You know that cheesy saying “If you love something set it free, and if it comes back to you it was meant to be”?
This week I experienced the op shopping/Thrifters version. You see, before Christmas I spied a similar kitchen scale in the Lyttleton Street Salvation Army, but had spent my monthly thrifting allowance and couldn’t justify another op shop splurge.
And regretted it ever since.
Then, somehow, the stars aligned on Friday. I found a vintage kitchen scale in better condition and in my favourite shade of retro orange!
It works great (used already to measure flour for pizza dough) and easily fits in with my favourite kitchen op shop finds.
Made in Germany, this Tower kitchen scale cuts thru the confusion I face with recipes that have their dry ingredients measured out by weight rather than volume. Is that just a Southern Hemisphere thing? This handy little kitchen scale also measures in both imperial and metric! The North American in me is swooning!
This stovetop coffee maker might be one of my sillier purchases, as the family already has a swish stainless steel stovetop espresso maker. I was attracted to the yellow and the look of the carafe. (Is this mid-century modern?) It doesn’t have a cap/lid. Might wind up being a herb pot. Any and all ideas for this white elephant will be entertained.
While the coffee maker might be a bit of a lemon, these little Pyrex bowls have already proved useful. There were 3 more I left behind at the Christchurch City Mission Sydenham shop. They were just too chipped to bring home.
Do you have an acid test for bringing things home from charity shops? Do you stick to an op shopping budget or list of items you need/collect?
Or, do you throw caution to the wind and splurge?
I’d love you to share your thrifting strategy in the comments below. I’m all about sharing the knowledge, but if you’re one of those Op shopping ninjas who thrives on a stealth mission, I get and respect that too!
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