National Thrift Shop Day: August 17, 2013

Long before Macklemore was ever poppin’ tags and rockin’ the footed flannel Batman PJ’s, I was all about thrift store shopping. I think it has something to do with my childhood tradition of spending Saturday mornings scouring garage sales.

Now that people have even more stuff (let’s be honest, most Americans park their cars on the street because their garage is too full of crap to fit a car…) and we live in the affluent Silicon Valley, I enjoy thrift store shopping even more! I constantly find excellent name brand clothing and household goods at 5-20% of their original cost and in completely new condition.

My family used to spend time at the mall on the weekends but now with our Nothing New resolution, we have fun together at garage sales, thrift shops, and estate sales surfing through random junk in hopes for a treasure! The thrill of the hunt is sometimes the best part.

In honor of National Thrift Shop Day, here are a few of my favourite thrift shop scores that I’ve sold on my Etsy store:

Vintage Mid Century Cut Class Ice Bucket Barware with Metal Tongs and Handle – Mad Men Style


Bought it for $2.99, sold it on Etsy for $29. Would have kept it if we had a bar!

Rare Vintage Etra Blue Leather Purse with Lucite Tortoise Handles – 1960s – Authentic


$4.99 at Goodwill, sold for $39 on Etsy. It pained me to sell this — so beautiful.

Vintage Brown Leather Secretary Portfolio

Vintage Brown Leather Secretary Portfolio

I loved this portfolio and wish I kept it — but it was meant to go to work with someone (preferably a secretary named Dorothy L. Wright since that was the name inscribed on the front!). I found this for $1 at Goodwill, untouched and at least 40 years old. It was one of my first items to sell on my Etsy store and I should have sold it for WAY more than I did (which was still $15, not a bad return).

So go out there today and dig, dig, dig!

Domestically Yours,
Natasha Kay