Thursday, August 16, 2012

Rule Breaking Thrift Store Finds

I have this thrift store shopping rule: Don't buy anything unless it is on the 1/2 off sticker price for the day. I stick to it most of the time but occasionally RULES are made to be BROKEN and today I did just that! These finds were just too juicy to wait for their 1/2 off day.

I thought these old binoculars were pretty cool but I wasn't sure I really needed them...what would I do with them?

Then I discovered the lenses came off...aha!
I could use the lenses in jewelry projects so I paid the $2.99
and assured myself it was a good purchase!

The smaller lenses have writing on them.
and the other one says R.W. TANSILL & CO. - CHICAGO

Here is another item I don't really need and can't use for jewelry projects but it could make a very cool mixed media assemblage/collage piece and it was only $1.99.

It was the carved detail at the top that suckered me in!

I didn't even blink an eye to think as to whether I should pay the full price of $1.99 for this gorgeous brass case. This will definitely show up in one of my jewelry designs!

Love, love, love the curved oval shape and the little mirrored door!

Breaking the Rules Can Be Fun!!

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  1. Those are going to be so much fun to play with!!!! Those binoculars are awesome. Can't wait to see what you come up with.
    <3 Christina

  2. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment about my post 'A Bird Intervention'. It looks like you found some wonderful treasures at the thrift store. I especially love the old binoculars.

  3. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them!!!!

    ...and rules are only there to be broken!!!

  4. Gorgeous Finds!!You are one lucky duck!! Next time,I'm tagging along!! xo

  5. Wow...great finds...and such low prices! Looking forward to seeing what you do with them!

  6. It was a good day at the thrift shop! Love those binoculars - can't wait to see what you make with them. And what a bargain!

  7. Holy cow! Where are you shopping? LOVE LOVE LOVE them all. I so would have snatched the binocs up. You may want to check into what they might be worth. There is a huge tabacco collectible market out there and those may well be worth some big money. But I do love the idea of using those awesome lenses for art. That would be a tough decision for me. lol. Thanks for sharing!


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