The surprising things that you can find at thrift stores never ceases to amaze me.
Especially in my neck of the thrifting woods, which is a handful of small towns… each about 20 minutes away from home.
John and I were housebound by winter weather two weekends in a row. So I actually hadn’t been at my fave Salvation Army store since before Christmas.
We usually go there on Saturdays after we go out for breakfast, and last weekend was beautiful so we were happily out and about.
John actually saw this before I did.
He’s my spotter, doing a quick tour of the store to see if there’s anything he thinks I might be interested in.
I’m more of a wanderer. Making my way slowly up one aisle and down the next. Pondering as I go. Thinking about the different things that I see until I’ve done the whole store.
And then I usually do it all again just to make sure I didn’t miss something the first time around. which has been known to happen occasionally.
This time all I came out with was this fabulous collection of 22 hand folding fans.
But that was more than enough!
I was so excited when John showed them to me.
Finding things in bulk is always fabulous for getting the creative juices flowing.
And, honestly, I’ve only seen one other folding fan in the last twenty years in thrift stores here.
It was Spanish, and I sold it on etsy a few years ago.
Some of the fans are glitter-fied… like the set of four above, and the green set of four in the previous picture.
And these three are decorated with sequins and lace.
All of the above fans are made with fabric and gold decorated plastic.
Then there were these three fans in cases, and I couldn’t wait to see what was inside.
They’re paper and carved sandalwood fans.
Not quite as eye-catching as the fabric fans, but still fun and interesting.
And last but not least, these 8 fans are completely made of sandalwood with patterns carved into them.
They remind me of delicate latticework.
At first I thought they were paper, but then I picked one up and was surprised to discover that they weren’t.
I did some research and found that they’re made of sandalwood, which is very light.
Things that are this plain color-wise are not usually my thing, but the latticework looks so much more amazing in person than it does in the pics.
I think I can really do something with these. My brain is swimming with repurposing ideas for all of these fans.
So, I made the decision to buy them when they were a loonie a piece. But when we went to the counter to pay we were given 50% off. Woohoo!
Love it when that happens!
I was already in at a dollar, so that was such a gift.
So are you a fan of fans?
I certainly am.
Maybe not for their original purpose, but for their re-purpose. Absolutely!
keep on keepin’ on!