Sunday, May 2, 2010

THRIFTING 101

Friday presented an opportunity to go "thrifting" with a friend. Now I am the first to admit I am not good at "thrifting" or yard sales for that matter. I tend to come home with something I don't really want or need, because I often feel guilty if I don't make a purchase. Now, when my friend approached me about attending this thrift sale (she is a pro at this I might add) and knowing it was being held at a local church ( a good cause) and also knowing perennials were involved I jumped on board. At 8:45 we arrived, the line was out the door, people of all ages were waiting patiently with cloth bags and coffee in hand. My first target the plants, now all of the plants I purchased were on my "wish" list that I had put together last winter. A Mayapple, Solomon's Seal, and two variegated Hostas I located for the shade garden. Hens and Chickens, Sedum and Golden Glows for a sunny location. Grand total $8.25. WOW! As I wandered further into the building I spied this lovely antique covered dish for $3.00. I thought it would be perfect for my Mom (she is the queen of dish collecting) it could hold her everyday jewelry or even a plant. I am sure she will come up with a clever idea for it's use. Next for $2.00 I purchased this Currier and Ives platter which matches my dishes. Prior to this I had purchased one for $14.00 at an antiques mall- this definitely was a good buy!
Last but not least a set of glass decanters for $2.00. I figured they could hold bathroom items, small collections, bird's nest, or even small soaps. The more I think about it I am leaning towards using them for terrariums or building tiny fairy gardens in them.
Or I could adhere these French labels and use them as storage containers.
Well my grand "thrifting" total was $15.25-worth every penny. I also had the good fortune to spy a fellow blogger, Tiff, proprietor of the blog "Folded Gingham". I introduced myself and got a peak at Mason the newest addition to her family. So there you have it, a great way to spend a Friday morning, "thrifting" friends are just the greatest thank you Becky and Elizabeth too. I hope we can do this again real soon!




14 comments:

Eve said...

Oh boy Julie! that is a good bunch of stuff for the dosh!! (a little English lingo there). Wow I'm very impressed. I love the glass jars and yes...soap or plants!!

Pondside said...

Wow, you did well!
Our favorite plant sale takes place next weekend, also at a church. I'll buy all my geraniums and lots of the perennials on my wish list.

Kim said...

Great stuff! But you have to tell me what a "fairy garden" is? Sounds very cute and fun.

Linda said...

Sounds like a very good 'shopping' trip. Don't you love it when you find lovely little bargains?

Anonymous said...

True to your word the covered dish is beautiful, can't wait to have it in hand to display. what a great time you girls had treasure hunting. wish I could have gone too.bohics

Anonymous said...

True to your word the covered dish is beautiful, can't wait to have it in hand to display. what a great time you girls had treasure hunting. wish I could have gone too.

rockriverstitches said...

Wow! You did awesome!! Lucky you, you got those glass decanters! I'm looking to make a terrium too. The ones with the moss in them sure are hot now a days, especially on etsy.

Tammy

Farm Girl said...

That is amazing, that people would give away that kind of stuff or that you were in the right place at the right time. It is all beautiful. It is nice you went with someone who knows what they are doing. I just don't have the eye.
I love the labels. I am going to do this real soon. Thanks for sharing all of the wonderful finds.

Rural Rambler said...

Julie you done good! I love the covered dish :) Those little plants got a good home!

My word verification. topittle. Cracks me up this morning :)

Rural Revival said...

I think you can now consider yourself a full fledged thrifter. : ) Well done!

~Andrea~

Gail said...

You shall be hooked now.

hip chick said...

Great finds! there is a plant sale this weekend at the tea shop down town and I hope to find some goodies. Your C & I platter matches my plates as well. I got a bunch of dinner plates second hand for about $3.00!

CountryFun said...

If you want more Solomon's Seal, I have some I would love to pass your way. It needs a new home- has over grown the garden space I have for it.
I'll even deliver.

Sherrie said...

Hi there. I had to stop by and introduce myself. Tiff told me that she met you at the sale. I got there later at the sale but had worked at the sale getting it ready. I was the one that priced the casserole dish and plate that you got. I am so glad to see it went to a fellow blogger and not an antique dealer. You know what I mean. My blog name is A Conversation at Goodwill. I hope that you have a chance to stop by for a visit. Glad you got some good stuff at the sale.