The holidays between October and the end of December are my favorite times for thrift shopping. There is always a funny mix of Christmas & a little last bit of Halloween to be found around the middle of November. I always welcome Halloween goods no matter what time of year, so these little finds are extra sweet when the thrift shops declare them 75% off to make room for the next holiday.


My sister and I still try to meet up 3-4 times a month for a thrift & coffee date. Here are some pics from two of those times. The little Hummel doll is in sad shape, but he was just too cute to leave in the bins armless (his head is about to fall off too) The thrift shops have started putting out Christmas items, which is just a reminder of how quick it’s going to creep up on us all.


Have I mentioned that housewares are a weakness of mine when it comes to thrift shopping? They are easy to justify buying, because of course they are useful, and so lovely. I’m very very slowly accumulating pretty silverware to replace our boring plain stuff. As I get a “new” butter knife or two, two plain ones get donated. I quite like mis-match, and digging through silverware bins for something special.

Pennsylvania Adventures

A few weeks ago my friend Molly had a week day off of work, and we decided it might be the perfect time for one last Summer day trip through Pennsylvania. We started off heading towards thrift shopping around York PA, and then circled upwards to Lititz for lunch. We ate at the cutest place called Tomato Pie Cafe. Molly had taken a trip with her husband earlier this year to the Lancaster area and this was one of the places they had eaten at. We sat out on the patio since it was such a mild day and both ordered the iced aloha coffee (look at that foam!) I ordered the namesake tomato pie with rosemary potatoes which was delicious. Molly had a tomato pie omelet (sort of like the pie wrapped up in eggs?) Everything was so good, and the town is really cute. We were on a bit of a schedule to hit all the thrift shops we wanted to before they closed, so we didn’t get to spend anymore time there besides lunch, but you can read about Molly’s previous trip there here.
After lunch we continued on to the Hershey PA area and stopped in some thrift shops a long the way back home, making somewhat of a circle. One of the thrift shops just happens to also be a bologna outlet and their mascot has always made me smile. It was a fun day and I ended up with lots more temporama dishes (some day I will have a whole set!)