One of the thrills of the continuing hunt at thrift shops, yard sales and the like, is finding something that's part of an ongoing collection accumulated over the years. One of my collections is of miniature chairs. Small, but not dollhouse sized ones.
I like all of these, especially the black Windsor chair that was a gift from my friend Tricia, and the little wooden one on the right, because it actually folds up. The tramp art one made of clothespins is fun, too. These are pressed into service to hold candles, small decorations, plants and all sorts of other little accessories around the house.
Another collection that lives in the kitchen is mainly tins of all kinds, old thermos bottles, flour sifters and utensils, as long as they're mostly red or have red handles. They live on a long shelf over the door to the hall. When the idea of grouping them together that way came to mind I asked Mr. B if he could build a shelf; he agreed, but before going to buy materials he went in the attic and found this one already constructed, the perfect dimensions.
These are just a couple of collections that have accumulated over the years. What do you collect? Have you ever stumbled on a great find to add to your favorite things in a thrift setting for not much money and felt your heart race as you dashed to pay for it before someone else snatched it up?