Wednesday, October 6, 2010


So... I went to the thrift store.  
Two thrift stores, actually.  First to the more expensive one that sometimes has awesome sewing supplies finds.  Sadly, no bags of zippers or bias tape.  All I came out with was this sweet little pattern.

I haven't really taken a good look at the contents yet, but it looks like it should have some good, basic kids clothing patterns in it.  Which would be good for me.  Because I'm pretty good at just throwing things together once I have some good pieces cut out, but I'm real bad at drafting my own patterns for clothing.  Remember this wonkiness?  Yeah.  A 99 cent pattern was probably a good investment for me.

Other than the adorable 60's (maybe 70's?) sketches, the thing that made me notice this pattern especially was this sweet little dress/top.  Although I think I would either pair it with jeans or make it longer.  Olivia doesn't need to be quite this scandalous.  Although, to her credit, at least this little girl is wearing some awesome red tights.

I also love that it comes with this little matching overalls pattern.  Cute, no?  :)  I'll have to give them a try and let you know how it goes.

 Next up, I found some sweet t-shirts.  Love the horsey(s).  Love the yellow stripes.

 Mmm.  :)

 This one was intended for making a shirt for Bolivia.  But if it fits I might just have to snag it for myself.  :)

This horsey shirt was intended for making a shirt for Bolivia.  
But if it fits I might just have to snag it for myself.  :)

 This one is also going to be made into a shirt for Olivia.
No danger of this one being stolen (by me).  It's much too small.
But Olivia will like it.  The fabric is super soft.  

This shirt was also bought with the intention of making it into a shirt and/or leggings, etc. for Olivia.
But I love it.  It is definitely in danger of being claimed by me... if it fits.
I guess that's the great thing about buying shirts that will work for either...
I don't have to deal with thrift store dressing rooms!

Next up, I bought these plates/really shallow bowls/serving dishes.  They'll be nice for when we have a roast or something.  All of our serving dishes are too big for 2-4 person meals.  And since our table is small, it'll be doubly nice to have some smaller serving dishes.

And because I couldn't resist...

 This is how I feel about thrift store shopping.

 This is how Bryan will probably feel about it.


 I also bought this hanging basket/shelf thing.  We have a few of these (but black and smaller) that we got from Ikea a while back.  I love them, but they're kind of expensive brand new.  At least in my opinion.  So when I saw this one that's bigger I put it in the cart.  No brainer.

 It hooks onto a shelf.  
Umm... yup.

I also snagged this little shelf when I saw it.  These kind of shelves just come in handy.
And you can put them in the freezer!
(To organize freezer things, not because anyone would ever need a cold shelf.)

Okay, I know this is the same picture from the top, but I'm reusing it because apparently I forgot to take a separate picture of the little magazine rack I bought.

It's the wooden thing that looks like a magazine rack.

Anyway... it's solid wood and in great condition.  I think it could be used for a lot of things, but I bought it with the intention to use it for book storage for Olivia.  So far she's nuts about it.  Super nuts about it.  So nuts abut it, in fact, that it's kind of driving me nuts.  So it may be used as a magazine rack for now instead.  :)

And last, but certainly not least...

 These little orange school chairs!

Don't you love them?
I do.

Although, in all my love and excitement in putting them in the cart, I didn't realize until I got home and started taking pictures of them, but they're two slightly different sizes.


There were more at the thrift store.  I'm trying to decide if I should bother going to the trouble to try and exchange one for another that's the same size.  I can't decide if it's worth it.  We'll see.
Anyway, I'm envisioning them pulled up next to a little table in Olivia's room.  
Someday.  When we have a little table.

And I know that Bryan will roll his eyes when he sees them, but--seriously--how can you pass up this price?
Totally worth one husband eye-roll.
And, besides, at least I didn't buy four.  Or six.
Because I could have.  And I almost did.  But I didn't.
See how wonderful I am?

 Total cost: $18.50

A successful thrifting day, I say.
Until next time.


Jess@craftiness is not optional said...

nice! I love love those chairs...I would've probably bought them all! But Rory wouldn't have liked that either. hehe. The shirts are great too- I'm jealous of the california one-I'm always looking for a cool one but can never find it. I am LOVING the cute little bib style on that dress. I may rip off vintage Butterick...haha. Awesome finds!

Lisa Lou said...

I love the plates/platters and the shelves. Always a good thing. nice purchases! Now we definitely need to have a party! How about in December? Or December 30th?

Kathy Haynie said...

Way cute stuff. Good shopping!

dana said...

Fun! those chairs are awesome. and yes, the striped shirt! Hmmm...leggings for a little girl? I just made some yesterday and I'm addicted now.

Polly @ Pieces by Polly said...

Awesome. That magazine rack is not at all what I was picturing when I talked to will be awesome for Olivia's books and I don't think you'll have any worries about it tipping over. And I love your happy/sad faces. It kinda makes we want to go thrift store shopping...but I still have lots of thrift store stuff waiting to be made into things, so for now I can fend off the cravings.

Bryan Lewis said...


Polly @ Pieces by Polly said...

So that pattern reminds me of an adorable dress I saw recently... And I I made Anson some cute pants out of a very similar orange shirt.