Showing posts with label thrifty finds. Show all posts
Showing posts with label thrifty finds. Show all posts

Thursday, May 05, 2011

I Hit the Jackpot !!!

Have you ever been to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore? The ReStore sells donated items which are sold to the public at discounted prices. The proceeds help fund the building of Habitat homes within the community. Like most thrift type stores, it's hit or miss depending on when you go. Well, today was a HUGE hit! Right away I zoned in on these barn lights. I got four of them for $30! Can you believe it? I'm thinking two for the kitchen and two for the soon to be basement bathroom/studio/laundry room remodel.

While I was still drooling over my fabulous find, the hubby calls me over to see something he found. A farmhouse sink in PERFECT condition for $25! After I gave him the "Get out!" Elaine Benes shove and practically knocked him down, he carried it to the truck for me. We haven't really been planning a kitchen remodel, only a little redecorating, but how can I pass up a $25 farmhouse sink? As I said, it's in excellent condition and just needs a nice shiny new faucet.

This weekend is our city's annual Spring Clean Up so I'll be busy, busy, busy cleaning up and getting rid of lots of junk. Don't worry, not the "good junk", just the bad junk. Where does it all come from anyway? Does it seem like you're always decluttering and throwing things away and yet there's always more? I thought once my kids were grown, I'd always have this perfectly organized and clean house. Um, silly me!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Let me tell you a little story...

I hit a few yard sales this weekend and came away with the usual......white dishes, a couple of glass jars/vases, a black leather ampersand that will look really cute on a shelf, a tiny wood vintage fire truck that I knew my husband would appreciate, and a few other little odds and ends. On my way home, I decide to stop at one more sale. It was an elderly couple and it looked like they didn't have much left, but I spied some linens from the road and thought it might be worth a look. As I was browsing, I noticed A VINTAGE METAL GLIDER out of the corner of my eye hiding behind a garden shed (not even close to where they had their tables set up, but you know me, I sensed something and followed the trail). So I walk up to them and the conversation goes like this:

Me: Excuse me, but is that glider for sale?
Mrs. Yard Sale (looking at me like I'm crazy): Oh honey, that old thing?
Me: (trying not to act too excited and blurt out that she has no idea how many people would fight me for that thing) Yes, the metal glider.
Mrs. Yard Sale (calling her husband over): Jim, this lady wants to know if you are selling that glider?"
Mr. Yard Sale: That old thing? I had that back there for the trash pick up.
Me: Well is there anything wrong with it? I've been looking for one just like it.
Mr. Yard Sale: No, it works fine. It's just old. We've had it for years and it's seen better days. You can have it if you have a truck to get it home.
Me (dying of excitement): Ok, how much do you want for it?
Mr. Yard Sale (putting his hand on my shoulder and chuckling): Oh honey, you just take it. I can't charge you for that old thing. It looks like something the cat dragged in.

Trust me when I say I offered several times to pay for it and they insisted that it wasn't worth a penny and they just wanted to get rid of it. I did buy some other things while I was there. I was bursting with excitement when I called my husband to bring the truck to pick up my newest treasure.

Look at her. Just sitting behind the shed looking sad waiting for someone to dress her up again. Well, vintage glider, this is your lucky day!

I do have one word of warning....I probably won't have "after" pictures for you until later this Spring as we are putting in a new porch floor and I don't want to give her a makeover until the porch is finished and she can be taken to her new home. She'll have to camp out in my garage for a few weeks.

However, she will be painted red like the picture below and I shall call her Mabel!

{via Country Living}

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Thrifty Finds

Ok, so I didn't hit the jackpot at my local thrift stores yesterday but I did come away with a few things. As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to add something to this white piece. I decided to use a vinyl number 5. This is larger than it looks in the photo and I think I will sit it on my desk and fill it with pretty colored pens and markers.

I love this old metal coffeepot. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this one but I'm thinking it may go in my bathroom to hold something. Yes, a coffeepot in my bathroom. You gotta problem with that?

This is my favorite find. I love how fat and squatty it is and it weighs a ton.

I got all three of the above items for $3.00. Maybe I didn't find that many treasures but I hit the motherload of books at Goodwill. Some of these were actually on my To Read list so I was super excited to find so many for .50 each. In all of my "new book excitement", I actually grabbed one book I've already read. If anyone wants to read The Blind Assassin, I'd be happy to send it to you. Just shoot me an email.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

My new "wonky house"

How cute is this crooked house? While visiting my mom this weekend, she had a little surprise for me. She got us both one at a local shop that sells primitives. She wasn't sure I'd like it since I'm not really into primitive decor but I love it. I think it's funky and kooky. My husband said it looked like a Tim Burton house. It also has a place for a lightbulb inside. I haven't found the perfect place for it yet.

Look what else I found while being nosy in the garage. A box full of my grandpa's "junk". This is only about 1/2 of what I brought home and there is still more in an old toolbox. He must have saved everything. Lots of good bits for jewelry making and other crafty pursuits. You should have seen the look on my grandma's face when I told her I was taking that junk home to use to make jewelry.

On the way home, I cheated on Target and stopped at Walmart to pick up laundry detergent. (Don't worry Target, you're still my first love.) I thought I might as well browse around since I haven't been there in ages. Found some shoes on clearance. $10. Pretty cute and very comfortable. (Also much cuter in person.) The perfect casual shoe to slip on for weekend flea marketing or walking around yard sales. I bought 4 pair because as you know, a girl can never have too many shoes.