Monday, November 9, 2009

Artichokes Out of the Kitchen



Hi everyone! I thought I'd show you a little display I made out of totally thrifted items. I've been lucky to find some great artichoke finials in the past 5 or 6 months so I put them all together.



This one I got at Goodwill last week for $3.13. As you can see there are a few leaves missing but I just turned it around and you can't tell!





The little white one was also from Goodwill and the little black one was a silver one I found in a bag of Christmas floral picks. I spray painted it black and it's sitting in a thrifted candleholder. Everything but the bow is thrifted! Even the black round piece of wood that black urn finial is on!





The big white one was $8.78 and as you can see it still has the Homegoods sticker on it. My Goodwill gets alot of stuff from Homegoods, TJMaxx, Marshalls and Ikea!







Above is one of the two Anthropology bookends I found this summer at Goodwill.



Some people do very well with garage and yardsales, I'm blessed with a wonderful Goodwill! I would never be able to buy these things at full retail price. I go into Anthropology to look, but I very rarely buy anything there. I do shop TJmax/Homegoods but even then I'm pretty careful on what I spend my money on (mostly plates because they are so inexpensive there and always so cute)! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you're having a good week! We're expecting lots of heavy rain due to Ida!




50 comments:

Jen @ Halos Cause Headaches said...

I love your artichokes! That is a beautiful grouping.

Angie said...

That's a great idea to group them together like that. I have several artichokes too and love them! Sure wish my Goodwill carried the kind of stuff yours does!

Stacey said...

I love your artichokes too! I have a few and guard them carefully. :) Such a neat shape. It's great that you've made a collection.

Julie Harward said...

I just loved them..good deals all! I have a green ceramic one, I think I'll paint it! Hey, I'm having a GIVE A WAY..come see! :D

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

I totally agree with you-you've got access to the BEST GW store! I always love what you find there, and I especially love the prices on what you find there. This is such a pretty group of artichokes. laurie

The Thrifty Countrywoman said...

Wish I had such a good Goodwill! Those artichokes look great!

Jane

Brenda Eason said...

Love it! I too collect these. Not as luckey as you to find at a thrift store,but some really good sales.

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Great artichoke collection. What a fun collection...keep hunting for more!

Amanda said...

Love the white artichokes! I like them grouped altogether, what a lovely idea!

Ally0005 said...

And that is why your GW is so much better than mine.
Try to stay dry on Tuesday!

Ally

Chrissie Grace said...

That is a beautiful grouping. I never would of that to collect a grouping of those:)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love your artichokes, Manuela! Of course, I love eating the real thing more! I like how you have the different colors mixed in together and that the heights vary. I should take another trip to my Goodwill and see what they have going on.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I really like your vignette. Have not been to Goodwill in some time - the ones around here just don't have the treasures that yours' do.

Suzann @ The Olive Cottage said...

I love it. But, ya know what!? I keep going to Goodwill and I never find anything! LOL

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

That black and white bow is so you! Love your artichoke decor!
Brenda

glorv1 said...

Hi Manuela. Just stopped by to say hi and enjoy the rain. The artichokes are great. Take care.

Shelia said...

Hi Manuela. Oh, let's hear it for your lovely artichokes! I love 'em! You have so very pretty ones and you do have the touch of making such nice vignettes! Take care.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Betsy said...

Lovely as always, Manuela! I think this type of shopping and decorating is much more fun and more satisfying that paying full price somewhere! The hunt is the fun of it! :)

Karen said...

I love your artichokes. I pass by a Goodwill store regularly but seems I am always in a rush. I am going to promise myself that when I finish my kitchen redo, I'll stop in.
Karen
Ladybug Creek
P.S. You and I like the same colors!

Jennifer said...

Such a lovely grouping. Your creativity is so inspiring. Lately we have been so bogged down with the kids activities and Audley traveling that I have really let the little things go. Maybe and outing to the Goodwill during the rainy Tuesday is just what I need!

Have a great week,
Jennifer

Bella said...

What a pretty grouping! I like your little collection.

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

What a great goodwill store you have. These look great together. So, do you like to eat artichokes too? Just wondering :-) I love them.
Blessings,
Marcia

jenjen said...

Very cute artichokes Manuela! And good deal from Home Goods! I need to get over there - I'm trying to find some black and white plates.

Have a good week!

XOOX
Jen

Jen R. said...

You have the best Goodwill ever!

Gracie said...

I really like the white one with the bow, very elegant I must say!
Gracie at http://mylittleplace.blog.com

Kathleen Grace said...

What a pretty collection! I havent been thrifting in forever, time to go now!

Nancy said...

Please, please, please take me shopping w/ you!

salmagundi said...

I, too, am careful with my money even at Homegoods, etc. But, it is amazing what you can find 'on the cheap'. Love the artichokes. Sally

Richella said...

I love the artichokes! And I appreciate your telling us where you find your wonderful goodies. I agree with you: I rarely buy anything at full retail, and even at TJMaxx and HomeGoods I'm pretty careful. Some of my favorite things have been found on the clearance aisle at TJMaxx--and some of my friends have told me that they didn't even know that TJMaxx had a clearance aisle! But thrift store finds--now, there you can be pretty sure that you're getting a good price (although even there I sometimes pass over items that are too expensive).

I do sometimes shop retail stores when they have special sales. I'm always amazed at just how much retailers discount things at times--which shows that their original prices are in fact pretty inflated.

Your tips are always so welcome!

Stacey said...

Very cute, Manuela! I have found that thrifting is so much fun. When you come across a great item at a great price it is so exciting! I also like to watch something be transformed from something kind of ugly to something beautiful. It is true one man's trash is anothers man's treasure!

Julie said...

I love the artichokes, you just find such wonderful stuff!

Laurie Anne said...

What a lovely grouping Manuela!...I love your sense of style.x

scrappy quilter said...

You do have a wonderful goodwill. Great shopping!!

Manuela said...

You are one of the luckiest people I know when it comes to finding beautiful stuff for less! ;) I love your finds!

Melissa Miller said...

So pretty Manuela! Your vignette of them together looks wonderful.

You know what I do believe my "pineapple" finial is actually an "artichoke". Oops! Who knew? :)

Oliva said...

Love how you amazingly do arrangements! I really have to hit the GW store for good deals like you. BTW thank you for referring me to Kathy's Cottage!

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Love all the different artichokes!! I found one and went to spray paint it white last month. It was in the sun and found out it was wax when I went to go get it and it was melted!!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

You are lucky to have such a fabulous Goodwill. I would be in heaven if my Goodwill got stuff from Home Goods & TJ Maxx. Love your artichokes. Great collection. I have only 2. I hope to find more to add to my collection.

I hope you don't get too much rain. We could sure use some here in southern California.

Crafty Niche said...

I swear if I am ever in your neck of the woods I'm gonna have to meet with you and we can go shop at Goodwill! :)

june

Happy@Home said...

I love what you have done with your artichokes. They look great. I enjoy shopping at the thrift shops. It sounds like you have a great Goodwill.

Wendy said...

Nice collection, they look great all put together. You sure do find some good stuff at the thrift store!

Ginger said...

I think your artichokes look really nice together like you have them.
We have a couple of thrift stores in our town, but they very seldom have anything but junk. And the prices aren't very good.

juls4real said...

Oh, I just saw a really nice arti just the other day. Love your displays.

xo, juls

Lynn said...

Cute artichokes. I love how you painted the one black. It makes it like new again, doesn't it? And neat idea, to put them in the candle holders.

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

I love how you have decorated with your artichokes! You find such wonderful things at your Goodwill, and their prices seem really good! :)
As always, your home looks so beautiful, and I love all of your pictures! :) I hope you are having a good week!

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Love the artichokes and how you have displayed them.

{ L } said...

Ohh, I like the white ones. And the real things are so YUMMY! :)

By the way, if you make that button garland I'd love to see it!

Lee Laurie said...

I love how you decorate! It's always so inspiring when I come by your blog!

Hugs,
Lee Laurie

Colleen said...

You did a fantastic job on grouping the artichokes! They are all just beautiful. You really know how to use inexpensive items and make them look awesome!

Kim said...

@cheapchichome. I didn't realize I was a closet artichoke collector till I saw your display then realized I had them all over the house! (Thanks for stopping by my blog.) One of my friends offered me her juicer, too, plus I saw the Jack LaLane one at Goodwill(!). I've been using it everyday (so far).