or night, all we had to do was give the bell a quick jingle and help (in the form of mommy or daddy) would be on its way.

I don’t have a photo of the bell on hand right now, but it looks little like these…

Times have changed and I don’t have the luxury of parental comforting anymore (at least when I’m sick, although I’m pretty sure mom would move in for a week to take care of me if I asked her to). Now the torch has been passed to John to be the comfort-giver when I fall under the weather, and I now have the responsibility of taking care of HIM! I knew that I needed to find a substitute for my childhood bell when, two months ago, both John and I caught a cold and needed a little on-call TLC. I remember telling him the story of our French bell one day as the two of us were in pjs for the third straight day, sipping on soup to quell the pain. We eventually recovered (YAY!!!) and the hunt was on for our new family bell.

Last weekend, as we were making our rounds through the ancient buildings downtown of Estate Specialist, one of us (I can’t remember who) picked up a tiny metal bell. We both paused and said “huh…” as we turned it over and inspected it. Right color, right metal, right weight (although a bit lighter), and it even had an inscription (although not in another language). SOLD!

For $1.05!!!

Even though the words engraved in the metal aren’t exactly as lovely and artistic as the one from my parents house, I love that it’s a nod to our home state of Virginia. You can probably read what it says in the photo above, but just in case it reads “Ringing for caverns of Luray, VA.” Luray is about two and half hours away from us here in Lynchburg – I think we’ll have to go visit someday soon!

We haven’t used it for its real purpose yet, nor are we anxiously awaiting this moment. But I can tell you right now that, seeing our little bell sit like a sentry beside the bed gives me a sense of well-being that I can’t describe:)I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Thrift store treasures aren’t so much about the piece itself, but about the story that goes with them…

Have a great weekend everyone!

(Photo credit for bells with wooden handles: here)

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  • November 4, 2011 - 10:25 am

    Ainhoa - What a lovely story! The bell you found is awesome. I love industrial looking things like that.ReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2011 - 10:49 am

    Morgan - Oh wow! I am digging those furniture pieces! I love the look and the lines are awesome.ReplyCancel

    • November 4, 2011 - 11:19 am

      Carrie - Thank you thank you!!! We adore them…And so cheap too!ReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2011 - 1:46 pm

    RiverUnderWater - I like the clocks.ReplyCancel

    • November 4, 2011 - 1:50 pm

      Carrie - Thanks =) I feel like I should start a collection, I have so many now!ReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2011 - 1:48 pm

    Peas and Cougars - The starburst clock is amazing! Really great finds!ReplyCancel

    • November 4, 2011 - 1:49 pm

      Carrie - Thank you! It’s probably my favorite find of all =) Only $12!!!!ReplyCancel

      • November 4, 2011 - 8:01 pm

        pezcita - My grandma has a clock just like that! I’ve always loved it, even when it scared me with those dark, pointy rays. They last forever, so you certainly scored a good bargain!ReplyCancel

        • November 4, 2011 - 8:04 pm

          Carrie - Thank you! I’m very proud of that piece =)ReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2011 - 2:16 pm

    twyf - I absolutely love all of your finds! My sister and I are huge fans of yard/garage sale-ing and we’ve been hitting a lot of thrift stores and rummage sales to find items for centerpieces at her June 2012 wedding. I’m always on the look out for a fantastic new dresser to update, but I think the area we’re from probably limits our awesome discoveries.

    http://www.dameswhodish.wordpress.comReplyCancel

    • November 4, 2011 - 2:33 pm

      Carrie - Thank you! It’s such a fun past time…I too am looking for things for my 2012 wedding!! I’m really enjoying the hunt for peices to make the event special. Thanks for stopping by – Will definitely check out your link =)ReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2011 - 2:22 pm

    Seasweetie - This is a wonderful find, and it brought back wonderful memories for me. My brother and I each had our own little bells for when we got sick – they had different rings, so if we were sick at the same time, my mother could tell who was ringing. I still have mine somewhere – and I think I have my brother’s too, as he’s not a mushy sentimentalist like me. And my daughter and I visited the Luray Caverns a few years back, so there’s another great memory. I’m a thrift store shopper too – I hope you get back to posting your lovely small finds!ReplyCancel

    • November 4, 2011 - 2:31 pm

      Carrie - I’m so glad to hear of another with this memory!! I love that you had two difference bells – Good idea! I am definitely going to start making this feature more consistent in the future =) Thanks for stopping by our blog!ReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2011 - 2:40 pm

    dorcas - Wow! I wish my local thrift stores had furniture like that. I usually only come out with a couple of books after hours of sifting. I especially like your beautiful painting . And BTW the story about the bells was so sweet!ReplyCancel

    • November 4, 2011 - 2:49 pm

      Carrie - Bummer! A little travel time might be worth it for some cool furniture in thrift stores out of town…And thanks! Apparently I made my mom cry when she read it ;-DReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2011 - 2:48 pm

    Aileen Torres - Nice pieces. Thrift stores do have gems, if you’re willing to take a look around.ReplyCancel

    • November 4, 2011 - 2:50 pm

      Carrie - Exactly…Sometimes ya gotta dig – But the payoff is usually worth it!ReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2011 - 2:50 pm

    Taylor Moseley - Wow! That’s such an awesome story. This is such a great find- and so versatile- you can fit it anywhere in your home really.ReplyCancel

    • November 4, 2011 - 2:51 pm

      Carrie - Thank you so much! And you’re right – I could put it anywhere I need it! Thanks for stopping by our blog =)ReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2011 - 3:03 pm

    My Camera, My Friend - Wow, you do well. I love the furniture, and the wall clock is similar to one my grandmother has in her home. My sister always liked that clock.ReplyCancel

    • November 4, 2011 - 3:07 pm

      Carrie - Thank you thank you!!! I love my clocks =)ReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2011 - 3:10 pm

    underwhelmer - I feel terrible for admitting this, but there’s a “dead people store” over here in Bavaria (that’s what they call it, I swear) that I’ve gotten some great furniture from… the shot glasses I picked up weren’t bad either.ReplyCancel

    • November 4, 2011 - 3:18 pm

      Carrie - Hahahaha!!! Sorry, I probably should’t laugh, but that title is mildly humorous…That’s essentially what our thrift store is too =)ReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2011 - 3:46 pm

    DoF@theinfill - When we first got together we virtually furnished our entire lives with thrift store or auction items. We bought a bell too, but not a hand bell (I have my mother-in-laws crinoline lady for that). The bell we bought is a ships bell that hangs on a strong, brass bracket. Very loud. Our house is single room deep and very long (bit like a train, I suppose). If folks are lurking down the other end or the house and your just about to serve up grub, then I ring the ships bell to gather all in.ReplyCancel

    • November 4, 2011 - 3:52 pm

      Carrie - What a neat story! Thanks for sharing =)ReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2011 - 3:52 pm

    Darlene Steelman - I love the bell! :)
    I love thrift stores. They always have well made, old stuff for cheap. Stuff made these days is overpriced and breaks easily.

    Great post.ReplyCancel

    • November 4, 2011 - 3:57 pm

      Carrie - Thanks! Glad you like it =) And thanks for stopping by our blog!!ReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2011 - 3:58 pm

    kookiemunstah - LOL @ underwhelmer (sorry). The painting is awesome!ReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2011 - 4:06 pm

    valentinedee - Wow, what great retro stuff that is so hip today. You scored, big time. Loved this.

    http://valentinedefrancis.blogspot.comReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2011 - 4:28 pm

    justalittlepiece - I adore that clock!!!ReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2011 - 4:45 pm

    pnwauthor - I’m a fan of thriftstores, but mostly for clothing.ReplyCancel

    • November 4, 2011 - 4:47 pm

      Carrie - I need to get into that…Gotta stop shopping at the Big Box stores for full-price clothes!ReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2011 - 5:29 pm

    One Family Table - I love the rich history and meaning behind this simple idea of a family bell. so heartwarming!ReplyCancel

    • November 4, 2011 - 7:57 pm

      Carrie - Thanks! I’m glad you feel that way!ReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2011 - 5:30 pm

    lostbutf0und - Just reading this piece made me wish even more that we had decent thrift stores here in Belgium.
    Congrats on being squeezed!ReplyCancel

    • November 4, 2011 - 7:57 pm

      Carrie - Awww…I wish that for you too =/ There’s always only shopping!! And thanks =)ReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2011 - 6:04 pm

    shil - Beautiful story, Carrie. Every article in our homes do need to have a story like that. Then, they will be worth the money we spend on them.ReplyCancel

    • November 4, 2011 - 7:58 pm

      Carrie - I’m glad you enjoyed it! I agree…So worth the money =)ReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2011 - 6:29 pm

    bamayesed - Since I am a fellow thrifter, I was drawn to your story. I get emotionally attached to my finds too. I wonder who they belonged to in their former life. Loved your post.ReplyCancel

    • November 4, 2011 - 7:58 pm

      Carrie - A fellow thrifter!!! Yay! I too wonder about their former life…ReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2011 - 6:39 pm

    Rayme Wells @ A Clean Surface - Very nice. I have a few treasured finds of my own.ReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2011 - 6:48 pm

    eb does life - You’ve inspired me to thrift again!ReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2011 - 7:07 pm

    twinravens2000 - That star burst style clock is awesome!ReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2011 - 7:23 pm

    Z - Gotta start going to some thrifts stores…ReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2011 - 7:23 pm

    lllouise - Wow, that sideboard (I think?) with the drawer is the stuff thriftin dreams are made of. I clearly need to start expanding my thrifting roots and look out of townReplyCancel

    • November 4, 2011 - 8:00 pm

      Carrie - I knowwwww…We searched long and hard for that. You should! The thrill of the hunt =)ReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2011 - 7:31 pm

    Languages Of Art - You should see what I got FREE on Kijiji! Great post! Keep on the hunt!;)ReplyCancel

    • November 4, 2011 - 8:01 pm

      Carrie - Free?!! Wow! And thanks – Will do =)ReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2011 - 7:48 pm

    uncommonprincess - I love this post! My mom has always spoiled me when I’m sick. She still will, and if I’m not at home she’ll spoil me long distance, calling every day and saying things like “poor baby” and wishing that she could spoil me. My man jokes all the time about her spoiling me, but I think he might just be jealous that he’s only now getting to be spoiled by her. (Yes, she does the same thing to him.) I love thrift stores, and it’s actually something my mother got me interested in some time ago. Something we do together, so I really enjoyed your post. Love the bell, and all the other finds! I’ll be back.ReplyCancel

    • November 4, 2011 - 8:02 pm

      Carrie - He MUST be jealous =) Moms are the best! Thrifting is definitely best when you have someone to go with. Glad you stopped by our blog and hope to see you back here soon!ReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2011 - 7:49 pm

    rastelly - I’ll be it has some wierd powers like on warehouse thirteen.
    Hope it doesen’t try to kill you or anything :P I once whent
    to a flea market after watching the movie “Second Hand
    Lions” I found a small plastic figure that looked just like
    the Lion from the movie, I bought it and gave it a place
    of honer as my personal, second hand, second hand
    lion. Right next to a glass paperweight I like to imagine
    contains the trapped soul of an anciant elven wizard.ReplyCancel

    • November 4, 2011 - 8:03 pm

      Carrie - My dad loves that movie =) Glad you have a nice thrifted treasure of your own!ReplyCancel

      • November 6, 2011 - 5:01 pm

        rastelly - I’ll pass up a million knick knacks, then one will
        just call to me, for no reason at all, so far I have
        two, thanks for responding. :)ReplyCancel

        • November 6, 2011 - 5:08 pm

          Carrie - That’s awesome =) They must be really special! And of course!ReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2011 - 7:52 pm

    LisaaLinh - Such amazing finds for great prices. I love it!

    – Lisaa @ BitchinRants.comReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2011 - 8:41 pm

    barbhughes1 - When I was in radio, I was asked to be a ‘celebrity bell ringer’ for the Salvation Army. They let me keep the metal bell – on the front handle is has a red plastic sheild with the words “The Salvation Army”, and on the back engraved on the handle of the bell is says “In Appreciation…the Salvation Army”. Whoever is sick gets the bell next to their bed, but otherwise it’s housed in my doll cabinet in the living room. Great blog about thrift:) If you wanna go even further-to the free side of thrift- check out the Free Swap blog at http://swappositive.wordpress.com Maybe some day if your house ends up getting too full of stuff, you can use the stuff you no longer need at your first free stuff swap:)ReplyCancel

    • November 5, 2011 - 8:05 am

      Carrie - How cute!!! I love that story! Thanks for sharing =) And I am definitely going to look into the swap – Thanks for the tip! I can see us needing to do that on down the road once I inevitably fill our house ;-DReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2011 - 9:45 pm

    Booksphotographsandartwork - We had a sick bell too! And I swear it may have come from France. We lived there for a few years when I was very young. I loved being able to ring the bell and someone came to bring me things. Just like a princess.ReplyCancel

    • November 5, 2011 - 8:02 am

      Carrie - Wow! That’s so neat…And yes, being a princess is the best ;-DReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2011 - 9:55 pm

    Eleanor Simmons - I know that table. My in-laws had stacking end tables to match. They came from the Art Shop in Toronto. It was very expensive when they first purchased them. I remember them talking about it and looking at them for year. The stacking tables have found a restful place up North. Visited by the family every summer.;-)ReplyCancel

    • November 5, 2011 - 8:02 am

      Carrie - How neat!!! I wonder where my thrifted table started out sometimes…ReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2011 - 11:31 pm

    JL - I am definitely going to take a trip to the thrift shop when I get my own apartment!ReplyCancel

  • November 5, 2011 - 2:03 am

    Learn To Beatmatch - I remember being younger and just of the thought of the thrift store would make me cringe in embarrassment, now I go in them like nothing, and the great deals and vintage furniture I find is so worth it.
    Great post
    -RonReplyCancel

    • November 5, 2011 - 7:58 am

      Carrie - Nothing to be ashamed of =) Glad you are embracing the thrift!ReplyCancel

  • November 5, 2011 - 2:13 am

    womaninthemid - Thanks so much for the photo gallery of your thrift store finds. I especially love the end table (I may dream of that tonight…) and the clock, oh that clock! It took my breathe away! You have inspired me to start digging a little more! However, I did recently find a signed print of one of our favorite places to go for a day trip for $2.50! I had it reframed and it is hanging over our couch now. I love that it has a story, so much better than just buying something new.ReplyCancel

    • November 5, 2011 - 7:59 am

      Carrie - Thank you Thank you!!! I often dream of my treasures as well =) Congrats on your awesome print!! What an awesome find…ReplyCancel

  • November 5, 2011 - 2:34 am

    Breakthenorms - hey nice wok man, it was really very good jobReplyCancel

  • November 5, 2011 - 3:21 am

    Chantler 411 - This post is a step beyond mediocre…hah hah hah…love your blog by the way !ReplyCancel

    • November 5, 2011 - 7:51 am

      Carrie - Well thanks! Glad to have you stop by!ReplyCancel

  • November 5, 2011 - 3:45 am

    Boy Mom Blogger - Very nice! Very impressive! Did you have to refinish any of those furniture pieces? You have a good eye. I love shopping at thrift stores too – but some people just have an eye for the good stuff :-) Although sometimes it takes practiceReplyCancel

    • November 5, 2011 - 7:51 am

      Carrie - Thanks! Amazingly, no – We didn’t have to refinish anything! But I probably should in some places…It does take practice…And, in my case, restraint =)ReplyCancel

  • November 5, 2011 - 4:49 am

    charitychic - Loving the table top clock!ReplyCancel

    • November 5, 2011 - 7:50 am

      Carrie - Thank you! Bonus: It glows in the dark too =)ReplyCancel

  • November 5, 2011 - 6:52 am

    Spritual Healing - Loved the clock…I wish I could have this one :PReplyCancel

  • November 5, 2011 - 6:59 am

    hearttypat - that’s a steal! I never could find such a bargain at thrift stores/flea market… and when i could, it’s overseas and i don’t think i wanna spend more on shipping than the item itself! bummer!ReplyCancel

    • November 5, 2011 - 7:49 am

      Carrie - Bummer…Finding the best price is difficult sometimes…Hope you find your perfect steal soon!ReplyCancel

  • November 5, 2011 - 7:00 am

    Bosstiger - very nice blog, very nice photos i am going to subscribe right now :D

    keep up the good work :DReplyCancel

    • November 5, 2011 - 7:48 am

      Carrie - I’m glad you like!!! And welcome =) We’re glad you found us!ReplyCancel

      • November 5, 2011 - 7:51 am

        Bosstiger - well i really like your theme, and the content of your blog, also you have chosen a DIY category for blogging, and the way that you are present your work is simply, clean and straight, i like your work, keep it up this way :DReplyCancel

        • November 5, 2011 - 7:53 am

          Carrie - Well thanks! That’s great to hear!!ReplyCancel

    • November 5, 2011 - 7:56 am

      Bosstiger - you should use autodesk’s homestyler it is the perfect tool for the interior design, i think that this application will boost your creativity and expand your abilities, have fun :DReplyCancel

  • November 5, 2011 - 9:04 am

    pietzilein - This is the sweetest story I have ever heard about such a tiny thing as this bell.
    You do have a great taste in furniture and decor. I’ll be sure to check back :DReplyCancel

    • November 5, 2011 - 11:10 am

      Carrie - Awwwww…That’s so nice of you to say! I’m glad you liked it =) So glad to have you stop by our blog and definitely hope to see you again!ReplyCancel

  • November 5, 2011 - 9:38 am

    Sophia Morgan (griffinspen) - Nice stuff! I love the clock especially!ReplyCancel

  • November 5, 2011 - 12:04 pm

    Paul Cahill - Nice find. Impressed with what you have found over the years.ReplyCancel

  • November 5, 2011 - 12:33 pm

    Leah - One of my all-time favorite activities is treasure hunting at my local Goodwill. It’s amazing what you can find. Looks like you scored some great treasures!ReplyCancel

    • November 5, 2011 - 3:50 pm

      Carrie - It really is amazing what you can find! And you feel so much more attached to your furniture/decor when you dig it up yourself =)ReplyCancel

  • November 5, 2011 - 12:58 pm

    thebigbookofdating - Great photos, good stuff! I love the clocksReplyCancel

  • November 5, 2011 - 1:37 pm

    blackfrangipani - You’re such a great treasure hunter! The little bell and the story that goes with it is simply lovely.ReplyCancel

    • November 5, 2011 - 3:51 pm

      Carrie - Thank you very much! I really appreciate that =)ReplyCancel

  • November 5, 2011 - 2:32 pm

    Munira - Loved the post!ReplyCancel

  • November 5, 2011 - 2:44 pm

    indiraadams - That is too cool!! I love little antique things like that.

    http://indiraadams.wordpress.comReplyCancel

  • November 5, 2011 - 2:55 pm

    divaofdelicious - I could live in thrift stores!!! Sometimes I think I do…many things in my house are thrifty finds…I can never have enough retro plant stands. Love this post too…looks like that 70-lishious clock is stealing the show.ReplyCancel

    • November 5, 2011 - 3:54 pm

      Carrie - I could toooooooooo – I just hope our house doesn’t start to LOOK like one ;-D And yup, the clock wins for sure! If you can believe it, a bunch of the spokes were missing when I bought it – I just photocopied the existing spokes, attached the copies to foam and taped them to the empty metal arms. Worked like a charm! http://dreamgreendiy.com/2011/03/31/so-did-it-work/ReplyCancel

  • November 5, 2011 - 4:00 pm

    swabby429 - Very nice items. I do the thrift store cruise almost daily, but my small town doesn’t get many of the high end things I see on your page.

    I like art glass and pottery, so I’ve at least found some noteworthy items for my collections.ReplyCancel

  • November 5, 2011 - 4:13 pm

    vassarette - Hi,
    Im an interior design student at Academy Art and I wanted to know how did you begin the thrift store renovation of awesome finds?ReplyCancel

    • November 5, 2011 - 4:47 pm

      Carrie - Hi there! When I go into a thrift store, I just jump right in. I try not to get overwhelmed by the big picture of a room crowded with junk, but instead keep an eye out for something that jumps out to me. Something in the right era I’m going for (mid-century modern), something with a metallic sheen (I love bronze figures), or a piece of art that has the colors I use in my space. It’s almost like I look out over the room and blur my eyes until I see a flash of color or the right type of line and then I head that direction for a closer look. It’s like the pieces find me in a way =)ReplyCancel

  • November 5, 2011 - 4:29 pm

    Palm Trees & Bare Feet - Love the clocks and painting! There’s nothing better than a good bargain, and a find that reveals its history.ReplyCancel

    • November 5, 2011 - 4:44 pm

      Carrie - Thank you! I agree =) Thanks for stopping by our blog – Come back soon!ReplyCancel

  • November 5, 2011 - 5:20 pm

    Chickens, Cows & Children - Amazing finds!! I love your story about the bell too! I tend to go looking to my favorite thrift store looking for clothes and always forget about the furniture. I have been trying to retrain myself to hit the thrift store when I have a need & not go to the regular retail places first. My last great find was an awesome date night dress. http://chickenscowschildren.wordpress.com/2011/10/26/thrift-store-shopping-date-night-edition/ I love your blog & will be a new follower!!ReplyCancel

    • November 6, 2011 - 7:51 am

      Carrie - I really need to work on clothes thrifting…People find SUCH good stuff (including your dress – love that!) – So thankful to have you as a new follower!!! =)ReplyCancel

  • November 5, 2011 - 6:40 pm

    Brittany Rose - Congratulations on making Freshly Pressed! Also, I enjoyed the read. I love when thrift store wonders hold connections to great memories. (;

    Main Blog: http://hersoftlyspokenheart.wordpress.com
    Poetry Blog: http://eastcoastinsomnia.wordpress.comReplyCancel

    • November 6, 2011 - 7:48 am

      Carrie - Thank you! We are pretty excited about it and love having new readers!! Glad you enjoyed it =)ReplyCancel

  • November 5, 2011 - 6:41 pm

    italktoyouallthetimeinmyhead - I am totally in love with that clock. Literally. Great blog xoReplyCancel

    • November 6, 2011 - 7:47 am

      Carrie - Meeeee tooooooo =) And thanks – Come back anytime!!ReplyCancel

  • November 5, 2011 - 7:29 pm

    Gail Morris - Your sweet little story sure put a huge smile on my face. Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • November 6, 2011 - 7:45 am

      Carrie - Awww…I’m so glad to hear that! You’re very welcome =)ReplyCancel

  • November 5, 2011 - 7:58 pm

    Jdpauletto - Wow, I need to start checking out some of the local thrift stores asap!ReplyCancel

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    • November 6, 2011 - 7:44 am

      Carrie - Oh, how NEAT!!! Definitely have to go now…ReplyCancel

  • November 5, 2011 - 8:31 pm

    newsy1 - I have a house in the mountains that is totally thrift store and since it is a 1930’s house I stayed with the era for furniture and “stuff” and people tell me it looks like antiques and not thrift store finds. I did get a bit carried away though over the years so my new rule is, if I bring something in I now have to let something go out the door. Otherwise we get a little cramped. Loved your post!ReplyCancel

    • November 6, 2011 - 7:44 am

      Carrie - Oh that’s such a good tip – “if I bring something in I now have to let something go out the door”…Thanks for reminding me of that important mantra! And your house sounds absolutely lovely…ReplyCancel

  • November 5, 2011 - 10:12 pm

    My Daily London - Great work. Love the photo’s.ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2011 - 1:12 am

    dustysattic - Those pieces are great finds! And my family used hand bells whenever one of us was sick too – some pretty special memories there. Happy Thrift Hunting!ReplyCancel

    • November 6, 2011 - 7:43 am

      Carrie - Wow! I’m surprised by how many people have bells for this purpose too! Very neat =)ReplyCancel

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  • November 6, 2011 - 1:38 am

    mamanne - I also love great thrift finds… it’s a thrill of sorts! I would never EVER give my husband a bell when he gets sick (yikes!) but the bell caught my eye because we just spent a year and a half living in Virginia and one of the places we visited was Luray Caverns! It was great.ReplyCancel

    • November 6, 2011 - 7:42 am

      Carrie - Well that’s good to hear – I will definitely have to take the trip to Luray then soon! And you’re probably right about men being in possession of a “sick bell”…John would never stop ringing it! ;-DReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2011 - 1:52 am

    areyouwithcaz - My mother would approve! I am just as nostalgic about my choices in life. I tend to throw out the funniest of things to keep my life as clean and simple as possible only to keep things like my mother’s bells. Although, one thing she always did when we were home sick was to first decidedly vacuum the entire house as a test to whether we were truly sick or not. Our reaction to the vacuum determined our level of sickness. To this day I loathe vacuum cleaners.ReplyCancel

    • November 6, 2011 - 7:40 am

      Carrie - Hahaha! What a funny story about the vacuum cleaner! Your mama’s a smart lady =)ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2011 - 3:40 am

    abichica - OOh my gosh!! those are awesome.. i cant truly believe you got everything for less than $150.. great post and pictures.. :-DReplyCancel

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    dressupforme - This is awesome! You gotta have a great sense of style to purchase so stylish and unique things! I am amazed. You are a very skilled thrifter! :D

    I thrift for clothers:
    http://dressupforme.wordpress.com/2011/11/03/day-dreaming/ReplyCancel

    • November 6, 2011 - 7:39 am

      Carrie - Thanks for your kind words!!! LOVE that jacket you thrifted…Awesome find =)ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2011 - 7:56 am

    ryoko861 - I love a good thrift store! I have several in my area that I go to. My friend and I spend an entire day going from one to another finding the most amazing things! Love that clock you posted! I also love going to estate sales. You can “score” some awesome finds at those, too! I love when people share what they’ve discovered and bought! Makes me want to run out now and see what’s new at the stores near me!ReplyCancel

    • November 6, 2011 - 8:01 am

      Carrie - Glad you’re an avid thrifter too =) Our favorite thrift store is actually a big estate warehouse, where they get truck-loads of household belongings – Kinda sad in a way but at least we give their things a new life!ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2011 - 10:01 am

    CW - My husband and I are avid thrifters as well. Going to thrift shops is one of our “hanging out” time.ReplyCancel

    • November 6, 2011 - 12:33 pm

      Carrie - That’s awesome! It’s definitely the same way for John and I =)ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2011 - 10:20 am

    The_Observationalist_NYC - I’m so jealous of your furniture! They look great! My parents now live in Virginia, and whenever I visit my mother and I try to devote a day for thrifting… I’ve found some really amazing vintage clothing there- and so cheap compared to New York prices!ReplyCancel

    • November 6, 2011 - 12:34 pm

      Carrie - Aww! Thanks! VA is g-r-e-a-t for thrifting/antiquing!ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2011 - 11:24 am

    asoulwalker - Cute story. Congratulations on being freshly pressed.ReplyCancel

    • November 6, 2011 - 12:35 pm

      Carrie - Thank you! We’re pumped about it!ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2011 - 11:46 am

    Dale H - Very nice collection! I had never thought of sharing such things, but my wife certainly does hit the local thrift shops and we have quite and extensive collection of some very unique items from over the years. Thanks so much for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • November 6, 2011 - 12:35 pm

      Carrie - Thank you! You should definitely share your finds!ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2011 - 12:32 pm

    fireygoddess - I’m a thrifter too.ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2011 - 12:51 pm

    tiallarising - A bell is so helpful when I’m sick! Especially with a sore throat when it’d be fatal to yell across the house for someone to refill my glass of water. :P That bell you found is really cool. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

    -TiaReplyCancel

    • November 6, 2011 - 3:00 pm

      Carrie - I agree wholeheartedly!!! Glad you like our new bell and thank you!ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2011 - 12:53 pm

    Cathy - I love going to thrift stores! Well, those for clothes at least. I’m not into vintage items but I definitely love scoring unique clothing in thrifts. :DReplyCancel

    • November 6, 2011 - 3:00 pm

      Carrie - Good for you! I definitely need to get into thrifted clothing…ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2011 - 1:11 pm

    DuRona - Some of that furniture looks really great!ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2011 - 1:14 pm

    sarahnsh - Wow, you made out like a bandit! Congrats on all of the great deals you got it. I’m glad the little bell, just looking at it, gives you a sense of well being. I have a few things that I own that do the same, and it’s a great feeling. :-DReplyCancel

    • November 6, 2011 - 3:01 pm

      Carrie - Haha thanks!!! I feel very fortunate to have found what I did…And it IS a great feeling – One of the best =)ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2011 - 1:18 pm

    corneliamladenova - The clock on the sixth photo is fantabulous! :)ReplyCancel

    • November 6, 2011 - 3:02 pm

      Carrie - Thank you!!! Clocks are one of my favorite things to thrift – Love the old 60’s style ones. Even if they don’t work, I still grab them!ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2011 - 4:50 pm

    knittinpeace - Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed and on the hum-dinger of a find.
    I lived in Lynchburg when I was in 9th grade (late 1970’s).ReplyCancel

    • November 6, 2011 - 5:07 pm

      Carrie - Thanks! We are so excited! And we love our town =) Hope you enjoyed back in the 70’s!ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2011 - 5:17 pm

    buba - very helpful i needed this article, Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2011 - 5:55 pm

    lulu - Some of my favorite things have come from garage sales or thrift stores, so I share your delight in finding special treasures.ReplyCancel

    • November 6, 2011 - 6:59 pm

      Carrie - So glad to hear it! There’s definitely something very special about a second-hand treasure…ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2011 - 7:34 pm

    truefinds - Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed. As an estate sale professional, I’m always attracted to reading blogs like yours. I’m a bit biased, though, because I think you can get much better buys at estates sales than at thrift stores.ReplyCancel

    • November 6, 2011 - 8:45 pm

      Carrie - Thank you! And I actually whole-heartedly agree. Our absolute favorite place to go for second-hand items is Estate Specialist in downtown Lynchburg. I guess I didn’t know there was a big difference between thrift stores and estate sales! Thanks for educating me! All of the items I showed in my blog post came from estate sales.ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2011 - 8:02 pm

    Matt - Just think: if everybody thrift shopped there would be no need for big box retailers. Congrats on getting ‘pressed’.ReplyCancel

    • November 6, 2011 - 8:43 pm

      Carrie - Oh what a delightful world it would be =) And thanks!ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2011 - 9:54 pm

    adayinthelifeofanonymous - thrift stores > retail stores.ReplyCancel

  • November 7, 2011 - 12:13 am

    fairybearconfessions - Wow! I’ve long been a fan of making someone else’s trash my treasure, but this was just inspiring. I’m going to have to start making better use of my thrift store. Loved the family story behind the new purchase! Congrats!ReplyCancel

    • November 7, 2011 - 7:47 am

      Carrie - I’m so glad that you liked it and that we were able to inspire you! Happy thrifting =)ReplyCancel

  • November 7, 2011 - 3:17 am

    knudsens - Good thing you bought yourself. Second-hand store is exciting.ReplyCancel

  • November 7, 2011 - 5:13 am

    ellimacha - Great pics, I like it all.ReplyCancel

  • November 7, 2011 - 7:34 am

    vouchersmate (@vouchersmate) - wow absolutely love the clock, bell and the photoframe :)ReplyCancel

  • November 7, 2011 - 8:24 am

    elyse1225 - wow! i love those two chair! great finds :)ReplyCancel

    • November 7, 2011 - 9:08 am

      Carrie - Glad you like them!!! They were only $12 each!!ReplyCancel

  • November 7, 2011 - 10:54 am

    talkingearth - Aw… this is the sweetest post I’ve read in a while. I think I’m going to call my mom and tell her I love her right now! Whenever it rains here in Chicago, I end up smiling a lot more than others… Rainy days in Florida (and it rained a lot) meant black-and-white movies on TMC, Lego playtime in my little brother’s room, and assisting my mom and sister in rolling up peanut butter balls and baking oatmeal spice cookies. Never had a bell for sick days though… lucky girl! :-)ReplyCancel

    • November 7, 2011 - 10:57 am

      Carrie - Well thank you very much! And it seriously warms my heart that it made you call you mom…I wish I could have hung out with you and your family on those rainy days! Sounds like a very sweet and comforting time =)ReplyCancel

  • November 7, 2011 - 11:07 am

    ChrisStergalas.com - Great finds! That clock, in particular, is super cool!ReplyCancel

    • November 7, 2011 - 11:21 am

      Carrie - Thanks!!! We agree =) Glad you like it!ReplyCancel

  • November 7, 2011 - 11:27 am

    JenaiHamilton - This is fantastic! Seeing other people’s thrift finds inspires me to go out and look about in Houston more.ReplyCancel

    • November 7, 2011 - 11:29 am

      Carrie - You should!!! It’s so much fun =)ReplyCancel

  • November 7, 2011 - 12:40 pm

    tobyzwebsite - love this, we enjoy shopping with youReplyCancel

  • November 7, 2011 - 7:12 pm

    stylejuice - dying to redo my room, thanks for the ideas! great post.ReplyCancel

    • November 7, 2011 - 9:04 pm

      Carrie - Of course! Let us know how it goes =) And thanks!ReplyCancel

  • November 8, 2011 - 8:43 am

    Allison G. Martin - So many beautiful pieces! I love this style of furniture and the way you’ve put it together.ReplyCancel

  • November 8, 2011 - 11:50 am

    madamesaslow - I know what you mean buy running out of room for stuff, and even thrifting gets expensive when you do it all the time. Great stuff you’ve found, though.
    AdriannReplyCancel

    • November 8, 2011 - 12:08 pm

      Carrie - Yeah…It’s a struggle – But worth it ;-D Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • November 10, 2011 - 12:28 pm

    trialsinfood - great finds!ReplyCancel

  • November 12, 2011 - 5:39 am

    muneeb34 - Great Blog i come again to your blog …..:)
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    http://www.allitreview.com/ReplyCancel

  • November 12, 2011 - 8:48 pm

    It's A Want - all of your friends are amazing.. cannot believe most of what you have found has been under $20. You really know how to furnish your home! Your pictures are amazing!! Love the bell!!

    http://itsawant.wordpress.com/ReplyCancel

    • November 13, 2011 - 9:37 am

      Carrie - Thanks! It was so much fun searching for the perfect pieces…Come back soon =)ReplyCancel

  • November 22, 2011 - 6:40 am

    Betty Amazing - That’s lovely!
    We can’t afford too much at the minute (first time buyers, reasonably low income) but we’ve been so lucky with hand-me downs and charity shop buys – one man’s trash is another man’s treasure! We’re off furniture hunting today, I’m hoping I find some gems! Those chairs in your photo are gorgeous! I would l o v e something like that!

    Happy thrifting! xxReplyCancel

    • November 22, 2011 - 7:55 am

      Carrie - Good luck!!! With a little perseverance I know you’ll find the perfect pieces for your home =)ReplyCancel

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