Second Story Treasures Thrift Store#5 – 20349 88th Avenue, Walnut Grove (Langley)
My sister and favourite thrift shop buddy has told me for ages about this great little thrift store in Walnut Grove. First off – isn’t that a great name? Don’t you sometimes wish you thrift purchases could talk? I wonder what stories they’d tell…
I didn’t have my camera with me that day but the shop is located in a strip mall on the north side of 88th avenue. The first thing you’ll notice is the beautiful, boutique style of the shop itself. The volunteers have done a fabulous job of arranging clothing by colour first – so you’ll have a rack of grey pants, skirts, sweaters, then a rack of brown items and so on. They don’t have a big inventory on the floor but the benefit of that is that the racks aren’t crammed so full that you can’t see anything. It’s a very pleasant shopping experience.
They have a few shelves of household goods, jewelry, books, CDs and toys and a little bit of furniture. Their prices are a little higher than what you’d find at, say, an MCC Thrift Shop or Goodwill but not as high as the increasingly-overpriced Value Village. (Did I say that out loud?)
Found this beautiful leaf-embossed plate, which works so well with the colours in my living room and with the other leaf plates I bought in Oliver last summer. $4
I picked up a couple of books: a Grisham we haven’t read yet and a biography of Winston Churchill’s wife (I bet there’s a story or two in there, eh?) for my mom who loves reading non-fiction. Books are ½ price on Saturdays but we were there on a Friday, so sadly, I had to pay $1 for the hardcover and 50cents for the paperback. I KNOW, right?
I also picked up a Doobie Brothers Greatest Hits CD – I know every song on this CD but didn’t realize that it was the Doobies who did half of them. This is my new favourite house-cleaning CD. $1
This brand new picture frame is one I’ll put away in my to-gift cupboard. I think it’ll make a great wedding gift, don’t you? This was a little more pricey at $5.50 but it is unused and I know I’d pay 5x that at Michaels.
And finally, I bought this great sweater-dress. I’ve been looking for one of these for a couple of years now and have had a challenge finding one that doesn’t make me look dumpy. The a-line style of this one could have made it tent-like on me but the drape of it is really nice. I like the button detail on the sleeves and it’s a wool-blend so it’s super cozy. I love it enough that I was willing to pay $7 for it.
This is a lovely little shop to which I will return. The shop supports the Langley Hospice Society so it also supports a good cause. I think all of our shopping should support a good cause, don’t you?
So tell me: if one of your thrift purchases could actually tell you its story, which thrift purchase would you choose?