thrift stores

Green glass vasesAs the last few Christmas bills arrive in January we sometimes feel guilty splurging on new décor for our homes. I am here to share that you can shop guilt free at this time of year if you open your mind to a new experience. Here’s how. Last year I stumbled across a great new place to shop. I often travel past a very busy little shop in Burlington called Value Village. This type of place is nothing new to me as I often donate items to places like this – but usually in my own home town. What made me take notice of this particular location though, is that it was always extremely busy and I often seemed to get delayed behind someone trying to turn into or out of this place while I traveled this road. So one day I decided to see what the fuss was all about. After waiting for a parking spot to become available (yes it’s true) I discovered my new favorite place to explore. There were racks and racks of discarded decor that could be re purposed with imagination and a bit of elbow grease. This is how I started to collect colored glass.

Candle Glass VesselI have found so many beautiful, interesting, colored glass vases with different textures, colors and shapes in locations like this. A few are arranged on my window sill in the office allowing the sunlight to shine through casting shadows in the shape of the texture. Some make it to the cottage where I pop tea lights in them at night. When considering a new purchase I look for varying heights, shapes and textures, and group these together by color so they have more impact. The items pictured here ranged in price from 3 to 6 dollars which makes them a real “find” when compared to a candle holder you might purchase elsewhere. Not into colored glass? No problem – there’s something for everyone there including furniture, lamps, appliances, current bestselling novels etc. Some items need more attention than others to make them desirable but you never know what you’ll find. I often see items that are brand new, only because the donor might have received them as a gift they haven’t a use for.

Go, explore different locations in your area. Have fun….
and leave your guilt at home.

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"I just wanted to write a note to let you know how thrilled we are with ‘Rediscover Your Home’. We’ve had 9 years of growth and accumulation since moving to our current home. The stuff we needed and used was all there, but in a format that no longer met our family’s needs. Helping sort and organize the rooms to functionally meet our current lifestyle was a great step forward, then identifying ‘memory items’, including photos and wall art that make it feel and look like home, pulled it all together. The boys (including Dad) are able to help run the day to day events, entertaining and sports – thanks to the organization making sense, and we are enjoying our family time way more as a result! Even my Father-in-law commented on the new room layouts and pictures on the walls! I will definitely be in contact when we need to update the space again! Thanks for making my ‘house of stuff’ a home again and workable for our family using items we liked and already owned! All the best."

~ Felicity G, Mississauga

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