Wednesday, June 24, 2009


It's time for Thrifty Thursday over at my friend Leigh's place. She holds this event for us to show off something old, something new, or something blue. Well, scratch the blue, it can be any color, as long as it was a thrifty find. Maybe you even found something for free---just be sure to snap a few photos and share with us. Click on the link above and see what Leigh has to over this week and for a list of all the participants this week. We all love thrifty finds and especially love to hear comments about them. Have fun!

This last week I was on the hunt for a teapot so I could join another blog event. In the end, I bought four, but the wonder of this excursion was where I found the first one and also the other bargains picked up there. We have three Goodwill stores and one Goodwill As Is store in the little area of our two twin towns. I visit the GWs often, but have to admit that I am not a fan of the As Is store.

For one thing, it is just a mess of...well junk. The theory is that when it doesn't meet the criteria for the regular stores, it lands in the As Is store. It also is one large metal un-airconditioned building. I usually am at the Goodwill store that is next door after 5 p.m. or on Sunday's when As Is is closed.

But, over the weekend, I found myself there in late afternoon, and thought I might as well check things out.

I decided to make a quick run-through. Did I mention that it was un-airconditioned? I grabbed a basket and started down the aisles. This was not a simple task since the aisles were littered with pieces parts of items and a lot of what I would have thrown away. Well, in fact, most of it I would have thrown away. I found this little flower for $2

I started to leave, but, I was committed and forged on. I found a CD novel that I picked up for my sister's road trip to Nebraska. It turned out to not be the one that was shown on the cover, but it was only $1.

As I was quickly about to melt, I walked toward a large shop fan at the rear, just so I could continue breathing and found a table full of lamps and chandeliers. I have been looking for a light to go over my table and just haven't found anything I really wanted. I found this one on the floor under a large table. I have oil rubbed bronze on my sink and my other two ceiling lights are a bronze looking color.
Hmmm, I really like this one. It's not like I haven't seen one before at Lowes and HD, but this one was sort of lonely and neglected. I picked it up and it looked fine---no cracks or missing globes. The best part was it was $5. So, I added it to the cart. I had a ceiling fan over the table and have really been wanting to change it out to a light. This is a real bargain and fits my more rustic Southwest decor style.

I have been in bed sick for the past several days and was pleasantly surprised to see DH put the light up today. I was so excited until I realized that he didn't wash the light or the globes. Now, I get to reach up to do that. It will have to wait until I feel better. I also only had one light bulb, but just had to post this today. I think it looks pretty good for the price.

This sweating with the oldies might not be too bad.

I kept moving around and headed toward another large fan on the other end of the building. Then I rounded a corner and found this.


As I reached for it, I just knew that I was going to find the entire backside busted, but it was fine. I have no idea why they would have placed this cute little teapot in such a dismal place. And the best part was the $3 price. It was perfect and had found a new home.

I also picked up a 6 foot ficus tree that was dusty and needs a new basket or planter, but is otherwise fine. It was $5.

I offered to buy their large shop fans, but they weren't for sale. I'll probably go back to shop again, but since we have hit triple digits this week, it probably won't be for a LONG time.


  1. What fabulous finds! The chandelier looks great! Love the white teapot very pretty! I collect white teapots so I'm partial! Cute flowers in the urn. Never can have enough flowers or urns!

    Your "as is" sounds like our regular thrift shops here in the SF bay area! Except the prices are higher! No air conditioning and lots of stuff thrown about!

    Stay cool!

    Thanks for sharing!


  2. Great deals! Great thrifting! You made out well this week! Thanks for linking up~

  3. How interesting, I'v never heard of a GW As Is store ~ funny name since they are usually "as is" anyway! I guess GW Leftovers or GW Wannabes just didn't sound right. LOL! I love shopping GW. And it's right next to the grocery store I shop at, which could be a good thing or a bad thing since I'm there so often!
    Anyway, great finds!

  4. Great treasures!!
    Hugs, Lisa

  5. That is an AWESOME teapot. I'm a real sucker for beautiful tea things.