Friday, May 14, 2010

Fabulous Finds Friday!

Decided that today is Fabulous Finds Friday, as we made our way to our local Goodwill store and we found some cool Montessori inspired items, at the great low price of $1.06 per item.

When we go to a Goodwill or a Salvation Army store, the boys and I always look for unique artifacts for our continents boxes, as well as practical life items.

Generally, these stores are a treasure trove for such items.

Many people buy souvenirs when they travel and then, at some point, the items seem to lose some of their sentimental value and folks wonder why they have something like a little hand-painted toucan sitting in their living room when the rest of the room is all done in a totally different sort of decor. These trinkets become so much more in the eyes of a child who is trying to make some sort of concrete connection to a place that they themselves have never visited...they really help to bring a different culture alive for young ones.

Today's treasures include:

Culture: A little brass Liberty Bell replica from the USA



Culture: A tiny toucan on a branch from Costa Rica



Practical life - opening containers or dry transfer: 
A small glass container with attached hinged metal lid



Culture / Music: A mini bongo made out of a coconut from Hawaii 



Practical life - pouring exercises: 
An adorable little glass pitcher with blue flowers on it



Language / Bookshelf: Some nice books for children


If you have not been in your local Goodwill or Salvation Army Store, I highly encourage you to do so, as I would be willing to bet that there are some neat little items just waiting to be unearthed on their shelves.

Generally, high end children's consignment stores are better for nice children's books, but every once in a while, you will find some decent selections at Goodwill or Salvation Army.


Hope that you had a fabulous Friday!

7 comments:

pattyannie said...

My favorite places to shop! I love finding treasures!

The Sunshine Crew said...

Wish that we lived close by each other and could go looking for little treasures together...
Happy Friday:)

Jennifer said...

Colleen-

Are you at all interested in more volumes of Zoo Books? I have quite a few duplicates I've been wondering what to do with. I don't think they would be too outrageous to ship if I use media mail. Let me know. No worries if you're not interested. I can send a list of titles if you are interested in some and not in others.

Mommy Moment said...

Those look like such great finds! Thank-you for sharing the pictures with us!

Why oh why am I awake at 1:45am? I really should NOT drink coffee in the evening!

Hope you are having a wonderful sleep! we will talk to you soon!

Jody

The Sunshine Crew said...

Jody, I should have called you...Little Bro had an asthma attack so we were awake here.
After he did his nebby, I could not get back to sleep for a while...like you, had too much caffeine in the evening...we had gone out to dinner and I had several glasses of iced tea.
I was wide awake, but Little Bro was all cuddled up next to me, so I couldn't get up and get anything done like I sometimes do when I can't sleep. Talk to you later:)

Leptir said...

I like your cultural and practical life finds :-)

Martianne said...

What great finds! And at bargain prices, even better...

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