I have this ritual: wherever I travel to, I must find the best thrift stores or antique shops in the area.
Usually, it’s a place upon which I stumble.
But often times I ask the locals for recommendations. If anyone knows where to find the best stuff, it’s the people that live there, right?
A couple weeks ago I headed to Richmond, Virginia to present on-stage at the Richmond Home & Garden Show.
Afterward, a guy told me that I must stop by Class and Trash.
Instantly, my ears perked up, because if you’ll remember, I first discovered their sister vintage shop down at the Outer Banks in North Carolina.
They had some pretty unique stuff. I could have spent hours look at it all!
So I knew I needed to pay a visit to this Richmond-based thrift store!
Class and Trash Thrift Store – A Look Inside
There’s something about pulling up to a thrift store and seeing lots of junk sitting outside.
I don’t know about you, but for some reason, I always feel like I’ll find the coolest stuff sitting outside. Do you ever feel like that, too? LOL
And sure enough, the first thing that catches my eye is this little twin-sized solid wood bedframe. Not that I needed a small bedframe but it would make a cool DIY bench.
There was no price on it, so I lugged it inside.
The folks working there were ready to make a deal after I told them that I’m more than likely going to be writing a review about them on this blog, just like I did when I visited their sister-store in North Carolina.
It was regularly priced for $85, but I talked them down to $50.
I was still hesitant, though. $50 isn’t a lot but more than I wanted to spend that day.
Plus, the thought of lugging another piece of furniture home that I didn’t need made me stop and re-think it.
So I kept sat the bedframe down at the register, not sure if I was really going to get it or not, and kept walking around, scoping out the place.
One thing that drew my eye were these iron letters. I love iron letters.
But the problem is either I never know what to spell out, or I can never find all the letters I need.
I had decided T-H-R-I-F-T D-I-V-I-N-G in my garage could be pretty funky.
And you know it–they didn’t have nearly enough letters. LOL
I got stuck at T-H-R.
I guess I’ll pass on the iron letters…
Plus, at about $8-$12 for each, that could get kind of expensive.
I could cut out my own wooden letters for much cheaper.
Their other store in North Carolina also has a bunch of them.
I like them, but find them a bit pricey. I can’t recall how much they wanted for them, but more than what I wanted to pay.
I thought these were cool. I guess you’d say they’re propellors…? They’d make super cool wall art!
Here’s a view of the store from the back, looking towards the front.
I love any kind of card catalog.
And these lockers were cool! Imagine painting them a bright color. Wouldn’t they look awesome?
I can’t remember the price on them, though.
This wooden wardrobe was beautiful.
I wouldn’t pay nearly $700 for it, though. But it’s show-stopper alright!
I thought this sign was cool. This would have been a cool workshop sign!
Here’s what I did end up buying, though. 🙂
This little vintage stool for my workshop.
I know….not the most exciting, but it was definitely the most useful!
I felt a little guilty for telling the shop owner/manager that I was going to buy that headboard and later changing my mind. I felt I should buy something. And so, this little stool came home with me, for $25.
Still a little more than I wanted to spend, but less than the $50 I would have spent on a headboard that I did not need.
Plus, my workshop really needed a place to sit down and easily maneuver around.
This headboard with the caning was gorgeous! But not the size I needed.
We need a king-sized headboard.
There were very few pieces being sold in this store that were already refinished. But this was one of them.
The Class and Trash store in North Carolina is made up of many pieces already finished.
This location, however, there was more raw, unfinished finds that you’d either leave original (for their value) or paint them at home yourself.
This was a great piece, although I’m not sure how much it was.
The different color woods was very interesting and inspired me to think of creating something similar on an upcoming project.
This is the view of the store when you first walk in.
But don’t forget to go to the back right of the store!
I had no idea there was an upstairs, too!
Through the doorway, the hallway was filled with old picture frames.
And to my amazement, and very little time left to my trip, there was a whole floor to explore!
There were many more dressers up here.
These glasses were super cute!
But I don’t bring glass into the house anymore.
In case you didn’t know:
Glass + 3 boys = disaster.
I would have looked around for a bit more time, but I only had about 30 minutes before I needed to head out and back to the Richmond Home & Garden show to present onstage.
I was happy with my little stool purchase and glad I didn’t splurge $50 on a bedframe that I didn’t need.
If I am ever in the area again, I’ll definitely be back.
Plan to spend about 1 to 1.5 hours here looking around.
And just know that they’re more expensive than your typical thrift store because they’ve got quality antiques and vintage items that you’re likely not going to find elsewhere.
So bring lots of cash. 🙂