On Friday, I went to a rummage sale that I did well at last year, but this year it was very overpriced and the selection was as my older cousin would say, meh. I headed over to a nearby thrift store on the search for my youngest kiddo some jeans as she is has hit yet another growth spurt this year. I found some in her favorite brand and they were priced at $9.99, $14.99 and $3.99 (half off). Most of the jeans in her size were priced in the $10 range, to my surprise. Has anyone noticed a jump in prices at the chain thrift stores? I looked at the department store website of my kiddo's favorite jean brand and a new pair cost $30-$40. So I got 3 pairs for the price of one which is still a good deal. Selection has been spotty this garage sale season for clothing in my kids' sizes at garage sales.
I stopped at a smaller thrift store on my way home. I noticed a set of dishes at the front of the store when I was getting ready to check out. I walked past them a few times, picked up a couple of plates, a mug and set them back down. I browsed through the books and felt drawn again to the dishes. I didn't need a set of dishes. Really. I've been through a lot of dishes in 16 1/2 years of marriage.
- Some pieces we received from a pattern we put on our wedding registry. I'm unsure of what happened to those dishes.
- Pfaltzgraff's Tea Rose pattern (first complete dish set I ever bought at a garage sale being newly married).
- A full set of formal china my husband and father-in-law found at an estate sale (which moved with us 11 times in 14 years and I used them for maybe a year after they sat in storage before I discovered I really never liked the pattern).
- Pfaltzgraff's Blue Isle pattern (which was discontinued 3 months after I purchased a few pieces & near impossible to find secondhand without paying a pretty penny.)
- Hodge-podge thrifted plates & bowls in various patterns & colors.
A few years ago, I decided on plain white plates at a department store. Unfortunately, in my haste, they turned out not to be the best quality and they've cracked, chipped and just plain broke in half. I noted the dishes in the thrift store were Noritake and I really thought the pattern was sweet. I had not checked the price at this point and thought for sure they would be expensive. Price tag for all the dishes: $20. I snapped them up in a heartbeat. My husband even likes the pattern which is a plus. :)
I did some quick research on the pattern (Palos Verde) and they were produced in the 1960s-1970s. I absolutely adore them.
Be sure to check out other thrifted finds at Apron Thrift Girl .