Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A Few Thrifty Finds

As I visited my blogging friends this week, it became clear that there was a posting theme going on..........showing their best vintage/thrifty/whatever made them happy finds. I thought what a great idea. Unfortunately, for me, that would be hundreds of photos to share. What can I say, lots of things make me happy. So I have picked a couple to share today for Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays with Linda @ Coastal Charm. Click here to visit.

Salvation Army Find:
1950's Maddux of California TV Accent Lamp $6.99

Here it is in my shop. I just love the way the early morning sun pours in through the shop's windows. $6.99 is more than what I normally pay for things at Salvation Army but it is a special lamp. The light bulb is located in the back of the horse on the bottom. With completely new wiring, it is ready for use. By the way, the little Black Beauty horse in the front was also a thrifty find (lawnsale) for $1.00. I always did want a pony.

Antique Mall (located in an old chicken coop) Find:
Vintage Paint by Numbers Painting $3.00

Come on, who can resist cute little kittens? I think the frame would look adorable painted cream and then hanging in a little girl's room. In fact it would be just Purrr-fect.

Let's not forget the little boys.

Church Sale Find:
1952 Science Fiction Book $.25 cents

Goodwill Find:
Orphan Salt n' Pepper Shaker $.99 cents

This little-saluting-ray-gun-toting-space cadet is ready to reach for the stars. He is adorable.

Thrift Shop Find:
Fruit and Basket $3.00

I am not sure about this find and am looking for your help to identify. It is five pieces of fruit in a basket, (made of terra-cotta pottery?) I just loved the muted colors and its "still life" presentation. Any information would be greatly appreciated. For the moment it looks great on my livingroom coffee table.

I spent the last week at auctions, several thrift stores, antique malls and of course Goodwill and Salvation Army. Oh my the finds!! Most will be going to my shop which is closed this week for a total renovation........ New displays......New inventory. I can't wait for my big reveal.

It is interesting to note that this time last year, I was at the stores, (real-retail stores, you know A.C. Moore, Target, Michaels and the Christmas Tree Shop) eagerly searching through bins of 75-90% off merchandise. It was after that, I made a resolution that I would use up things I already owned and if purchases were needed, they would be thrifty purchases only. Which means only if the items were really on sale as mentioned above, or found at Thrift Stores. My other resolutions like diet and learning a new language went out the window........but being thrifty as a way of life was an easy resolution to keep.

Speaking of being thrifty, please join Linda for her always fun party.

Got it at Goodwill
Sherrie

7 comments:

Donnie said...

Looks like you found some real treasures. Love the Five against Venus book.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Sherri,
You found some awesome items...love the fruit!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Blessings,
Linda

Linda @ A La Carte said...

This was a fun post! Yes it is hard to decide on a few favorites! You showed some great items in your shop.

Loui♥ said...

in the fruit basket, I spy a canteloupe, a mango, an apple possibly a banana..and a slice of watermelon!
neat post!!
hugs!
Loui♥

Melody said...

Hi Sherrie!
Cool finds! Love the horses. The fruit is Terra Cotta and I think it's Mexican from the late 70's early 80's. If they were all one piece and glazed I would say they could be Italian.Being a florist for 39 years I remember things like that...or is it I'm just old now.

Diann said...

Oh, you found some fun thrifts!

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

Cool stuff! You have a great eye for vintage finds. Thanks for sharing!