You know the saying…one man’s (or woman’s) trash is another’s treasure…well, it’s just amazing what you can find when you go on the thrift store hunt!
My sister Kanista, who lives in North Carolina, really got me hooked on thrift store shopping. Her normal Saturday routine is to hit her local thrift stores and she definitely has an eye for vintage and unique! When I visited her last year, she took me to her favorite places and we had a blast loading up on great clothing pieces and a few household items. Her home is filled with beautiful finds. Now, since I’ve started my own Saturday morning hunts, we text each other with photos of our latest finds!
In Birmingham, there are a few thrift stores that I frequent. The two Salvation Army stores – one on Green Springs and one on Highway 150 in Hoover – are two of my favorites. I especially love hitting them on Wednesdays when everything is 25% off. On other days, they have a color system and clothing is 50% off. Either way, you get a great bargain! Another favorite is Lovelady Thrift store and I never fail to walk out of this store with something special. I’ve been lucky enough to find a few Groupons too for $40 worth of merchandise for $20!
What I’ve been most surprised about lately is how much Mexican pottery I’ve been finding at these stores. From a previous post, you know about my love of Talavera pottery – well, I’ve been adding to my collection with several smaller items. I also keep an eye out for Fiesta dishes and my latest find was a large yellow platter from around the 1960s. Couldn’t believe my eyes when I stumbled upon it at Lovelady a few months ago!
Another place I love is a little place in Pelham called Treasures. I bought a mink coat there last year – but that’s another story for another post… Meanwhile, I found a really interesting Talavera piece there recently. I wasn’t quite sure what it was until I got home and took a good look at it. Turns out…it’s a soap dish! I placed in my powder room which has quite a few Talavera pieces adorning it.
Some other items I’ve found are Mexican serape blankets that I’ve used quite often at Fiesta events. I found one huge and colorful one at Alabama’s Thrift in Center Point last year. It’s been quite useful for Fiesta promotion events to cover a table and set the scene for TV promos and other media events.
These plates were found at Alabama’s Thrift in Alabaster. I couldn’t believe my luck when I found not one plate, but three! Very beautiful and the perfect addition to my family room coffee table. A quick note about the Alabama Thrift Stores…they also have a color discount system and so it makes “the hunt’ all the more fun.
Meanwhile…tomorrow is Saturday and I’m itching to get out and see what I can find…so stay tuned!!!