Thrifting is the adult version of hide and seek.
Remember as a kid, or even just yesterday when you were playing with your kids...just how fun it is? Creeping around the house looking for that certain person...then Gotchya! Sometimes they hide well, sometimes they are standing behind the lamp - and its pretty easy. It can get boring...quickly. Because before you even try they jump out at you and scream.
With the game...you know who your looking for...that silly little kid who hides in the same place, over and over again. Thrifting is like that. You go to the same store looking for the same things, and you usually find some version of what your looking for, its not always very exciting. It can get pretty mundane and put you in a rut.
Then when you play again...your kids shake it up a bit, and go to a new hiding spot...they try the closet, or under the bed. Its fun, then quickly becomes routine again. Then just when you think your going to fake surprise one more time...you are surprised! They aren't there...so you look and look, not realizing they went back to the original spot deep inside the closet. And then you find them, and its giggles and belly laughs. Yea, I had that moment yesterday. Went back to my original thrift store that I hadn't been too in about a year. I used to go weekly when Matthew was a baby. Then when Moo girl was a baby. Then life got busy, and I stopped. Forgot about this secret place, because it was a little out of the way. Then yesterday, I remembered. I've been wanting a dresser for Moo girl. Currently we have my husbands dressers from when he was a kid. Great blonde wooden sturdy dressers. They are in great shape, and look good. But, these dressers, are running out of room. Matthew is growing and his pants don't fit so neatly in one drawer anymore, the kid needs space. Maddie is slowly getting kicked out.
Not sure what compelled me to go to my old stomping ground, but I did. And it was lovely! I walked in, the lady greeted my like an old friend. I walked to the back room...and there it was...I asked about it, I played with the drawers, I saw the Ethan Allen stamp, I needed this dresser. It was perfect.
Then she said to me.."it has a top, we were going to throw it away" I almost swallowed my tongue. She walked me out back, and my heart skipped a beat. Why would you throw this away? Then she showed me the why...someone used the very top as a plant holder. Some water damage, but the thing is, no one can see it. Its only on the top, and it can easily be covered.
All this, for $40. It was a good day of hide and seek!