Above is a picture of a pretty antique class bowl that I discovered at a Salvation Army store in Guelph a few weeks ago. The reason it caught my eye is that it is very similar to one that I already have in pale, translucent pink, which was passed down to me from my Nana. I’m guessing this piece is from the 40s or 50s. For now, it’s storing a small collection of jewelry that also belonged to my Nana. I paid $1.99 for this piece, but recently found the identical item on sale at an antiques store in Toronto for $10 (the same store also sold hobnail milk glass vases for $10, which pass for $1 at any thrift store.) The store was absolutely beautiful, and provided me with plenty of inspiration on how to better arrange and display my own antiques and collectibles. However, it also made me realize that thrift store shopping really requires a great deal creativity. Modern and trendy consignment, vintage and antiques stores often display thrift items that shoppers might otherwise easily miss. When items are paired together, set under the proper backdrop and under flattering lighting, it’s much easier to imagine the item in your own home. But you often pay a heftier price at such boutiques. I prefer to use these stores for inspiration, and then dig through the racks and shelves of thrift stores to find my own treasures. Thrift store shopping requires us to think differently, and employ some imagination to figure out what could be done to enhance an object’s hidden beauty or value. I adore this creative element so much that regular shopping has become completely uninteresting to me. Coupled with the consideration for environmental impact, not to mention the difference in price, regular retail shopping has become a chore, whereas thrift store shopping – or should I say, hunting – remains a delight.