Here at Second Chance Homestead we furnish our home with previously owned items that need a second chance. Shopping “second-hand” is sustainable living at it’s best: Taking home used items saves them from landfills; buying something old instead of something new saves the energy involved in the production of new items; and spending money at thrift stores benefits the local non-profit organizations who run them. It really is one of the best ways to participate in your community. And it saves you money.
But it’s not all environment and economics.
Don’t forget about the THRILL! It’s like going on a treasure hunt and finding gold. You make your way through shelves and racks and suddenly stumble upon the most amazing find! For example, I recently came across two handmade Portuguese plates (In the 1990’s I lived in Portugal for a year and a half and have a love for the country and it’s crafts). I was ecstatic! And I didn’t even have to go overseas to get them!
Here are some recent thrift store finds:
How Now Brown Cow. This cow is actually a “piggy” bank. $1.50.
Used baseballs add a nice decorative touch when stacked atop a plate handmade in Portugal. (baseballs 75 cents each; 2 handmade plates 75 cents each. The other one sits under the cow)
An antique adding machine (with period paper receipt roll). $12.00.
A retro ceiling light fixture cover in glass and wood. Fits in perfectly with SCH’s “rustic ranch” look. $3.00.
Morton’s Salt vintage tin. $3.75.
Handmade ceramic “mini” milk pitcher. $1.50.
Dancing Plates. Set of four. 75 cents each.
Metal and Glass “lantern” covers for votive candles. Set of 3. $2.25.
Vintage Candlestick holders. Glass. Set of two. $1.50.
TOTAL SPENT: Just 33 dollars.
Have a good weekend! I hope you take time to do some “second chance” shopping of your own!