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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for reading, and happy thrift shopping!