A couple of days ago I was downtown and decided to head over to the Habitat for Humanity warehouse store. They have mainly old and a few new donated house items such as doors, windows, fixtures, wood, tubs, etc. at dirt cheap prices. Like $10 for a nice wood door that need some sanding and paint. I was in search of a cool looking small old window that I could knock the glass out of, put on the wall, and hang my soldered glass pieces from. I want to make larger soldered glass pieces from clear beveled glass and have family photos sandwiched between the glass. I think it would be a striking way to show photos. But, the store was closed that day. Darn.
But, as I was leaving, I saw an old warehouse thrift store...Cause for Paws...they donate towards animal care. It looked really gross but the parking lot had many customers so I decided to check it out. I found some cool white glass pieces that I scrubbed and put through the dishwasher twice (LOL), a vintage dictionary, and a vintage Asian book- both books are very old but perfect to tear up for some of my crafts. I decided a month ago after reading a magazine article that I would try to find old white glass dishware. I seem to have bits and pieces of serving dishes but nothing matches. If I go all-white, then everything will match. What I found so far can be used not only in the kitchen, but in my craft area or bathroom too. I like the holes along the edges where I can weave ribbon through or dangle things I make. And to top it off- I only paid pennies!
On the way home I spied a used book store so I stopped in to see if they had any treasures. Yes. They have a shelf full of items that are free....I picked up 18 Chess Life magazines for Hunter- all free! I didn't see any art books that I had to have but I did find several books that were only a couple dollars...2 Silver Palette cookbooks, 1990 Southern Living Annual Recipes, Martha Stewart's Gardening (a $50 book for $3), a ribbonry book, and a vintage BH&G Holiday cookbook...all so cheap and in great shape!
Last week I also found a cool black wire fruit basket for a couple dollars.
I know my friend Carolyn would be proud of me. She finds great bargains all the time. I absolutely hate to shop for anything except art supplies and groceries, so I think I did good!