I've been trying to come up with a few regular weekly features for this blog, and I think one that makes sense to me is thrift store finds. I try to make it to one thrift store a week (usually the same one--it's a gem) because I source a lot of my art materials that way. Although my photography costs are basically non-negotiable (darkroom paper, film, etc.--to look for a good deal or cheaper brand is to compromise the quality) I can utilize used materials for the things/sets I fabricate to be photographed, as well as other things I make for other purposes.
Aside from that, I think shopping is fun and thrift store shopping (as well as yard saling) is all about the search, not about spending a lot of money. In addition to art supplies, I look for things that would be useful around the apartment, like kitchen gadgets and planters.
- Two Betty Crocker recipe card library boxes (recipes removed) circa 1971 - 40 cents each
- Milk glass planter (I collect these--beautiful and inexpensive for small houseplants!) - 90 cents
- 2.5 yards heavy navy blue fabric - $1.99
- Clip board (will use it for displaying art) - 50 cents
- 32 oz. Speedball screen printing ink (unopened! took my chances on it being good) - $2.93
- Mini label maker (for a schoolteacher friend--I already have one) - 30 cents
- Blue embroidery hoop - 30 cents
Total: $7.33 ($10 less than the cost of that screen printing ink new!)
I would be ever so grateful if you would let me know if a thrift store feature would appeal to you! If you have any ideas for it, feel free to share. Would you want to see the insides of stores themselves? Tips for successful thrifting? Guest posts from other thrifters? Thanks for your input!