Monday, July 22, 2013

Weekend Thrifting Finds!

Good morning, chickadees!

I'll come right out and say that once again, our thrifting finds were rather meager this week.  Maybe some of you can shed some light on this problem.

I've been hitting the Goodwill for years, but mostly just a quick (less than 5 minute) run through to see if anything caught my eye.  Not the most efficient way of thrift shopping, but I did manage to pick up a few very nice things.

A few months ago, I decided that rather than just blithely skipping through, I'd make a concerted effort to actually see what was on the shelves.  This new procedure had almost immediate results, and I started finding a lot of good stuff.  Even Hubs got in on the act, and he found a lot of good stuff, too.

It seems that for the last couple of months or so, the pickins' are decidedly slim.  Is thrift shop giving seasonal?  Are we just entering a slow period?  Is it all just luck?  Or is there something else afoot?  I'll keep going, despite not really finding anything because I know you have to do that.  I just wondered if thrift shopping was cyclical.

Anyway, here's what I found this weekend:

1.  Tupperware!  I'm pretty sure this is supposed to be for pies, but I seldom have pies to tote around.  So I'm going to use this for when I make cookies or something to take to work.  It's nice to have something unbreakable with a cover instead of trusting my china and Saran Wrap. As is typical with vintage Tupperware, it was pretty stinky when I bought it; a trip through the dishwasher cleared that up.  My first purchase at the Rescue Mission Thrift:  $1.00

2.  More Tupperware!  I was pleased to find this container, though I was hoping there were a few more lurking on the shelf.  Alas, this was doing a solo act.  Turns out this is a really handy size and I can still use some more of them.  Goodwill, $1.00.

And that's it, unfortunately.  In other news, Fondue Headquarters has suddenly been invaded by teensy little ants.  Apparently, it's a big problem in our building.  I don't want to use bug spray inside because of the little weiner and the ant baits don't seem to be doing a thing, so I think I'm going to try the jelly/boric acid bait solution I read about on the Interwebs.  Wish me luck!

Linking up with all the marshmallowy goodness at Sir Thrift A Lot, and The Nifty Thrifty.


  1. It's not just you guys. I'm getting killed out there too. I hit 6 thrifts today and came out with one scratched fridgie that I just bought so I could buy something! Terrible! My Grandma has those pie Tupperwares. She's used them for as long as I can remember.
    I hope it gets better for all of us!

    1. You said it! I hate buying something in desperation just to BUY something, don't you?
      Les't just assume that everyone's on vacation and that things will start picking up again in the fall.

  2. Am on the hunt for a green one like that. Would love to pay $1US. If I'm lucky I find an orange one in poor condition for $8NZ. I read somewhere that ants don't like vinegar or bay leaves.

    1. Next one I find is yours. Does it have to be green, though? I take any color I can get.
      Wonder how much it would cost to ship to NZ? Probably 8 bucks!

  3. Boric acid. Blarg.
    Perhaps try Diotomaceous Earth?
    they used that for the giant roaches at the conservatory and it was supposed to work.

  4. My Rite Aid doesn't carry diatomaceous earth, and I shudder to think what the reaction would be if I asked someone there for it.
    I'll say this, though--as of this morning, the boric acid looked pretty damn effective.