It is an indisputable fact that I come from a family of professional thrifters. Every Saturday, my parents scavenge yard sales, estate sales, and antique stores to find some good deals on vintage items, and when I’m at home, I go with them. Luckily, they passed their love of old things and their knack for scoring a deal on to me. I’ve found some really great things on my thrifting adventures, from clothes to furniture to books, but some of my favorite finds are some that I found this week.
This past week was my Spring Break, and I spent half of it in Georgia and the other half at home in Alabama. While in Georgia, I went to some antique stores and a vintage clothing store, and in Alabama, I stopped by some estate sales and a flea market.
At the Georgia antique store, I hit the book jackpot. They had a ton of rare, first edition books. I found an edition of some Robert Browning poems that was published during his lifetime (which is so cool) and a copy of James Joyce’s letters, both of which I’m really excited about. Later in the week, I headed to Little Five Points in Atlanta to visit my favorite vintage shop, where I snagged a few rompers and dresses for summer. If you’re ever in Atlanta, check out the Clothing Warehouse for some amazing vintage finds.
Back in Alabama, I went by an estate sale and found a vintage coffee grinder. To be honest, I didn’t know what it was at first, but when I found out, my coffee-loving self couldn’t let it go. Antique coffee grinders are selling online for over $100, but I snagged mine for $22.50.
Finally, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect vintage suitcase for a while. I found one last summer at a flea market, but I waited too long to buy it and someone else got it. I was pretty disappointed, but there is no shortage of old suitcases at flea markets. I knew that if I just held out long enough, I would find the perfect one. And I was right. I finally found it at the same flea market where I found the first one. It’s so cute and in nearly perfect condition – no rips or weird smells or anything – and I can’t wait to take it on a road trip.
Needless to say, I love old things, and I love thrifting. It’s a great way to find some unique items without breaking the bank. Finding a cute romper from the 80s or bedside table from the 70s is so much more fun than getting something that’s been mass produced for any old store.
What’s your favorite thrift find?