We we're astonished! Theresa always said it was like this but i kind of just thought she was exaggerating. Nope, she wasn't. Her dad got an old old Dictaphone too. I guess it had been a basement for at least 50 years. They had a huge pile of stuff when we left and i guess they got more after that and they only spent $20, including the Dictaphone.
Then yesterday the fantastic three of us went out again looking for great creepy things for our Halloween party coming up at the Goodwill. I got an amazing heavy plaster gold frame for $10 which will soon house Greta, some glass ware, a tiny porcelain baby doll, some records for the new record player, a coffee carafe, and a weird creepy thing that we're going to use for holding wine glasses at the party.
All in all a great thrifting weekend. We tend to do most shopping at thrift stores and things found along the street these days. :) Really outside of a few organizational and storage things we pick up at Ikea, and our clothes, we really love to be able to buys used and re-purposed things, even with clothes we like to shop vintage and resale if we can and i'm getting into sewing and re-purposing my clothes. We have even found some of our most favorite house things on the sidewalk with a little cardboard "free" sign sitting in front of it. It make so much more sense to us to use things already produced and in the world rather than helping add to the masses of junk being produced and wasted. Even our car, 1974 VW Bug. I can not even fathom us ever buying a new car, so not fitting for either of our personalities.
Our poor little planet is so overloaded with stuff and junk. Our kitchen appliances break and we just throw them away, our computer is out of date and we chuck it in the landfill, we are dazzled by the flashy man made packaging and preservatives in that tasty junk food and the convenience of water in a plastic bottle... and then there is the pollution produced in the making of it all...It all really makes my head spin.
So we try and eat local grown food for the organic growing practices and the minimal pollution produced in getting it to us, we try and make the things we have last and repair them when at all possible, if we want to buy something we try to find it used. We look for things that, if we must throw it in the regular trash, will biodegrade. (Heh, such the little hippy portlanders we are sometimes) But it all helps our budget and our little slice of earth, at least we hope so. So go on with you, be thrifty and reuse to your hearts content.