Saturday, June 7, 2014

What Goldilocks Saw...and Belated Thrifty Life Thursday Features & Party # 21

I figured out I have a "thing" for miniature chairs. I don't really USE them, but I can't pass one by at the thrift store. 

I often paint them with white spray paint or plaster paint, and list them on Etsy. 

If I had a really large home...or more than one medium sized home...I might keep them and use them. I find them so charming!

But for now, they must go to Etsy. 

The three twig chairs are fairly recent finds...different places and times. 

I'm trying to decide what to do with them - keep them together or sell them separately? 

Keep them natural, or paint them. White or some pretty color?

I'd love your input!

Now, for the features from Thrifty Life Thursday #20:

Linda from Itsy Bits and Pieces changed the feel of her living room by creating a gallery wall of paintings she has collected over time...some from thrift stores and one amazing painting of her Pug by her talented daughter!
It suits you so well, Linda!

vintage trunks, shipping trunks

Donna, from Distressed Donna Down Home, found a most adorable mini-trunk - not only was it from Goodwill, but her Goodwill has half-price hours! (Now, that's a great spin on "Happy Hour" in my book.) I have never, ever seen one this size. Her post name really had me laughing out loud. 

school lockers

Doreen from Altered Artworks shared a transformation of a metal locker. If you like this one, she has MORE coordinating storage items as well. Doreen, a tour may be in order...

My humble apologies for the tardiness of this post! VBS week was amazing, and I was tired...


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This is a gathering for people who enjoy hunting for treasures 
that may have previous experience or lived a former life elsewhere. 
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    • Hand-me-downs and curbside finds are welcome, as are items found in thrift stores, garage sales, antique shops, flea markets and other interesting places.
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      Word for the Day:
      Hebrews 10:24-25
       And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

      Tuesday, June 3, 2014

      My $20 Garage Sale Morning

      Last Saturday morning, Julie and I decided to go to garage sales. It was our first time out since last summer.

      The first two places in my neighborhood were baby clothes and not much of anything of interest to me...what they had was overpriced. I didn't spend a dime.  

      We decided to go to an Estate sale, though they are generally considerably more expensive than garage sales here. I picked up a hand-crochet lace collar as well as a lace edged curtain - $1 each. I hadn't gotten cash yet, as these were on the way to the ATM. Julie loaned me a $20 bill to get me through till we got there.

      That must have broken the ice, because I began finding things I thought I couldn't live without after that. 

      I bought a lamp for $2, which will get a makeover.

      I also found a styro pumpkin for .50c, which will get a makeover as well. The same sale netted a .50c frame. I have one just like this, only smaller. 

      The next sale brought me the deal of the day...a solid wood writing desk in a lovely Gustavian style!

      What??? You don't see it? Look beyond the chippy gold paint, markers and "you are special" sticker. Do you like the hardware as much as I do?

      So, it was missing a couple of pieces of molding around the center drawer...if I can't match it, I'll take it off. A little time with Mr. Clean and his magic eraser, a coat or two of plaster paint and some wax...oh, baby. I can see it in my head. 

      The best part? $5. And they even loaded it in Julie's car for us. :)

      Moving on...a couple of vintage books - one will be deconstructed, the other left as-is. .50c each. 

      A framed print from Italy, some cherubs, and a gold leafed table top frame - .50c each. In case you're counting, we are up to $12.50 now.

      4 rugs - 3 chenille in beige & white, and one woven in gray and beiges - for $3. I got a volume discount. They're like new.

      A basket that looks as though it was never used - $1.

      Ditto for a champagne bucket. A buck.

      $17.50 and counting. A small cutting board - .50c

      Two Martha Stewart books - .50c each.  They're older, but the style still works - classic. I found several inspiring things in them.

      What do you think about this funky mirror? 1970's leather work, mounted on wood. I thought it might work in Hannah's is or possibly painted or stained darker. See the .50c price tag?

      It was around 11:00 a.m., hot and sunny. We were getting ready for some brunch and a cold drink, and about to have our fill of Garage sales for the day. We stopped at ONE MORE...just because. Julie asked, "Do you have any money, or do you need more?" I said, "I have .50c left."

      After looking around, I found one more thing I thought I might like, flipped it over and saw a .50c price tag.

      It's not wood, but resin, but it's pretty. You can't see the gilding in this photo. I don't know if I'll paint it or not...probably YES. Or it might go to Hannah...she has a birthday coming soon!

      As we were walking to the car, Julie asked, "What did you get?" I showed her. She said, you had enough for it? I flipped it over to show her the price on the back, and she just laughed. "Well, that worked out just perfect!" 

      We went for breakfast burritos and lemon water...and called it a very good day. 

      Word for the Day:
      Psalm 23:6
      Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

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