Tuesday, January 15, 2008


I took some much needed time Friday afternoon for some "thrift store therapy". I've been looking for some frames to reframe some of our pictures and to frame some of the photographs we've been taking along the way. I had to make a trip into town to sign the contract for our new booth (more info on that at a later date) and since I was going to be right there in the middle of thrift store heaven . . . 'nuff said. I picked up some great frames -some with pictures that will be repurposed and some empty.

One particular picture, I bought specifically for the frame. I didn't even pay attention to the picture that was in it until I got it home and was showing MWHITW my loot. Upon closer inspection, not only is the frame beautiful, but the picture in it is so sweet! It will stay as is and probably hang in the guest room
I also found an awesome pice of brown "brocade" fabric that I'll probably use to recover a chair down the road one day and some ordinary cloth napkins that are going to be turned into throw pillows. Cloth napkins make awesome pillows. They're sturdy, washable, usually just the right size and when you shop like I do and find them 4/$1, they are incredibly inexpensive!

YesterdayI needed to meet the handsome, talented son and his equally talented, beautiful fiance in town to give them some books that had been delivered here that they needed for class last night. They suggested that I meet them at Goodwill (have I raised that boy right, or what?!). They both found an armfull of clothes. A set of linen napkins with cross stitched roses found me!

I don't understand how people can get rid of things like this! I may never use them as dinner napkins, but you sometimes have to look past the intended purpose for things and use your imagination. My friends will tell you that I have an aversion to wrapping paper. I would rather use a lace doily or a linen dresser scarf, a vintage hankie or an embroidered napkin (and even the occasional apron) to line a basket or wrap a package and use a vintage brooch, a piece of lace or a satin ribbon to fasten it. FYI, vintage handbags make wonderful gift baskets too and can usually be picked up at thrift stores and yard sales for less than the cost of a Hallmark gift bag and they can be repurposed by the recipient in much more creative ways!

Well, I must get back to my real job. In case you haven't figured it out yet, it is perfectly acceptable for you to wait hours on end to see a doctor, but a doctor waits for NOTHING! So it's back to transcribing for me. But, before I sign off, I have to show you perhaps my (actually OUR because MWHITW spotted it first) best yardsale find(so far this year anyhow) at a rock bottom price of $60 . It is much too large for this house, but there is a perfect spot for it in the Goldens Creek house and MWHITW and I have already planned to make a joint project of doing some sanding and staining so it will "match" our antique table (a yard sale find) and chairs (flea market finds on a trip to Webster with my Junque Systers). Ahhhhhh. Life is good.

Have a wonderful, blessed day!


sister sheri said...

I love your finds! $60 for that piece of furniture... how fun it will be to do a joint project together. My husband surprised me this morning by saying that we could spend time on Saturday taking down wallpaper in the master bath... I've only been asking since we moved in almost 5 1/2 years ago. Yeah!

VintageGirlatHeart said...

You really hit the jackpot junkin' once again!!!! And yeah you def raised that boy to look for a bargain!! Nice to see young people who are not all about labels but about being "thrifty"! I enjoy receiving all of your repurposed goody bags etc....Can't wait to see all of the new goodies!!

Loving Her Beautiful said...

Thanks so much for visitng me. Shooting straws across a restaurant is one of my favorite pastimes, too!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

What wonderful finds. And that hutch is just amazing!!

Amy Wagner said...

Thanks for stopping by at my blog and playing "Fantasy Family". I do really like your story!!
I have added you to my favorites list so I can come back and read more in between my laundry and dishes and homework with 3 kids!! I like your great hutch bargain find!