Thrifting Roadtrip

I have a theory: The further away you travel from a major metropolitan area – the better the thrifting becomes. I tested my hypothesis with a thrifting road trip of western Pennsylvania – and the results were staggering!

See how my vintage shopping stacks up; keep reading!

I started my adventure at the Goodwill in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania. It wasn’t on my map for the day, but in the spirit of shopping, I stopped.  I’m happy I did – I snagged two adorable pairs of shoes, an absurdly cute wicker veggie purse, and a hat with my initials on it (what are the odds?) The total was less than $15! I was on my way…

On to Altoona! My first stop was the Salvation Army. I snagged a wonderful set of dishes for $17. It included a butter dish, cream caddy, salt and pepper shakers, and all the retro “wow” I look for in a kitchen item. My boyfriend proclaimed that it was the best thrift store he’d ever been to. We’ll be back soon, for sure.

A skip and a jump away, we happened upon another Goodwill.  I found a few prime vintage dresses, but the hostess in me had my heart stolen by this stone tortilla warmer and clover shaped wooden chip bowl with matching mini dip bowls.  I’m not totally sure when I’ll get a chance to use them, but that is not what thrifting is all about!

Finally, after an hour or two of wandering across the area (read: we were hella lost), I stumbled across a flea market and antiques mall. It was breathtaking. The vintage kitchenware, furniture, memorabilia and other odds and ends seemed to span for miles. I snatched up the mirrored paintings above (which now hang in a very crooked fashion above my couch) for only $15 for the set! Needless to say, I was taken aback by this ceramic owl umbrella holder. At $75, it was out of my price range, but images of such a piece still haunt me in my dreams. I mean, look at it!

I’m hard at work planning another such trip through northern West Virginia. Have any goldmines worth sharing? Email me at Thanks for reading, and happy thrift shopping!

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  1. daisy 03/06/2009 at 2:38 pm #

    how fun! I love that huge rack of shoes! (sigh!) when i went to school in pittsburgh, I remember the thrifting being really good there- got some great finds!! thanks for sharing!!

  2. Liz 03/06/2009 at 4:32 pm #

    Lindsay you have a gift for finding amazing things!!! And a hat with your initials?! – fate 🙂

  3. Christina K. 03/06/2009 at 7:05 pm #

    i live in west virginia!! but i don’t live in northern wv so i guess i can’t be of help. don’t come to charleston though..there’s nothing here. haha.

  4. Tamika 03/06/2009 at 9:26 pm #

    Amazing! I live in downtown Belleville, IL and we have about 6 thrift stores within walking distance. I haven’t had any “amazing finds” as of late, but there’s also a flea market here once a month. I haven’t been in a while so I’m hoping I’ll find something fantastic this month.

  5. Sarah 03/08/2009 at 6:52 pm #

    I’m from the very rural part of northeastern Pennsylvania and that is where I find my GOLD. This has inspired me to photograph my journey this tuesday and wednesday!

  6. Leanna 03/08/2009 at 7:02 pm #

    I found a pretty killer creme-and-blue suitcase at the goodwill in Huntington WV (my town!!) and a pale yellow polyester ruffle blouse

  7. Shannon 03/09/2009 at 1:27 pm #

    Oh I love the owl umbrella holder. $75 is steep, especially for vintage; however, it’s amazing and functional! I’ve never really even thought of owning an umbrella holder but it sure would beat leaving it to drip in the sink and with style..Too bad it’s out of town, otherwise, you’d probably be back to see if it ever went on sale. :p

  8. jen h 03/10/2009 at 12:25 pm #

    Ida bought the umbrella h older. And I live in the desert.

  9. Stylish Thought 03/16/2009 at 4:07 pm #

    I live in Eastern PA and must admit that the shops outside of the city have the greatest treasures. I’ll have to plan a vintage roadtrip soon.

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