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Thrifted Potteries & Finding Out What You Love

  I can't explain to you how many times I have sworn off buying breakable items. And yet, here today I gave in to filling my Goodwill thrift store buggy with delicate, textured, and colorful pottery.  Basically, all that was breakable, went in haha! I've noticed that I am attracted to speckled pottery. Thankfully, I did manage to reason with myself and put back a teapot that would have cost more than it was worth to ship. I've had a few very exhausting shipping experiences lately. One being a model boat that I sent one state away for $130 dollars.  A quote I always say is that "sometimes we pay to learn!"  Speaking of things I am attracted too... I figured I would list a few.  Vintage Scales  Old Hardback Books  Monstera, Tropical, And Rare Plants My Crockpot  Apothecaries  Carved Wood Animals Beaded, Handmade, Geometric Jewelry Self Care & Decorating Books Cats & Dogs  Whimsical & Nature Photography Room Spray  Vanilla & Dessert Candles Very Soft
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