Thrifting makes me happy! I love to look at all that “junk” and imagine the treasure it could be turned into. So this morning was very exciting for me. I will be partnering with St. Vincent De Paul of Contra Costa County to show you how can take a few items that you might find in non-profit thrift store like St. Vincent de Paul and transform it into treasures for your own home. And the best part is that you can feel really good about your finds, because your purchase at a non-profit thrift store helps your own community!
St. Vincent De Paul has 2 thrift stores in the East Bay area. I met Melanie the Director and Leslie the Communications Associate at the Pleasant Hill Location.
I am sure they thought I was nuts by how excited I was looking through all that stuff! They have a little bit of everything there. With donations coming in all the time it’s a great place to find the right ingredients for your latest project. I barely glossed the surface of that place. Imagine if I had the opportunity to really dig in! The best part was I got to go in the warehouse. This is where items are brought in and sorted. I was so impressed that they use warehouse health and safety consulting services.
And by the way, this is not the way you have to shop at St. Vincent De Paul. This is only the warehouse. Items are priced and displayed in the actual store. I know it totally looks like a pile of junk! But look at what is in that junk.
This trunk is a find!!! How gorgeous would this look as a coffee table or at the foot of a boys bed. (Think of the storage in this bad boy!)
I could have left with lots of items but I do have to control myself a little. I am a crafter against hoarding and I know that if I took home everything I would maybe use in a project, it wouldn’t be long before my work space (and lots of other spaces) would runneth over with stuff. So I limited myself to this cool suitcase.
Not sure what I am going to do with this yet, but I just love the texture of it and the leather. And those initials. Who in the world was HCH? And where did he take this suitcase?
I brought home a few more items that I am going to be working on for St. Vincent De Paul and their blog. So more on that to come.