Thrift Shop Hero

In my head, I was singing that title like juke box hero. You should do that too, it’s more fun that way ๐Ÿ˜‰ Since I love Young House Love, and I love me some thrifting, I decided to jump on board with the Macklemore Thrift Shop Challenge.

The rules, you can only spend $20 {at most} – after you find your spoils, put together a blog post on your loot. Here in Tree Town {Ann Arbor, MI}, we’ve got a few thrift shops that are my go to locals for scoring great {cheap!} items. I like Treasure Mart when I’m looking for something a bit nicer, and Salvation Army when I’m looking to browse. But Kiwanis, Kiwanis has a new spot in my heart cause it is sooo cheap, and it’s got so. much. stuff! You can find virtually anything there. It’s only open on Saturdays from 9am-12pm, so your time for snagging a deal is pretty condensed. Plus everyone and their brother is there, so ya gotta have strategy. Oh, and don’t let your spouse leave your side. You may never find them again. Jay decided to waltz off to look at bike parts, and it took me a solid 30 mins to find that son of a gun.

But, the spoils your find, they are totally worth it! Check out these sweet items I found this time around.ย Disclaimer: I forgot my camera when I went to the store (whomp, whomp) so I only got the after pictures for ya, once I brought my loot home.

My philosophy is, you can never have enough mixing bowls. Sometimes, you just want to bake a cake and some brownies at the same gosh darn time. Hence, multiple mixing bowls = necessity in my book. Plus, I just like picking out cute ones I can display on the kitchen shelf ๐Ÿ˜‰ This one is super simple, but I was drawn to it’s crisp white exterior and great lines. Plus, it was only $2. So that helped it’s cause.

Mixing Bowls
Vintage White Mixing Bowl

After tackling the home department, I hopped downstairs where they keep the antique items. I’ve been on the hunt for a metal container to put by our fireplace for a while, to hold some wood so Jay doesn’t have to schlep it from outside as much. I spotted this guy and I thought he would be up to the task. The only downside is that it has a fair amount of rust on it – so it needs a good scrub job. I’ll have to see if it will work long term, and if we can find a solution for some of the blemishes on it. For $5 though, I grabbed him.

Fireplace accessories
Metal Bucket for Firewood

So for $7 so far. I was feeling pretty good about my finds. But then, I found this guy. I’m not sure what it is about this little porker that just stopped me in my tracks, but I pretty much decided on the spot I needed to have him.

Wooden Carved Figurine, Wooden Pig
Wooden Carved Figurine

I mean, this little oinker just looks so gosh darn happy. I put him up on the shelf in our kitchen with our mixing bowls. I also love how much of the wood grain you can see from the top. It’s just a really beautiful little piece, I love him!

Wooden Carved Figurine
Wooden Carved Figurine

Since the pig was only $3, my total thrifting bill came out to an even $10. Now that aint bad, eh? I’m all about second hand duds my friend, if that means some extra dollar bills lining my pocket.

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