July 13, 2012

Thrift Desert

My adventures in thrifting have been disappointing lately. Rain and family events have prevented most weekend yard sales attendance, my illness kept me housebound for a couple of weeks, and times I've been out since have been lackluster, to say the least. I've  picked up a couple of books for resale and a  few for us to read, a tee shirt or two and that's about it. Some scores from earlier in the summer, though, are this:

a nice plaid vintage table cloth for $1.00. 

In May at the normally grossly overpriced Goodwill store I stumbled upon a gift for my husband:

This is a combination adjustable easel and paint box made by Aaron Brothers. It was marked $9.99. We looked at the same piece in Texas  Art Supply the following weekend and saw it priced at $89.99, so quite a score. 

I've wanted a terrarium for a while and thought about asking for one at Christmas time till investigation showed they were very expensive, whether online or in local stores. It was thus a thrill to find this one in another fairly lame Goodwill store, for $12.99. It is big and ornate, made of wrought iron and glass. I love it.


Not the greatest picture, but you get the idea. Everything else on the buffet came from thrifts too, except the box of silver from my in-laws when they downsized. The butterfly tin, vintage clock, lamp, glass bottle and two pedestals were thrift store finds, with the matching yellow stands found in different stores on separate shopping trips. Oh, and the buffet itself is oak with barley twist legs and was $60 at a yard sale in the early 1980s. 

This chair replaced another one in the living room. It made an appearance in the fairy garden post, but is still one of the better finds of the summer:

It's in excellent condition and came with a cushion not shown. It was $28 at the Sand Dollar. 

Like everything else in life, thrift scores can be feast or famine. At least I'm old enough to hang on when good deals are thin on the ground and know the next fabulous finds can show up at any minute. 

Have your discoveries been skimpy or nonstop lately? Good luck!



Karen Mary Butterfly said...

For not getting out much you sure got a good haul here. The chair is in fabulous condition! Love it. I know how you feel though, a few events or family deals on Saturdays and I start to get antsy for garage sales. I think I am in clear for tomorrow! :) Rain....has never been a issue as I live in California, so from May to November we rarely see it. Hope you don't get more of that... especially on a Saturday morning!

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

500 million trees! That's awful. Yes, in that case you are happy to see the rain. When we get rain we are very excited! It's such a novelty! Well, I hope that some wonderful rummage fair pops up for you soon with so many treasures you are overwhelmed with excitement!

Anne said...

oh how I love a good bargain and those are fabulous!! Thanks for popping by my blog & leaving such a sweet comment.

Happy Saturday!

Eclectically Vintage said...

I've been on a thrift shop score roll! Looks like your finds are fabulous too - that easel is perfect!

daisypetals said...

This is Melissa @ Daisy Mae Belle. Love your thrifty finds. I find that my Goodwill is also terribly overpriced at times. Like I could buy it brand new in the store for cheaper than their prices. But, then there are also those amazing scores to be found! Life to the full to you!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

I know what you mean -- some trips are very frustrating, especially when you not only don't see anything good but what you see is junk and overpriced! I guess it's the 'thrill of the hunt' that keeps us going! Love that tablecloth the best!

Keeping it Cozy said...

I love that easel! Always so fun to find such great things.