Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Eagle Eye strikes again!

Yesterday my son Jayson (aka Eagle Eye) and I had dentist appointments to get fillings. He is only 7 years old and this was the first time for him- he didn't know what to expect- so I promised him we'd do something fun afterwards to help him get through it. It turned out that we both had such small cavities that we didn't even need novocaine and it was really quick and painless (and we have a great dentist!).

So what do we do when we need a little R&R (and have a lot more time to kill than we expected?) We went thrifting! He has really been bugging me lately to let him buy some things for resale- he's very motivated to make some money for himself and wants to do what I do (Yay!) Besides, he has a knack for picking out good stuff- he's got the eye...

This was the first thing we spotted when we walked in to the store- a fez! I've wanted one of these forever and this one was really nice. And it was only $5! Woo-hoo!

This was Eagle Eye's first pick of the day. It's a large dried blowfish. (Of course, he's a 7 year old boy!) On it's own, it's not worth a lot more than the $2.50 he paid for it, but we are going to put a light bulb in it and turn it into a tiki bar lamp. It should be worth a bit more after that!

This strong box caught both of our eyes. Me for the box and his for the contents... 

Yes, there were about 1000 pom poms, pipe cleaners and googly eyes in it (and now all over the floor...) Lots of kids craft projects, plus a cool new toolbox for mom for $4.50.

Of course, we found something for his collection of wood slice plaques. This one is huge (like 18-20" tall) and hand-painted.

 Since we had such good luck at the first store, we decided to try our luck at the local Sally Ann. I have written before about how this store can be hit-or-miss, and this time it was a hit.

Eagle Eye actually spotted this, and picked it up before I even got to it. He has no idea who Elsa Schiaparelli is, of course, and it's just pure talent, I guess, that made him pick it up :)

It is a stocking box, and there were stockings in it, but not Schiaparelli ones. And someone did write with a ball point pen "no heel or toe" on the box, but it's still worth the $1.50 we paid.

The stockings inside are NOS, and were a bonus- if they don't fit me, they're headed for my Etsy store, and the profits will go to Jayson. Curiously, these were stuck in with the housewares; my guess is that the employees had no idea what they had. (But Eagle Eye did!)

We also picked up this game of Risk for $1. It's a very early version and has great graphics. I've never played it, but I've been buying all the old board games I can find lately. They're cheap fun and make good decorative items as well.

I also snagged these blue mason jars for 99 cents each. One has the original zinc lid, too. 

I was excited to find them for this price- at the other thrift stores even regular clear mason jars are in the $2-$3 range, and blue ones-way more! I'm not sure why- you can still buy the clear ones new by the case in every grocery store for $7 a dozen. Do people really think that canning is so old-fashioned that even plain clear jars are 'antique'? I mean, I'll pay up to $2 for blue ones, but the clear ones, really? Anyway, that was our thrift adventure for the week- stay tuned for more treasures from Eagle Eye!


  1. Fun finds! It must be great having a shopping partner with such a great eye.

  2. Wow....he's good! You are one lucky lady to have such a gifted thrifting partner.

    I'll bring my fez hat over and we'll have a party out by the illuminated blow fish by your fish pond!!! Wonder what the husbands will think??!! hahaha

    Keep up the good work Jayson!

    1. Haha- I think we need to buy them fezzes too! :)

  3. Nice finds, go Schriner!

  4. Oh god my brother used to make me play Risk with him all the time, and he cheated!

  5. NO WAY! I want a fez! And a great price, too!!