Second Hand Works of LoveBy Veronica Smith – 31 Comments
I like second hand stores. I am not sure what they are referred to around the world, however here they are refer to as second hand stores or op shops (opportunity shops). They are stores that people donate items to charity and then the organization sells them through a retail outlet.
Anyhow, I like them.
Sometimes I score yarns and other crafty items. However, sometimes there is something there and I think it quite sad. What is that? Well it’s handmade items. Some items you can see have been well loved and then donated. Fair enough, not all of us wear or use things to death, however I have found not only well worn crochet or knitted clothing but NEW items as well. I have purchased and worn to it’s final days several articles of hand crochet and knitted clothing and some items I’ve purchased there have never been worn.
I have 2 huge afghans, both are about 7ft squares. One isn’t in very good condition but it is great for watching TV as it covers both kids. The other is all but new, and it is 100% pure wool, I recognize what it has been made out of and the material is very expensive. I got them for $5 and $8 respectively.
Doilies are another thing. I try to tell myself that they are from deceased estates and that the family kept a few precious ones as heirlooms and donated the rest, however I doubt that this is the case in many instances. Some of the ones I have purchased are new so I am assuming they were unwanted gifts. Do people not want a piece of craftsmanship that may have been made by a great-great grandparent?
Toys are yet another thing, new toys, especially ones made for a baby. I have purchased many over the years that have plainly never been touched by a child. I have also picked up baby blankets, clothing, bonnets, and booties. The worn ones have been outgrown. That’s fantastic that they were used, however there have been far too many new crochet or knitted with love.
I purchase all that I see that are in good condition and I re-donate many of the items to a charity that I know delivers them straight to actual living people in need, not just to be sold off. I have kept a few for myself or family. I figured love went into making these items and that they would want them to go to somebody that really needs and appreciates them. I would love my blanket, toy or clothing article to go to somebody who would use and love it than to somebody that throws it away.
Keep on the lookout yourself and re-gift somebody else’s love. Not everybody has time or the money to make items to donate however this can be a cheap and time-saving way to help. With your love added to the makers love can you imagine how wonderful this crafted item becomes in a time of need?
Have you ever noticed a crocheted or knitted item at a second hand store? How did it make you feel to see it? Did you purchase it?