Sunday, August 16, 2009

A boiled owl….. and other Thrifty Treasures


What old board game is out there that would use such silly cards such as these?  What did they mean?  I found a handful of these old game cards last week for 25 cents each. They made me laugh and I selected some insightful ones to display in an old flower frog.



Sometimes, I feel like I am a great fool!  I have a knack for getting myself into silly situations.  I have been dubbed “Ethel,”  as in Lucy and Ethel,  on more than one occasion. You remember these two, don’t you?




This could mean one of two things….    Someone could have hit her head on something and her head hurts, warranting an aspirin or other form of pain reliever. Or…..  someone is a poor loser and is called a sore head.  This is an old expression that I still use today.



I found two  36” square linen tablecloths priced originally at $1.00 each. What a surprise I got when I learned that all of my linen purchases would be 40% off!  That made all my $1.00 finds a whole 60 cents each!!!




I found a set of four napkins with a sweet little design in the corner.  They were priced at $1.00.


Sweet little daisies. 




There are eight of these napkins whose edge is a Greek key design. I paid a little more for this set, but they were still a bargain at under $2.00.






I will most likely use this lace runner on top of a guest room dresser. It has a small stain on it, but once I work my magic with the stain remover I used last week, it should be good as new.


I think that these two lace scarves will make nice placemats. They and the runner were also originally priced at $1.00 each.



I found this ceramic bird in the clearance section of someone’s booth. She was a mere $2.00 and I’ve set her on a shelf on the side of my kitchen sink. I wish I’d had her for my Feathered Friends post last week.




I found this heavy old wooden drawer in an thrift market for $5.00. I was told it was used to hold parts for the old National Cash Register Company here in Dayton. I love the yellow stenciled label, as well as what I am assuming is the bin label. It is usually stacked with magazines and rests on my fireplace hearth.




Scrabble game letters @ 25 cents each make up the name of my blog.




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Please visit Rhoda at Southern Hospitality to see the many goodies that everyone else has found.


The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

I'm always happy when I find some linen things! I love that sweet daisy design on those napkins! The lace runner and scarves are pretty! That old drawer is wonderful - what a good find! You did so good!


Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Cute, cute, I love those little old cards, how sweet are they. Love all the linens too, you really got a great deal on those. And I love the drawer too.

Linda said...

I love that old box - really neat! Linda

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You got some nice finds at great prices. I use to have a lot of linens (an ex MIL made sure of that), and finally got tired of all the ironing involved, so got rid of most of them.

Melanie Elissa said...

I love all your finds!! I am jealous of your old wooden got an awesome deal on everything!!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I love the linens!!

Those old cards are interesting. I like how you are using them.

Ashley @ AshleysBusy said...

"A Boiled Owl"? What in the world could that have ever meant? lol. I actually did a post on owls today. Love all your finds, especially all those linens!

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

I love the "boiled owl" card. They are all funny...being an ex teacher..I say a phonics them! Cute on the flower frogs. I can a little handwritten card probably from hardware storage bin that says "Small bits" Happy Sunday evening!

No storage building for my stuff..too easy to forget about..this way I have to deal with the piles.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I love all your linens. :) I'd love to know what board game those cards came out of--too funny! :)

Lori E said...

Hey Ethel, I love that old box the best. My country style. I think those card could have been for playing charades. Just guessing.

Bellamere Cottage said...

Oh Sue....I LOVE your purchases, but the cards are the best thing EVER....I love 'em....I love anything that makes me laugh...right up my alley.

I just bought some old linens that need a special touch too....they're in the washer right now, actually....I'm hoping for a miracle! I'm usually pretty successful, we'll see!

I'm re-doing an old door today.....hoping to show it on my blog one day soon. I do need my half husband to come and hang it though, and it seems he's pretty busy with his honey. Oh for Pete's sake. :-)

Hugs my dear........


Britt said...

I love all those old playing cards - and they're so cute displayed in your frog! Those napkins with greek key trim are pretty, too!

Sharlotte said...

Love your finds, especially the linens. What is your secret for getting out stains? I'm always a little hesitant with vintage fabrics.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Very inventive putting the cards on that frog! Good deal on the linens too. Lately I have been buying more vintage linens. They are usually a pretty good deal!

Twice as Nice said...

You did really well. If you ever find out what game the cards came from, let us know. And how old the game would be. How interesting!

Wendy said...

You found some great stuff! I love those cards, too funny!

And that bird is so pretty, love it!

That crate is awesome, too.

Denise said...

Hi...I just found your blog today and have been enjoying it!

Love your thifty goodies!


Pam @ This Humble House said...

Well, those are strange little cards, huh?! I love that old crate! Cool!

Denise said...

Hi...just wanted to answer your question about Rocky!

Yes, he lives in our house! If you go to my blog archives and go to September 2008 there is a post on my husband finding him and a picture from that day. He was a little baby!
I have lots of pictures of him throughout my blog!

Thanks for visiting!


The Tattered Cottage said...

Love the old playing cards and the linens.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Sue, as always your find the porettiest things at wonderful prices. The cards made me laugh and I love how you are displaying them. Those linens are so precious!
I wish I could go shopping with you sometime!
X0 Pat

farmlady said...

Nice finds! That old wood box is great. You know how to pick things.

Shady Creek Lane said...

Love the linens, what great finds. Also the scrabble tiles are so cute spelling out your bloggy name.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your kind comments.

Hug to Ya

Bonnie said...

Great finds! I really like your style Ethel! We must either go shopping together sometime or maybe, after I become rich I will hire you as my personal shopper. Whatcha think?
And no, I'm afraid I don't remember Lucy and Ethel. I'm muuuch (ahem) too young. ;)

Beth said...

What lovely finds! I know that "boiled as an oil" means to be drunk :). What a funny game that must have been back in the day. And I'll be 35 in a few weeks and love Lucy & Ethel.

~~Carol~~ said...

What a fun post! Those cards are priceless, for all the fun you must be having with them! Love that old drawer too. Love old boxes, period!
Hey, my husband calls my friend Nancy and I, Lucy and Ethel! I'm pretty sure I'm Lucy, because I seem to be the one who always comes up with the hair-brained ideas. Drives my husband crazy!

Joy said...

Those cards are fabulous! You lucky duck!

Cheri Peoples said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that drawer. You found some great deals.

Come for a visit.
Its So Very Cheri

Florida Sue said...

Ethel those old cards are too cool. I could just hand them to my husband instead of yapping at him all of the time..


Kelli said...

The linens are fabulous!! The bird is beautiful and I love the scrabble letter!!! In reference to your question about my finds, I purchased them all at Goodwill. Thanks for visiting!!!

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

Such cute things! I found a floral frog a couple of weeks ago, and I just love mine. Great to see another one floating around out there.

Rhondi said...

Hi Sue
You got a lot of good finds but I think my favorite is the bird. I'm glad to hear that I am not the only one who is a sucker for wicker!
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs, Rhondi

Kammy said...

Love your finds - those cards are a hoot !
I love your linens ! I can never find white - you lucky girl ! The scrabble tiles are cool with your blogname !

Alicia said...

Love the little bird and those game cards. I love the scabble tiles, good idea!

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

Love all your finds! The napkins with the embroidery were my favorite! Had fun viewing all your goodies!!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hey Sue!

Great finds! Those cards are a hoot! And the scrabble letters you got in Lancaster look darling. The nest sign looks great on your painted chest, now I see what you mean!

You've been shopping alot girlfriend! I love those bargains!!

Hugs, Sherry

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

You really got some great things and bargains. Love the flash cards in the frogs. Thanks so much for stopping by and for playing along. Have a great day, T

Shelia said...

Morning, Sue! Oh, what great finds! I love those cute little fat birds and those old cards are a hoot! Now those linens are just beautiful! Your little green flower frog is a cutie!
Be a sweetie and thanks for popping in to see me,
Shelia ;)

Jerralea said...

I love the linens and the bird! You did great.

Susie from Bienvenue said...

I think those cards would look so cute in a little fall display! Love em!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I love every single one of your finds especially Sullivan & Murphy! Those cards are great! xo Lynn

Cheri Peoples said...

Be still my heart again when I see that old wooden drawer.
Thanks for coming by my blog and becoming a follower. I did the same on yours.
I hope you will come by often. I'm trying to create the cutest blog on the block.


Runner Mom said...

Hey, Sue! Thanks for coming by to visit!! I love your finds from the weekend. Heart those cards!! And I am a huge fan of "I Love Lucy!!"

I'll be back to visit!! The kids start school tomorrow!! I am so not ready for them to go back!!


Anne said...

Oh I just love
the lace,
the bird
and the linens
oh my!

Linda K. said...

The linens are pretty! And the cards are whimsical. What a neat find! Your bird is extra special too.


Jenny @ Words on Wendhurst said...

Your little white bird is so pretty. I am sure it makes you smile!

Words On Wendhurst

Kathleen said...

Great finds! I love those vintage linens...told Kammy to use your formula ro whiten if she ever finds some white napkins!
It is a running joke with us!
Loved the post, felt I was in your living room and you were showing me your haul!
I love show and tell after shopping!
Here I shop and hide...
DH feels I buy too many cwaptacular things!

Anonymous said...

Maybe the cards were from an old mime game of some sort. Can you imagine what Ryan Stiles of 'Whose Line is it Anyway?' would make of the Boiled Owl!
First time visitor. Love the site. Jan