Sunday, June 28, 2009

Today's Thrifty Treasures


It's time to show your thriftstore/yardsale treasures. Be sure to visit Rhoda at Southern Hospitality for more Today's Thrifty Treasures participants. She is the Yardsale Queen and always finds some fun things!



I've been busy all week and only stopped into Goodwill once this week but I found a couple of nice things. I found those urns above for under $5. Somebody did me a favor and already painted them white! *all pictures enlarge when you click on them



I took a starfish and applied a tiny bit of hot glue to the back to adhere it to the urn. That way I can take it easily off at the end of summer.



I just sort of threw this display together because I have no AC and my whole house is freakin hot like you know where!! Yep it went out Saturday on one of the hottest days in Atlanta and no one can come out until Tuesday to even look at it! So say a little prayer that it can be fixed so I don't have to pay for a whole new air conditioner!



I also found this really big tray! The design in the center is not my kind of thing so I think I'll paint that out and put something else.



I thought this would be great for carrying our coffee out onto the screened porch in the morning. It's nice and big with plenty of room for cups, an insulated coffee pot and a little creamer. That way we won't have to get up and refill our cups from the coffeemaker in the kitchen. It should make our morning coffee ritual even more pleasant!



Thanks so much for stopping by today!





53 comments:

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

I'm still feelin' for ya on the AC thing, I know how hot it is, believe me. I'm sitting here hoping for a shower. There are sprinkles, but we need a LOT more than that.

Cute little urns you got & you know I love all the seashells. Hang in there!

~~Carol~~ said...

I love what you did with those urns! You've definitely got an artistic eye. And that apothecary jar, with the birds in it? LOVE IT!! I hope your air conditioner just needs a shot of freon, and you don't need a whole new air conditioner. Stay Cool!

Linda said...

Oh, Manuella, so sorry about the AC. We live in Atlanta, too, and the heat is brutal lately! Great finds, though. Linda

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I hope they can fix your AC,Manuela! What a time for it to go wonky!!

I love your finds. Great idea hot gluing the starfish to the urn. Beautiful!!

Gwen said...

Hoping that they fix your AC soon and cheaply!

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

Love your finds!Those urns are awesome! I love the grapevine ball in it, I tried that with a little tin pot and hubby thought I was crazy, I'm putting it back now, lol. Our CA went out a few weeks ago too so I am feelin your pain! We borrowed some window units til it's fixed that help a little.

Kammy said...

Love your finds ! It is hot today here in Colorado too....but, we have no humidity....Our cooler isn't hooked up so we got all the fans running !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Kathi said...

Wishing you a cool breeze and a cheap A/C fix! Love that tray as it is!

Frugal Fine Living said...

I just found your blog. I love all your thrifty finds and I'm enjoying poking around on your blog.

I feel for ya with the AC thing. My AC went in my car. :( It hasn't been too hot here yet, but it's supposed to warm up this week.

Jane

Terri and Bob said...

Fun things! I love it!

scrappy quilter said...

Great finds. No yard saling or treasures this week to report.

Hope you can get your a/c fixed without too much of a cost.

A Touch of Country said...

Great Urns at a great price. Love the starfish you added!

I'll say a prayer your ac gets fixed quickly. Go grab a container of ice cream and pig out!

bj said...

Oh, gosh...no AC..I would double up and die, right there on the spot. It has been so hot out here in Texas that I do believe we couldn't live without an air conditioner. I am so dang spoiled!
Shame on me...
But...I LOVE being cool...!! :)
Hope you don't have to buy a new AC.
Love your urns and the tray. I have a thing about trays that I need to blog about soon.

erin said...

i am so liking what you've done. the star fish on the urn...great and i so like the birdies in the glass jar ^..^
thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog...appreciate.

salmagundi said...

I certainly hope the AC can be fixed. That is my worst fear - that the AC will go out, and I'll melt into a big glob. Love your new treasures and what you did with the urns. Sally

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

I love the birds in the apoth. jar. Don't melt.

Ally0005 said...

I'm sorry you have no air. My parents air went out on them last week.
Cool things you found.

Ally

Rhonda in OK said...

I hope your a/c has a quick and easy and low cost fix soon!
it has been so hot here in OK, I really feel for you.

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Oh NO ...... no air condition in the south...... that is brutal...... yikes...... it is over 100 here .....
Great finds...... as always....
HUgs
Linda

Bella said...

I love what you did with the urns. In fact, the whole sumer display is really great. You have my sympathy on the A/C - the A/C went in my house last year. Wha a pain. :)

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

It's been 95 here and we've no AC either. I'm in the SF Peninsula and we usually don't have too much heatwave issues. So I feel for you!

You got some great finds! I love your summer vingnette! The starfish looks fabulous on the urn!

Thanks for sharing! Hope a cooling breeze finds you soon!

Tina

Rebekah said...

I *love* the jar with the little birds and the glass pebbles. Brilliantly simple and utterly charming. Thanks for another inspiring post!

Grandma Nina said...

I need to start going to more yard sales. You have such great ideas and are such an inspiration. Sorry about the AC. It's so cool and rainy here. I guess when it's cool you want heat and visa versa.

Nissa said...

Oh I am so sorry about your a/c. Ours gave out a few weeks ago & thank goodness it was only a cheap minor part. Good luck with your's!
Great finds, the urns are cute :)

Sandra said...

Oh no! I'm sorry about your A/C! I hope they are able to fix it in no time. I love the urns you purchased. You are sooo creative. :)
Blessings,
Sandra

Southern Fried Gal said...

Cute idea on the starfish - can't wait to see what you do with the tray!

Tanya said...

Great finds Manuela! I can't believe you are even putting together vignettes with no AC. I would be one cranky girl. A couple of summers ago our AC was working but not very well. I kept complaining to my husband that would come home in the evening from an ICE COLD office. He actually accused me of having hot flashes. Finally we got the repair man out and sure enough it had to be fixed! No real point to me telling you that story except that I know where you're coming from. But girl, if you can still work those cute urns like that... snap. snap. snap. :)

The Tattered Cottage said...

Beautiful finds. I love the jar with the bird and love that you showed everyone where you displayed your treasures. Thanks for sharing :)
Toni

Mary said...

I love the birds and glass stones in your jar, so cute! :O)

Jennifer said...

Great finds! You have such a wonderful eye for arranging your treasures.

I hope your ac is fixed soon! It has been too hot to be without one.
Thinking of you!
Jennifer

Kelly Bergsing said...

I love the tray!! I have a lot of trays, but need one that is more sturdy... like the one you found. I have been bringing my coffee into the front room to where I don't have to get up and go in the kitchen 50 times in the morning. Is it that I am lazy??? Well, I think I will just say that I think it is more picturesque and romantic to have the whole display out in front of me. It might only be me, but I get a kick out of it looking all pretty. My kids appreciate it a bit, too. My friend down the street lost her AC on Saturday as well. They will have to replace theirs, but they are much more energy efficient now so it should pay for itself in about 3 years. It might cost money now, but it should save you money in the long run. We will pray for you!! At least today and tomorrow won't be as hot as it has been...!! ;0)

Sue said...

Love the urn transformation, Manuela! Hot glue will help change up anything, won't it? Hope you get a/c soon- I thought mine went out the other day- turns out that I only had to reset the thermostat- it was flashing. Thank goodness- cuz it was getting HOT! :-) Sue

Christie said...

I love this display! The urn looks great with your starfish addition, but I especially love the jar with the vase gems and just-about-kissing birds!

Betsy said...

Very nice...I love that summery, beachy theme you have going on.
The tray is great! Can't wait to see how you paint it!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Love your treasures. A pretty vignette with the urn & apothocary jar. Oh my - I would have to leave home if my a/c went out right now! Hope it is something minor.
Glenda

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

I really like the size and the shape of that tray.

~ Sarah

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Manuela, the urns are wonderful and I love how you have them displayed.

Barb

Maya said...

Love the starfish on the vase!!!

Margaret's Ramblings said...

It is so exciting when you find that special something isn't. I found a large butler's tray a few years ago and it is in use everyday during the summer as we have all our meals in the garden.

Margaret

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

Yikes, no ac. But you display does look very refreshing.

Kim said...

Love the starfish on the urn & your little display you threw together. I feel for you on the no A/C. The only time of year I don't mind working is in the summer. Then someone else pays for the air conditioning. I'll send cool thoughts your way.

Amy said...

Those are some great finds.

Christina said...

Can't wait to see what you do w/the tray. Love your chalkboard and the "to do" list. Love the apothecary jar too.

I'm so sorry about your AC. We are in Atlanta too and boy I feel for you. Hopefully it is just something small and not the huge expense of a new unit.

Lady Katherine said...

I just love how you used the urns. I was even thinking what is she up to! lol Sorry about your air! I wish Hubby was there I get him to fix it free! Hey email me or call me, Hubby can give you some free advice, These days you well sometimes they just say you need a new unit. So call or email me. Hubby might can help!

Courtney said...

I hope you get that ac fixed soon-what a terrible time for it to go out!
Blessings!

DesignTies said...

I really like how you dressed up the urn with the starfish and the orb :-)

We have a similar tray that we use to bring our dinners and dishes out to the porch -- works great :-)

Thanks for checking out my tassel post -- good luck in our draw!!

Kelly @ DesignTies

Manuela said...

You're "To Do" list great! :)
Love all your little treasures and the seashells too. I hope it's been less hot lately.
I feel for you!

Laura said...

The urns are amazing Miss Manuela-
You did great.
Hang in there with the heat.
I hope it's getting fixed today,

Laura

The Decorated House said...

The urns look great the way you have them displayed!
Love the new look for that bookcase, too.
No a/c for a day is miserable in the south! Hope it gets fixed soon.
Donna

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

I LOVE coming over here to see all the magic you always perform, Manuela. The urn display is beautiful. And the new paper in the back of your tall white shelf is breathtaking.
Hope your AC is all fixed by now!!!

Vee said...

Oh I love your header...

No AC in Georgia? Ackkkk... Hope that it gets fixed stat.

I swear that you could find an old broken something and turn it into treasure.

Storybook Woods said...

I love your summer corner and your header too. You always get great deals. Clarice

Miss G said...

I REALLY like the apothecary jar with the little birds inside! It looks wonderful! Kelly