What Not to Buy: Figurines

On one hand, thrifting is a great way to find cheap home decor and much more.  On the other hand, thrift stores are also a great place to find hideous junk.  Goodwill is the cemetery for figurines, it seems.  Like floral cats.

And people carrying water buckets.

Poodle perfume bottles and ugly mini busts.

Overly animated golfer statues are there, too. 

Beware, not all thrift items are thrifty.  Take this clear lidded jar for example.  You can snag jars like these at Target and other big box stores for $10 bucks or less. 

Thrifty price?  $15.00.  I don’t think I’ll take that with me.

Are you also impressed amused by thrift store figurines?  I always seem to find one that I just crack up over.  Quickly followed by one that makes me want to scream in horror.  Be honest, have you ever bought an ugly figurine?  Was it for you?  Or as a gag gift?  Or, did you donate an ugly?  Please share.

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10 thoughts on “What Not to Buy: Figurines

  1. First of all… love the blog. Second, I just had to comment on the Goodwill/thrift store finds (or what not-to-buy). My mom and I hit up the local Goodwill on a regular basis and are overwhelmed by the amount of discarded and abandoned children’s art. You know- all of those ugly porcelain and clay things we made back in grade school. It cracks me up. Little Bobby’s best hand print in clay can be yours for only $1. What I want to know is who buys this? I also think it would be a pretty funny collection. Owning others people’s memories. However, I will leave that to someone else. My house has enough knick-knacks and cast-offs.

    thanks again for having such a great blog.

  2. haha.. some of those figurines are scary!! Thanks for the helpful tips! I need to make a thrift store run and blog about it… I usually get something glass.. lol

  3. my brother has a thing for figurines…I get one for every holiday. Luckily I have a little girl that somehow always gets her hands on them and “oops” they break. One thing less I have to dust….

  4. You are spot on. Sometimes a thrift store find is not a bargain. And it seems that with the poor economy and folks struggling, some thrift stores have ramped up their prices. Such a shame since I thought thrift stores were out there to help those who maybe are unable to pay retail prices. As with everything, I guess it’s buyer beware.

  5. Are these photos from a Goodwill in Minnesota, by chance? I’m always jealous of the great scores other bloggers find at Goodwill stores around the country. Minnesota Goodwill = Land of 10,000 discarded figurines! I was at the Bloomington store on Sunday and was shocked at how many ugly figurines were there.

  6. I’m totally addicted in that “started as a joke but now I get them as gifts” way to ceramic dogs. I have two classy ceramic ones but more ornaments and tacky pins now.

  7. I’m with you – I’ve never been a fan of figurines. However, I recently realized that I might be giving some of them the short end of the stick. I found an old Japanese figurine in my grandmother’s gardening shed, went looking for it online & discovered it’s selling for $48 on Ebay. If I had the other two pieces, they’re worth over $500 as a set. Boggled my mind because figurines seem to me to be nothing more than dust collectors & space hogs. It’s not even as if you can stack them up for maximum space usage. That someone would willingly pay almost $50 for some white piece of ceramic, about 4 inches tall, is something I can’t quite wrap my brain around.

  8. Aww, I like the poodles! But maybe that’s because I’ve been wanting a dog for about 5 years now… But yes, most of those are crazy! I love a good thrift store find, along with all the ridiculous items you get to see!

  9. For a white elephant gift exchange party I found a ceramic figurine of 7 swans all lined up in a circle. It looked halfway between an anemone and an ash tray from hell. It got traded all around the room and my friend who kept it put it on his desk at work and LOVED it, even though it was *hideous*.

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