I had a couple boxes of things I needed to bring to Riverside Thrift Shop in Wilmington and figured I'd also scope out any Thanksgiving decorations they may have had. I was looking for a festive table cloth or something harvesty for the Thanksgiving I am hosting tomorrow.
One of the first things I contemplated was a pillow.
After taking the pillow down, I decided it was definitely more chicken like than turkey and so I put the bird back so she could nest amongst the other pillows.
Going into another room of the thrift shop I came across some shelves with linens. I was thinking here I could find something, but the only thing I came across that had some Thanksgiving dinner potential were these place mats.
Unfortunately, the place mats you see there on the middle shelf were made of an icky vinyl and there were only three. I needed at least four.
Something else that caught my eye was this basket of plastic fruit.
I was seriously contemplating crafting up some sort of cornucopia and using the fruit as a centerpiece. With more thought, I decided against the plastic fruit because I probably wouldn't have used the pineapple in the cornucopia and couldn't imagine breaking up this family of fruit on Thanksgiving.
I had scoured the thrift shop and wasn't able to come up with anything for Thanksgiving. There was a little creamer with leaves and an acorn on it, but I already have a couple creamers. I think I even brought one to them today.
My brain must be programmed to think (just like American advertisers want it to be) that as soon as Thanksgiving thoughts are done, you should be on to Christmas. That is exactly what happened to me, even here at Riverside Thrift Shop. Here, they have an entire room upstairs dedicated to Christmas.
The one item I wanted was in the hand of another woman! It was a Christmas tree skirt. If I had only checked out the Christmas room before the rest of the Thrift Shop, it could have been mine. They did have three other tree skirts on the shelf, but not like the one I coveted from the woman's hands. She even said to her friend, "I think this is the smallest tree skirt I have ever seen." I thought, "That's right, put it down. You need a much larger one." But, my silent thoughts never reached her and before I knew it, she was headed downstairs ready to pay for it.
Well, I did leave with one item for $1. I can't tell you because it's going to be a gift to someone that reads this blog. I didn't come away with any Thanksgiving items, but I did wait until the day before. All in all, I think this trip was successful.
You too can drop off your unwanted items or shop here every Wednesday or Saturday from 9-2.