Sunday, May 23, 2010

TSP FINDS: New Braunfels - Wimberley - Canyon Lake

The TSP made out like thrifting banditos on Saturday! Some finds were left behind, but the best ones were snatched up and taken home.

Here's some of the loot we left behind:

Lenny spotted a mug fit for a seafaring man.

A classic cuckoo clock with a helpful note on the back: maybe could work, maybe not, $2.00.

Mrs. GoGo models a vintage Christian Dior for Bergdorf Goodman hat.

A jumble of discarded dolls.

Lizardo models a fancy hat with a brim wide enough to help shield her from Texas Hill Country paparazzi.

Here's the loot we brought home:

Lizardo's Finds
copper jello molds to be repurposed as dog water bowls, easy breezy shirt for the man of the house, impressively thick wooden clipboard, pair of lightweight jeans, delectable strawberry-rhubarb pie

Mrs. GoGo's Finds (Part 1 of 2)
entertaining and informative books, vintage black hat w/ jaunty feather and veil, summery polka-dot dress, t-shirts

Mrs. GoGo's Finds (Part 2 of 2)
movies, set of Muppets drinking glasses, kid w/ pups figurine, china doll, wild assortment of stuffed animals

Lenny's Finds
large Timbuk2 messenger bag, teensy blue shorts, Cole Haan shoes for Lenny's Mom, blue button-down shirt, naked lady drinking glass

A closer look at Lenny's naked lady drinking glass (he took the brunette home). Her dress magically disappears when the glass is filled with a beverage.

Sy Pie's Finds
polka dot scarf, hillbilly iron-on transfer patterns, Colorado souvenir plate, vintage b-day card, index cards, large daily pill container, paella recipe linen tea towel, small Le Creuset dish, small whisk, vintage fabric, duvet cover, set of dishes

TSP STORE REVIEWS: New Braunfels - Wimberley - Canyon Lake

The TSP set out bright and early on Saturday morning armed with a hit list of seven stores in New Braunfels, Wimberley, and Canyon Lake, Texas. Thanks to Lizardo and her Flexy, we covered over 150 miles and managed to hit five of the seven TSP worthy thrift stores in the area. Click here for store locations and hours. Read below for exclusive TSP store reviews.

Comal County Senior Center Thrift Shop, New Braunfels, TX
TSP notes: friendly staff, amazing finds, clean bathrooms

Hope Hospice Thrift Avenue, New Braunfels, TX
TSP notes: well-organized merchandise, hilarious staff conversations, great bargains

Sts. Peter & Paul Thrift Shop, New Braunfels, TX
TSP notes: extensive selection, lovely landscaping

LUNCH INTERLUDE @ The Leaning Pear, Wimberley, TX
TSP notes: fresh and yummy food, well-edited menu, friendly service, no peanut contamination on Mrs. GoGo's pizza, top-notch

Senior Center Thrift Shop, Wimberley, TX
TSP notes: jumbled selection, great steals due to a 50% off everything sale

PIE INTERLUDE @ Wimberley Pie Co., Wimberley, TX
TSP notes: adorable place, large selection of whole pies but short on individual slices, key lime pie was good but not great, strawberry-rhubarb pie was perfecto with a lovely tartness

Habitat for Safe Seniors Thrift Store, Canyon Lake, TX
TSP notes: cramped and slightly dirty store, so-so selection, friendly staff, good jukebox (only 25 cents to play "Streets of Bakersfield" and "99 Luftballons")

Photos of our terrific finds will be featured in the next post!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Thrifting Wish Lists

Sometimes we find exactly what we're looking for on our TSP trips. Other times we find what we never knew we wanted. Most times we find a little of each. Let's see how our wish lists compare with what we find on tomorrow's trip.

Mrs. GoGo's Wish List: puppet theatre, icee machine, real or stuffed animals of varying sizes

Lizardo's Wish List: copper pot, old industrial ceiling fan, old-fashioned ironing board for Grandma Pat

Lenny's Wish List: great new apartment, skinny cowboy suit, small desk

Sy Pie's Wish List: dinner plates and bowls, toilet tank lid, produce crates, snail figurines for Mama Llama

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

TSP TRIP PLAN: New Braunfels - Canyon Lake - Wimberley

After much talk and even more delay, I'm happy to introduce the first Thrift Store Posse (TSP) blog post! The TSP is hitting the road this Saturday for a grand tour of the best thrift stores in New Braunfels, Canyon Lake, and Wimberley, Texas.

Here's our highly ambitious hit list:

1. Sts. Peter & Paul Thrift Shop
315 N. Seguin, New Braunfels, TX 78130
(830) 964-2364
Hours: Wed-Sat 10-2

2. Hope Hospice Thrift Avenue
613 N. Walnut, New Braunfels, TX 78130
(830) 625-4746
Hours: Mon-Fri 9-4, Sat 10-1

3. Comal County Senior Center Thrift Shop
655 Landa, New Braunfels, TX 78130
(830) 629-4547
Hours: Mon-Fri 9-4, Sat 9-2

4. Community Resource Rec Center of Canyon Lake Thrift Store
1941 FM 2673, Canyon Lake, TX 78133
(830) 964-2364
Hours: Mon-Sat 9-3, Tue 9-6

5. Habitat for Safe Seniors Thrift Store
2174 Old Sattler Rd, Canyon Lake, TX 78133
(830) 899-2208

Hours: Tue-Sat 9-4

LUNCH INTERLUDE @ The Leaning Pear
111 River Rd, Wimberley, TX 78676

6. Village Thrift Store
300 River Rd, Wimberley, TX 78676
(512) 847-5400
Hours: Tue-Wed-Fri-Sat 9-2, Thu 9-7

7. Senior Center Thrift Shop
14050 Ranch Rd 12, Wimberley, TX 78676
(512) 847-3184
Hours: Tue-Sat 9-2

Be sure to check back for a follow-up post featuring our finds, store reviews, and other tidbits!