I played hooky from work yesterday, well actually it was a vacation day... and I asked for it off so maybe that really doesn't count as playing hooky.
My mom and I went to a local thrift store were the proceeds go to the humane society. Every year, they save all of their Christmas donations and put them out at the same time. That time was yesterday, at 9:30 am on the dot. We had a great time and I found all sorts of treasures. Most items were .25, .75, or $1.00. A few items were of the more expensive variety, they might set you back $5.00 or $7.50.
I love the Shiny Brite boxes, just for their graphics... and they were all FULL of ornaments. Five of the boxes were .75 cents each and the other two boxes were $1.00 each.
These remind me of my childhood. My mom gave me her set of little pastel angels a few years ago, she used to put them out by her manager scene for the holidays. Now I have some more to add to my collection.
This cute little... angel?? elf?? choir person?? was one whole dollar, but I couldn't resist... he or she was "made in Japan".
This cute fabric stocking, complete with fabulous Santa face, $2.00.
This fabulous apron was $4.00.
A wonderful old tablecloth for $1.00!!
Can't pass up a winking Santa mug.
A bunch of cool old Christmas cards, unused.
Some vintage gift tags, .25 cents.
Tree toppers, at $1.00, $2.00 and $3.00 respectively.
Some miscellaneous items, not really sure what I'll do with these but the bag was only .25 cents.
An old light up wreath, complete with box... it came out of the expensive case... it was $4.00.
And the ultimate, these two little dioramas... both "made in Japan"... they were $2.00, each. I gotta say I love the little toadstools on the one to the right!
Obviously I have a "thing" for vintagey Christmas items... I guess now I'll have to stay out of the antique, junk, thrift stores until after the holidays. I may have some storage issues with my newest Christmas acquisitions, but the money went to a good cause.
And speaking of Christmas, be sure to check out Lisa over at Suburban Retreat. She's having a fabulous, Christmas holiday giveaway! She's a wonderful, thoughtful person with a very charming blog! Check it out.
And "thanks" to Cindy of Cottage Instincts... for Red Gate Farm's being in the Top Ten for last weeks "Make it 4 Monday"! I'll have to figure out how to "grab the button"!
Enjoying my short work week,
Chris at Red Gate Farm