Made in USA at the thrift store, who would have thought? Shopping second-hand stores like Goodwill, The Salvation Army and local thrift and consignment shops can be a source of hidden gems. Sure, you might have to dig through a lot of trash to find your treasure, and depending on the location you might have to deal with some funky smells and dust. But being a conscious consumer isn’t always glamorous, right?
I started shopping the local thrift store regularly before Christmas when I needed to stock up on gift baskets, tins and jars for homemade presents. The nifty treasures and quirky finds have kept me coming back. You never know what you are going to find, and the thrill of the hunt is palpable. Here is a peek at of some of my made in USA finds at my favorite thrift store, the Goodwill.
I couldn’t tell you why, but this made in USA plate with a colonial scene caught my eye. It fancied me so much I ended up buying it for $2. I found out that it was made by a pottery company in Ohio which according the The Museum of Ceramics operated from 1899-1911. Found it selling online anywhere from $15-$65. Antiques Roadshow here I come?
- Anchor Hocking Wexford Crystal Serving Bowl. Made in USA since 1905.
Proclaimed “too gaudy to pass up,” my husband grabbed this classy shot glass. Hey, at least it’s made in USA. And I can totally see this on a shelf at Urban Outfitters (you know, between the naked lady mug and the “mustaches of the world” glass) for the hipsters.
- Thomas & Friends Board Game with all the pieces included in excellent condition. Made in USA and a dollar. Perfect for my son’s upcoming train birthday party!
- Women’s sweater from the now defunct NYC manufacturer Creative Cotton.
- Wet Seal Sweater Made in USA.
- U.S. National Olympic Committee. Made in China. Sigh.
Not only can you find inexpensive American made goodies at a thrift store , you are also reusing goods that would otherwise be relegated to the landfill. Additionally, the purchases you make at thrift stores usually help support their charitable organization.
What interesting things have you snagged at a thrift store ? Have you found anything made in USA?