I bought some kitchen knick knacks a few weeks back at one of my favourite thrift shops, thinking nothing of it, and patting myself on the back for scoring some good deals.
Then I learned today that this charity thrift shop had closed its doors recently. The charity used the store as a retail training centre for single moms and other disadvantaged women, doing great work for the community and individuals whose lives they were changing. It turns out their lease was up, and they decided to find a larger location with a warehouse, so I'm hopeful something comes up soon.
An example of the goodies I discovered recently is shown above. There was a jadeite green Tupperware Citrus peeler for 15¢, a pair of Tupperware (orange!) ice tongs for 20¢, and a Starfrit JarKey for 10¢. Oh yeah, and they were having a 30% off sale on top of that.
The JarKey reminds me of a great story, because that is the first item Mr. SixBalloons bought for me when we started dating. I told him once that I hated opening up jars due to my wimpy-ness. A couple days later he showed up with this little gadget that swiftly pops the vacuum seal and makes it easy to open. Practical and thoughtful, isn't he? When we married and set up our house, I purchased a new one at a cookware shop for $7. Who knew that I'd find an identical one later for 7¢...
I also purchased a teak long handled server spoon. I have seen these Japanese-made MCM styled items on other blogs, and I searched in vain for the matching fork. For 35¢ after the discount, I had to have it. I also bought a couple of aluminum spoons to use as spice scoopers.
I'm quite wistful that I won't be able to pop into my local store and look around for these great little items. I have scored some wonderful things at this shop, including the $1 Pyrex Leaf Twin Server, my 25¢ Aluminum Measuring Cups, and the Teacup made in Occupied Japan! I sure hope they open up a new store soon and continue lending a hand to those that need it most.
Linking up to ATG's Thrift Share Monday!