Sunday, August 16, 2009

Thrift Shop Treasures

"Economical use of your time and money = thrift."
Catherine Pulsifer

I was very economical with my time and money and made this a three-day thrifting weekend! And did I ever score some treasures!

I'm so excited to share! If you're here from Rhoda's "Southern Hospitality" welcome. If you're not here from there, be sure to go there if you're really into "thrifty treasures".

I started out Friday after work, heading over to the American Cancer Society Discovery Store. You all know that's one of my fav places to go. For a while now I've been very unhappy with my current kitchen table.

I really do love it. It's glass topped, small enough for my small dining room and has really comfortable chairs. I loved doing tablescapes at different holidays, see here and here and here.

But now my mom moved in with me and she likes to eat at the table and cook and stuff. I know! Who eats at the tables? Or cooks? Well not me, but I do want my mom to be comfortable and the glass top was just not for her. So I've been looking and hoping I would find a farmers style table. And I did!!! I found one. See!

Isn't it beautiful? I've been lusting after this table for over 5 years. And the great thing is that this weekend, The Discovery Store was having a 1/2 off everything in the store. So I got it for half price and the money went to a good cause, The American Cancer Society. Don't you love it? And I know my mom loves it. Only problem is there were only three chairs, but I'm keeping my thrifty eye out for another one and I'm sure it will come along soon.

Then on Saturday, my next door neighbor was having a yard sale so I headed over. I didn't find anything but it got me in the mood to go yardsaleing. And I found a few very nice, inexpensive things.

These two beautiful, plate or picture holders. Not sure what I'm going to use them for but they were only 50 cents each and one of them was brand new and still had the tag on it.

Doesn't this one really go great with this frame that has a picture of my beautiful sister and her wonderful husband in it?

At another yard sale I bought this for $2.00.

I don't know where to put it, because I don't really have any corners in my house that are wide enough. The only corner that it would fit in is the one directly behind the wire rack and I've already done something with that corner which you will see below. But I'll keep searching. For $2.00 how could I not bring it home with me? Right? C'mon someone validate this for me :0)

So that was my Saturday. Then today, Sunday I had to go get groceries and the usual household things like paper towels, toilet paper, know, the necessities of life and my mom went with me and we went to Goodwill just for kicks.

Look what I found there! This beautiful pewter plate holder. I already had the plates which were purchased a few months ago at Goodwill and I forgot to blog about them. I had to put the big plate behind and the smaller plate in front as the big plate only has a border and the little plate was too small. But I think it works, don't you?

Here's the final picture. I moved it down and put the picture of the wine bottle back because I really love the picture. I had to move the small pinot griego tile to the other side of the window.

And isn't this bottle gorgeous? I'm trying to do a wine/grape theme in my kitchen and this bottle is perfect. Not sure what I'm going to use it for yet, but it is so pretty!

Maybe I'll just collect grape themed glass? I already had the vase to the right in this picture. This one has a whole story behind it, but I'll do a separate post on that one.

Ok, but I'm still not done. I also found this cute top which will be perfect for work.

My mom also got in on the act today! Here you see her modeling her new shoes. Remember a few weeks ago she bought these beautiful boots with a wedge heel? Lots of people commented on how much they liked wedge heels and boots. You rock it Momma!

And she found this adorable little pitcher which is perfect for her as she likes to make tea, but she doesn't make "sweet tea" like I do. Ya'll know what a Southern (Arizona) born and bred gal I am! She makes plain tea, no sugar. It will hold maybe 3 glasses of tea, perfect for her throughout the day.

Well that's it for our treasures. Oh wait, mom did also buy an ironing board. I have an ironing board but it's a midget one, cause I'm a midget Southern (Arizona) girl and mom is a normal height Texas woman! It was brand new and only $6.25 at Goodwill

So what all did you find out there? Do share and do become a follower. Yes again..I beg, I'd love to have a following ;0)


  1. Looks like you and your Mother got some great buys.

  2. Looks like you guys got some great deals. That always makes it so fun.

    Come for a visit.
    Its So Very Cheri

  3. Great finds! Thanks for stopping by to see me today -- hope you'll be back soon!

  4. You found a great table!! The little pitcher is vintage. I have one like it, here somewhere! Definitely a wonderful find. So cute!

  5. Glad you found your table, and you have some other great buys. Love that pitcher! Linda

  6. A three day thrift shopping spree! Now that's a weekend to my heart.
    You found nice things and as I can see most of it has already found a home.
    So nice that you can share this with your mom! Treasure it.

  7. Wow, you sure did find a lot of really neat treasures! Don't you just LOVE it!! I especially like the plates and plate holder. My first visit but hope to visit often. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  8. You really did have a good three day thrifting event! Great table - you should be able to find another chair easily. I see those chairs all the time at Goodwill. Very cute yardsale finds too!


  9. You did well! I like your idea of using two plates on each level of the wall rack. It adds interesting shapes and shadows ... and you get to display more of your collection!

  10. How cool that you and your Momma went thrifting together. I always say it's way more fun with a friend!! :) Thanks so much for the visit yesterday!

  11. You done good! Great finds! My favs are the corner rack and the little pitcher.

  12. What great finds! And I had to chuckle, because we have only 3 chairs around our dining table too. Most of the time it's just the two of us, and if we need more chairs we just pull 'em in from other rooms. Who made the rule you have to have four? ;o)

  13. Wow, you really did make out like a bandit with all of your wonderful thrifty finds. I love the platerack, and the grape decanter and the plate/picturestands and, well, I just love it all. And your mom's finds are great too. Good job. Thanks also for stopping by my MM post and leaving such gracious comments. I really do appreciate it. Hugs, Marty

  14. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and following! Love the plate stands you got! and your header on your blog just made me so hungry! haha! Happy Blogging1


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