Monday, February 8, 2010

SomeThrifty Finds

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Hi everyone! I haven’t shared any of my thriftstore finds in a while so I thought I’d show you a few. I think I mentioned in my “Envelope System” post that I was giving myself a set budget for thrifting. I’ve found myself re-evaluating my purchases and putting things back before I check out. That's a good thing!

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Isn’t this a cute checkered serving fork. Whenever I see a checkered pattern in my colors I buy it because I know it’ll work in my house.

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It was only 55 cents! I think I’m starting a “random serving pieces” collections LOL!

twig

This, I’m sure, was someone's fabulous Christmas decoration. It’s made out of grapevine and twigs - $1.91. I’m going to either put it in a big pot this summer with some morning glory seeds and let the vines grow up it, or spray paint it a fun color and put it in one of my flower borders as a fun accent.

fabric

$2.92 for a couple of yards of great fabric. I buy fabric and trim when I see it at the thriftstore as long as it’s in colors that I use.

GWPicture

This painting was $8.+change. I had it in my living room for a while and then realize that the black distressed frame was exactly like the distressing on my little china cabinet.

So I moved it.
cabinet
I was going to put all my white pitchers on top but a few of them are being used around the house to hold bouquets (real and fake). So instead the top is now “things that pour”.

Cushion

These are my very best find so far this year!

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4 blue toile and gingham seat cushions for $9.99!  They don’t look homemade so if they are that person was a very good seamstress. They have a zippered closure in the back and I love the contrast of the blue gingham.

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These I’m not planning on keeping. I’m having a barn sale late spring/early summer that I’ll let you Atlanta ladies  know about so you can come. I’ll be selling these and lots of other great things.

Artichoke
I also found another artichoke to add to my new artichoke collection!

Thank you for your visit today. I hope each of you has a wonderful week!



72 comments:

Jennifer said...

The checkered serving fork is absolutely fabulous! I love it. I understand the re-evaluating purchases as it has become a habit for us as well. It is amazing how often we buy something just because it is a good deal. I have accumalated more "stuff" that way and as you know, we don't want stuff in our homes!

You do have a knack for finding the cutest things.

Have a great week!

Jennifer

1 Funky Woman said...

You have a great goodwill. I'm going shopping with you next time, lol. I love the serving fork how cute!

Walking on Sunshine... said...

What great finds! Love the fork! I really need to find a great thrift store near me. Haven't been in years! And too bad I don't live in Atlanta anymore, I'd be first in line! Enjoy your day!

Paula said...

Great finds! I really like the unique, checked serving piece. You'll have fun using it!

june@craftyniche said...

What great finds! I haven't been to Goodwill in a while. I've been too busy buying paint for all of my painting projects. I really need to finish up my bedroom and bathroom decorating.

Karen said...

I love all that black and white check... especially when you are mixing it was othe colors and all those patterns... that are so similar to mine. I've been in a funk lately wondering what I will do about window treatments for my newly remodeled kitchen and breakfast nook. This helps me figure out a possible style and colors. Thank you so much!!
Have a great day.
Karen
Ladybug Creek
P.S. That serving fork is to die for. You did good, Sister!

Ally's Corner said...

You found some great stuff. Looking forward to your barn sale.

Terri and Bob said...

I love the checked serving fork. That is cool! You are so good at shopping!

Megan said...

Manuela--you have some wonderful thrifty finds. That serving fork is wonderful. But I LOVE your small china cabinet with the white "things that pour"! Where exactly are you in GA? My daughter is in Hall county and if you're close I might have to pay her a visit and come to your barn sale.

Dawn said...

Oh, that checkered serving fork makes my heart go pitter patter!!!

Our really empty nest said...

I love all of your great finds, you are so clever! I also checked out your sweater pillow tutorial, and love it, can't wait to find some old sweaters to get started! thanks for sharing! sue

Linda said...

Wonderful finds!! You have a great eye! So fun to find goodies someone else can't use and do something creative with it! Makes a house a home!

Beth said...

As always you find some great things! I'd love to come to one of your yard sales. I haven't been to Goodwill in a while - trying to cut back on spending too.

The Working Home Keeper said...

What great finds!

Ann On and On... said...

Just seeing the words Thrift makes me smile. Fun stuff!

Kendra @ Domestic Princess in Training said...

Ok, WOW you found some really great items. I want the checkered serving pieces. I’m surprised someone didn’t fight you for them. :o) I put myself on a little thrift store fast. I’ve gone a week so far without pulling into one. I’m hoping I can go 3 more weeks. I just keep buying things I want to fix-up and my fix-up pile is pretty large so I’m thinking I need to actually start fixing up thus the thrift store diet. Anyhoo you found some beautiful things. Thanks for sharing!

Kendra
http://domesticprincessintraining.blogspot.com

Lallee said...

Manuela, was that fork not tailor made for you????? All your finds are just wonderful finds. I love your collection of pitchers--to die for.
XO,
Lallee
PS I think all your toile has rubbed off on me ;-)

Marla at Always Nesting said...

Girl you are good!! Love your thrifting. I came home with goodies from Goodwill last week and was giddy with excitement. Can't wait for our weather to allow me to spray paint.

Bonita said...

Oh, please let me know about the barn sale too! My parents are in Atlanta and we'll be traveling back and forth lots this year as my son will be starting college in Rome in the fall.

Laurie Anne said...

I adore your checkered serving pieces, and the toile seatcovers...although I wish they were black or red instead of blue. If I'm ever in Atlanta i am SO going thrifting with you! :)

Jamie said...

Oh I love looking at other peoples thrift store finds. The checkered serving fork is great! I've seen those grapevine thingys before and never thought of using them in a garden, how smart. Thanks for sharing today.

Mrs.Rabe said...

I love to see your thrifting finds, Manuela!

Love the fork - so unique and fits perfectly in your home!

Have a great week!

Lou Cinda said...

LOVE these! The pitchers I love! the ribbon just sets it off and the picture is fabulous up there!
LOVE the artichokes!

Have a great week!

Lou Cinda :)

Kimberly said...

I love the way you group your items like "things that pour" because I do the same thing. You must have the best Goodwill. We have 3 Goodwills and a Salvation Army that I shop at often but I rarely found such great stuff like you do. I get most of my goodies at garage sales. I wish I could come to yours!

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Oh dear, I wonder if I am the only gal who never goes thrift shopping or to garage sales...?

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Pat@BPM said...

Wonderful finds, Manuela!

I'd love to shop your barn sale, but alas, as much as J likes a road trip, Atlanta might be a tad far.:-)

Julie said...

Manuela, I am loving that checkerboard fork. How unique is that? Never seen one before. That looks like a future special artsy project. I adore you pillows. I can just see you doing a little happy dance! They look great! You obviously had fun this past weekend... and before just thrifting!! Thanks for sharing the treasures.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love, love, love your collection of white and the checked fork is just gorgeous. I have a couple of artichokes too, I just love them. Yours is just wonderful. Hugs, Marty

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Great find on those checkered serving pieces and those seat cushions are great! Wish I lived in your neck of the woods!

Nancy said...

Wow, great finds! I swear, the thrifting in the south is much better than around here. I need to venture farther from home!

Nancy

Angie said...

I am always so jealous of what you find at your Goodwill! Love the picture and the white pitchers on top of the cabinet. What a great deal on those cushions!

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

What great finds. I love the little fork and the chair cushions.

And that's a great idea, to budget your thrifting money.

Linda said...

That fork is perfect with your decor. You have a great eye for seeing what will work and how to use things. I love the blue and white. I bought some blue and white at a fabric sale and when I opened it up it turned out to be Christmas fabric with mangers scenes on it, but I'm thinking I may still be able to use it that you wouldn't really notice unless you looked very close. I love the colors.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You did get some nice deals Love the fork - unusual.

Vee said...

Now that serving fork is delightful! What a great piece for your home in particular. Everything is wonderful, acutally. It's always fun to see what you find.

Julie Harward said...

WOW..you have some great finds...love the chair pads and the utensils, the fabric, your white pitchers are so pretty..you just have a good eye for picking up treasures! Have a good day and come say hi :D

Melissa Miller said...

Gorgeous finds Manuela!

The artichokes are really neat displayed as a collection. I want a few more as well. :)

Cozy Little House said...

You find the best stuff! And know exactly what to do with it in your house. You should teach classes in thriftiness and decorating!
Brenda

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

oh my goodness....how I always love your posts! Full of stuff I love! :) I LOVE those toile seat cushions you found!!! What a GREAT deal!!! :)

Just making sure...did you get my email with my address in it? :)

mishebe said...

you find the best things at your Goddwill. . Lucky that we do not live in same area. We would of had a fork fight. lol. mishelle

Tanya said...

Wonderful finds! Can't wait until garage sale season.

Jacki said...

Great stuff again! Your finds amaze me. I've given up on Goodwill.

HeathahLee said...

Can I tell you that each time I click on your blog I know I'm going to see something fabulous I want to copy? : )

Persuaded said...

All I can say is... I'm glad I don't live in Georgia! Otherwise I'd be sorely tempted to come over to your sale and snag those adorable seat covers, and as you know I am not buying anything this year;)

Michelle Hoad said...

I too love toile, but I am afraid to mix colors. How do you do it effectively, or do you keep only one color toile in a room at a time?

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

You found some pretty great stuff. My favorite is the artichoke though.

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Hi Manuela! Great finds! I'm like you...I have to limit myself on the thrifting finds! We have the most amazing Salvation Army where my parents live. I have found the greatest treasures! This calls for limiting myself big smile...because I could go there all the time and find great things. I love your pitchers. I really like the little cabinet with the chicken wire on it. That is great with the picture above it! Every room should have a little black in it I have always heard....yours is perfect.
Too bad Atlanta is so far away...I'd be there in a heartbeat! Big smile.
Have a lovely day my friend!
Debbie

Rue said...

You have the best taste Manuela. I love all your finds :)

I can NOT believe I missed the book giveaway... ugh.

Have a great week :)

xoxo,
rue

Kelley B said...

Wonderful treasures! I wanna go shopping with you!

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Manuela, you are the most successful thrifty shopper ever! I do like your envelope system - it's a great idea! Oh, the checked fork - love it!Linda

jenjen said...

What wonderful finds! I love that serving fork! So pretty!

Love the toile!

XOXO
Jen

Shirlee said...

I'm not sure what's more impressive, all the wonderful items you find at your Goodwill or the prices! The checkered fork is so neat.

I'm usually just a reader of your blog (although I've posted a couple of times) but I had share something I spotted today that made me think of you. I was browsing at HomeSense which I guess is the Canadian version of Home Goods. In the clearance was a butterfly shape covered in the black and white harlequin pattern. It was fairly large and thick, meant to hang. I immediately thought of your love for that pattern and gardening so the theme fit.

Always enjoy visiting you blog,
Shirlee

Jill said...

You find the best things in your Goodwill! I think I need to venture out of Canton and look at Goodwill in other areas. Thanks for sharing your finds! It gives me hope for finding a great treasure one day.

Jo said...

Your finds are fabulous ~ I love your white pitchers and articokes!

Jo

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

I may have to travel all the way to Atlanta when you have your barn sale. I just know there will be some fabulous treasures to be purchased! That serving fork is wonderful! I can't believe the price on that, or the price on those toile cushions. I think I am going to come to Atlanta, and you can tell me where to shop (besides at your barn sale!) laurie

Marianna said...

I may have to come to Atlanta for your barn sale! Those cushions are so cute...

Kim said...

I love your things that pour arrangement and your artichoke collection - I hope you don't mind if I copy that - smile!

Amy Kinser said...

Great finds, but the fork is just great. Isn't it funny that something so little could be so great?

Stacey said...

Beautiful finds!! I love your "things that pour" collection!!

sheila from life @ #17 said...

beautiful as always :) I'm going to have to add "thrifting" to our Set To Go Budget for March...I just love it so much that if I go Cold Turkey I may have to be sedated :))

thanks for droppin' in...

Betsy said...

That fork is my favorite!

Richella said...

Great finds, Manuela! I'd like to come shop at your Goodwill store.

Thank you for sharing the fact that you've made a set budget for thrifting. Sometimes it's so easy for me to get caught up in the thrill of thrifting that I don't stop to evaluate whether the item is REALLY something I'd use. Having a set budget would help me to evaluate more clearly.

Have a great day!

Donna said...

Great finds! I love your white pitchers, and the toile seat covers, fabulous!

Cheryl said...

Manuela, you always brighten my day when I visit your blog!

Much love,
Cheryl

Kathleen Grace said...

Love, love, love that serving fork! I have a small collection of white ironstone pitchers, some from Earls' grandparents and those mean the most. I always have them out somewhere. I too, have been more careful with my thriufty finds. I find myself reboxing them to take back to Salvation Army and realize that a lot of $$ can slip through my fingers for things I don't need or really love. Thiftiness can be as hard on your wallet as buying full price if you arent careful!

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Gorgeous treasures ALL my kind friend! I am especially loving those blue and white toile seat cushions!! You must have a sixth sense when bargain hunting!!
Love,
Tracey
x0x

Kim said...

Score! You found some truly fabulous finds. My favorites are definitely the ivory pitchers...I can never have too many of those!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

Some more great finds. You have such a good eye for finding things. That little fork is perfect for your house.
Blessings,
Marcia

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Wonderful finds, Manuela. I adore the white pitchers. Love them.

Barb

Storybook Woods said...

You did it again. I think you should wear a crown everytime you go to goodwill xoxoxoxo Clarice

Melanie said...

What a great score on the toile! Love the fork too.

Rhondi said...

You find such good things at your thrift shops!