Have you ever driven past a place and thought I’m gonna stop by there as soon as I get a chance? I have. Actually, I do it quite often. One place I’ve wanted to check out is HOPE Resource Center, Food Pantry and Thrift Store. I pass by it every time I drive to Target. After a meeting a few weeks ago, I had a little time left before carpool. So, I stopped in and I’m glad I did.
HOPE’s mission is “to prevent homelessness in Central Florida by equipping families to become self-sufficient through housing, outreach, prevention, and education”. Isn’t this a great mission?
To be honest, I didn’t stop because I thought it was a good organization. I just like thrift stores–especially the ones with cool furniture, crystal and pottery. I’m sure my husband will roll his eyes when he reads this post but I’ve curbed my thrift store find appetite over the past few years.
Back to HOPE…
When I walked through the doors, I knew that I had found the perfect thrift store. The guy at the counter greeted me like he loves his job and then gave me the space to explore the shop. The have a small furniture section stocked with gently used items. I even spied a few antiques. They also carry clothes, dishes, shoes, handbags and home accessories.
I don’t sew anymore but I love sewing tables. This one has clean lines and I was able to snag it for fifteen bucks. I plan to take this and turn it into a wet bar or beverage station like these on my Pinterest board. I’ll post a “how to” when I complete the project in January (or before).
As you can probably already tell, I’m using this $5 find already. One of my biggest challenges is storage. Over the past few months I’ve learned that furniture is your best bet for storing things. This table is being used in my office to hold notebooks, paper, ink pens and other office supplies. It also serves as a nice decorative piece to the room.
Do you shop at thrift stores? What are some of your best finds?