2.29.2008

Where is the thrift at the Thrift Store?

Yesterday I had to go get fabric at my fave fabric store for an event I am planning. It just happens to be across the street from one of my fave thrift stores. It's a Goodwill that receives a lot of Target donations, so I usually find some great items or clothes that are brand new.

I have really cut down on my thrifting habit the past few months (can you hear hubby clapping) so I was pretty excited to go to this Goodwill and get a "fix". So I perused. And perused. Then perused some more. Everything was.....Just. So. Expensive! I'm like, Where is the thrift in a thrift store? Is it me or are prices getting jacked up at these places? Even a child's tee shirt was $4.99 that I could get brand new retail. However I did find some cute Children's Place tee shirts and a pink Hurley jacket for my daughter.

The only thing I got for myself was this cute pink thermal pot. For $7.99! Barely used, but wow that's kinda steep. But it will be perfect for a Picnic Tea Party that I have planned in my head..........along with all the other tea parties that are in there, just waiting to be planned.

It cleaned up really well, after I did my thorough hot water and denture cleaning treatment. Whenever I buy a thrift item and it can't be put in the dishwasher, I use denture cleaning tablets (I get a box from the .99 cent store) and put a few tablets in the item (tea pots, etc.) with hot water to get the cleaning bubbles inside hard to reach areas especially the neck of a teapot. Then wash with antibacterial dish soap and hot water, rinse really well with hot water. Generally it is not a good idea to use dish soap inside teapots as it may altar the taste of the tea. So I only do it the first time I purchase one new or used. Thereafter I just use really hot water with a clean sponge that doesn't have soap on it, and rinse well.

Would you like to join me?
I have been wanting to host a blogging Tea Party for the First Day of Spring, so maybe this thermal tea pot will be my inspiration and reason to go ahead and DO that Picnic Tea Party, or something else. If so, leave a comment and I will make a graphic banner for a tea party invitation to put on your blog. I don't want to do it if it looks like I will be having tea by myself!

12 comments:

cd&m said...

First visit here and a tea party sounds like great fun to me, do please let me know if you decide to go ahead.

Donna Collins said...

Count me in! I throw a Jane Austen themed tea party every month for my girlfriends.

The Mrs. said...

I want to come for sure!!!! Just let me know. Great tip about the tablets for cleaning! Brilliant! Love that pink tea pot!!!!!!

Tea Party Girl said...

Oh yes, I would participate! And many of readers as well, possibly.

Sweet Designs said...

Yes, it sounds like lot of fun, right up my alley, I would love to be included!

Anonymous said...

I agree about the prices at the thrift stores. Ours seems to think every piece of glassware they get is vintage and hike up the price.

A six inch pink and blue, made in China, rooster that I got five months ago for $1.59, is now selling for $4.99! I saw it and almost got it as a matching piece until I saw the price. If it's still there on Wed. I'll get it for half off.

I think part of the reason the prices are going up is because they have become such popular shopping places. There are some regulars that wait at our store at specific times when the shelves are stocked.
These people have caused our prices to go up during the past year. Many of them are ebay sellers.

~elaine~
roz_etta@yahoo.com

~elaine~

Megan said...

I love a tea party! Count me in!

Maureen said...

Count me in.

Maureen

Irma's Rose Cottage said...

I would love to have a tea party. Count me in.

Irma
http://irmasrosecottage.blogspot.com

avalon8theroses said...

I am in, even though it is a sweltering 38 degrees here in Australia. I'll put the ketle on
Cheers
Tracey

Trisha said...

I had no idea Target donates to Goodwill. Looks like I will have a new place to visit! I am always amazed at what knowledge one can gain by blogging. Thanks,

Trisha Evans
my2roses
a vintage white - coming soon!

CraftTeaLady said...

Yes, I agree, Goodwill is nuts to put some of the prices they do on things! I feel the same way - I can go to Ross Dress for Less or Target and find some things for cheaper than they have it used!

I'm so glad I found your site!!!~Gina

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