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Clothing Retail by Store Location. Retailer by Store Name. As I was leaving spotted this unique knife out of the corner of my eye. I love a good yard sale. If you can find them. I just Got a brand new petite chef knive after I sent it in for sharpening. They replace them for free…. I once came across a gal who had Pampered Chef stoneware. I left there with 12 pieces, a large roaster, casserole dishes of all sizes etc.
Again, they had no idea what they had. My daughter and I are big thrift store shoppers along with my mother!!! The other day we stopped in at a local store to check out what was new.
My daughter had been looking for a wrought iron patio set for her screened in porch and wanted one in good shape but not real expensive. SHe ask how much it was and the guy said oh you can have it since you bought the patio set!!! She and I were thrilled at her bargains!!!! Pampered chef stoneware should go in the category with dutch ovens and cast iron!
Love that stuff and re-seasoned is all the better! I have found more Pampered Chef than I can store so I have sometimes left it on a shelf. Their loss is our gain! I found by accident if you leave stoneware in your self clean oven it will restore them back to new and you can re-season them!
I guess I need to get over my fear of the self clean function. Thanks for the tip! Has anyone tried it? I re seasoned it and am using it as before. I also forgot to take out my pizza stone when I turned on the self clean feature and the oven locked and I figured there goes the pizza stone. To my surprise it came out like new no dark stains from use. I had tried to clean it by scrubbing and and could not get the stains out.
I too was afraid to use the self clean function. The stone was totally black on the top. It came out looking brand new! And, good as new too. I have done that with my cast iron skillets too. They turn out great then just season them again! My father used to work at a glass-manufacturing plant where they had ovens that fired at very, very high temperatures. She would re-season them when she got them home again. My daughter and I are frequent thrift store shoppers.
I scored a Le Creuset skillet for 20 bucks. Although I thought a bit pricey for goodwill, I googled the original price and it was dollars so I thought I could splurge on the 20 I spent! Also, found several Longerburger baskets for dollars a piece! Of course plenty of vintage corningware and pyrex over the years.
Love love love thrify store shopping! I had a whole set I bought new some 40 years ago…I absolutely loved them. I cleaned it and it came out beautiful. But if you keep your eyes open, you can score some beautiful and elaborate frames. Throw the puppies and the sailboats away, keep the frames. Some artwork is so hideous we buy it and let the children Redo it. They used mod podge and sticker letters to makeover this.
Your redo was so cleaver…. You might want to look up artists names and dated if you find signed originals. Worth many times the secondhand prices.
When I moved into my apartment building, an artist resident had her artwork hung throughout the hallways. Not all of it was very good, but it brightened the place up.
She has since moved, and now I have a mission to find garage sale art more to my taste to hang on all those empty picture hooks! You can spray paint the frame any color or metallic! I even painted one stained mirror with black chalkboard paint and the frame turquoise! I pick up so much cast iron cookware at the flea market for 5 bucks a skillet! I love thrift stores!!!!!!!!!!!! I always buy Tupperware no matter where I find it.
No matter how old, I have never had them not replace the item if damaged, even the ones I got second hand. My mom gave me her old canister set, and I got all new lids for it because the old ones had cracked. I picked up a couple of cereal savers that had cracked lids at a thrift store, and the ones that were no longer available, they replaced with larger cereal savers. Otherwise, feel free to contact me! Do you have the phone number to call Tupperware for replacement lids?
I have had no luck with Tupperware replacing lids to older Tupperware that have cracked. Older Tupperware contains BPA. Keep your eyes open for Lenox at Good Will or garage sales. Apparently people in the South have no idea about Lenox.
And a New Englander and a Northeaster. Why not get a sense of humor or go to a website that encourages every slight so yiu can fight back. Bless your heart…see…smile…you survived…. If you spent most of your life living in the South, you would understand. I agree with the gentleman. Nobody likes to be presented as ignorant, no matter what. This girl did know about Lenox. I was born in LA and raised in MS.
I have found ignorance knows no boundaries. Even in the comments that you made. I despise when non-Southerners discuss us with an air of superiority. Go to a website or blog that is is discussing prejudice and state your fight there!!! I have lived in 7 states: And now reside in Pennsylvania. I have found much ignorance in states outside of Tennessee. And I have had beautifully brilliant friends, the smartest of my friends collectively, call the south their home.
You are way too sensitive. No one took that comment wrong but you. You need to check your attitude not her. It was just a comment. Im a southern gal and i took it as not everyone knows the value of everything.
Dont believe she meant it as a slur to Southerners. Just a comment folks. We Southerners would never be so rude as to make such a comment! At least we have manners, something for which you are surely lacking!
This is my first visit to this site and I was enjoying the thrifty tips. Now, I am amused and put out that the comments went south!
When I was a child my family moved from Illinois to Arkansas. It was a move that amounted to miles. As a matter of fact, there was a very hateful, threatening and racist billboard at the intersection of the 2 main highways in Bentonville. She grew up very poor in the post-carpetbagger era and often went hungry. As a young woman, she fell in love with a good man with good prospects except for a few little problems — he was Catholic and even worse — a YANKEE!!!!.
But they persevered, got married, moved north to Camden, NJ, when that was a good place to live and had five children including my mother, who was raised as a Catholic but married a Presbyterian — and that was tough in those days too They raised three of us and we all turned out well enough I guess. We all married into different religions just like my parents. So to everyone who has posted any sort of comment about Northerner vs. Southerner — may God bless you with peace, tranquility and the love of family and friends, now and for the rest of your life.
You are ALL worth being loved. If everyone just followed what you said the world would be a bette place. Thanks for posting Cathy in Canada which is definitely North. Bless your little heart! Leave off the comment about including all southerners deficit in knowledge because you found one store in the area that gave you a bargain..
But, had the audacity to add that one sentence about people in n the South. We have an old saying: Born south of the Mason Dixon Line. Raised in California and Seattle. It is sticking to the union of a nation once divided, that has made us a great nation.
Lets revel in the great bargains we find while supporting great organizations and good folks. I met husband 3 selling at a flea market. I bought some tools, stayed to visit and went to dinner with him. That was my best find at a sale. He just had his 80th birthday.
He even gets up early to make coffee and serve me coffee in bed most mornings. Its not where your born, but what you become as a grown up that matters. I collect copper items, train memorabilia for my husband and crockery. Yes, I can identify Lenox.
I do know about Lenox; have purchased as a gift. After reading all the comments, started to just leave and be silent. But then what the heck! Nobody likes being thought of as ignorant. That generalization of people is an attitude we all should work on changing. My family has been collecting Lenox forever.
My mother even bought a complete set a few pieces at a time for my niece when she was only 2 years old. Now that is a beautiful set of Moonspun by Lenox and my niece is a nurse with a family of her own. Collecting should be fun as well as finacially rewarding. As a fourth generation Floridian, many of us are very sophisticated, especially when it comes to antiques and collectibles.. So watch out at the next garage sale or flea market, you just might run into a Southerner who really knows what they are doing.
Bless your little heart. I am a Southerner and I must tell you all of the folk I know and come in contact with are very aware of Lenox because many of us own several pieces. I had no impression that people in the south were ignorant until you said that. That was how I felt about the comment. Then they started commenting about something completely off subject. I really enjoyed the post until all the race issue.
I will say when I read it I knew that she was wrong. I am from Texas and am well aware of Lenox and have been most of my 66 years. My mother had beautiful antique Flow Blue China. She collected many brands and found it at thrift stores, antique malls and little country places. I still look for it and find it at thrift stores, where the value is not known. Thank you for this article. I love my Corning ware from the early 70s and my Pyrex from — shades of avocado green!
I am looking for a small size as I broke the pot but have the lid. I was in a Goodwill and found my Villeroy and Boch dishes — a whole set.
It was a fabulous bargain! It is rude to say such. Only the self described southerns took that meaning from the comment. I live in the South and yes Lenox is something we do know about. Definitely something I need to look into…. We started going to auctions a little over a year ago. After going several times we got to know people and wind up having a good time even if we leave with nothing.
I have been a thrift shopper my entire life. I have now turned my hubby into one as well after seeing the stuff I get at great prices, plus you get to browse all the cool and neat old and new items. Lenox china is an American bone china line. They used to have an outlet in Pennsylvania. Excellent quality, beautiful patterns. Everybody knows, we in the South, prefer Waterford! IF we choose to we can ALL take offense at an offhand comment….
Louis county for 73 years. Southerner feud is stupid and boring. Please get back to the original topics. Frying pans by a particular mfgr. I pick up stoneware bowls whenever I see them. Southern or Northern, those folks who just donate items regardless of value are the ones we can thank for half the items in our home!
I started going to auctions since the auction house was down the street from me maybe 4 years ago. Since I acquired so much and wanted to sell on Ebay I have learned a lot! I have a good eye for things of value and my thrift store best find was a signed print by an Indian artist whose style was highly unusual. He had only been painting for 5 years when he accidentally shot himself.
His name was Jerome Tiger. Now that I am back in the midwest-yeah! Maybe you donate something special to a thrift store because you no longer have an attachment to the item and someone else may appreciate it more. As for the bargain price, the thrift store paid nothing and felt like passing the bargain along. This is exactly how I feel about it. Love, love, love thrift stores!!! You can find their items all over the store, but those are some of my favorite things to look for.
Then of course, just checking the decor area for anything really unique and fun! Regarding Target donating items to the Good Will, Good Will actually purcheses the items by the truck full at a set price. That is why the Good Will does not discount those items for senior discounts.
Do you know how to bring back old tarnished copper? Any tips would be greatly appreciated. According to Martha Stewart, all you need is a lemon and coarse salt: If you try it, please let us know how it works!
I use two things to clean tarnished copper; first, I coat the item with a thick layer of catsup. Let it stand for 15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Most of the tarnish will wash right down the drain, but if necessary, the catsup application can be repeated. Apply the paste with a microfiber rag and it will clean up the last of the tarnish. Rinse and polish with a dry towel. I have a wonderful little copper watering can that belonged to my mother.
Let set for at least an hour, then rinse off thoroughly. The flour is to help keep the vinegar from running off before it has done its job. I did this to an old copper bowl with brass trim that I found. Now it looks new. School is expensive enough.
I LOVE thrift stores too. I am amazed at how much good and really good china can be found there! I now have a huge…and growing collection of Pfaltsgraff Yorktown China that I use every day. Most pieces were 50 cents each at Goodwill. Salvation Army and Habitat Restores are also great places. I was surprised how much China was at the Restore. My latest finds have been leather skirts at Goodwill. I have done this as well! Just looked at the piece as a piece of fabric to be recycled into something else!
I buy tupperware because I have an unholy talent for melting holes in it. Small appliances, like a griddle, a crock pot, and a hand mixer. I am successful with vacuum cleaners. I bought 2 in the past 2 years which I cleaned and refurbished and they now service our home and beach place. I have the web page of an online vac parts company and have refurbished these and others from the thrifts in the past 25 years.
I always search for gardening stuff and tools too. I have 2 cast iron skillets how do I get them clean,I have an elective g Ass cook top and they smoke up my kitchen.
I put them in my oven at degree but still smoked things up. I have 2 big ones and 4 small ones. For just basic cleaning , I use a little soap I know taboo! You can also use half a potato and salt! It sounds like you might have grease build up on the outside of the pans… back in the day they used to burn the pans in an outside fire campfire pit by burying them in the coals… if you have a fire pit or a BBQ grill you might try setting them on and just letting them stay until the coals cool down… wash well with dish soap and a green scratchy pad, then season as normal… hopefully this will help.
Had grease build up on the cooking surface of my favorite cookie sheet. Thank you my teenage grandson. Sprayed the entire surface, let it sit a half hour. One of my favorite cleaning supplies.
And bring along a tape measure and measurements of places you want to fill up with thrift store finds window curtains, shelves, reading nook, etc. Great ideas for what to keep eyes open for! I find lately, at least in my neck of the woods, that some independent re-sale shops are on-to us and our bargain hunting with prices for certain things getting higher and higher. But, like anyone with a talent for patience, the diamond-he-rough is out there.
Keep your eyes open and be patient! Have a wonderful Holiday, everyone!! I purchased a lovely, light blue flowered Laura Ashley curtain set with valance and had the perfect use for them. I removed the door to our bathroom in our camper we always use the facilities at the campsite and hung one curtain with a sash on the side.
The other curtain was cut to make curtains for the windows and cover the valances over the windows. I love thirfting and do a lot of DIY projects so am always on the look out for something to repurpose.
Rusted cast iron griddles can be resurrected to brand new condition! Let sit for a few days for the rust to be eaten off the cast iron. Gently remove the pan from the solution. Discard the Draino water down the drain. The pan will look brand spanking new!
Now I collect them for friends. My favorite finds are Hobnail milk glass items and if its Fenton the find is like discovering pirate booty. I have collects whitemilk glass mini lamps, a frog vase and mini vases. My ultimate finds have been my Fenton s blue milk glass cream and sugar set. Last year I found the matching cruet for 80cents at a Good Will. It was too good to be true, especially when these items are rare at thrifts stores in LA.
I just started collecting milk hobnail pieces. Does this say anything about the quality of the piece? These are such great thrift store tips. Some I knew about, but many new tips. I am ready to go again. There are no senior citizen days. I love to collect fireking glass bakeware and bowls.
It has a pattern too. I even found a cake server. So funny you mentioned some of these items as I totally feel the same way! I love the old casserole dishes and the blankets are amazing! Even the ones in not so good condition can be refurbished into other things. Not always keen on cookware from the thrift but for sure I want to add things like a sifter, a colander, baking essentials like a good rolling pin and so much more! They were made so much better back then! Thanks for the post! Rinse the cotton blankets in white vinegar.
Works every time for me. I look around our Good Will from time to time and have had some great finds!! A pure silver sugar and creamer bowl was my best yet! I love buying good wine glasses! I have all different patterns. Also, I love buying homemade knitted or crocheted blankets. It pains me to see these treasures in thrift stores. I know they take such a long time to make, and it is becoming a lost art. I have bought several over the years and have kept a few and given others to nursing homes or homeless shelters.
I am a born and raised southerner I am very knowledgeable on all different styles of glassware, my husband purchased storage units for years and I have sold Lennox as well as others. Old dishes contain lead in the paint.
My exact reason for not buying old beautiful bowls. My must buy item at Thrift Stores are eyeglasses. I pay anywhere from. It is great to bring in the frames and have my own prescription put in them. The rest I sell on eBay. My family thinks I am crazy, and you can hear the disdain in their voices, for shopping at thrift store.
I get a huge kick out of it and have had my own little business on eBay for the last 18 years. I also sell on Craigslist. I have bought a lot of art from thrift stores. Found a signed Christopher Bloom and his students signature he was obviously teaching.
My website is not up yet, but you can find me on Instagram at texaspathfb. Thanks for this idea, those are some great finds. When I was first out of college I was pretty good at hitting thrift shops, buying things I knew had a much higher value than what they were listed at, and then selling them on ebay.
I used to make my car payment doing that. I wonder about buying wooden cutting boards. What if someone used them for raw meat? Since you recommend not using soap agree with that!! I think a little bleach or hydrogen peroxide would take care of that if you were really nervous. This link might be helpful: I have three wonderful cats, five at one moment in time.
I look for small glassware bowls- even Crystal. Cost is usually a quarter each. All animals deserve to be loved. One way is to keep them healthy. A little off subject, but what about the Segway. I was thrilled to add another piece to my Guardian collection! Thanks to thrifting, none of my four kids will ever need to buy Pyrex or Corningware! I love to turn them into throw pillows for the winter.
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