Thrifting Thursday – Road Trip Thrift Shopping

Last week I left on a six day road trip with my sister Heather. She had asked me months ago to take a trip with her to Savannah GA because her son wanted to visit SCAD. He’ll be a senior next year like K, so we’ve got college visits in the works (I cannot believe this is happening!) She really wanted to drive so we could stop places along the way, so we rented a SUV and headed out. Her, her oldest son, and my two boys.

We had mapped out some thrift shopping along the way. The only really hard part about this is you never know what the thrift shops are going to be like. We did make a stop in Staunton VA because it was right off of 81 south. We stumbled across Wright’s Drive In, which I remembered seeing in Jenny Frecklewonder’s instagram. It is the cutest drive-in! You can go inside and sit and order from a phone at your table (which is what we did) and the kid’s meals come in a little cardboard car.

We also checked out the antique shop downtown that Jenny sells her goods at, its a beautiful shop and worth checking out for sure! The photo at the very top is from the antique shop.
The day we left on the trip happened to be 7/11 also known as free slurpee day. We could of really taken advantage of this on the drive, but we only stopped at one haha.
Besides thrift shops we had to make some roadside america stops, like this beautiful coffee pot shaped building outside of Buena Vista VA. It used to be a fish market, but it closed now. I’d love to live in a house shaped like something else!
So back to the thrifting—I think I broke every “thrift while traveling” rule, most of what I bought was glass (luckily nothing broke), I also bought a record even though the temperature got pretty high on our trip, and I bought a paper item that could of become bent. Luckily everything survived! Besides thrift shops, we also stopped to see my parents who live in South Carolina and spent some time at the beach. I have a few more photos to share tomorrow.

Thrifty Thursday – Mugs


One of my favorite things to look for at thrift shops is mugs! I’ve slowly built up a collection over the past nine years or so. I go through and weed out mugs every few months to keep our collection manageable (and then they go back into circulation at the thrift shops). Most of our mugs are ones we use on a daily basis…but we do have some super special mugs that we keep in our display cabinet instead. I thought I’d share a few of those with you today. The mug at the top has “Elks ’67” on the back side.


I got this coffee mug a few years ago, I love how simple it is, and there on no markings on the bottom.


I was really excited when I found this donut mug. Its huge! Big enough to “float” a donut in the top (which I’ve never tried but sounds interesting) I love plain cake donuts with coffee as it always reminds me of my grandfather on my Dad’s side.


These mugs are just as big as the dunker mug, and the same style of mug too.


Here’s another pair set of mugs. I have a similar set of plates, and I’ve seen these more then once so I think they were some sort of DIY kit.


And last are these kooky mushroom mugs that I see all the time! We’ve never used them for drinks though because the insert is paper and I’m afraid they would get ruined with washing. Still, they work great as pencil cups instead.

Thrifty Thursday – Finds


My sister Heather and I like to go out thrift shopping once a week or so. It’s so much fun to get together with her, we usually have a little lunch date, complain about high prices (Goodwill I am looking at you), and find cheap goodies that make us very happy indeed.

There are many many times when I come away from a thrift shopping trip with just a book, or maybe a mug, but there are some days when the thrift gods are smiling down on me!

The first photo up there was actually from a yard-sale shopping trip (with Heather of course).


This stash of vintage cameras was one of those lucky days! I have been on the look out for an 8MM video camera, and this box had not 1..but 2! One takes batteries and the other is wind up.

I have a thing for vintage dishes. I cannot leave a good mug behind, or plate….or cup….hmmmm

And don’t worry about Heather, she finds good stuff too…just look at this super cute cat she found! I love it!


What about you? What is your thrift weakness? I have so many….vintage dishes, old board games, cute knick-knacks, old toys…..oh and kid’s books…it just goes on and on!