Mine used to be rolling pins. Now I have just one ( from almost 2 dozen) that is exactly what I actually need and not something I bought just because it was puuurty.
Now, I am looking at teapots. I would love a solid antique, or a modern iron one that was a stand alone piece like this -
Not that I adore that style... but I really enjoy teapots that are different.. that really stand out and I would love something like that now. So I go hunt.
I am a goodwill ( major thrift store in USA) lover! Before I shop for anything I need, I will browse those stores for a week hoping to find it there first.
I have gotten shoes that were 300.00 + for less than 10.00
pants and jeans 200.00+ 7 .00
Handbags. OH GOD. Im not a handbag kind of woman, but I tell you.. sometimes there are ones that just make you smile because they fit YOU well, they carry exactly what you need and they are a style that goes along with everything you own.
I have found handbags that would normally go for 200-300.00 for 4 and 5 dollars.
I have not had a lot of luck with furniture but I am in love with Aidens idea. I have never thought to look at the dump drop off. I do go around to garage sales though.. and I do look through for sale sites like Craigslist.. but that .. well that one takes the cake. I love to repaint and repair things to make them my own. Another thing to keep me going
Since I am in need of furniture and quickly.. like in one month!! Im absolutely going to look at a place that like that here.
My best finds are always cookware.
That is my favorite cookware on the entire planet. For the way I cook, this stuff is perfect for me. Buying an entire set, ( one of the smaller sets they offer) is close to 600.00 and I believe you would only get 4 pieces.
I have found the frying pans, pots etc.. at goodwills for 5 or 6 dollars a piece.
Granted, sometimes they are used beyond repair.. obviously i dont get those! But I did find the opal colored one ... a 130.00 pan for 8.99 brand new . It is my favorite piece of cookware right now.
I also found a vintage set of Lustre Craft http://www.lustrecraftcookware.com/
which , when sold with all of its pieces was valued at 1,500.00
I had NO idea what I was looking at but I knew it was a good quality so I got 2 of the sauce pans. The entire set was sitting RIGHT there.. Vintage handles and all.. I just didnt know! AAAHH!!!
I love it when that happens