A hobby of mine in which I find much pleasure, is antiquing, flea marketing & thrift store shopping. Lately, I seem to be doing more of the latter. I have been finding such a wonderful array of treasures.
When I go bargain hunting, I usually head on in with no particular item in mind (although I am always on the prowl for white Ironstone pieces, to add to my collection). I typically walk straight to the back section that houses the dinnerware, glass trinkets or pottery. I also hunt for anything garden related, anything old that catches my eye…generally items that have a history to them.
In my latest “Goodwill” trip, I found an amazing Revival Hymns book. This antique is 109 years old. The pages have a beautiful aged scent to them, and are so fragile. You can literally see them crumble in your hands if you are not too careful. 109 years in the palms of my hands. I can only dream of all who held it in their hands while praising our Lord. Who were they? Where did they come from, what kind of life did they live? This old book makes me happy! Incredibly, it was marked at only $1.49. I LOVE it!
“The final aim and reason of all music is nothing other than the glorification of God and the refreshment of the spirit.” ~ Johann Sebastian Bach
Little did I know it, but the tone was set for my shopping excursion. I spotted an employee pushing a cart full of freshly tagged goods, that she was preparing to stock the shelves with. Nonchalantly, I casually walked over and glanced into the cart. I eyed a wonderful garden Angel statue, beneath tons of china & stemware. I patiently waited nearby, until she set it on the shelf. It sat for only 3o seconds before I got my hands on it! A new home for you my dear! She was well worth her price of $7.99.
While rummaging through picture frames, I came across a wonderful diy; handwritten poem, entitled “Love Letter from Jesus”. Read it here: https://countrypkin.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/a-love-letter-from-jesus-words.jpg I felt inclined to nab this as well. It was if it were speaking to me directly. I just had to get it. The frame is tattered a bit, but I kind of enjoy it that way. The love shines through just the same without being shiny and new. I considered painting it, but Jesus was a carpenter, and I think the natural wood befits the letter. The cost of this was $1.99.
I spent a small total of $11.47 on my purchase, but gained so much more. I got a piece of History in that well worn, (109 yr) old book. Some beautiful songs that I will try to sing and attempt to do the words justice. I got a promise in that letter, that Jesus will be waiting for me one day. And a gentle reminder, that I need to be careful of the things I say and do and all that I need to reflect upon in order to be worthy of him. I also find a comfort in my garden Angel addition, who now watches over my garden. With her hands pressed together, she blesses each day, each flower, each blade of grass, each bug and bird, to replenish and restore through all their works. She blesses each cat & dog, each boy or girl, young and old…any living thing that passes her way. She gives the promise of Gods Love in all things big and small; that is what I see in her as she now takes up home in my garden.
What have you found recently in your trip to the thrift store that gives you pleasure?
Thrift is not an affair of the pocket, but an affair of Character. ~S.W. Strauss
Happy Thrifting ya’ll! 😀