Thrift Store Memories

Posted by Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage

When I was about 15 years old I went to my first thrift store. My grandma is the one that took me to this wonderful store. I think I might of been in heaven. At 15 I already liked cottage things and had a hope chest also so I would buy things here and there. I found a saucer that day at the thrift store, it is like the plate below. I LOVE this plate. I have moved at least 8 or more times since I was 15 and I still have this plate. I am on the look out to buy more.
OH! I just love this sugar bowl. I signed up with a company and they will email me when they get any of these precious dishes in.
Do you like to go to thrift stores? Please tell me about your first thrift store experience. My husband is not to fond of them, he always says he needs to take a shower after he has been to one. Matter a fact he will NOT go with me at all any more (SO SAD)
I take after my grandma in so many ways, matter a fact I am much more like my grandma on my dads side than I am like my mom. I miss her! She taught me so much about domestic things. She had the best sheets EVER they were percale cotton,she told me at a young age about how to buy sheets. Back then it was just percale cotton no thread count. To this day I can not find sheets like it. Well this post was suppose to be about a special dish I don't know how it got to sheets!
Have a wonderful weekend my dear blogging buddies,

This entry was posted at 6/14/2008 . You can follow any responses to this entry through the comments feed .


Oh, I LOVE that little plate! I can see why you do too. Precious, sweetpea......

June 14, 2008 at 8:37 AM

Oh what a lovely plate.
My first re-call of going into a thrift store was when I was 19, I went to the Sally Ann (Salvation Army) thrift store to purchase things for my first apartment. I remember getting an old fashioned toaster, the kind that has the flip down sides.... I thought it was so cool... :0)
Sadly our local Sally Ann is not a place I like to visit anymore, there is such a depressed heaviness that lingers over it....the nearest thrift stores are in Barrie 45 minutes south.
Think I was a little long winded LOL


June 14, 2008 at 9:47 AM

I had never seen dishes with this pattern before. I love it. I see why you were so excited. My first remembrance of going to a Goodwill was when I was probably about 8 or 9. Ruth and my Mom both loved those stores and went often. I remember getting my first bathing suit there. Till the day she died my Mom would rather shop in a thrift store than a "new" store. I guess I had enough of it when I was a kid. I much prefer new stuff now although I do like to look at dishes at thrift stores.
Hope your yard sale is a great success.

June 14, 2008 at 10:29 AM

I forgot about the baseboard comment. No, my husband has never done that. Doesn't seem like it would be too hard though.

June 14, 2008 at 10:32 AM

I LOVE thrift store, and your plate is just beautiful...I'll keep my eye out for the likes of it.

My first experience was when my daughter was in high school~ the big thing in the 90's was to wear a little jacket with jeans, skirts, etc... so we headed to our local thrift store, and loaded up on about 6 cute, perfect little jackets~ and of course we paid a fraction of what one would have cost.


June 14, 2008 at 12:30 PM

Hello Ginger!

Adding you to my favorites to! I love all your pictures and ideas! Inspiring blog! Now off to add ya!

Have a wonderful weekend!


June 14, 2008 at 1:14 PM

Is the garage sale over yet? Hope it is going/went well. The new computer is in our bedroom. We bought a new computer desk for it. Now I won't have the climb the stairs 20 times a day. (Not really that many, but a lot.)

June 14, 2008 at 5:27 PM

I love your plate and sugar bowl. Never seen any like it.
My first time in a thrift store was probably when I was first married. We had practically nothing and I wanted to I found Salvation Army. Then garage sales hit, back when garage sales really were that and not mini stores! I still have some of the items that I picked up for a dime or a quarter.
And I too wonder what happened to percale sheets. It is all my mother would buy. Now it is all the thread count. And I don't necessarily know if they are that much softer. But, this subject could go on for a whatever happened to Jello 1,2,3?

June 14, 2008 at 6:43 PM

Ginger, that is the sweetest plate...

I truly can't remember when I went to my first thrift seems like I've been doing it forever and I still love it. Plus, peddler fairs and garage sales...I love things with a history and I wonder why someone is parting with this treasure.

I have wonderful memories of my Granma too. For me it was a wonderful time. Hugs, Linda

June 14, 2008 at 11:39 PM

In all of my travels antiquing and thrifting, I'm not sure I've ever seen those dishes before. Neat find! Best of luck in your search!

And just one comment on the dear hubby who won't go with you anymore. He is missing out on so much! His loss!


June 15, 2008 at 8:34 AM

Hi Ginger~
Love that plate and sugar bowl! I love going to thrift stores. My husband will come with me sometimes, but I would rather just wander around alone.
p.s. yeah for the red plate!! :-)

June 15, 2008 at 12:20 PM

I love thrift stores too! My first one was when I was about 10. I bought my Mom this ugly, green, triangular, plastic, bread holder. I have been thrifting ever since! My husband does not shop~~AT ALL~but he really likes the SAVINGS!!

June 15, 2008 at 4:56 PM

To Hollyhock lane,
You have a beautiful blog! I wanted to leave a commemt but was not able to do so. It would not let me. I hope I will be able to soon.

June 15, 2008 at 10:58 PM

You are so funny!! Dishes to sheets! Love the plate and the sugar bowl. Very cute and so dainty and sweet.

My first experience of thrifting was at a garage sale. I bought a piece of Torquay pottery for a quarter. I wish I still had it! Who knows what happened to that piece. You are lucky to still own your pieces.


June 16, 2008 at 12:21 AM

Your little plate is precious. So glad that you found a way to add more pieces to your collection. I had a hope chest too when I was a young girl.
We did not have a thrift store in the small isolated town that I grew up in but we did have little resale shops in peoples homes. My first purchase was a little table and chairs that served our family for many years before the tiny chairs finally collapsed under the weight of my growing children.

June 16, 2008 at 8:21 AM

Ginger, what a lovely plate and sugar bowl. We don't have thrift shops here where I live, and I find the prices in the Salvation Army store outrageous. I do a great deal of shopping at church rummage sales and yard sales.

June 16, 2008 at 5:47 PM

although I love hitting the thrift stores, I dont remember my first experience. We shopped Goodwill my entire childhood and every piece of clothing I owned was from there, but you wouldnt have guessed it, as my mom always made sure things were washed and pressed before we left the house. She was a very savvy homemaker and could juggle the family budget on a shoestring.
Lovely dishes, btw!

June 18, 2008 at 7:01 AM

Hi love thrift stores too. My earliest memory was of buying a pretty metal birdcage. I was about 15 too. For some reason I got rid of it when I was older. I wish I hadn;t done that and have never found one like it to replace it. I love the dishes!

June 22, 2008 at 4:52 PM

Hi Ginger, I love your blog. I have a lovely platter in the same pattern
(Breakfast Nook) that you can buy for $10 plus shipping and insurance because I know you LOVE this pattern, not just like it! It would look lovely hung on the wall or on a hutch. If you are interested e-mail me at and I can send pictures.
Have a great day,

July 22, 2010 at 9:49 AM

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