Tag Archives: thrift store

Crossroads Market

The family had  an awesome afternoon at Crossroads Market. What a cool place! It has a huge year-round farmers’ market and a flea market.

This is a really interesting piece from the New York Times about the flea marketing of NYC. Flea markets are enjoying a sort of renaissance there. Sounds like a rummager’s dream.


Thriftstore find: race car rug


I’ve been planning on buying the little guy a race car rug for a while. So imagine my happy surprise when I found two at the Salvation Army for $6 each. With the original store tags still on!

Happy trails!


I love stenciling. I also love crafting. So when I came across The Complete Book of Stencilcraft by JoAnne C. Day at the Women in Need thriftstore I became very excited.

Stencilcraft? That's a thing? Yes, please!

The book contains techniques on creating stencils and applying them to various surfaces.

Here's a far out stencil mural. Did I mention this book was published in 1974?

Two thirds of the book contains stencil patterns. I got really excited when I saw this. I love the white font on black background design of this page.

Oh, hi cutie! You belong on my wall.

The lovely stenciling pioneer JoAnne C. Day

I hope to get some time soon to stencil something in my house.

Happy trails!

Retro toys 2 and other thrift store finds

Today was a stellar day for rummaging at the WINS (Women in Need thrift store). I found lots of great stuff and the prices were right.

Vintagey gold-coloured jewelry box with automatically opening drawer ($6)

Retro Fisher Price toys for the little guy ($5). See more retro kids’ toys here.

A hand-made Arnold Churgin clutch purse and nautical-themed KEDS shoes

Copper 2-cup French press ($2)

Suze Orman’s Women and Money ($2.50)

Take a tour of the WINS store here.

Happy trails!

Women in Need: living in a thrifter’s paradise

Everyone's a winner at WINS.

I took a trip today to the Dover, Calgary Women in Need thrift store. The WINS, as it affectionately known, is a fantastic place to buy furniture, household items, toys and random oddities.

The thrift store collects money that goes to the charity. And women in crisis have access to free goods.

WIN’s mission is to “help women and their families help themselves”. Can’t argue with that!

Go here to see an inventory of my purchases.

Retro dresser $30…it’s still there

Books! It’s like the internet on paper.

I’ve entered bizarro world.

Books galore!

Oddities too special to be out in the store. These treasures are sealed away in a glass case.

Happy trails!

Retro baby toys

Second-hand stores are the best for buying baby toys. There’s something about old toys…more durable, less plastic, less noisy.

Once Upon a Child is great for gently used newer toys. Value Village has tons of toys, but they tend to be more junky. Be ready to rummage. Here’s a sampling of some great finds.

This antique Tonka tractor goes for $20 on ebay, but my hubby found it at the Sally Ann for a few dollars.

I was specifically looking for a second-hand musical table. I found this one for $20 at Once Upon a Child.

Happy trails!

From bay leaves to vanilla: alphabetized spices

My husband secured my vintage spice rack to the wall to keep it out of baby’s reach. What a great excuse to reorganize, nay, alphabetize my spices!

From bay leaves to vanilla: the alphabetized spice rack (well, the bottom few shelves anyway).

The vintage shelving unit comes from an estate sale for $10.  It was light green so I painted it red.

Happy trails!

Update: I found an old photo of the spice rack in its original colour and placement.