Life should be so simple that we could spend every day playing with dishes and visiting with friends and family.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Thrifty weekend finds
This is my first time to join to join others in their weekly postings. I chose Rhoda's Today's Thrifty Treasures at Southern Hospitality for my inaugural plunge into blogging. I had a small blog at Christmas, but just posted photos to share with some cyber friends on a forum. I have been reading and admiring all your posts since then. Thank you Rhoda for letting me participate today.
I love thrift store shopping and yard and garage sales. So, this is a very appropriate first plunge for me. I used to laugh about my Mom spending hours in Goodwill, the Salvation Army TS, and at garage sales. Now, I have become my Mom! I feel very close to her as I make my weekly rounds. I even run into one of her friends often and we have a good laugh together.
I have found a new passion in dishes and tablescapes. This is like an addiction to me and I am happiest when I am looking for something new to add to my collection. Unfortunately, dishes and the centerpieces have to be stored somewhere, so this brought about a new problem for me. I have a large cabinet that my late father-in-law made as a storage place. It is in my garage and was filled up rather quickly. I had everything from dishes to glassware, centerpieces, etc. in it when I first started around the first of the year. I quickly outgrew this cabinet and now have dishes in two large kitchen cabinets that used to store my electric appliances and my baking goods. I also have a china cabinet that is full.
So, Saturday, I set out to find some type of cabinet that could house glassware. I didn't have room for this in the house, so needed something that I could store in the garage. I went from estate sales to garage sales, to yard sales and even hit all of the area thrift stores. I was about to come home without a cabinet, when I noticed a sign for a sale that was out in the country. I decided to make one last stop. I am so glad that I did, because I found a great cabinet for only $12.50!
Everything was spread out across the yard and then into a barn like building. I spied the cabinet alongside an antique bed and dresser. I started not to even look at it because I figured it was a set or too expensive. However, I was shocked to see the price tag on the cabinet. I hurried into the barn area and told the woman that I wanted to buy the cabinet. She immediately told me that this other woman standing there had just asked about it and that she had to go check the price.
I was deflated. I had found another cabinet earlier in the week at one of our Goodwills that someone bought while I was standing in line to purchase it. It was $29 and not nearly as big as the one I found Saturday.
The woman came back inside and said that it did have a $12.50 price on it. Then her husband laughed and said he guessed we'd have to flip for it. I was so sad and told them that I just couldn't seem to have luck with a cabinet because the same thing had happened earlier. The woman who was interested in the cabinet looked at me and told me that I could have it. She said that she really didn't have room for it without moving something out.
I was shocked and sooooooooo happy. $12.50 cabinet
Inside of the cabinet
Here it is loaded with glassware.
DH will add one more shelf to this---maybe two if I shift things around and can use shorter glasses on one shelf.
I would have been content with only finding my cabinet for the day's work, but I also picked up lots of other goodies. Take a peak.
Watermelon cookie jar from a yard sale. It was marked $5, but I stopped back by on Sunday to check about something else and he let me have this for $3.
At the same sale, I noticed this pretty purple silk floral arrangement and I asked about it. I got it for $1. I have several sets of dishes that it will look great with.
My favorite glassware find is this darling pumpkin teapot. It looks great with a pumpkin soup tureen that I found in a thrift store recently.
These animal print looking dinner plates were only $2 at the Crisis Center Thrift Store. They were having a 50% off sale on all glassware. I have four salad plates that look great with them.
Also from the 50 off sale were these amber colored glasses. They were marked 75 cents each. I picked up eight of them.
This little basket has a fruit motif on the actual basket, but it was the large pineapple and other fruit that I liked. I found it at Goodwill for $2.
I have been looking for things to use on a patriotic table and found these blue dishes at our Goodwill. Someone had pulled the tape apart that had linked the 4 dinner plates, salad plates, and bowls together. The long pieces of the tape were still attached to the DPs. I gathered them all up and took them to the front not knowing the price. I got all of them for $5.
I hope you enjoyed seeing all my amazing bargains this week. Be sure to go over to Rhoda's blog at Southern Hospitality to view her bargains and to find links to all the others participating.
I just realized that all my photos are off center and the right side cut off. I don't know what happened. They look fine in the preview. The photos were so large that I used Paint to reduce them. I use this to post photos on other sites by using the Stretch/Skew function and reduce both to 20%. This means that every photo has to have this done and it be resaved and renamed. Now, I realize that it didn't work and messed up the photos. Is there an easier way?
Welcome to my blog. I made a Christmas blog to share photos of my holiday decor with some cyber friends. However, I didn't keep posting after the holidays and decided that I liked it as a special tribute to my favorite time of the year. I intended to post on it monthly on Rudolph Day on the 25th of each month, but life got in the way and I haven't posted since December. I am a Christmas nut and really plan and celebrate it all year long.
During the fall I found a holiday forum on Garden Web and started visiting there in addition to my two holiday favorite sites Our Home for the Holidays and Magical Holiday Home. The wonderful people over at GW got me hooked on dishes and tablescapes. I even me a few of the same members on the HGTV decorating forums and have been following their blogs all year.
I finally decided that I wanted to participate in blog land and not just read and look, so here I am. I am hoping to participate in Tablescape Thursday, Foodie Friday, and some of the other fun things I look forward to seeing weekly.
I hope I can figure out Mr. Linky and all the other things that I have been reading about. This is all new to me and I am a bit overwhelmed. But, I am here and ready to have even more fun as a participant.
I love the holidays and decorating for them. I have always been a Christmas nut and have enjoyed the fall and Halloween, but never to an extreme. This year, I decided to host our first Boo Bash, Halloween Cosume Party and have found a new love!
I named this blog Haven Haunt as a contridiction of the term haven, which is where the name of where I live. Since it is for Halloween, I decided on Haven Haunt.
I have been married for 36 years and have one adult daughter and one son, who is in Heaven. We have a Mini Pin dog, named Duke and a Daushund, who just crossed over the Rainbow Bridge this past summer.