Long time no blog.  That’s what happens when one takes a much-needed vacation!  Fortunately, though I didn’t blog during vacay, I did THRIFT on my road trip and found some great pieces!  Road trip thrifting is so fun!  Most towns have a little community thrift shop and you can find bigger thrift chain stores in larger centers.  I hit as many of both as I could along the road, bargaining baseball games (etc.) for thrift stops – a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!  And now I share part one of my little thrift shop exploits…  Does that sound scandalous?!

A sure sign of a Little Thrift Shop.
This is about as scandalous as I get.

The thing about little thrift shops is that they are often run by volunteers, benefit the local community and have limited or irregular hours.  And so it was that all the thrift stores in Anacortes were closed on our first trip into town.  Anticlimactic.  But we had to do laundry I’m dedicated so we went back the next day and hit three little thrift shops.

Welcome to the Red Door!
Welcome to the Red Door!
There's a sight for sore eyes!
If you like the look of this, we might be kindred spirits.

Little thrift shops are worth a stop for the fitting rooms alone – they’re always interesting.  This one was in the bathroom – convenient!  My daughter was smitten with the fish-decal soap dispenser.

I found a couple pieces to try on including this Ann Taylor top... nice colour but what's with the sleeves?
I found a couple of pieces to try on including this Ann Taylor top… nice colour but what’s with the sleeves?
Bins like these can be a treasure trove!
Bins like these can be a treasure trove!
You can always find books at thrift stores and who doesn't like a good book while on vacation?!
You can always find books at thrift stores and who doesn’t like a good book while on vacation?!

We ended up taking home some books including mad libs which kept the kids occupied for miles!  Next stop, just down the road…

The Kiwanis Shop!
The Kiwanis Shop!

This thrift shop had no clothing BUT they had a baseball for my son so it was a win… until July 3rd when said baseball rebounded onto my face but that’s another story.

Doesn't he look sporty and innocent?  #pitcher
Doesn’t he look sporty? And nice Canadian flag in the background!  Too bad it was in the not-for-sale bin – would’ve been perfect for July 1st! 
Cool vintage books...
Cool vintage books…
That's not my kid and no way was I interrupting.
That’s not my kid and no way was I interrupting but they had a decent selection of kids’ books and toys, pristinely organized.
Won't find this kind of selling feature in a regular retail store! ;)
Romance can be yours for just $20.

The Kiwanis Shop seemed to be the go-to place for household items.  I was still itching for some clothing finds so we headed even further down the streets of Anacortes…

Anacortes must be known for their people cut-outs because they were everywhere...
Anacortes must be known for its people cut-outs because they were everywhere…  There is a lot going on in this tableau.
Anacortes must be known for their people cut-outs because they were everywhere...
That’s a little more straight forward… and what do I spy in the background?!!
The Soroptomist Thrift Store!
The Soroptimist Thrift Shop!
Sorority + optomist = a a great little thrift shop!
Sorority + optimist = a great little thrift shop!  I had to fight that lady in the capris for a dress.  It got ugly.  Jk.

This little thrift store had a great selection of pretty much everything…

Need an evening gown?  This beaded beauty was in perfect condition for
Need an evening gown? This beaded beauty was in perfect condition for $8!  EIGHT DOLLARS!!  I should’ve bought it.  Back to work outfit DONE.
And I would have bought this were it in my size.  Sigh.
And I would have bought this if only there were a 1 in front of that 2.  Sigh.
I did buy this because it is mustard and I'm sure once I recover from vacation, you won't be able to read the label on my underwear through it.  I hope.
I did buy this because it’s mustard perfection and I’m sure once I recover from vacation, you won’t be able to read the label on my underwear through it. I hope.

So in one little town I found a great dress and my kids found books, games and sports equipment.

I consider that a Little Thrift success story!
I consider that a Little Thrift success story!

BUT it can’t compare to Part Two of my Little Thrift success so stay tuned!

To Be Continued…

5 Comments

  1. Shannon Ebbesen Reply

    I love your thrifting adventures! Makes me want to road trip!!!

  2. ClaireAbbysMom Reply

    Sounds so great. You should have got the black beaded dress and the mustard dress is great – I see no labels.  I’m excited for my holiday now.

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