Oh Dear Thrift Stores, You have things so Neat! Oh Dear Thrift Stores Where I find things so Cheap! -silly little poem written by Kathleen (me)
So I may have a thrift store problem. In that I love poking around them and seeing what treasures I can find. And Arnprior has a fair number of them to choose from. I think this small town has 6 thrift/antique/collectibles stores. I have three that I go to on a fairly regular basis.
My favourite of the three is The Opportunity Shop (and yes, their page is a Facebook page). This little shop accepts donations of all kinds of goods and then sells them to support Arnprior Regional Health. I’ve had so much luck here: finding lots of affordable fabric to practice with, an iron for $3. I got a pair of Merrell sandals for $1, and a pair of Nike sandals (that had never been worn) for $3. Today though, I stumbled on a real treasure. A 9″ cast-iron frying pan from Smart, manufactured in Brockville. I did a little bit of research and as far as I can tell, my frying pan is from no later than 1965 (when the manufacturing plant in Brockville closed).
I remember my mom had a cast iron frying pan, and my grandma did too. I have no idea where those pans ended up. I’ve wanted one of my own for ages. But I wanted an old, heavy one. So I was really excited when I stumbled upon this one today. I can’t wait to get cooking in it!
The second store I go to, is called the Ottawa Valley Thrift Store. This store also accepts donations of all kinds and it sells them to support Arnprior Seniors at Home. This store is a lot of fun to poke around in because it is packed. In fact, back in the fall, they moved to a larger location. I’ve had decent luck here too: fabric, buttons, a kettle, small roasting pans. They have a lot of kitchen gadgets, dishes, small appliances. I am due for another trip here soon.
The third store is The Treasure Chest (it’s a Facebook page) and while I haven’t had AS much luck here, it’s also fun to poke around. I have managed to get a couple of things: a food slicer/shredder, and a stovetop popcorn maker, like this one:
Please tell me I’m not the only person who likes second-hand shops. Do you have any where you live? Have you found anything interesting?