Shh! Don't tell those commercial thrifts, they'll jack up the prices again and make these things too expensive to use for resale. This is a closeup up of my stash, just waiting to be scratched up, cut up and upcycled into things quite unexpected. I prefer to use reclaimed metal, which sets me free from the worry about waste and preciousness.
Now the next thing to consider is how not to do the expected, as in just cut out motifs. I like to do as Jenny and Loran do, use the metal structurally, for my own imagery.
I don't think I can cut up the salve and toffee tins, though. Those are too wonderful just the way they are!