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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Unnecessary Worrying About the Price on This Thrifty Treasure ...

Just as the days are getting shorter as we enter into autumn,  the yard sales are getting fewer and farther between. Mr. Sullivan and I ventured out on Friday morning but only bought one thing, even though we visited about a dozen sales. In fact, HE found it. I was busy looking for glassware when I saw him carrying this back to me. A small end table that we set out on the back patio. It was the perfect spot to set my outdoor bean pot lamp that I got a few weeks back.
I walked over to him to make sure he was not going to be overpaying for it. As it turned out, I didn't need to worry. This little table was a fantastic bargain. He smugly told me that it was a mere 75 cents !!  I still need to tuck in a few of the wicket strands that have come loose and it will get a new coat of paint, but I think Mr. S. did really well, don't you? Just don't tell HIM. He's still walking around telling everyone that he finds better deals than I do...


Earlier in the week I visited one of my favorite antique malls. I came away with this $3.00 English stoneware sugar bowl.  Added to my everyday white china, it will lend a burst of color with its sweet and delicate red pattern.


On the way back home, I stopped by a yard sale and found these two Christmas bowls for 50 cents each. They will be perfect to set out for dips this holiday season. 

I have been lamenting the past few weeks that my mini food chopper is on its way to the garbage heap. It's so cracked that chopped bits of food come flying out of it while I'm using it. So when I spotted this brand new in the box Pampered Chef chopper, I was thrilled to pay only $3 for it.   I checked the company's  website and found out that it sells for $29.50. I am now ecstatic!
Well, even though I didn't purchase very many items this week, I'm satisfied. The ads in the paper and on Craig's List have been very limited and I don't think we'll be seeing too many more sales. 
Oh well, I need to start spending some time bringing down the holiday decorations from the attic. I started on my fall items today. And before you know it, Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here. My goal is to have all 7 of my Christmas trees done by the end of November. I  want to savor having them up as long as possible because they take so much work to set up. 
Make sure you stop by to visit Rhoda and her Thrifty Treasures Monday Party. I'm sure there will still be plenty of participants who have found lots of goodies!

36 comments:

Happy Nester said...

Looks like you found some great finds. Love that sugar bowl. Thanks for stopping by to visit me and leaving a comment. Your picture in your blog header is beautiful.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Great finds - especially the wicker table.

Shady Creek Lane said...

You scored some great treasures. I really love that sugar bowl

Shirley said...

My Sullivan did quite well!! Great find for 75 cents!!!! But I LOVE the red flowered sugar bowl. It will love wonderful with you white things!

Pearl Maple said...

Fantastic finds, and what a deal at 75cents. Thanks for sharing a peek into your treasure finds.

Wendy said...

I love the table! $.75?! Awesome deal.

That sugar dish is really pretty, too.

I have that chopper, it works great!

Twice as Nice said...

Your hubby did mighty fine there. Great table. I just love the little sugar bowl the color is really nice. Now I have that chopper and I really like it. What a find that was. So nice to talk to you and again a BIG THANK YOU for all your hard work. The Twins

Kathy said...

Wicker for 75cents!!!! that's just crazy cheep!!!! I have severe sugar bowl envy...that is precious...I would have gotten it too...xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Kathleen said...

You did great! I have wicker all over the porch, so I would have snapped that up!
The bowls are so cute..

I can't think about the holidays yet..I want to enjoy the last days of summer...before the long cold winter!

But then I don't do 7 trees! Many, but not that many!

Come see my bargain, not as great as yours, but I was happy!

Housewife Savant said...

Good score on the wicker table. I LOVE the sugar bowl. I have the PC chopper, but I paid full price. ('Nother good score!)
And I plan to savor Christmas decoration this year too. It's gonna be Big.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Sue....Hey the Mister did good! It means he has been paying attention to the teacher! Love that sugar bowl and good deal on the holiday bowls! We just got back from St Louis and I did a little bit of antiquing on the way there. I am so way behind in blogging....Have a wonderful rest of the holiday weekend!~Hugs, Patti

Gwen said...

I can't believe the prices! I love the sugar bowl and the Christmas bowls will come in handy, I'm sure.

Hey, get your burlap sack ideas ready. I may have hit the mecca. Art talked to the coffee roaster guy and he says that he has pallets of empty sacks. I just have to go by and pick as many as I want up! I will probably have my first giveaway, but don't worry, there will already be as many as you want with your name on them:)

Alicia said...

7 Christmas trees? I can't wait to see them. I hope you do post each one. Your husband made quite a find with that wicker table. Good job Mr. S!

Melanie Elissa said...

Oh my..you found some really great things!! I love the little wicker table!!

Sharlotte said...

Great finds! I have a Pampered Chef chopper and it's great. I love the wicker table...perfect! Thanks for sharing!

FOR THE SAKE OF TIME said...

That little table is just great! I hope we get to see your Christmas trees. I am on a Christmas House Tour for or local Garden Club this December. I am beginning to panic about all I need to do. If I can just get the themes for my trees I will fine. Of course I am using some of the things I have had for years but I do want some new treats. My overall theme is "A Family Christmas". I am using things from my childhood as well as things that were my children's. Do you do the same trees year after year or do you do different ones each year? I would love to buy a couple of the "half-round" trees, if you know what I mean. The ones I have found are very expensive. With a lot of people in the house, they would take up less room.

Have a great week.

Charla

Beverly said...

You did good! Especially with the wicker table. So jealous. Hubby and I went out to several sales on Saturday and came home empty handed. It was sad.

~Caro~ said...

I've been wanting to find a chopper!! lucky ducky!!
I found a similar table a few months ago... in the trash! Some people huh?!

Dawn said...

Hi Sue, you have to admit hubs did pretty good with that table! My favorite's the sugar bowl though. It's so pretty.

Seven Christmas Trees! I thought I was bad with three or four. Can't wait for my fist holiday season in blogland.

Dawn

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

Those are great finds and I will tell you, Ive found some amazing deals on pampered chef myself. One recently for 5$. A bread bowl like a pizza stone only a bowl. So you make a rounded loaf. Brand new. the woman said she was 'roped' into a party - I think that happens a lot

Tracy

ellen b. said...

Hi Sue! I'm really impressed with that Wicker purchase for 75 cents! Love that sugar bowl you bought for that great price, too. Have a great week...

Linda said...

Sue, THANKS for the suggestions. It's always nice to have another set of eyes! Love your wicker table and the red & white sugar bowl is adorable! Did I read correctly - 7 Christmas trees? Yikes! I'm tired already! Can't wait to see them. Linda

farmlady said...

Very nice "finds". I love the sugar bowl. It will be perfect with your white china.
I just love that you call you husband Mr. Sullivan. That's so European. So sweet and respectful.

Rhonda in OK said...

my grandmother had a wicker table just like yours - she had it on her back porch.
enjoy yours! it is so sweet.

Chari said...

Hi Sue...

My friend, you and your honey found some great deals this week! Can't believe that the pretty little wicker table was only .75 cents!!! I'm patting Mr. S on the back for finding that one!!! Love that little sugar bowl...Girl, it would look so pretty with all of my red transferware...I'd be happy to send you my address! Hehe!!! Great finds, Darlin'...I'm so happy for you!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari
PS...just left you a note on your Sunday Favorites post!

Jan said...

Great deals on everything! Love the little table and at only .75!! I've been reading about alot of people finding Pampered Chef items at yard sales! Great find with the chopper!

Brenda said...

The mister is getting very good at this! I'm taking your button with me!
Brenda

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Sue...you found some cute things...and (whisper...so did your DH...but we won't tell him.) :-)

Goodwill Haunting said...

You found some great stuff! Yes, Mr. S did find a great deal on that 75 cent wicker stand, but I think your bowls are great too. BTW, I have a PC chopper and it's wonderful! That was also a great bargain!

Joan@anthinggoeshere said...

He did great. He has had excellent training!

I love the mix of fun and practical in your purchases...

Create in me a clean heart O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 said...

Oh, GREAT deal on the table! What a steal!

Kathy said...

Sue - great find by your hubby!! Sounds like he's a good shopping partner to have.

Take care (and I grabbed your blog button).

See you soon!

Kathy

Joyce said...

Seven Christmas trees? Wow, and I complain about putting up one:)
Joyce

linda t said...

WOW!!! $3.00 for the Pampered Chef chopper??!!! That is one of my favorite cooking tools!
Love your blog... I will sooo be back!

Susie Q said...

Egads girl! $3 for that chopper??? Whoa! i LOVE mine but I paid a tad bit more than $3 crummy dineros!
Mr. Sullivan did a heckova job...but we will NOT tell him that. : )
LOVE the sugar bowl, so sweet, and all the other goodies.
You did good, real good!
Love,
Sue

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Love tht stoneware sugar bowl! Mr. S did fantastic! I mean 75 cents for that - outstanding!

Manuela