Before the weekend starts, I sometimes catch myself drifting off and thinking about what goodies I would like to find while thrifting. On Friday evening, I started absent-mindedly jotting down some wishlist items...
Since summer is just around the corner, a teak ice bucket was on my list. The very next day, I found one in great condition, with a set of teak tongs! I paid a grand total of $4 for the lot.
It was my first visit to a monthly thrift sale held by a local seniors home. I actually never knew about this great volunteer-run shop, even though my dear Gramps spent his final years at this care facility. The team of men and women running the cash and stocking the shelves were seniors, and I loved their gusto and friendly banter.
The piece is solid teak on the exterior, with an aluminum insert to hold the ice. A plastic rim keeps the lid nice and dry, safe from condensation and moisture. The handles and knobs were a brass colour, but the teak tongs were held together with a silver coloured band. The tongs even have some silver teeth to grip onto the ice cubes. The tongs were probably not original to the set, but I think it still pairs well with the bucket.
Thrifting often represents so much more to me than just the material items. Yes, I definitely love finding good quality items at bargain prices. I enjoy the thrill of the hunt, the researching and learning about new things, and of course writing and sharing my experiences. However, there is a definite sentimental value to many of my favourite finds. This one has given me a real appreciation for these seniors who are staying active, working at the shop and building their community.
Linking up to ATG's Thrift Share Monday!