Yes, it’s true.  I love to eat.  So, when I’m out and about, it is quite often that I’ll combine thrifting with a search for some really great food, which is something that we happen to have a lot of here in the Bay Area.  

Having just returned from West Sonoma County, I can tell you that it is one place to put on your thrift store checklist since there are some really great thrift stores.  And, also, there is exceptionally good food to be consumed in this part of the Bay Area.

First, the eating.  If you’ve never been (chances are high), you must take yourself to the little town of Graton, just outside Sebastopol and have a meal at Willow Wood Market.  It is an adorable cafe with outdoor seating and has the most wonderful breakfast and lunch.

Now, to the thrifting.  It’s true that Graton is a very small town and has no thrift stores, so you must drive the few miles into Sebastopol and check out the Sutter VNA & Hospice Thrift Store, which is located in the Lucky’s Supermarket Shopping Center.

I have found some AMAZING items here, especially with a country / agricultural theme (like an old sign that once hung in front of a chicken farm). 

Here it is, in all it’s thrifted glory:


This little gem now hangs in our living room.  I realize that some people might find that odd, but I love decorating with the unexpected, and I think that old signs qualify.  I simply re-used a piece of nice quality, gold ribbon and hung it on the wall next to our front window.  (The sign was under $10)

Another item I found here is a little vintage vanity, which I whitewashed and trimmed in gilded gold paint.  I changed out the old handles to glass knobs from Restoration Hardware, which gave it more of a ‘shabby chic’ look.  This piece was around $15.  I’m only giving you a little glimpse of it because the rest of it is covered with stuff.  I’m sure you understand.

A Little Glimpse of My Thrifted Vanity (Minus all the stuff on top of it!)

Sutter VNA & Hospice Thrift Store
Redwood Marketplace
748 Gravenstein Highway North
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 824-4712

Hours of operation:  Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 11-5

Donations Accepted Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sutter VNA & Hospice’s services enable patients to recover or live with illness in the comfort and familiarity of home, surrounded by the people and things they love.

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