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‘Tis the Season- for yard sales and flea markets and curb side freebies, that is. Whether you like to make a full day of thrifting or just want to be prepared for the occasional junk sale, you’ll need a few things to make your treasure hunts more fun and successful. Today I’ll show you How to Create and Assemble a Thrifting Go Bag to take along.
One of the first things I need to do to prepare for a day of treasure hunting is to take care of stiffness and pain. As you know, I have dealt with fibromyalgia for many years. Adapting to a gluten-free lifestyle has greatly helped with the fibromyalgia, but hasn’t completely eliminated the pain. In addition to fibromyalgia, I also have mild arthritis in my hands, knees, and hips. It’s a double whammy of stiffness and pain, but the thrill of the hunt keeps me going. The most effective thing I have found for my joint pain is Advil. Nothing has proven stronger among OTC pain relievers for minor arthritis and joint pain.
I was so glad to see they now offer an arthritis-friendly easy open cap. Taking a couple of Advil as needed means I can enjoy a full day of treasure hunting and still have a comfortable night’s sleep. I found Advil with the new cap at Walmart, along with many of the essentials for a day of treasure hunting.
Before we head out on our next junking adventure, let’s make a Thrifting Go Bag with bonus pouches to organize those must-haves.
Embellish Your Thrifting Go Bag and Pouches
1 canvas tote
2 zippered pouches
Fabric markers or pens OR transfer medium
Craft paint (optional)
This will go on your main bag. My bag measures about 9 1/2” x 13 1/2” .
Choose your favorite to add below the Treasure Seeker design.
This will go on one zippered pouch.
This will go on the other zippered pouch.
Click on the images, then right click to save. Insert into a document and resize as needed. Print out and transfer the designs or trace with fabric markers or pens onto canvas bags and pouches. If using a transfer technique, you may need to reverse the images.
If desired, add color with craft paint. Start at the center of your design and apply paint, working your way slowly to the edges. This will help control the paint’s tendency to bleed outward. You’ll need to water the paint down quite a lot to create a sheer color that doesn’t hide your lettering. I also used this method on the Incredibly Easy Hand Painted Towels.
After the paint has dried completely, set with a hot iron. You may want to use a pressing cloth to protect your iron. I like the faded non-perfect look, but if you prefer crisper edges, you can touch up the outline and lettering with a fabric marker.
Assemble Your Thrifting Go Bag and Pouches
- Antibiotic cream
Accidents happen- nails and sharp edges are easy to overlook when your eyes are on the prize. Splinters are a hazard of the game, too.
- Measuring tape: You’ll need to know if that gorgeous piece of furniture will fit in your vehicle. And in your home.
- Magnifying glass: Look for markings on jewelry- you just might find sterling silver or gold mixed in with the costume jewelry. (I love this folding magnifying glass that my dad gave me. One of my favorite things to do with him is going to junk stores- I apparently inherited the love of the hunt from him.)
- Notepad and pen: You may need to write down an address and phone number to follow up later. Yard sale hosts will usually give you a great deal at the end of the day, but it’s a gamble to wait if there is something you really want.
Thrifting Go Bag:
- Oops Kit and Tool Kit
- Water, protein/ energy bars, and fruit snacks. You won’t want anything that will melt in your hot car while hopping from sale to sale.
- Sun screen
- Advil: Finding hidden treasures involves crouching down to look under tables, moving heavy things around to grab that prize at the bottom of the pile, and sometimes loading heavy things into your vehicle. It all requires a bit of agility and stamina. There may also be some sprinting for a sweet deal. No wrestling allowed, though.
- Cleansing wipes. Believe me, you’ll pick through a lot of nasty things and will want clean hands when you hit the drive-through for lunch. Who has time to stop for a sit-down meal when the siren song of the treasure hunt is playing?!
Want a sneak peek at my latest thrifting scores? The rain boots were a recent yard sale find for $3. They will be the basis for a cute project for the front porch.
Here is the best find of the week:
Yep, I finally found an armoire for my bathroom linen storage! It needs paint and a few alterations, but the price was irresistible- $67!
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Fibromyalgia and arthritis can be depressing if I let them dictate my life, but who wants that? I’m so glad that I have options like Advil to help me get past the pain. If you are suffering from arthritis, you might want to register to receive a Better Living Toolkit. You will receive a kit according to your type of arthritis so you can “live a life of Yes.”
What would you add to your Thrifting Go Bag? What has been your all-time best find?