Friday, November 03, 2006
Thrifting with a purpose
I just finished reading Thrift Score. What does that have to do with my pantry? Well, while I was reading it I realized that I never thrift "with a purpose." We buy a lot of stuff secondhand - almost all of our furniture, Jack's toys, household and holiday decorations, etc. But, I never think that I could use another muffin tin and look for one while we are in the thrift store, instead we go to Target and buy a new one.
As it is, part of what I like about thrifting is that it happens organically. Find something interesting and buy it. Sort out what to do with it later. And, I still want to thrift that way, but, I also want to start trying to thrift with a "purpose", keeping a list of things we could use in my purse and trying to pick up a few things we need while thrifting. (We are going to be at the thrift store no matter what, right?)
So, back to the pantry. It was such a disaster that you could hardly even open the door in there anymore (thanks to Costco). I spent 3 hours sorting it out yesterday, and Jack spent 3 hours eating everything he could get his hands on. You know, the things that are usually doled out in small quantities? Cookies, crackers, and even cheetos! Anyway, while tidying it up, I put a lot of the things I had picked up this summer thrifting to good use. You probably remember the foreign language canisters? Now they are holding chocolate chips, pecans and marshmallows!
It felt terrific to get the pantry organized and to be able to do it with stuff that was just cluttering up the cabinets instead of buying something new to do the job.
How about you? Do you thrift for the fun of it? With a purpose? Or a little of both?