Why I Keep Shopping Secondhand

I must admit, the winter is long for a Goodwill shopper like me! For the past few months, I've been striking out big time when I shop secondhand. Slim pickings at the shops, no garage sales to behold, even Craig's List has been sad in Denver.

However...I don't know if it's spring fever or what, but lately my luck has been changing. Yippee! Maybe people are just in the mood to purge all their junk? Garage sale season is kicking in, after all! Whatever it is, the lesson is clear: sometimes things look bleak, but keep going. You never know what you're going to find!

A few weeks ago this theory panned out, big time! I went to Goodwill and got this little gem:

I gave it my own special treatment of paint and stain, and now it looks like this:

On the same trip, I ran into a great rug. Now, I usually don't go for rugs and other fabrics at the Goodwill, but this one was perfect! My guest room used to have this (nice, but a little too yellow) jute rug:

I found this (less yellow) sisal rug, same size, softer underfoot. In perfect shape!

Lesson learned? Keep shopping! Just when you think you'll strike out again, you might hit a home run! See you out there this weekend? :)


The Starr Family said...

Good finds my dear... and your candlestick turned out so sweet!

Leslie said...

The rug looks amazing! Did you have to have it cleaned?

Angie said...

I love your garage sale finds the candle holder is wonderful!! Garage sales have been picking up around here too, thanks goodness it has been a long winter!

Connie said...

Isn't it wonderful to come across finds that you just can't live without, sugar, AND to find them cheaply is just coconut on th' pie!. Squeeeeeal! Come over and see what my special mother's day gift was. I think you'll be impressed! LOL LOL

Carmen said...

Ooh, I love that candleholder!!!! So pretty! I have been looking for a rug like that. Woo hoo for you!

What kind of countertops do you have? I love them.

Meghan said...

fyi...june 19. community garage sale in louviers (just north of c.r.). benefits the town library, so it's for a good cause! there will be some really good vintagey stuff, and lots of fixer uppers! put it on your calendar:) xoxo

Loui said...

My hubs laughing calls GW Loui's Boutique..Hardly ever does a trip leave me empty handed!
Have scored on a few really NEAT things recently on Half Off Everything In the Store Day!!
Usually that is the FIRST Saturday of each month, but for whatever reason, it seems to happen sometimes TWICE a month!
Perhaps you are correct in assuming the better weather is prompting folks to do more Spring Cleaning and Garage saleing!
am so glad..their trash is my treasures!!
warmest hugs..

Sassy In The South said...

I have got to start shopping at goodwill!!!

Kim said...

Garage sale season is here! I've found some great items (check out some of my previous blog entries)! I'm on the look out for a headboard! Missed a great one on Craig's List yesterday - sold before I got a chance to purchase it!

Tiffany said...

Oh, wow! LOVE the rug and what you did with the other treasure! Beautiful.

Heather said...

Thanks for the inspiration!

Courtney said...

I always love seeing what you do with your Goodwill finds. Happy Hunting!

The Less is More Life said...

hi Carrie - I live not far from you, in Evergreen. Glad I found your blog. Good thing we likely shop in different Goodwill stores! My secondhand shopping "addiction" even kicked in last week when we went on vacation in Maui and stumbled on the greatest rummage sale ever.

Beatriz said...

I am keeping my eyes sharp for a new rug. I can't believe you found yours at Goodwill?? Never would have thought. And rugs cost an arm and a leg... so I need to find the deal of a century because I am looking for something BIG.

Love your blog!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Jill said...

I agree! Shopping secondhand lately has been slim. I love the candle holder.
~ Jill

Shell in your Pocket said...

Those candlesticks look amazing.
sandy toe

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Thanks everyone! To answer a few questions:
1. My countertops are a black granite. I'm sorry I don't remember the name of the color, but they have little flecks of gray. Love them!
2. The rug was in great shape but I cleaned it within an inch of it's life when I got home. Wish I knew of a method that allowed for wet cleaning of a sisal rug. Anyone? Either way, my Dyson got a workout!

prashant said...

love your garage sale finds the candle holder is wonderful!!
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