Saturday, December 12, 2009

An Early Christmas Present



Hi everyone! Remember this piece from Goodwill?


Well we were in Goodwill  last weekend and it was still there! I had told my husband about it but I was sure it would be gone. Not only was it there but that day all blue ticket items were 50% off so I got it for just over $30 dollars! When we went to check out the guy in front of me said that he'd been looking at it for weeks but that he already had two at home and couldn't figure out where to put another. Some things are just meant to be!


I told my husband that he should consider it a Christmas present from him to me. Like alot of families we're cutting back on the gift giving this year and we had agreed on one present each. Although, I'm sure he's going to ignore my suggestion~smile. I'm very very happy with my present!


I plan on painting it in the spring when I can do it outside or at least keep the door open.  I can just imagine all sorts of fun things to do with it for each season!




I had to take down all my black mirrors - so all those need to be re-hung. But I'll wait until after New Year's to do that.
Remember when I found this chandelier in a neighbors garbage? 



Well, the same neighbor threw this away! A perfectly good rattan loveseat!  Absolutely nothing wrong with it - nothing's loose, just needs some cushions.




I have a little protected area on my concrete patio which is a cantelivered portion of the kitchen that I'm going to put that under. It should stay dry there. She has a matching chair still sitting on her front porch (painted lime green btw). I slow down whenever I drive past her house! LOL


I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend! It's raining here (again) so we've been inside crafting and baking. I hope to be able to show you next week what I've been up to. I'm waiting for a sunny day to take photos of my Christmas decoration in my living room and looks like that won't happen until the middle of next week!

Thanks for stopping by!






64 comments:

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

How truly lucky! And it has a mirror to reflect all your pretties you're going to feature on it! Manuela, you just have the best ideas. So many frugal ways to decorate. And you're such a sweet soul! (My husband and I are foregoing presents this year. Have to pay for that fence we're having built!)
Brenda

Kathleen Grace said...

Oh you lucky girl! The hall tqable is just perfect and I know you will have such fun changing it up for the seasons. The rattan love seat is beautiful, I think I would be picking that neighbors trash all the time:>)

Nadine said...

What a great find! It looks wonderful where you put it and I am sure you will have fun decorating it!

Blessings!
~Nadine

Love the Decor! said...

Wow!! love that goodwill piece!!
I think I need to live by that neighbor... :)

PattieJ said...

What a great thrift store find!! I wish I had room for something like that but our house is too small. It looks awesome!! And I LOVE that little Christmas tree on it! My favorite color ornaments too! Love the rattan love seat too!

pattie

Kim said...

Wow, I would have overlooked that hat stand. It looks fabulous in your foyer!

hip chick said...

What a lovely present.

Wendy said...

I am sitting here smiling! I am so glad I am not the only person that has taken something from a neighbors trash!! It is an inside joke between a few neighbors...we also have a few houses we drive slow by...hoping for a treasure!
I love both pieces....what a great present!!!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a great deal! Looking forward to seeing what you do with it. I would love to have a piece like that, but don't have a place for it. Also, I need neighbors like yours!! :) You may end up with the chair yet. ;)
Hope you are having a great weekend.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Manuela, that is a beautiful early Christmas present!

I also love that curbside find. Perhaps the chair will be the next to go!:-)

glorv1 said...

Manuela, you just think of all kinds of ways to do all kinds of good stuff. Have a great Sunday.

Alana Jo said...

Beautiful. Great find!

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Melissa Miller said...

Oh Manuela! What a perfect addition to your entry! It looks gorgeous and you got such a good deal on it. It was meant to be.
I'm so happy for you!

Enjoy this joy filled season!
~Warmly, ~Melissa :)

PS Your home entryway is identical to my in-laws former home that my hubby grew up in. It must have been built during the same time frame. Around 1970 I think? They retired and live in Florida now.

Ally0005 said...

Good for you, I'm glad you got it.
I scored on Friday at my Goodwill, will post about it soon.

Ally

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Wow, isn't that just perfect for your entry!?? A lucky find!

Christmas blessings,
Melissa

Anita said...

What a great bargain! I shop at Goodwill, too, and find some amazing deals. Your blog is very pretty!

Darlene said...

Your new entry piece is FABULOUS! It is just perfect in that space. Also, I can't believe your neighbor got rid of that fabulous rattan loveseat....WOW that was ANOTHER score!!!!!

Have fun crafting and baking. Stay dry and warm.♥

Linda said...

What an AWESOME GW find...love your WHITE Christmas tree!

Blessings,
Linda

Katrina Chambers said...

What a bargain! Was meant to be that's for sure. Love the little Chrissy Tree on top.

basketsbyrose said...

You are very lucky! Not only was it still at GW, but it was 50% off. It fits perfect by your door, and you will have fun with this for many years.

Vickie said...

WOW WOW WOW that is awesome! I'm glad it was still there waiting for you and a bonus that it was half off. Great Deal! Take Care :)

Rhonda in OK said...

it looks like it was just made for that spot and your decorations in it are so nice.

great neighbor you have too! When I was walking a few weeks ago, one of my neighbors had 2 boxes of never opened BBW wall flowers and a package of Glade candles sitting right on top of her open trash can.
You can bet I picked them up -

Julie Harward said...

I laughed so hard when you said that you slow down to look at the chair on her porch...funny! Maybe she'll put it out on the road one day too..she seems to tire of nice things! I love the piece in the entry..just fits, must have been waiting just for you! It's a perfect place for seasonal decorating too. Very neat~ Come say hi :D

Victoria said...

Oh wow, it's beautiful! What a wonderful gift.

I know I shouldn't complain but I am sooooo tired of the rain!!! Our yard (South of ATL) is so soggy and hasn't had time to dry out at all! Cold and rainy is my least favorite of all!

Love all your Christmas decor! My Snowman dishes were actually from Bath & Body Works. I saw them years ago and loved them but wouldn't pay full price for them. I went early the day after Christmas and bought all they had at 50% off!

Marla at Always Nesting said...

That's a beautiful find!

Sandy said...

Oh Wow! What a great piece, love it. What a great Christmas present to you!!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Oh Manuela...Yes, it was meant to be! What a wonderful present! And I love that you got the loveseat from your neighbot's trash! lol Mine never throw anything good away! Maybe if you keep givng those chairs the eye, they'll find their way to the curb, too! Happy weekend...hugs...Debbie

Shelia said...

Hi Manuela! Oh, I love your Christmas gift! It's perfect in your entry too! How wonderful for you to get it at such a fantastic price. I would say it was certainly meant to be!
Love that love seat too! Oh, you're the lucky one! Merry Christmas,
Shelia :)

Sharon said...

What a wonderful deal! I love when that happens :) I can't wait to see when you paint it next year :) Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend!

Sharon

Heather said...

lucky you! i love your new presents :)

matty said...

What a lovely piece! It is perfect in your entry! Will you paint it white??

A Dusty Frame said...

That's beautiful:)!
Woo hoo on the good deal!

Barbara Jean said...

Nice find on that top piece.
It is gorgeous

blessings

barbara jean

Melinda said...

That is a truly beautiful piece and how cool that it was still there. Things at our Goodwill go so fast, they are rarely there more than a day or so. What an awesome bargain too! Just found your blog today and really enjoyed visiting. Happy Holidays!

Angie said...

That piece is just perfect in your foyer and what a great deal! I can't believe someone would throw stuff like that chandelier and rattan sofa away!!!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I want to go shopping with you. You definitely know how to find the deals. What a great neighbor you have too. The hall tree looks wonderful in your house.
Blessings,
Marcia

Miss Janice said...

Love your new Goodwill piece. Aren't we all cutting back this year?:-) It's a great find and I love the white tree in the urn...too cute!

Rhondi said...

You find the best stuff! That is amazing tgat the hall tree was only$30 and still there. Hope you're enjoying the weekend.
Hugs, Rhondi

Paula said...

Congratulations on your new treasure! I'm so glad that you got it. It will be fun to see how you decorate it throughout the year.

Suzann @ The Olive Cottage said...

WOW.
I'm loving your new treasures.

Julie said...

How awesome is this post??????
I somehow had a feeling you would end up getting that hall tree, but never saw it in a post .....til now!!!
NICE Christmas present. I have an old one in my family room and am going to switch out the hooks, because yours look better! Yours looks oak, mine is old pine. I'm planning on painting it ...just don't know what color yet. LOVE your neighbors!! How lucky. Love that curbside stuff, too. :-)
Have a happy!!!

Sandy said...

Congrats on your wonderful finds, I am so happy for you. Your decorations are just so beautiful. Thanks so much for stopping by and your kind comments. Sorry it took so long for me to get back to you, we lost our electricity Wed., after a terrible wind storm, so for two days we were in the dark. Needless to say, I have been a little busy trying to catch up. Hope we talk soon.
Sandy

theycallmejane said...

I heart you and your ideas! I wish you could come to my house and help me. I'm hopeless with finding deals, decorating and fixing things up!

mizdarlin said...

If I didn't live in Canada, I would ask the address of your neighbor...we all need neighbors like this! What a fabulous deal on the hall stand-I would have definitely found a place for it, and it looks great where you have it!

Lee Laurie said...

What great finds! I love them both! Can you believe that someone would throw away that setee!? I can already picture it with your own cushions and pillows. Beautiful.

Hugs,
Lee Laurie

Adrienne said...

Oh, I love your early Christmas present. When my children were very young we lived in a stately, old and wonderful house at the Oregon Coast. Our entry way was large with open bannister staircase and I needed one of these for my entryway. I could never afford one and never found it in any of my thrifting during those days. What a wonderful new treasure you have. It's perfect! Can't wait to see it when it's painted. ~Adrienne~

Sue said...

Good things come to those who wait, sometimes.... LOL I'm glad you were able to purchase this hall table, Manuela. Once you get it fixed up the way you want to, it will be lovely, I'm sure. Like your "new" rattan seating, too.
Have fun baking and fixing up the house for us to see!
hugs, Sue

Bonita said...

I'm so glad you were able to get that piece, and at a great discount too! It looks lovely.

I wish I had neighbors like yours, that throw out such good stuff!

Beth said...

What a GREAT chandelier!!

Beth

elise said...

Happy, happy, joy,joy am I for you! It was just there waiting for it's proper home with you. Just the perfect spot. It is lovely.
Elise

Storybook Woods said...

Oh my gosh what another amazing find, I can not wait to see what you do with it xoxox Clarice

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That's a great piece! I have something similar but it has some filigree wood work at the top of the mirror which would make it a bigger job than I want to get involved with to paint it, but I would do it if it was like yours. Have fun with it!

Linda said...

I think that was a present to you from God! He knows what we like! (:>) I am so happy for you!

It is an awesome piece and looks so good there by your door. A perfect little piece to put little seasonal decorations on...or a place to set your purse when you come in etc.

It looks fine like it is...but I know you will make it your own by painting it and adding your special touches.

Merry Christmas!

Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

Dena said...

Oh my gosh! What a wonderful find and for $30! I am so happy for you Manuela. It looks perfect in your home.

Hugs,
Dena

Bella said...

What a lovely find! I do believe it was meant to be. And that neighbor of yours... wow, you really are lucky. :)

Southern Belle said...

What a good find and at a terrific price. I look forward to seeing how it looks after you paint it.

~Christine

Gracie said...

I think it suits exactly the space you have on the door side, just perfect!

june@craftyniche said...

Wow, love your Christmas gift! :)

Richella said...

I love your hall tree! Just beautiful! You're going to have fun with that. I look forward to seeing what color you paint it. :)

Rainy Day Farm said...

What a great find at Goodwill! It is beautiful and looks perfect in your entry! Merry Christmas!

Melanie said...

I have to say that you scored big time. I love it and can't wait to see what you do with it in the spring. Hope you are drying out.

curtissannmatlock said...

Ohmygosh! The hall tree. I just today decided one one be perfect in my hallway, and I envisioned one exactly like that. The Goodwill, you blessed girl, you. I am on the lookout down here.
CurtissAnn

Suzanne said...

You find the BEST things at Goodwill!!! Love that, and it fits perfectly!

Angela said...

I have the same type of ratton love seat. Found it at a yard sale for 5 dollars. It's outdoors, covered in a quilt, Christmas lights and snow right now..lol