The two most asked questions I receive is:
- Where do I keep all my treasure finds
- What do I do with them all
I have done posts in the past regarding where I keep my treasures so, today I thought I would talk about what I do with them.
Do I keep everything I buy? Good Grief NO! LOL Some things I buy, play with and resell them online. Actually, that is about 40% off what I do with treasures.
I realized a long time ago, things are just things. Occasionally I do get attached to something I find. However, after I play with it for awhile, I feel totally comfortable letting go of an item. I do keep some things.
One thing I do is I am constantly keeping an eye out for special gifts for friends and family. I get so excited when I find an item that I know will bring a smile to someone I love.
As an example, my mom LOVES old cookbooks that have handwritten notes throughout it. She loves to read about how someone changed up a recipe or some other little tidbit someone feels is important enough to write in the cookbook.
Troy collects unique ties and tie clips/tie bars. So, whenever I find them I buy them and save for a special moment to give it to him. Here is one I recently found. It still had the original price tag on it and it was only $1.19.
I have a friend that loves, loves, loves vintage gloves, hats, purses and jewelry. I am always watching for any of these items. I love to surprise friends with gifts.
Another example is my brothers. One is a mechanic and collects old car manuals. I often find these at yard sales and buy them up for him. He is also a huge fan of the old sitcoms and so I keep an eye out for these DVDS. Here is one I recently found for him. Brand new, never opened. It was $5.00 then half off.
My other brother is building a bar in his home. He is a big golfer. I recently spotted a vintage golf bag bar tool set and snatched it up for him. And a vintage golf ice bucket. He does so many things for me and for the princess that I love to find little surprises for him when I can.
Another thing I am always looking for is different plates/dishes to use for goodies and treats that I give to people. I like to give people the dish the treats come on and I want it to be special. I have a wonderful friend who has a December birthday and I make her a cake, her favorite one, so I like to have a special plate for it. I recently found this adorable cake stand that I am going to use. It was purple sticker day so that turned the $2.99 price into $1.49. Just a few cents more than buying a dollar store plastic plate.
Now that we are done with Farmers Markets, we sell at craft shows throughout the cold months. I like to make up gift baskets with our DTL Herb products and add fun vintage finds to them. Here is an example.
I raided my stash of 1956-57 restaurant cup and saucers sets to make little tea gift sets.
Also, as a small business owner, keeping costs down is vital. I am always on the lookout for things that our business can use for displaying products. I found this old wood coffee mug holder and use it to display individual tea bags for sale. On the next warm day I plan to paint it white but, until then, at least the wood is in good shape.
Last but not least, I re-donate a lot of items. I use them, play with them, enjoy them then donate them. For example, a couple of weeks ago I showed you a recent purchase of a hardcover book by Elton John. I enjoyed sharing it with you and I loved reading it and gazing at all the pictures. But, it is now re-donated so someone else can enjoy it as well.
So, there you have it, what I do with my thrifted treasures. Once I came to terms with the fact that I am fortunate enough to be able to find amazing things at amazing prices, I was able to detach myself from them.
There is always a new thrifted treasure to be found for me. And the thrill of the hunt is my favorite part about thrifting!
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