I popped into the thrift shop right next to my neighborhood post office only because I was at that post office. I usually don't go into this thrift store, because the prices have just gotten insane. You know how it is. You find a nice thrift shop. You become a loyal regular customer, picking up reasonably-priced items here and there for your projects, creations, and home decor and...wham! One day the people running your neighborhood thrift store decide that they are now an antique shop and start marking up anything that looks vintage to prices even the antique store wouldn't charge. I only visit thrift shops where the money goes to charity, so I shouldn't begrudge these places for wanting to make as much money as possible. But I do get tired of stupid prices in thrift shops that are above antique store prices.
So, being too weak to avoid this particular thrift store when I'm right next door, I stepped inside. I was immediatley struck at the high price tags and being a silly, optomistic soul, I hoped to find one treasure where the price wasn't what you'd find at Sotheby's. And there it was...
I spied this kitschy shade! I already had the lamp in my kitchen, but the fabric shade was so hard to clean. This shade just called to me. It's silkscreened over thick clear plastic. What I love about it is the places without paint where the light can shine through.
The little picture on the shade glows with "Home Sweet Home"! Light shines through the window and the lamp on the table too! This fun shade is perfect for our kitchen. It cost just 3 dollars! I thought that was a fair price and was very happy to pay 3 dollars for something so fun for our kitschy kitchen!
We're heading down to my hometown of Richmond, Virginia for five days. My mother and I are planning to hit all of the antique malls and thrift shops. Richmond has some wonderful shops too! I'll be sure to let you know what I find!
Here's to you finding your own "reasonably priced" treasures! XXOO, Beth