Monday, August 2, 2010

Vintage, Thrifty & Birthday Party Time & Giveaway

I wanted to take a moment to say thank you for all the kind comments I have been receiving about my new shop, 2nd fl Thriftiques. So many of you have written that if you were up in Maine, you would be stopping by for a visit. That gave me the idea, that since you all couldn't come to Maine, that I could bring Maine to you with a Maine Celebration Giveaway.

So before I tell you about the giveaway, just to let you know that I am joining in with Linda @ Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday, Suzanne @ Colorado Lady for Vintage Thingie
Thursday and one other party that I haven't visited in awhile, Sue @ Its a Very Cherry World for Wednesday is Rednesday. (Please click on these links to visit or on their buttons in my sidebar.) Boy can these ladies party. Please be sure to see what treasures and great finds they have in store for you.

NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY: Nothing says Maine more than lobster and the lucky winner will receive a few of these red crustaceans, sorry not the edible ones. First for the thrifty finds, I will be giving away a lobster dish towel and a canvas wine tote with embroidered lobster. I found both, brand new, at Goodwill, each for $.99. I actually bought 4 of the wine totes and 6 of the towels. The Maine cookbook, brand new, was purchased at a bookstore going-out-of-business sale at 90% off the original price. The nautical coasters represent the vintage side of things, they are marked made in Yarmouth, Maine 1981.

Every window needs a glass lobster sun catcher. This was a lawnsale beauty for $1.00. There will be a few more Maine items going into the give away, but I want the rest to be a surprise. You all know how a give away works, please leave a comment and say howdy for one chance to enter, become a follower or let me know you are already a follower for a second chance.
Giveaway ends August 10th.

I love this lobster plate that was used in my giveaway button. It is huge and would easily hold 3 lobsters. You won't find it marked McCoy, Haeger, or even Hull, but rather it is a "Dee" original, whomever Dee is. The date of this Maine Masterpiece is 1969.

Now in 1969, I was 9 years old, Yes, you do the math, that means I am 50. Actually, I am officially 50 today. I was going to write a more poetic piece of prose, an actual volume of my life's history than just the Cliff's Notes version, a retrospective of my life and times, looking back over the years, and concluding with asking myself the million dollar question, what does the future hold and am I ready? Then I thought .......... Nah! I am ready for the future, whatever awaits me. I am eager to begin a new adventure. After all, isn't 50 the new 40? The past is just that, it can't be changed and my regrets are few. There is very little I would do over if given the chance. So as the french say C'est La Vie.

I will say that from day one, I was ready to start living. In fact, I was due in October and decided that I couldn't wait the extra 3 months, tired of just sitting around. There were things to do, places to go and people to see. So under 3 pounds I came into this world full of energy and confidence. The doctors were skeptical, it was after all 1960 and hospitals were not equipped with state of the art neo-natal equipment as they are today. Needless to say, I proved them wrong.

It's my birthday! So let the party begin. Pull up a Red chair from my fabulous vintage table. (Bought the table and chairs at an Auction 10 years ago for $50.)

Put on your Red party Hat, $1.99 Goodwill find (Just yesterday).

What looks like a gray stripe is actually a see-through band. It is a fun piece of French Fashion befitting a birthday girl. I gotta look ooh-la-la and tres chic for Fifty.

Then pour yourself a drink, vintage Coke, how refreshing. Yes, that would be me, white gloves, daintily holding my drink, with extended pinkie. Remember, I am going for tres chic, elegance, and all that stuff for turning 50.

I will leave you with this one last piece of vintage-red-thriftiness. Here I am pictured below, the dress is red and thrifty, bought at JC Penny at the end of the season for $12.00 and the vintage is me at 50. Oh no, I am what we say in the business as MID-CENTURY!!! I guess it means I just got more valuable.

So please be sure to stop over and visit with Sue, Suzanne and Linda for all their great parties and then visit Maine with my Maine Celebration Giveaway. I look forward to seeing you. If any of you are ever up in Maine, lobster dinner is on me (along with the cornbread, steamed clams and blueberry pie). Have a great day.

I am off to go Goodwill shopping. With your Goodwill discount card you get 25% off your purchases on your birthday. I will have gone to 5 Goodwill stores by lunchtime when I am due back in the office. What treasures await. Don't worry, I will show you.

Got it at Goodwill


Linda@Coastal Charm said...

2nd-Please count me in on this outstanding GIVEAWAY...I love how NIFTY THRIFTY your items are!
3rd-I'm now a follower...I thought I had already done this.
4th-Thanks for coming to my PARTY!


Mimi said...

Happy Birthday, Sherrie!

I love the table and chairs...we had the same set except the chairs were yellow...ah, the memories made at that table.

So, what did you find at GW? I am going today for 25% Senior Day. It used to be on Mondays but they said they had to change it to Tuesdays for corporate reasons, guess all the stores have to be the same...darn, I liked it when each one was on a different day!

OMG, I love that lob-stah platter! You know I am a faithful follower...

~~Carol~~ said...

Happy Birthday To You
Happy Birthday To You
Happy Birthday Dear Sherrieeeee,
Happy Birthday To Youuuuu!!!!
I hope you have a fantastic birthday, and that you find lots of goodies at Goodwill! Oh, and don't through my name in the hat, because unfortunately my husband is allergic to shellfish, so we can't do lobster over here!

the cape on the corner said...

coming over from nifty thrifty tuesdays, and i am sooo jealous of that steal of a table! i am on the look out for one just like it for our basement remodel!

happy birthday and what fun lobster goodies!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

First, The happiest of Birthdays to you!!
50 is so awesome! I am 10 years ahead of you and it's a blast! I really do hope your day is fabulous!

I would love to be entered into your wonderful fun giveaway! I love Maine and the lobster...yum! Still having such cute items will make up for not having the edible kind right now!

I am a happy follower of your wonderful blog.


Barbara Jean said...

Love the red table and chairs!!
Those chairs are heavy, but very comfortable.

barbara jean

Kati @ Obscured Flair- said...

Happy Birthday!!!!!! I hope your year is fabulous!!!

Sally Annie Magundy said...

Happy happy 50th Birthday!!! We believe in celebrating your entire bday week, so wishing you a week filled with all the people and things that you love! Hoping you had lots of fun at GW and you found lots of great things, to use that 25% off on.

I adore your table and chairs, so much fun!

Happy Birthday and Rednesday,

Genie Robinson said...

Dear Sherrie...
I am new to your blog...this post is a GREAT one for a Rednesday. Your kitchen table and the red chairs are just the best. My son and daughter-in-law have a set like yours, but their chairs are green and yellow. I prefer your RED!

LV said...

Enjoyed all the interesting things you shared today. Blessings on your special day. You are a very attractive lady in her red.

Lesa said...

Happy Birthday! What a fabulous dress! And I love the table-- my grandmother had a yellow chaired version that I'm going to try and track down-- maybe an uncle has it.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Love that table and chairs!! I wish I had room for that in my kitchen!!


Ann said...

Hi Sherrie~You always, always find the best treasures!!! I am so impressed. I do visit Goodwill stores and do find treasures but certainly not like you do. I swear, one day I'm coming to Maine!!!
I love your giveaway items and would be thrilled to have a lobster or two in my home.
The Tattered Tassel

Jan LaFollette said...

Happy Birthday...awww, your just a "kid"! I say that 'cause I do have kids that age! Your give aways are awsome, all with a touch of Maine. I'm another one who likes your table, I have an old red and white enamel top kitchen table with the chrome legs, no matching chairs tho'. Hope you found lots of goodies at GW.

SueLovesCherries said...

Ooh, Sherrie, I looked up on Google and you're only 2-1/2 hrs. from me! I'll have to plan a day trip getaway sometime!

What a fantastic giveaway - and so appropriately Maine-ish. As a teen in the 70's we would go up to Chesuncook Village at the north end of Chesuncook Lake for summer visits. My inlaws are from Oldtown.

craftyles said...

Happy Birthday and Happy Rednesday! I love all your thrifty finds this week Your kitchen table is so cute-love it!

Popcorn Served Daily said...

Well Happy Birthday to you, my fellow Goodwill shopper. Happy Birthday! I hope you had a "Good" day.

I'm sure you got some smokin' good deals that will make me sooooo red with envy!

Speaking of red, I'm loving that vintage table.

You know, I'll hold you to that dinner in Maine, I'm just like that!

Take care and as we say in the Southwest,

Feliz Cumpleanos. (Happy Birthday)


Bearly Sane said...

Happy Birthday youngster!
My heavens that table looks like it's come off the set of Happy wonderful!
Happy REDnesday to you.
Sandi @ Bearly Sane

AshTreeCottage said...

Happy Birthday!! Love that kitchen table!!

Susan and Bentley

Melody said...

Happy Birthday Sherrie!
I've been reading your blog a while...I'm a follower today and you'll find yourself on my blog list ;) Us 1960'ers gotta stick together. I'll be 50 in's only a number...some'm 80 ( have been like that with a bad knee gotten in HS at 16) Other days like when I hear the old Disney songs I'm 10...soooooo...pick a number and go for it :)
Love the giveaway finds!
Have a Happy Rednesday B'day!

svelteSTUFF said...

You had better be careful what you offer, we travel from Upstate NY to Maine a couple of times a year and my husband LOVES LOBSTER!! - personally I'd rather have the inside scoop on the thrifting 'hotspots'!!!!!
PLEASE enter me for your WONDERFUL giveaway and HAPPY HAPPY B-day!!

svelteSTUFF said...

(I'm a follower now TOO!!)

Self Sagacity said...

Happy Birthday. What great finds! Wish we have good thrift stores around, but we don't...sighs.

Anonymous said...


Wendy said...

I absolutely love the hat. The table is so great as well. Happy Rednesday. I was glad I stopped by and saw all your red goodies. Very fun.
Have a Wonderfully Mad and Curiously Enchanted Day......
Wendy from Wonderland

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Happy Birthday and I'm so glad you get to celebrate it doing what you enjoy!

Sue said...

Happy birthday and what a great Maine contest. Hope I win.

Coloradolady said...

Happy Birthday! Thanks for sharing with us today! I love that table and is so amazing...have a great VTT!

Rose said...

happy birthday. I'm 61 and it's not bad you can get good discounts at movies, stores you did well atthe goodwell store. our store isn't very good. have a good day. Rose

Roslyn said...

Congrats on the new 40! So what is ...almost 70 ?!
My DH is from Boston & his Uncles were lobstermen, in fact I have a wooden thingie that is a relic from their lobstering days! Must show it on VTT, but anyway we will be in Maine in Sept. DH 's 50th. HS reunion in Boston & we are taking a few days to visit Maine so I need to know the location of your store!

Postcardy said...

Happy birthday! I love your red chairs.

Miri said...

Happy Birthday!

Love the lobster plate!

Cindy Adkins said...

What a darling post! And I hope you had a very Happy Birthday Sherrie!!!
Many blessings,

Cindy Adkins said...

P.S. I just noticed your house--it is absolutely gorgeous!!!!

Sally Annie Magundy said...

Hi Sherrie!
Hope you had a wonderful birthday!
You asked on my blog if you could use the image from the Walker Creamery tag I posted for Rednesday. (I answered you on my blog but thought perhaps I should answer you here as well just in case.) YES, absolutely - well I mean, I believe the copyright must have run out on the image long ago (I didn't check though). I would guess the tag was 80 years old or??? And so it should be in public domain by now. I want to use it as well. :) I'd love to see what you make with it!

Happy Birthday Week to you,

P. said...

Hey, happy birthday from one about-to-turn 50 (next Tues.) to another! And yes, I've already used my 25% off at Goodwill coupon. I'd love to enter your giveaway, and be sure to stop by my blog for the Five 'til Fifty giveaways I've got going this week.

PS - You have my dream kitchen set!!

quiltmom said...

A very happy birthday- 50 is a wonderful number. You look gorgeous in your dress- a very pretty summery dress.
You found some wonderful things for your giveaway. My husband grew up in Newfoundland and misses the sea greatly. I have a quilting friend who goes to visit Mardens when she is home visiting her family in New Brunswick. They have such great deals on fabric.
May you enjoy many years of good health, wealth and prosperity.
Regards from a Western Canadian Quilter,

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

Happy Birthday to you! I love all your lobster themed party prizes.


My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

I follow you.


Anonymous said...

What a wonderful post. I was raised on Long Island, but I'm a New Englander at heart. Your lobster goodies are awesome. Happy, healthy birthday!!

Sue said...

Hi Sherrie- I'm sending you some Birthday Wishes! In my mind, age is only how you feel- and in my mind, I'm still really, really young. LOL Fun finds at your GW. Ours here in Dayton are terrible for the most part. No bargains( they think they are a regular retail store), the very occasional good find, and no special sale days. I can't believe what other stores across the country do with their % off days. I think your lobster platter was the best find here. Fabulous colors in it and the vintage chrome table set! Growing up, we had a red laminate top table w/matching red vinyl upholstery, and those chairs were heavy, heavy, heavy...
What a fun offer for your Maine give-away. Thanks for stopping by my blog and directing me over to here. I'll be visiting older posts soon- I still have a lot of work to get done before the day is over.
:-) Sue

Completely Coastal said...

Happy 50!!! I'll be celebrating that early next year!

And, oh please sign me up for this great giveaway!!!!!! Thanks for the chance!