"What's a thrift store" my local readers might wonder as we don't have them in Greece.
It's a shop where people go and donate things they don't want any more and then the people at the store, many volunteers themselves, sell them cheaply usually for charity. There are of course thrift stores operated by private owners who buy your things cheaply and sell them back with a small increase on the price. So still you buy things very cheap.They are second-hand of course.
My friend Marabeth many a time had talked about the thrift stores in her area and how she found beautiful little things cheaply there and I so much wanted to go to one of them.
So the next day July 3rd just before embarking for our daily adventure of sightseeing we went to the local thrift store.
There were lots of porcelain sets.
Some round frames and some oval ones Marabeth had found for me,too.
Norman Rockwell miniature dish for 50 cents.
And then we went to the dump. This is a place where people go to leave their garbage. But not the usual garbage that is collected from the bins outside your house by a special truck. No, these places are for you to take other garbage like the cuttings from your lawn, or the ashes from your fireplace, or the oil from the frying, or old clothes, old furniture, recycling items etc. So it does not look like a landfill really.
Isn't that armchair beautiful?
And those glass lamp replacements too?
I found those there. They are lovely for school, I couldn't just leave them there!
The moment I was there a lady brought about ten big cookbooks! I was amazed! Those books would cost a fortune to buy them and they were in excellent condition! I took them all but none reached Greece.They were too heavy anyway. I gave them away to people who wanted them in the States and the rest I donated to the thrift store. I am glad I took them though because the next day it rained and they would get spoiled. Unfortunately I didn't take a photo!
(to be continued)