Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Price? A reasonable donation!

What to do….what to do!!!

I went into a new thrift store that is run by a local church and it was filled with Christmas items, books, toys, clothing…all of the usual stuff!

But what were the prices? You were to give a reasonable donation!

And you know what? That’s actually a little harder than you might think!

Here’s what I got…..


books of course, old 1920 copies of Shakespeare that had been in the library.


Some ‘nautical’ items…


oh….and ANOTHER BOOK! heehee!


And these cute little Christmas ornies!


Aren’t these the tiniest little ornaments?


Oh, and a bunny I almost forgot!


The books smelled like….WELL…OLD BOOKS! I had just emptied this detergent container


so the books are going to ‘live’ in a box for awhile! (we’ll see if this helps!)


I’m joining these FUN parties…

Vintage Thingie Thursday

and Time Travel Thursday

and Thrifty Thursday

and Thrifty Things Friday!

I’ll put how much money I gave for all of these treasures in a comment on this post!

What would you have given?

Try to come up with an amount before you see what I paid and leave it in your comment! I’m just curious! (and I want to see how really cheap I am! lol)

Happy Thrifting!


Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

Where is this new thrift store? I am thinking you paid $16 for all....

The Bear's Blog said...

Hi Miss Lavender Dreams,

Well, I don't have a "checking account", can you believe that she won't open one for me? She is CHEAP.

I asked Mom and she said $10.

Heaps of Hugs

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

OK! I'm trying to jump on here as quick as I can! heehee! I asked the lady if $10 was a fair amount to give and she seemed pleased! So I donated $10! I want to take some items over there to give, too! I think this is such a great idea! ♥ It will really help those in need! There were lots of baby clothes and items and if someone can pay just what they can afford, I think that's great! ♥

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The new thrift store is right next to Foam and Fabrics in Fletcher (that's where I was shopping)! ♥

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Those are wonderful thrift store finds!! I LOVE the books!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Diane... got some really great things, my friend! You know, I never thought about putting things in an empty soap box...I'm sure it'll help! Great idea! I think $10 was a fair price.'re right, trying to come up with a "fair price" would be more difficult!

Well dear friend, just seen your post pop up and I wanted to drop in to say hello! Have you had a busy summer? It has been very busy at our place...hopefully it will begin to settle down. Take care, sweet lady!

Warmest wishes,

KAT said...

100 dollars I guess. I love the old treasures you found...I can just imagine the old book smell...Good idea to freshen them up a bit.

Flora said...

Love those if you got those things at an 'antique store' you would of paid a bundle...thrift store..hmmm I guess it would depend on what they are raising money for on how much I would pay?

Lindsay-ann said...

I enjoyed seeing all the treasures you bought. I would have no idea how much to give, especially in dollars! Great idea to put the books in a detergent box. I'll remember that. Hope it works.

Della said...

I was going to say not more than $15...but I am pretty cheap eerrrr THRIFTY, too! Ten bucks was a great deal!

Bella Vista Cottage said...

Hi Diane, some great finds but I agree, it would be hard to settle on a figure. Yikes.

Love the books!!

Barb ♥

Jemm said...

You got some great finds. I added up in my head and thought $9, so we're on the same page in the book of cheapness LOL!!

LV said...

Whatever your donation, I believe you got your money's worth. These are all great vintage things.

Vee said...

Eight dollars. And I counted each and every thing and determined what I would pay. I'm cheap, but you know, I think that this would probably work better than pricing the items. So many people operate under guilt. I found a Dick and Jane book last weekend at the flea...totally a wreck...crayon marks and all...and they were selling it for $7. It stayed right there. Sweet illustrations, though.

Vee said...

Oh, you paid $10. Now I feel a little better. You're almost as ch....thrifty as I am! ☺

C. Joy said...

Thanks for the book tip. I've put Bounce dryer sheets or cinnamon scented candles in the bookcase behind the books. I like a bit of the old book smell.

Cozy Little House said...

One can't have too many books!

Cindy Adkins said...

I have no clue! LOL Thank you so much for visiting the Girl's CLub and when you make those items, just let me know and I will feature you!!!

~Madalynne~ said...

It probably depends on what area you live in, but around here the hardcover books go for $1 each. So I figured $11 for books + $3 for nautical items + $1 for the seasonal items = $14. Ten dollars was probably fair since they were donations.

Pat Winter said...

I'm pretty frugal when it comes to resale items because I donate so much to them so I would have said no more than $20. I had a musty old book and filled a folded piece of cheesecloth with coffee and tied it off and slipped both the book and coffee into a ziplock bag for two weeks. Of course the book smelled like coffee but this only lasted a few days and the must odor was gone forever. Just an idea.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

You scored some terrific treasures! Funny, I went back up, counted the books and ornaments, and came up with a price of $10.00. So you were right on target. ;)

Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday this week. I'm always glad to have you join the fun.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

cynthia lee designs said...

Hi Diane,
I was thinking $15.00, but I see that it was only $10.00. Great price and great finds!! You did good!!!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

My number was 15. But I much prefer 10! I think a little guilty feeling snuck in, not good.

Anne Fannie said...

Wow, you name your own price? Why couldn't all the thrift stores be like that! LOL
What a great price and great finds!

Joanne said...

I love old books but hate the smell that they sometimes have. Let us know if the detergent box helped! I guessed $12.
I love the ornanments in fact I am off to a new thrift store today too!
Blessings, Joanne

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

I am such a book junkie -- you got some real finds for sure! What about putting some newspaper or fabric softener sheets in the box with the books? Or box of baking soda? Love all of the ornaments too!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Oh, without looking at what others are saying, I'd guess 20.00?

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I was thinking around 10 -15 so I am averaging out there pretty good.

Love this idea, since honestly, most of the thrift stores here are run for profit, and their prices are wayyyy to high.

Considering that many of their customers are the people they claim to help out, and then they overcharge them, something doesn't sound good to me.

I like this store, and if I was in the area, I would definitely shop there.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Wow!!! Such great finds. Smart idea to let the books sit in the detergent box for awhile.
I once saw a photo of a pile of old books all wrapped in the exact same pastel blue paper...then stacked lying down on a shelf. Quite stunning.
Take care,
Mary Lou

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh gosh I love a deal, but I am a sucker for charities. I just don't know if this thrift store would work for me!!! I have to think about this!


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Susan said...

I love the bunny!

Cindy said...

Great finds and I like Susan really LOVE THE BUNNY! Hope the "box treatment" helps the book'll have to let us know! :)

BECKY said...

I think $10.00 sounds perfect, and I bet you really were one of the more generous ones. Some people might've only given a couple of dollars! I LOVE the old, green bell ornaments. They remind me SO much of my childhood!

Ginger Zuck said...

You did good girl, and I cannot wait to see how the laundry box did with the old books!! Sounds like a great idea. Seems like you had lots of fun!

Sheila said...

"Down Story Roads" looks so familiar. It may have been a reader I once used in my classroom. I love old books too and have a box of old readers and science books. I'm hoping to find some cube shelves like you showed in your last post. It would be fun to display my old books there. i would have guessed about $12 to $15. I used to enjoy poking around the Sally Ann store but it closed down last year.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Diane,

I love all the old Shakespeare books, and that sounds like a good buy for all the goodies.
Have a happy weekend


Anonymous said...

I went into a thrift store not long ago & picked up a few things (a pair of shoes and some tops). When I went to pay the lady said no charge. She said all items were free. I tried to donate & they wouldn't take it. I walked out with my items and seriously felt like I had just stolen them. Do you know I never went back. That was just too much for me to handle.

Incipient Wings said...

wow what awesome treasures!
have a great weekend:)

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Let me know if the Tide idea helps! :D

Michelle said...

A reasonable donation? That would be SO hard to figure out. Because, depending on who's looking at it, stuff can be worth nothing, or an absolute ton.

Glad you got it all for price that you and they were happy with!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I went to a church sale and they had the same thing, make a donation. It was hard but I just added up in my head yard sale prices and paid that. I think $10 was a very good donation! I love giving things to places like this instead of the 'commercial' thrifts. hugs, Linda

Anonymous said...

Like many of the others I feel a "reasonable" donation depends upon where the money is going, what it is being used for. I still prefer an idea of what they value things at. Maybe you could suggest they post signs "suggesting" donation values, like $1 for t-shirts, $3 for dresses, $1 for books, etc. and they could still allow people to pay what they can.

To get musty smell out of books I put them in a container of either cat litter or flower drying pellets for a week. Sometimes they spend time in a deep freeze as well to kill mold and silverfish.

hootnonny said...

Lovely treasures you found, especially the one in the first pic!
I wear my hair short and had it cut yesterday. Some woman came in to buy a feather. The stylist said they'd ordered a thousand and would get them Monday. Included in the order are peacock feathers, so come on over to Marion for all your feather needs!