thrift store find.

I took a huge load of kitchen goods to the thrift store on Friday. I’m trying to get rid of as much stuff as humanly possible before the kitchen is put back together; I don’t want to put anything back in those cupboards that doesn’t absolutely need to be there.

Which is great in theory, except that I can’t just drop a load off at Savers without going inside, looking around, and coming out with one. But I got some really cool stuff! And I came out with less than I went in with, that’s got to count for something, right? Right? Anyone? Sigh. Oh, Allison.

I wavered and wavered, and wavered about this glass pitcher. And when it came down to it I stood at the check out counter for a good 10 minutes deliberating and negotiating with the cashier. It was $8, which seemed ridiculous to me.

What’s really ridiculous is that I didn’t think twice about going next door immediately afterwords and buying a chicken salad from Cafe Rio for $8.50.

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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Naomi :

    I know, thrifting pricing seems so arbitrary. I used to have that pitcher and a bunch of matching glasses but it's in my parents' poolhouse now. I found it a bit ungainly when full- hold from the bottom and the handle while pouring or the handle could crack.

  2. likeschocolate :

    The pitcher should have been about $5, but in stores you would pay anywhere from $15 to $20 unless it came from Mexico. I wouldn't think twice about getting Cafe Rio either.

  3. Kami :

    I love it! 8 bucks is high, but sometimes if you snooze you lose.

  4. Marie {Make and Takes} :

    That is a killer pitcher! I think I would have bought that for $8! Good find! We need to go again!

  5. amy smart :

    So, did you talk 'em down? Sometimes I wonder how much authority those checkers at Savers really have. I had a good haul there recently, but I forgot my coupon (d'oh) so it wasn't as good as it could have been. Still good though.

    GOOD LUCK WITH THAT KITCHEN! It will be worth it. Really.

  6. jules @ The Diversion Project :

    anything that can hold that kind of volume of margaritas is worth $8 in my book. you did good.

  7. KC :

    But the Cafe Rio salad is SOOOO worth it!

  8. VanderbiltWife :

    So true. I just can't stand to spend $6 on a sweater at a thrift store but I'll spend $4 on a cup of coffee at Starbucks?? Heh.

    The pitcher really is gorgeous, though.

  9. ALC :

    You are so our father's daughter.