Bargain Hunting

Things have been busy here at `a casarella.  I have some exciting stuff in the works and look forward to sharing it with all of you soon.

I haven't been too busy to do a little bargain hunting, though.  Nor was I too busy to write a little post about my finds.  

I got all of these at a store that I had never been to before.  Well, that's not exactly true--I had been there under a different owner but now it's a completely different store.

Though they call themselves a thrift, none of the items are actually donated.  Instead they buy estates, overstock items, and things from storage lockers.  In fact, one of the employees told me that the owner and her husband are slated to be on the next season of Storage Wars.  How cool is that?!  

As you can imagine, the prices are a bit higher under these circumstances than they would be in your average thrift (though not necessarily as high as an antique shop).  In fact, I almost walked out upon seeing the prices but I'm glad I didn't.  Things go on sale every day (between 25% and 50% off) and as you walk towards the back of the store, the prices get better.

Here's what I scored:

The brass candlesticks were 25% off bringing them down to $3.00.  I added the candles when I got home.

The sea foam green CatherineHolm striped bowl was definitely my favorite find!  It has some chips and some rusting, but I still think it's absolutely beautiful.

The beauty below is not an antique.  In fact, it still had its original tag from Z Gallerie on the bottom.  I got it for a third of the original price.  That's more than I usually like to pay for second-hand, but I absolutely love it, it's in perfect condition, and I probably would have paid full price if I had seen it new in the store.

The last item is this little brass box shaped like a quail.  It cost $3 and I thought it would be a cute ring holder.  I found the exact same item on ebay listed for $40 so I guess I did okay.

So how about you?  Any good thrift finds lately?  If you've written a post feel free to link to it in the comments!



  1. Oh my goodness. Love this post. I especially love that little quail. He is ADORABLE.

  2. That's awesome! Great finds! I really love the bowl and vase.

  3. Thrifting is one of our very most favorite things to do! You scored! XOXO

  4. What classic finds!! How could you go wrong with those prices! I often see higher prices at a lot of the "thrift" stores, for low quality junk. I especially like the bowl and quail, how fun it would be to shop with you Elena, I always seem to zero in on the junk:)

  5. Yessss to brass! I love your sweet little quail! I would have snatched that up in a heartbeat!

  6. You got some wonderful goodies, Elena! I love them all...especially that ZGallerie piece. :)

  7. That bowl is stunning - I want it! :) Thanks for linking up to my Thrifty Finds link party, I hope you will come back and see if you will be featured.

    Dagmar ~ Dagmar's Home

  8. You have some great finds there. Havent been op shopping in ages so no bargains to share unfortunately!

  9. SUCH GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORGEOUS finds!!!! My favorite it the bowl also...it is a little piece of heaven!!!! Hugs and TFS!

  10. How cool! My husband and I watch Storage Wars all the time. ;) I love the quail!

  11. I am visiting via Women Who Blog and felt connected immediately when you said California definitely is "specialer". As a native Californian, I don't posses the data you have collected. The only other place I have lived is Jamaica.

    We left San Diego 35 years ago, but I still love it.

    My great finds weren't at a thrift shop, but good old TJ Maxx. I bought some galvanized tine, some wire baskets and a great wooden tool caddy. And with nothing to do this weekend, I can play with my new finds.

    I'll be back to read more.

  12. Love them. I'd love to know where you shop at though so I can come visit too!

  13. Well I know you've already seen it, but I thought I'd link it anyway in case any one else would care to gander at my thrifting finds:


    I love all of your new little treasures!


  14. Such neat finds!! Always love a great find!

    Have a blessed and wonderful day!!

  15. Great scores! Especially the candlesticks -- I love how big and solid they are.


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