This is just the kind of list we're always putting together in our head, but Canadian House & Home beat us to actually writing it down. There are a few things we always beeline for in the thrift store; let's see how our favorites stack up.
We're definitely in agreement with them on these three:
• Pottery, glass & china
Good lamp bases are always what we look for first at a thrift shop. Moreover, things that didn't start out as lamp bases can end up that way, like vintage glass wine jugs.
These we're not so pumped about:
• Vintage hardware
• Vintage fabric
Frames seem like they should be a great find, but we've had bad luck with cheap, flimsy ones, regardless of all of the DIY possibilities. A better bet is an old framed picture, rather than the bin full of empty frames. Hardware doesn't excite us just yet (though we're sure it will one day, when we're renovating an old house or something, as we've dreamed), and vintage fabric can be hit or miss with material and quality.
What we'd add to the list:
• Vintage silverware and cutlery
• Old signs and letterpress blocks
• Candlesticks and votive holders
But overall, CHH has produced a decent list. What are your favorites?
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