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My sister and I were browsing thru some of the local antique/second hand shops today looking for things to decorate our kitchens with and I found a couple things that I'm going back for as soon as our income tax refund comes.
The first thing I spotted was a wooden handcrank butter churn and some square crockery butter keepers. But then I went around the corner and found the stove of my dreams (except it's gas not wood) I want to put in a summer kitchen out back near my garden and this stove looks just like the old Atlantic wood cook stoves but it looks like it's gas instead of wood which wouldn't bother me (I really, really, really want the wood burning one someday though).
We also found a lot of small utensils that we plan on going back soon to get.
This coming Saturday we're taking a trip to the Habitat for Humanity Restore looking for a sink for her kitchen and I'm looking for one for the garden area faucet to wash produce as I pick it instead of having to haul it all the way around the house to the kitchen.
Sounds like you had a great treasure hunting day! I love thrifts, antique, second hand, garage sales and craigslist. Great way to save money AND find stuff they just don't make anymore.
We don't usually go in the antique stores in this area the prices are generally way out of our ballpark, this being a tourist area, so we were pleasantly surprised with a lot of the prices we found today.
I don't feel $175 is too high for this butter churn it looks likes as good as it did when it was first put into use. And we're going back & forth over which of us is going to get the treadle sewing machine we saw when we first walked in the door ($90 is a steal for that). I'm just not sure I want to spring $500 for the kerosene stove when I've seen the big wood burners on Craigslist for $400 to $600 - I would love the stove just not for that price, it's half the size of the Atlantics. We're definitely going back there when we have some money to spend.
The main things she & mom are looking for Saturday when we go to Restore is a fridge, sink, & dishwasher. I'm going looking for a big sink for out back and maybe a laundry sink/tub for out here under the front faucet, that would make it so much easier when we're trying to clean poultry dishes & waterers, especially when we're cleaning things for chicks. I'm also going to be on the hunt for 3 windows and a couple screen doors.
Between Craigslist and Freecycle I've scored a lot of things that I wouldn't have had otherwise. This past summer I picked up free an older model KitchenAid stand mixer that wasn't used more than a couple times before it was put in storage, my Sunbeam meat grinder was a side of the road freebie (they just don't make things like they did back in the 50's & 60's anymore), a countertop rotissery was a freebie. 2 or 3 years ago we picked up a $1700 french door bottom freezer refridgerator for $800 still sealed in the box. The only thing in this house I can think of that I paid full retail for is my laptop. Even our house is 80% recycled.