The guy at the science museum said a wool sweater would make the Van de Graff generator work better so I went to the thrift shop. I found a nice wool sweater and it cost me thirty bucks because I also found a Lego set. Score!
The checkout guy said some little kid would be very happy. Yes I will.
I bought a rug. It was $10., it’s hand-knotted, 9x12, only surface dirt, does not smell of pee, and it weighs about 60 lbs. If anyone can suggest where it may have come from (other than an estate sale, which I know), please tell me.
@sammydog01 This particular charity shop has a ‘connection’ with some local estate sale business owners. After the sales are over, she gets the remnants, and whatever the shop doesn’t want goes to the local Teen Challenge shop. The TC is next door to an Ollie’s. The estate sales are in very prosperous older neighborhoods, the donors get valid tax donations, and everyone is happy. That’s why I’m eating leftover pizza off Royal Doulton (Cranbourne) and Rosenthal (Chrysopras), because they were $.25 a plate/soup bowl.
@rockblossom Thanks, I had no idea, except that there are no actual flowers or animals represented. After shampooing, the colors are not quite what I thought. After shampooing the same area twice, the water is still coming out filthy. May have to do it again.
@OldCatLady@RiotDemon No clue as to the origin or type, but if you want to clean it right the first time, buy a can of Tuff Stuff upholstery and carpet cleaner in the auto section. Add directly to your shampooer and watch the true colors be revealed as the dirt disappears.
Not sure where you live , but I would try to find an appraiser or a specialy rug dealer that sells these type of rugs. Most are massed produce, but if it is over 30 years old it probably is worth a few bucks
@OldCatLady If the fringe is actually part of the rug and not sewn on it is worth a lot more than if the fringe is sewn on.
If it really is old be careful about what you use as soap so you don’t accidentally damage it.
These rugs can hold a LOT of dirt. You might find it useful to lay it over something off the ground (like a couple of drying lines close together and then drape it so it can drain the water off) and run a hose to get out a bunch of dirt that way. Then do the soap (of course you have already started with the soap but hosing where it won’t be sitting in the dirty water may help). I have a couple of old family ones and did that. Once it was finally clean (cleaned it after doing the hose it down step, also hosed it after the soap too) and dry it weighed way less than it did with all the dirt in it. I was really surprised.
@OldCatLady I think there’s a chance I bought a lamp from that shop!
Our local Teen Challenge shop my youngest daughter’s favorite haunts to buy prints. Just for the frame, mat, & glass, they’re great deals. I try to stay away from the books since our shelves are overflowing.
Last time I shopped there, I found a squat “bean pot” lamp for our family room at a ridiculously low price, and I especially like the way they arrange the clothing by color. It looks like a rainbow (and my own closet).
The carpet is lovely! If you’re tired of trying to clean it, but you think it’s really worth dropping some money to get it properly cleaned, I can recommend a local company that will pick it up and practically blow/vacuum/shampoo the heck out of it. Just whisper in my direction.
@goaskdad@RiotDemon@LaVikinga The fringe is integral, and I’ll get the auto cleaner stuff tomorrow. I paid $10., and it’s for daily use. One last pass, and that will do it. It’s for my LR, and if somebody wants to diss it, I’m not that emotionally involved. I want the floor covered. Thanks for the advice, all.
The major thrift store out here in my area is so crooked, next to them, the Leaning Tower of piza is positively straight. They make out like they are a Christian, non-profit, charity driven organization but they are anything but. I worked for them years ago as a technician and that was the most unethical companies I’ve ever worked for. Plus, most of the time, you can go next door to WallyWorld and get the exact same item for the same price, if not less.
I’m glad I saw this topic, though. I forgot I left a rotisserie out in my truck that I found at a (truly Christian) local shop today.
Passed up on this gem of a leather jacket that was fully embroidered with currencies from around the world, this weekend. Unfortunately, Goodwill and I didn’t see eye-to-eye that this was worth $30.00. Time will tell if i regret my decision.
I went to Goodwill this morning.
Found a nice old German beer stein ($5) and some records ($1 ea) in excellent condition. Also a very nice pair of tin snips I already tossed into the barn. There seems to be more nice things right after the holidays.
I dinged them together, and they sounded less dense than silver, but they have a mass that reminds me of nickel.
They might make good wind chimes.
/giphy nickel wind chimes