Sunday, July 12, 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. It's always so much fun to see what everyone finds!



I had a very eclectic week at Goodwill! I found him....




And added him to them!




I found these monogrammed spoons and forks. None of us have names that start with a "B" but I collect monogrammed silverware and I was just so excited to see some at Goodwill that I bought them for $2.72!




My happiest find all month has been these two items which I found yesterday!




A footed silverplate coffee/tea pot and creamer by Rogers & Bros. Last year I received coffee pot as a Mother's Day Gift and later I bought one myself and sugar bowl. I thought I might start a collection of silverplate coffee pots if I could find ones that I really liked the shape of.




They cleaned up so beautifully!




This one was my Mother's Day present.




This one I bought for myself!




I think they all look pretty together but I don't think I have enough room on that tray to get one more! I think I need a bigger tray! (something else to look for at Goodwill)!




I made two of these pictures a while ago for my dining room and now I want to change things a bit in that room for summer. So I was looking for two identical frames with mats that I could use.




Found them! AND they were 50% off - which is only the second time in my life that I've actually purchased something at Goodwill that was on sale!




I knew I wanted to either use black toile fabric or wallpaper in the the frames and luckily I had a roll of wallpaper that had several nice scenes on it. I chose ones with dogs since we're big dog lovers!




I'm really happy with the way they turned out! They each cost me under $2 and I think they look like wonderful AND I'll have frames to use when I want to change them to something else. There are several online discounters if you don't have a wallpaper store in your town. You can also get wallpaper at great prices on ebay. Of course, you can use whatever you want, but I'm partial to toile!




I have a pretty an easy plate project that I'll be showing this week that will replace the rooster plates in my dining room.



That's it for me! I had a good week at Goodwill!


Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great week everyone!



69 comments:

Jennifer said...

Oh I love your teapots!!! I was hoping to find a good one this weekend, but didn't have any luck! The monogrammed silverwear is very elegant - I like!

Cheap&Sweet said...

you are so nifty, I never knew silver cleaned up like that. And now I want some monogrammed silverware thanks. lol

katydid it said...

I love it all! I only wish the thrift stores around here were as good as yours!

salmagundi said...

That was a good week at Goodwill. Love the silver pots all together on the tray - lots of really nice sparkle. Sally

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I love your silver teapots! Of course I do :-))

Your little gnome is so perfect. Chippy and lovely.

Love the toile prints....You amaze me with all of your creativity Manuela!
Hugs,
Penny

Jacki said...

A great find on all the silver. Maybe I'll keep my silver coffee service after seeing how nice yours looks!

glorv1 said...

Manuela, I pass by the thrift store and look. Everytime I do pass by I think of you and want to go inside but never do. I promise that next time I go by the thrift shop,I will stop and if I have my camera I will take pix. Have a great week and great shopping as usual.

Amy Lynne said...

Nice touch with the frames, I get so many ideas out here in blog land!

~~Carol~~ said...

Love all of your silver pots, and I would definitely start looking for that bigger tray! Love what you did with your frames too!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Your teapots are beautiful, Manuela. I'm going to start looking for silver pieces!

Frugal Fine Living said...

Great finds ... I love the silverplated teapot! And, what a great idea using toile wallpaper in the frames. I have the same toile print, Laura Ashley House Party, in the fabric I used in my breakfast nook.

Jane

Nadine said...

Dear Manuela,

Wow - those are some good deals you got, I love it when I come across good deals!
I love what you did with the pictures, too cute!

Blessings!
~Nadine

Kammy said...

I love your silver and they polished up so well ! Those 2 new toile pictures are precious. They really go well with your decore. I love square frames but, they are always pricey even at GW. I keep looking for some and you have inspired me to keep looking ! Love your finds as always !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Great finds. I really like the redo on the framed pictures. Looks great with the curtains.
Glenda

Destiny D said...

Another great post! Thank you for taking the time to photograph all of your finds. Hearing about them is one thing, but seeing them displayed is quite another...

Thanks for the tips on commenting.

Wishing I could be the person to show you Orchard House. You'd just love it!

Darlene said...

The silver set you found cleaned up beautifully! It looks great! LOVE that little garden gnome and he fits in just perfectly with the others. Love the toile pictures!

junkgarden said...

Hi. Love the silver and I really loved your checkerboard floor. I just started a blog and would love for you to check it out.

scrappy quilter said...

Wonderful finds. I'll post mine tomorrow.

D said...

Congrats on all your wonderful finds! :)
D

Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

Manuela...you are so clever and so talented. First let me say that your silver coffee and teapot collection is absolutely beautiful! And, your picture frame makeover with the toile wallpaper is such a good idea! I enjoy your blog so much and am so glad you share your ideas with all of us!
XOXO
Joni

Kendra @ Domestic Princess in Training said...

I love the tea pots! I’ve been on the hunt for quite some time but have not come across any that I was in love with. You definitely have a great collection started. Great job on the picture transformation!

Sandra said...

I love all the teapots! I always look forward to reading your blog because you ahways have great ideas or finds! :)
Blessings,
Sandra

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Oh Manuela, what great finds you have found. You are funny. I did not know that things would go on sale at Goodwill either! How fun. That silver set all together is absolutely beautiful. What a wonderful treasure! By the way that silverware is great too. No wonder you are soooo happy!
Blessings,
Debbie

Melissa Wertz said...

WOW! You did really well!

Mimi Sue said...

Great finds, Manuela. Love all the silver. My favorite is what you did with that wallpaper. Gorgeous, I'm going to have to copy you if you don't mind. How do you come up with these cute ideas? Mimi

Goodwill Haunting said...

Great finds on the coffee/tea pots ... Didn't realize they clean up so well! Will have to keep an eye out for one! Thanks for sharing ...

Margaret's Ramblings said...

I do love your blog. There is always something cheerful there to make the day seem brighter. Lovely pots.

Mrs. G said...

I have been wanting a silver tea set for ages. All the ones I come across are so $$$$. You have put together a gorgeous set and have given me a new prospective for how to aquire a set of my own.
Your pictures turned out so cute. I really like how your used the dog sceens out of the toile fabric.
Hope you are well. Have a great week and I look forward to seeing what you do with the plates.
Hugs,
Sue

prof en retraite said...

Hi Manuela! I LOVE your tea pots! I love getting out the Wright's Silver Cream and seeing what's underneath old silver...always, it's a tresure! I am finding myself attracted to monograms that are not my own, too! lol Love your toile pictures. After all, they are little scenes, aren't they? I bet your garden is thriving in all of our recent rain! Have a great week!...Debbie

Rosey Pollen said...

Hi Manuela,
You always ignite the shopping for treasures. Darn it! I think I am cured and there you go again, showing all your cool stuff. What I mean to say is, THANKS!
Rosey

erin said...

lovely treasures manuela...just lovely. i have a thing for monogrammed silver...and your finds are beautiful.
like what you did with the frames.
always, always enjoy stopping by and seeing what you done.
have a wonderful day.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Oh, those are great finds! Love all your silver tea service pieces, they look wonderful all grouped together. And I love what you did with the toile wallpaper too.

Didn't know there were 2 Queen of Hearts. The one we went to is on Canton Hwy., so I guess from your's & Kat's comment, there is also one in Alpharetta. The Marietta one would be closer for you. It's just past the intersection of Piedmont Rd. on the left going north on Canton Hwy.

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

What a pretty collection of silver! Love how those pictures turned out too!

Andrea @ Big Creek Cottage said...

Manuela...I love it when you frame toile....in fact, I have done so in my home thanks to your creativity!

carolyn@primitive~devotion said...

Hey there! I remember your old blog! I too, have just returned to blogging and have changed my name. If you visit me, maybe you will remember me.
I LOVE the name of this blog! Wish I had thought of it! LOL!
I love all of your finds and will add you to my list so I can come back and see what you are up to. please feel free to visit me as well.
Have a great week!
~Carolyn

Christina said...

What lovely silver teapots. They are beautiful.

I also love the pictures w/the toile scenes. The paint and wallpaper transformed them.

What a great time you had thrifting.

Rhondi said...

Hi Manuela
You certainly did have a good week at Goodwill! But more than yur bargains, what I enjoy is seeing what you do with them. The pictures turned out do beautifully and it was such an easy thing to do. Thanks for all the great ideas. I love tile too!
Hugs, Rhondi

Angie said...

Love those beautiful teapots and silverware! The framed toile is my kind of quick and easy project. May have to copy! I have lots of pics from your blog saved since I love everything you do!

Richella said...

You are so smart! I LOVE the framed toile prints. What a good idea. One of the things I love about toile is how pretty the individual scenes are--and you figured out a way to show that off brilliantly! Great job!

Storybook Woods said...

Oh I always love see your finds and what you do with them !!!! Clarice

Beth at Aunties said...

You found some great items and the tea pots cleaned up so beautifully. The frames also looked great with the toile wallpaper. You are so creative and I love it!

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

I love your finds and those pictures turned out AWESOME, love the black toile idea!

Linda said...

Love the teapots, Manuela. And great idea of framing toile. I have 2 frames similar to yours and just might do that myself! Linda

Vee said...

Oh that's such a good idea for the frames. I need to start taking notes when I'm visiting you! Wonderful teapots and coffee pots, too. It's amazing how well they cleaned up. Wonder if the person who let them go would be surprised by how lovely they look in their new home.

Lou Cinda said...

LOVE the teapots! They are so gorgeous, I have a thing for silver teapots!!

Love the pictures too, they look so great and that is such a good idea! Thanks for sharing!

Lou Cinda :)

Mrs. Dunbar said...

I am in love with your silver tea pots. I never thought of searching for such things at Goodwill. You are so nifty!

Terri and Bob said...

Good stuff today! I loved how pretty the silver cleaned up. Do you use the aluminum foil method?

Lady Katherine said...

Wow, I love the silver teapots, and creamer! I have one! All my silver, I loaned out, and never got it back! I had a lot of new and old silver pieces! Love the toile photos! When you take the plate down send it to me! lol You try the ginger in ground, I will try it in the pot for now! I scared to put it in the ground! I going to see in I have anymore eyes on the Ginger root I bought. Got to get some soil and plant more! Mine is near a foot, but the caterpillar keep eating the leaves off, and its on the porch in the pot! I want it to grow so much, I also rooted a pineapple. Its doing good too. I have pussy willow in a glass hoping it will root! I have monogrammed flatware with our initial, did not use it for years. Found it packed away and keep it for family gatherings now. I am so excited I bought new flatware in a pattern that I had a few of that are antique. I found the reproduction of it! Bring it out to show soon.

ThriftyAnnabella said...

Great buys - love the gnomes

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Wonderful finds Indeed!! I love when things go just right~

Joy said...

Great deals. What a beautiful silver set.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Those are wonderful silver coffee pots, and I love the flatware, but those toile pictures are amazing! laurie

Carrie said...

Your silver coffeepot collection is off to a great start...all your pieces are great designs!

Betsy said...

Oooh...nice finds! Don't you love to polish silver? Instant gratification! :)

Bella said...

Hi Manuela,
I love, love, love your teapots! And I love the framed toile, too. :)

Laura said...

Once again Miss Manuela you have wowed us.

I too have a small collection of silverplate coffeepots. I just love silver (on sale).

Laura

Sharon said...

Manuela,

Once again, great finds! I love old silverware too :) The silver plated items are great and I love what you did with the fabric and frames. Beautiful!

Have a most beautiful day!

~Sharon

Amy {The Red Chair Blog} said...

Great finds! I love your framed toile wallpaper and the lovely teapots. The chippy gnome is fun too :)

Amy

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

Well, just when I had told myself I MUST stay out of the thrift shops for awhile, I see your post! Goodness you found some really good stuff.

I'm such a sucker for both silver AND toile! Oh and monograms! GREAT finds! Thanks for sharing.

Donna

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Manuela, wonderful finds.....I love the silver. It looks fabulous!!

Barb

Melissa Miller said...

~Gorgeous finds Manuela! I thought I left a comment here yesterday but I don't see it. Oops...:)

I have a set of monogrammed "M" flatware that was my husbands grandmothers. It needs to be cleaned. Do you recommend anything for me to clean it with?
How did you get the silver tea pots so shiny? They are amazing.

Thanks, ~Melissa :)

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Look at that little family of gnomes...... are they mischievous?...... so cute..
What you did to the frames and the "wallpaper print" is such ..... well you take your creativity to new heights daily.....
Hugs
Linda

Sue said...

Your finds for the week were fantastic, once again! Your silver polished up beautifully and your little pictures using the toile are adorable. Missed this week because we were gone, so I have to get out and shop this week. I missed being out and about, but family kept me busy. Hope you have a great week, Manuela!
hugs, Sue

Kim said...

Ah man...my last name starts with "B". Maybe I could find some other monogrammed silverware and trade.

How do you always get so much done? It is amazing to me.

Kathleen Grace said...

Oh you lucky duck. The silverplate is gorgeous and the pictures made from wallpaper look like engravings for goodness sake! I would NEVER think to do that!!! Good thing I can come here and find such great ideas, way to go Manuela:>)

Rambling Girl said...

Oh my I would love to find some silverware in my goodwill...Gosh and another find and my first name starts with a "B"...lol...I want them....no really if you find anymore monogram ones with B or L would you be willing to pick them up for me...I would be glad to send you some money beforehand...Our Goodwill is nothing like yours...guess near Atlanta you do find great things!

Love your teapots...I just got three from my mother this past week. Actually took pics to share...bunch of trays...and other little things.

Love all the goodies you got! Your so lucky!

Adrienne said...

Dear Manuela -
I'm trying desperately hard to catch up with my bloggy friends. Being away twice in two weeks was nice but it's so hard to catch up with you again! But I made it this far.

Your finds and treasures are wonderful. I love your collection of gnomes. I never see them when I'm out and about. And your monogrammed silver is nice. But I love the silver coffee service. My favorite of your coffee servers is your Mother's Day gift. I like the unusual 'scallops' and design. And then when I thought I'd seen it all - you added your wonderful toile prints. What a great idea. And so perfect! You are a very clever and talented lady, my friend. I'm always anxious to see what you have to share. I'll be back soon. Promise.
~Adrienne~

Bonita said...

So many beautiful treasures. I love the silver, the silver ware, and those toile pictures. So pretty and such great ideas!

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