...I have found another thrift shop. And it's actually named Once Again.
I can't tell you how many times I've driven past this place (on Route 35 in New Jersey, across from Fort Monmouth) . And when it looks like this...
...and has a thrift shop sign in front of it, it kind of makes me think I may have literally been asleep at the wheel.
About 80% of the store is clothing and kids' gear, but in the "dining room" (or what I imagined was the dining room when it was a house...I can't walk into an old home with redecorating it in my mind!) there were quite a few shelves of goodies. And that sign you see below says "25% off all housewares." Joy to the world, indeed.
There was some really good vintage tucked on those shelves, like this super old cup and saucer in great shape ($5.25):
This set of highball glasses ('cause you just know many-a-highball has been served in these!) had golden images of Francs, Deutschmarks, and other fantastic foreign coins replaced by that nasty Euro. The set of four? Seventy-five cents!
Here comes the bride, festooned in vintage lace and plastic orchids. I loved this though couldn't really justify the purchase (as if I can justify half of the junque I buy) . But at only $1.50 I think I should have gone in...
...if only to get better photos to play around with. I did snap one close-up and began playing with the contrast a bit:
I think with a little more work it could make a great vintagey wedding card image.
Naturally, I didn't leave without buying. That would be crazy talk.
I scooped up a new-with-tags Martha tree stand:
We're thinking of putting up a small tree at the shorehouse (the monster tree actually goes in our apartment, believe it or not). I'm not even sure if this fictional tree will require a stand (maybe I'll buy a potted tree?) but I figured for $1.50 I'd take my chances.
The reindeer napkin holders leaped right into my heart and shopping bag. These set of six brass beauties also only set me back $1.50.
This tall milk glass vase might be the deal of the day at 75 cents! I think it will make a great hostess gift, filled with flowers from the grocery store or evergreen branches for the holidays.
Or I may just keep it myself.
Ironically the Monmouth SPCA Cats and Dogs Thrift Shop is on the way (well, kind of on the way) so I popped in there to get more 50 cent men's ties for my wine carrier craft project:
And I also grabbed another milk glass bowl that I do plan on keeping and filling with some of the many (if not hundreds) of vintage Christmas balls I've picked up thrifting over my last two years at the shorehouse.
It was the most expensive thing I bought all day.
And it didn't exactly break the bank.