Why I Love Thrift Stores


The time is potent. A sweet smell of aging fabric and wood. It gives off a sense of solidity, that things can last.

A mess of homeless pieces, each with their own story.

A tray formed from Mexican silver, here after a life of sitting on different surfaces around the same house for sixty years. It served cookies to strangers, carried books and cocoa to the bedroom, held medicine by the bedside. A few of the edges are tarnished, but for the most part it still gleams bright and reflective.

A white teacup and saucer. Gold paint trims the edges, and watercolored flowers bloom in pink and blue and green. They remember little fingers who treated them delicately. The cup was filled with imaginary orange juice and held to the lips of porcelain dolls in blue linen dresses. The saucer balanced goodies for the little girl who spoke in a foreign tongue. Now they tremble on a shelf lined with mismatched vases and novelty mugs. They do not belong to one of the larger collections, set out immaculately and priced for a queen. No, they are oddballs, hidden away in a corner, hoping one day to be loved again.

A dress, thrown out as ugly and outdated, hangs among a hundred other mothballed rejects. But it screams to be worn. It pleads its timelessness. It defends its personality and versatility. It knows how pretty it is, despite where it has been discarded to now.

All these stories, housed in an uninteresting corner shop. Passerby hardly deign a glance. It is full of old stuff after all. If someone else didn’t want it, why should they?

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I have always been fond of old things. In my mind, vintage equals classic. But I have only recently discovered this new appreciation for thrift stores. They have anything you may need if you take the time to look hard enough, and they accommodate a tight budget.

I suppose I am mostly speaking in terms of costumes and props. But where else are you going to find a Czechoslovakian teacup and saucer for six bucks?

Wouldn’t it be fun to have a job shopping for props for a movie, and getting to explore all kinds of secondhand shops with a nice big budget. I believe it would be.

Anyway, I just felt like sharing after shopping yesterday. Hope you found some enjoyment from reading, and as always, let me know your thoughts!



One Comment Add yours

  1. sally Lindquist says:

    Kim, I like your style and I look forward to each new thought.



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