Monday, May 31, 2010

Bagging Some Bargains


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I’m joining three parties this week to showcase my bargains.

Please stop over to visit Leigh, Rhoda, and Linda by clicking on their buttons. Their participants love to show off their thrifting finds just as much as I do!

I knew it probably wouldn’t be the best week for yard sales, with the holiday and all, but I took a chance anyway.  I wasn’t wrong. Most of the sales were pretty much a bust for me. They just didn’t have what I go out looking for.

And I think I must have put 150 miles on the car over the course of the past three days, traipsing from one town to the next!  One saving grace was that I filled up the car and only paid $2.53 per gallon of gas. Does THAT qualify as a bargain?! 

This post will show you the bags of bargains I found at a sale being held only 5 miles down the road from me. It was a treasure trove of goodies and I now am asking myself , “WHY didn’t I hit this place first on Thursday?!”  I drove down to it on Saturday while the homeowners were packing up the leavings. They kindly let me poke through their garage and driveway as they boxed things up.  There was glassware galore, some furniture, and some great antiques.  They told me that anything I could fit into a plastic bag from the grocery store would be a dollar.! A dollar!!! Well, I didn’t want to appear too greedy, so I made some selective glassware selections and popped them into three bags.



I just loved the delicate base on these dessert cups. I found six of them. They will be perfect to use when serving pudding or fresh fruit.



Look at the details on the base of the cups.




I also found these  dessert dishes, which are a bit heavier than the last four and have a more traditional pattern.




Then there are these four sundae scoopers. I think I see hot fudge sundaes for dessert tonight!




I can use this simple glass serving plate for a multitude of things.  A cake, a pie, some cookies.  Hmmmmm….does that mean I have start baking?




Check out this coffee server. It has a ribbed design and is so tall!!  It was sitting on a ribbed plate and originally priced only $2 for the set. Now that would have been a bargain in itself, but tossed into a bag with some other plates, it qualified as a major bargain!



What a sweet pattern, don’t you think?




Something drew me to this little green pitcher and bowl. It’s tiny, maybe six inches tall, or so.  Its companion piece of a small covered dish is off to the right.


So there are my $3.00 worth of thrifting bargains for the week! Not a bad haul, don’t you agree?

I’ll have the rest of my  weekend finds posted soon. I hit a sale held out in the country 47 miles from me!  Nancy had some great stuff on display at her country farm near St. Paris, Ohio. Look for a post later in the week.


Monday, May 24, 2010

Does anybody really know what time it is?

“Does anybody really care?”

Who sang that song? I just can’t remember but it has been stuck in my head all day! Where is Shelia from Note Songs when I need her? *grin*

Well, I do believe it is tea time!!


I set up this vignette on the kitchen table after finding the sweet little green wire teapot while out thrifting a few days ago. Now I know I’m not really set up for tea, but it kinda looks like a tea party, doesn’t it?



I started out with a white doilie on a simple wooden tray.


I filled the teapot with reindeer moss and topped it with a votive candle cup. It’s so open and airy and the moss smells so sweet and fresh.


An old clock face, with two small keys as clock hands, was inserted into a flower frog as a reminder that 2:00 is, indeed, teatime!


I found these unusual gold-tone teaspoons in a thrift shop many moons ago. They were hidden away in one of the kitchen hutch drawers. I keep forgetting where I place things! Do you do this, too?



To add some visual interest, I used a vintage Eiffel Tower post card and the card sent to me by Cathy at Sweet Up North Mornings when I won her paper towel holder give-away.



What a precious floral pattern on this cup and saucer…


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An old and tarnished silver-plate sugar bowl and creamer complete the mismatched tea service.


The candlesticks are chippy iron birds .



I always try to save the roses that Mr. S gives me. Although they started out as a dozen, these faded yellow stems have dwindled down to only seven, due to breakage.


I am amazed that I have kept this plant alive since December! Don’t you just love the variegation in the leaves?


I could set out another cup if you’d care to join me……

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This is my first time participating in Marty’s Table Top Tuesday. She and her participants always have the prettiest and most innovative vignettes to show.

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And since I have a semblance of a tea party going, I’m linking up to Lady Katherine’s Tea Time Tuesday.

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This is a fun new party where you can showcase your table centerpieces. Won’t you please stop by to visit The Style Sisters?

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Out in the rain to find bargains…


Despite the rain and the dreariness of the weather, it was a fairly lucrative week for thrift finds. This $20 bench needs a good sanding and some paint, but I think it will turn out just fine when it’s done. Of course, in order for me to get started on the transformation,  the weather has to cooperate and the sun has start shining so it can help dry out the sogginess of everything here in Dayton!

I’m thinking that I’d like to put a  bright color on it. Or then again, maybe a subtle yellow or a sage green, aged with  a bit of glazing. Gotta think on this…


Look how long the grass is! I need to cut it, but it’s probably too wet. I thought the old saying was,  “APRIL showers bring May flowers.”  Lately, it’s been May rainstorms bring soggy ground and long grass!!





Always on the look-out for pretty plates, I happened upon these few pretties….









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With the addition of these glass candlesticks…..




They were transformed into little catch-alls and dessert/serving plates……

And who doesn’t like desserts and treats served on pretty little serving pieces?

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All I did was use a dab of E6000 glue on the top of each candlestick to adhere it to underside of the plate. Simple, easy, peasy display pieces on the cheap, since the candlesticks and the plates were 25 cents each at a church rummage sale.


I’ll have more to show you in a later post. The sun just came out, so I’m going outside to pot some herbs and make an attempt at the grass. 


I’m linking up to the following parties. Click on the buttons to visit these girls and their participants.

It’s always fun to see what everyone else is sharing! 



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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Thrifting accessories for a simple dinner tabletop…

I used a few thrift items that I found last week to set my dinner table for tonight. I mixed some vintage pieces with some contemporary dinnerware and I think it turned out just fine.


I never get too frou-frou with my tables- I use simple place settings of flatware and dinnerware, a water or wine glass…. That’s about it, for the most part. Have to have room for the food…..

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I found these colorful and contemporary plates at Wal Mart a few weeks ago. They’re melamine and will be perfect to carry along on a picnic. They were quite inexpensive at only a few dollars apiece.


I know many of you have seen these antique sugar molds before. I paid $12 for one that has three openings and I’ve inserted mosaic patterned paper napkins as a backdrop for the silverware. The molds can be used for a variety of different purposes- you can insert candles into the openings or you can use them to arrange florals in them. I’m sure there are many more inventive ideas out there- what can you think of off the top of your head?



I showed this terrarium in the last spring cloche party, but I removed the small plant that was growing inside the eggshell that was perched on top of the pot saucer. Some of you remember that I have a brown thumb- so I’m sure I neglected it and it up and died! Replacing it with something that requires no care whatsoever was a no-brainer.


I couldn’t believe that this little candleholder cost only a dollar at one of the booths at the Springfield Extravaganza where I shopped over the weekend.



Then there’s the old bedspring with a small glass beaker inserted into it to create a bud vase. How clever and oh so inexpensive at $2.00.

Since I’m only fixing a simple meal of hot dogs and burgers on the grill tonight, the table suits me just fine. Easy peasy table and easy peasy dinner. I’ll add some corn on the cob, a salad, and I’ll be done.

I need to give myself a swift kick in the behind and get editing the photos I took of my outing to the Extravaganza. It was such fun to walk the many rows of booths whose owners were showing their wares. While there, I was able to spend some time visiting with my friend, Kathy Stanz, who blogs at Sylvia’s Vintage Daughter.

kathyThis photo of Kathy was taken by Pam Kern, another Ohio blogging friend who blogs at Frippery. I just missed seeing her at Kathy’s booth- I was probably on the other side of the fair grounds eating my ginormous pork chop sandwich. Pam and I have communicated online but haven’t met face to face, yet. Hopefully, we’ll get to see each other later this summer.

If I’d had unlimited funds, I would’ve come home with more purchases from all of Kathy’s goodies on display! She is planning on hosting a show of her own in July in her hometown of Mansfield; so that just may be an opportunity for the Ohio bloggers to get together and enjoy each other’s company. I’ll have more info on that soon. Have a great week, everyone!

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I’m linking up with Rhoda again this week for her Thrifty Treasures party. Please pay her a visit and see everyone else’s thrifty finds.

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I’m also adding this to a Debbie’s new linky party. Why don’t you drop by to see what she and her participants are doing!



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This is a new meme, so why not stop over to see what’s happening at the Style Sisters!