People often say to me “Well you find things in thrift shops all the time because you’re always there.” While there is truth to that – you’re more likely to find things in a thrift shop if you go often – even die-hards like me have days that are a total bust. Take my recent excursion to Victoria.
I visited four shops and came out with almost nothing. My first stop was the Community Closet. This little thrift shop is poorly located – it’s inside a dark and hard to find mall on the ground floor of an apartment building. There is no outside signage so the only way I found it was by asking a local. Once inside, I found that it is nicely arranged, even in its small space, with a nice variety of good quality items that are reasonably priced. Besides the poor location, the building is not air-conditioned so it was a trifle warm inside. My other complaint was that the lighting in the fitting rooms was poor. I tried on several things but nothing that I had to have, so I placed everything back and moved next door to …
Super Chance Household Consignment. This is a large space, quite full, of antiques and collectibles. Tons of artwork. I snooped around the nooks and crannies and came up with this Starbucks cold cup – a cool version that you can pull apart in order to mark it with your favourite drink and your name; the outer cup is Christmassy, but not so much that you wouldn’t use it year-round as I will. It’s really two cups in one and all I have to do is buy the reusable straw that comes with it. It still had the original price tag of $11.75 on it, so I was pretty happy to get this for five bucks.
I revisited the Salvation Army and the Beacon thrift shops, which I blogged about here, but didn’t find anything. Still, Victoria in the sunshine is a really beautiful city. If you go, be sure to have a meal at Swan’s and try their Appleton Brown Ale, its fabulous.
Have you ever had a discouraging thrift experience?