thrift - "gateau means cake"

earlier this year brian and i took a welcome break and vacationed at his parent's summer home on the beaches of new brunswick, canada.  basically we drank coffee, read books, played darts and cards, feasted like kings, walked the dog, lazed at the beach... and GOT OUR THRIFT ON.

seriously, his mum and i shopped until we dropped and it was fah-nominal.  admittedly most of what i scored was clothing or has been given as gifts but here is a sampling of some of my favorite bits from the trip.

TOP: a gorgeous wooden aztec print cheese plate that was still in the box $2.70 (goodwill) and an incredible plastic/wood cake dome $2.50 (vestiare)
MIDDLE: a ridiculously tall (i should have photographed it with something else for scale) wooden handle bag that was originally used to deliver carpet now hangs in that awkward space between the fridge and the wall in my kitchen holding our reusable shopping bags. $0.90 (goodwill)
BOTTOM: a great hardcover with interesting photographs written from the canadian perspective. $2.40 (value village)

i love knowing that not only were these pieces great finds at great prices but that each time we use them we can be reminded of a really nice time spent with loved ones.  or, as brian sees it, "i drove thirty hours so you could get a cake thing and a book."

THRIFT TIP: every seasoned thrifter knows that one of the best tips they could give is "keep digging".  i discovered the cake dome in a charity shop wrapped in a plastic bag sealed with painters tape with the word "gateau" written on it.  it was on the bottom shelf of a dusty unit with other "stuff".  when looking for treasures bend down, open boxes, move aside items at the front of the shelves and open drawers... and know your french.  because "gateau" means "cake" and i am so very glad i paid attention in francais class.