Monday, April 15, 2013

Thrift Hauls: 100% Free Retro, Toy, and Fun Second Hand & Curbside Finds


My break from the thrift stores is still in-affect. Lately I've been looking for free finds or finds that are as close to free as possible while I go through the process of photographing hundreds of photos for Etsy. The mailbox above was purchased by me at a flea market years ago, I forgot about it until I rediscovered it at my mom's house.


There's an open slot in the back that would have made it perfect in theme and usage to keep for my reselling station, but I put it in my Southern Crossing booth where it promptly sold.


These letters were a free gift from a reseller I met while curbside shopping amid the grand houses a few minutes away from me, close to the St. John's river. The large "C" already sold.


I love finding giant letters, fun for crafts and home decor and they typically sell well.


She kindly gave me this red sign as well as lots of buckets of paint and spray paint she wasn't using!


The wooden shelf was rediscovered along with the toy post office box at my mom. I bought it when I moved into my first apartment at 20, it used to hold spices right above the stove. 'Twas an ancient, odd, ghetto little place to live but we had a lot of fun. Brings back memories! The cowboy bear above was another free find, a gift from a former reseller friend a while back. I'm not above selling my past so the shelf is in my Southern Crossing space waiting for a new owner.

So tell me, what did you score at the thrifts? If you like any piece you see, e-mail me, it's all for sale!
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14 comments:

  1. Wonderful finds and the right price. I have noticed lately with the thrift stores in upstate NY that they are overflowing with stuff. Good stuff, and when they are full the prices are lower. I wonder if this means they have stuff in the back they need to move soon. I will be following this. I've been so lucky lately and it's just starting to be church sale time here. Can't wait for garage sales. It's still too cool for them to start. A few more weeks at least. Have a wonderful week Van. Thanks for posting.

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    1. Have fun hunting, that sounds amazing! Things are always overflowing down here so I have to exercise my will power and wait until I've accomplished some Etsy goals before I buy anything new. I'm always open to the free stuff, though!

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  2. That mailbox is SO CUTE! I'm not surprised it sold quickly. Good for you, sticking with your thrifting moratorium. I have been sticking with mine, too, but only because I've been too crazy busy to cheat. ;)

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    1. I loved the mailbox too, 'twas so tempting to keep it!

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  3. Oh I do love that mail box, it's wonderful.
    Funny thing the night before last here I had the worst nights sleep and woke feeling utterly out touch with reality. So I of course thought some treasure hunting would cure me. Boy oh boy did it, it was an epic haul, and it's always nice when freebies are thrown in, I was given a sweet book for the kids.

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    1. It really can be very therapeutic, before I sold things in Southern Crossing I would walk through it and feel instantly better no matter what mood I was in before.

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  4. I love that mail box and the C and D are wonderfu1 x

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    1. Thank you, they were hard to sell :D

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  5. THE MAIL BOX. What a neat flea find! I love when you forget you've bought something, and then find it again. It really is like getting something for free. Sometimes I clean out my closet and it's like going shopping, but all things I like and all things I didn't even know I had! :)

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    1. Me too, I love rediscovering forgotten treasures.

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  6. Free stuff is the best kind of stuff!! That mailbox is (was) amazing. So glad to hear that it sold!

    Erica

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    1. Thanks! Probably should have tried for more, it was such an awesome piece :)

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  7. "I'm not above selling my past" that made me laugh out loud!

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    1. Bwahaahaha :D I do it all the time. I'm evil. People can't have my Ninja Turtles and Transformers stuff, though. All mine.

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