So just for the fun I decided to give myself a $5 thrifting budget for this past week. I know, what a terrible idea… right? Who in their right mind would think that sounds like fun? lol.
Probably just me. 🙂
Truth be told I’m naturally thrifty. It’s just the way I was raised, and even though I’m being more choosy in my finds these days I never give myself a budget because I want to be free to buy what I love.
But I really wanted to challenge my thrifting self in two ways.
First… to see what I could actually find over the course of a whole week with only $5 to spend, and second, and more importantly, to see if I could stick to the budget.
Would some tantalizing treasure tempt my thrifting heart?
I have a weakness for handmade floral doilies. This pansy doily includes pretty much every colour of the rainbow and for two doilies for 25 cents I had to pick it up.
I’ve never crocheted myself, but I really appreciate the time and talent that goes into making these.
Here’s the other one I found. I’m not really sure about the pink with the orange and red, so I might take this one apart and use the the flowers in a project.
I collect small silver and glass salt & pepper sets and this $1 three piece cruet set is a wonderful addition.
It’s unmarked so I don’t know anything about it, but I’m so loving the patina. Too bad it’s missing its little spoon. Now I’ll have to be on the hunt for one.
This Royal Winton Grimwades cream and sugar set is sweet and petite and cost $1.50. The creamer is just 3 inches tall. Love the gold with that speckly spring-like green. So pretty.
I found these eight wooden rulers for my collection for ten cents each. I don’t see these too often so when I do I grab them. Once I’ve collected enough I’ll be using them in a project.
And last but not least is this rather heavy brass horse and rider statue.
I walked around the thrift store for a bit carrying this while I decided whether or not I would buy it. I like horses, but I wouldn’t call myself a horse person. Still, something drew me to this piece and I just couldn’t put it back on the shelf. Ultimately the patina won me over… it’s very aged. Also the fact that it was only $1 probably didn’t hurt either.
In my neck of the thrifting woods it seems the more patina means the cheaper the item. Works for me! 🙂
So what was my total for the week? $4.55. Woohoo! I did it! With 45 whole cents to spare, and I love the things that I found.
Have you ever thrifted on a budget? How did that work for you?
I have to admit that I was a little tempted by a couple of spring form cake pans to add to my craft room for storage, but they were $3.50 each and they weren’t very old. Considering that I usually get vintage ones for $1 or less it was easy to talk myself out of them.
See what I mean… more patina… less moola. lol. Totally works for me. 🙂
Thanks so much for reading and until next time… keep on keepin’ on.