Sunday, October 11, 2009

Thrifty Finds for Christmas


Hi everyone! I'm totally surprised by the response to this months book giveaway! I want to thank everyone for entering and know that I appreciate all your lovely comments. I will continue to do a monthly book give away as long as I can. Sometimes they will be new books and sometimes they will be from my collection or thriftstore. But they will always be about frugality, simple living, and homemaking. I will announce the winner of this months give away on Tuesday morning so there is still time to enter if you haven't done so already.

I thought I'd share some thriftstore finds that I've found in the past few months that I plan to use this Christmas. I don't know about your thriftstore, but mine has an aisle for Christmas items all year round!



I found this two red velvet pillows yesterday! I had been wanting red velvet pillows for my living room for Christmas (although I wanted larger ones to put on my couch) but these will work too! Who knows, I may still find big ones! The tags inside the pillow covers say Banana Republic - most have been a special promotion since I don't think they normally carry any housewares?



Isn't that frame beautiful! I bought it for the frame. It doesn't have any hanging apparatus in the back so maybe it's tray? Anyway, I think I'll do something different in the center. The center part is glass.



I had to buy this lime green tree with the harlequins! I use lime green in my Christmas decorating and at $4.37 it was a good buy!



I've been collecting pretty mini teacups as I see them at Goodwill and these are my latest two. Last Christmas I made this china tree for my dining room.



I liked it so much that I'm going to do it again this year! I'm going to glue the cups to the saucers so I can hang them on the tree.

Those are just some of the things I've found at thriftstores this year that I'll use for Christmas!


I hope you all have had a great weekend and have a lovely week to come! Thanks so much for stopping by!



64 comments:

southerninspiration said...

Oooo, lovely things!!! Love those pillows and that frame!

Suzanne

ness said...

Very pretty! I just love that frame!

Patti Cakes said...

Good finds and I really like the teacups. Hugs

scrappy quilter said...

What neat things. I love those cups and to put them on a tree...brilliant!!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Manuela! I love all of your finds, but especailly the little teacups! The teacup tree is such a cute idea! I might not even mind decorating and undecorating if I could look at pretty teacups during the process! Happy week!...Debbie

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

What wonderful finds! I am hoping to have a china tree myself this year. Yours is darling!

Blessings,
Sandi

Brenda said...

I love your finds! And that little teacup tree is so cute. I'd love to maybe do that myself, as I love dishes so much! How did you add Categories to your blog sidebar? I can't figure out how to add anything but labels.
Brenda brendakula@suddenlink.net

Shelia said...

Hi Manuela! What beautiful finds! Lovely pillows and I adore those precious little tea cups. Your tea cup tree is wonderful.
Thank you so much for your prayers for my daughter.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

matty said...

I adore the tea cups! What a clever idea! So sweet!

Storybook Woods said...

You must have been doing the happy dance xoxoxo Clarice

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hey, I had to go back & catch up on what I've missed. love your cute Fall decor & the monogrammed pumpkin is my fave. Thanks for stopping by!

FOR THE SAKE OF TIME said...

I love the tea cups and the velvet pillows. I am on our local garden club Christmas House Tour this year and I am hitting the resale shops and the thrift stores frequently. Thanks for sharing and I would love to see what you do with your treasures.

Charla

Betsy said...

Love those finds! Beautiful!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Wow - You did get some great things and I am looking forward to seeing what you do with them
Have a great week.
Glenda

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Great finds, Manuela! I love the tree in the harlequin pot!

Sandra said...

Oooo, Manuela! I love it! I always love reading your posts! Have a wonderful day.
Sandra

Diane said...

Great finds. Love the frame! :O)

Stacey said...

You are so good! I always learn something from your posts. You found some great items.

Julie Harward said...

Oh, I loved the velvet pillows and the framed dove...SO very beautiful! Christmas already?! I'd better get with it! :D

Ally0005 said...

Love those pillows. You found some great things.
I'm going to try and make it to Goodwill in the morning.

Ally

Darlene said...

Hi Manuela,

You found some wonderful goodies! I LOVE your teacup tree, so cute!

Krissy said...

That teacup tree is so precious! I may have to 'borrow' that idea! I still have my miniature tea sets from when I was little.

Lee Laurie said...

I love all of the goodies that you found at the thrift store! I have a teacup tree that I started decorating for Christmas last year. Those pillows are pretty, I love that deep color red. The frame is pretty too and so unusual.
Tomorrow is my day off, so I might have to go thrifting too!

Have a great night!
Hugs,
Lee Laurie

Sherri S said...

Great finds and they are beautiful! Love the pillows and the tea cup tree idea is so CUTE!

Joyce said...

Banana Republic use to sell home goods in the flagship store in San Francisco about 5 years ago.
Joyce

hip chick said...

Oh you found some wonderful things. I love decorating for Christmas.

Paula said...

Great finds! It's never too early to start thinking about Christmas!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Oh, no, now, I am even more excited than I was before I started reading this. I love them all!!!

Barb ♥

texasdaisey said...

Oh you did so good. What great buys.
Debbie

Mrs.Rabe said...

Great finds, Manuela!

Love the red pillows!

A Dusty Frame said...

beautiful finds;)!

The center of the frame looks like it could be jadeite.

Lyn said...

I like all your finds, they are so pretty. The deep red on the pillows is a gorgeous red! It's not too early to be thinking of Christmas - it will be here before you know it.

Tracy @ Comfort and Luxury said...

What a pretty idea for a kitchen or breakfast room tree... all full of teacups! I only put up one tree, but it could use a few of those so I'll be on the lookout!

Tracy @ Comfort and Luxury said...

What a pretty idea for a kitchen or breakfast room tree... all full of teacups! I only put up one tree, but it could use a few of those so I'll be on the lookout!

Vickie said...

Hi Manuela - I hope I 'm not too late to enter your book giveaway! Being more frugal and simple is my new goal.

I love the velvet pillows and the little Christmas tree - Sometimes our Good Will has some great stuff, and sometimes it's just junk. You have to catch them just right and shop alot!

Carol said...

I love the teacup tree! That's sooo clever of you!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

You always find the best stuff. Christmas is going to be fabulous at your house.

Angie said...

I want that cute tree in the harlequin pot! LOVE IT!!! I actually saw some lime green tinsel trees like yours at Michaels and may have to get me one. Wouldn't it be so cute with black and white ornaments on it, or even red toile?! Oooooh, I'm getting all excited just imagining it!

Bella said...

I just love your china tree. And those red velvet pillows are divine.

{ L } said...

Ohhh, I am SO in the Christmas mood already, thanks for sharing your goodies.

Sue said...

I could shop for Christmas all year long, Manuela~ Heck, I DO shop all year long!! Love the teacup tree idea. hmmmm, I think I'm off to the thrift shops this morning...
hugs, Sue

Adrienne said...

Great Christmas finds! It's that time of year to pick up the bargains and treasures when we see them. I've found several Christmas things lately and need to share them soon. Thanks for sharing yours. ~Adrienne~

Julie said...

What great finds those are!

Stacey said...

Great finds! The frame is so pretty. And the tea cup tree is such a cute idea. I am getting super excited about Christmas decorating! (But not the weather that comes with the season!)

Melissa Miller said...

~WOW! Manuela that tray is just gorgeous. Love the red velvet too.

~Blessings, ~Melissa :)

Jennifer said...

Such great buys! You do so well planning ahead for the holidays. Of course that it helps that you thrift store keeps a Christmas aisle! Aren't you so lucky! I always look forward to your next creative project. You inspire me so very much.

On another subject, thank youso much for the pumpkin painting advice. I had much greater success with the pumpkins! =)

Have a lovely week, and don't float away. It looks as if the south is going to be wet all week again!
xo, Jennifer

Sharon said...

Lovely finds Manuela! I love your china tree :) It's beautiful, oh and the frame I just love! I always look year round for Christmas items and the latest score was a big box of white Christmas mini lights for $3.00. Thanks for sharing your goodies :)

Have a wonderful day!

Sharon

jenjen said...

Wonderful Christmas finds Manuela! I love the color of those pillows. So pretty.

And that teacup tree is adorable. So cute! Have a great Monday!

XOOX
Jen

Julian said...

lovely, im pursuing the thrifts too for christmas....
Christina

Grace said...

I'm very jealous of those red velvet pillows!

Paula said...

Dear Manuela,

You found so many fabulous Christmas things!!! I am so happy for you! I love the red velvet pillows... they are gorgeous and go perfectly with your toile! The frame/tray is lovely and I love the saying around it. So beautiful! The tree fits perfectly into your decor and the teacups are so pretty. I love your tree from last year. That is such a good idea!

Have a lovely week!
Paula

Rambling Girl said...

Wow, you picked up some great goodies. I love the teacup tree. So cute!

Erin said...

fab finds as always, you score the best things!
hugs

Camille said...

I love Christmas time...you post such pretty pictures...it's a lovely place to visit!
Blessings,
Camille

Victoria said...

Love the frame and the mini-teacups! What a great idea with the teacup tree. I love it!

daisymum7 said...

Manuela

Thank you for visiting Daisy Mountain and thank you for including me in the giveaway even though I live so far away. I love RHondas blog and I too read it everyday! I adore the teacup christmas tree I want to try to do something similar this year.

daisymum

Kathleen Grace said...

No wonder you are always a step ahead of us with your decorating! You are thinking about Christmas already!? Great finds though. Our GW has a holiday section but so far it is pretty uninspiring.

diXymiss said...

You found some more fabulous treasures. The deep red, velvet pillows look so luXurious!

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

Oooh, lovin the teacup tree!

:)

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

Hi Manuela,
You found some wonderful things for Christmas! I LOVE those red velvet pillows~ they are gorgeous! The tea cups and saucers are beautiful, and the frame is, too! :) I don't think my Goodwill has an all-year Christmas aisle, but I should check it out to make sure! :) I hope you are had a good Monday! :)

Mimi Sue said...

It's so smart to start early. It makes for a stress free Christmas. Mimi

Manuela said...

Oh Manuela I adore that china tree! I always love seeing what you find.

Tina Leigh said...

What great ideas. I love the china cup tree. The plate thing is pretty too!

Susie Q said...

What wonderful ideas, girl. I have GOT to start paying more attention to the Christmas aisle...most of our stuff does need replacing as it is wearing out.