Friday, August 23, 2013

Inspired by Mad Maine!

I got inspired to go do some thrifting yesterday after I watched this You Tube video from Mad Maine where she had a $30.00 budget to spend. So go check it out, I know you'll be amazed at what treasures she found and why I decided to go see what I could dig up!

Now, I know I have plenty of inventory already but you know what?  We live out in the country, so I try to combine my outings with getting as much accomplished as I can. 

A few weeks ago, Noel and I decided it was time to get our eyes examined and I needed to get my new glasses adjusted. To make this a worthwhile 100 mile round-trip, I first  went to the thrift stores, three of them in fact.  After I finished thrifting,  I went to Walmart to get my glasses adjusted, did a little grocery shopping, and cruised on home ...It worked out great! 

First stop was a shop I had never been to before and I was excited!  Misplaced excitement as it turned out, but I found a few things and spent $4.00.

5 Needlepoint & Crafting pamphlets, a little 5 X 8 notebook,
 and a really pretty 
Lefton Holly China Christmas Tree relish dish.

I collect the dark green Lefton Holly Berry pieces like this one like this one I found here, so this dish is headed on over to the Texas Treasure Box Shop over at the Grand Oaks Antique Mall.

And if you are interested in making your very own 
Rodeo Drive Designer Denim Jacket, well, I've got just the thing for you!

Beverly Hills Denim ~
Fun for the whole family, circa 1990! Sweet!
Check it out here!

My next shop-stop was my favorite stop for the day!

25% off Senior Citizens Discount Day!

And I remembered to bring a donation, so I got a 15% off coupon for my next visit, and I remembered to bring my 2 discount cards to get them combined,
and now I only need to spend $25.00 more dollars to get $10.00 off my purchases... and believe me, 
speaking as a Senior, it's hard to remember to do all this stuff!  8-) 

I spent $14.98 here, less my 25% discount with tax = $12.46 total

 Sorry for the fuzzy iphone pics,BUT look at this stuff!
A pair of Anchor Hocking Boopie candlesticks, an un-signed Peter Zook
Abundance hex sign, a 10" Texas Ware confetti mixing bowl, an uncut completely adorable Sunrise Designs 1T to 4T Dress Up Pageant Dresses pattern!
Those vases in the back I'm going to use to corral all my wine corks till I get them packaged for resale.

AND I found 10 books to sell and one that would be fabulous for altered art, especially since somone already cut some pages out of the middle of it!

But I'll have to show you those another time because ...
 my super cheap thrift store is going
to open in an hour and I need to go get ready to shop!

See you next time!

Oh, before I go, as I said earlier I went to 3 thrift stores...this last one I found only one thing...ta da!

Right now these beautiful brass scallop shell bookends are residing in my Summer time Four Seasons bathroom...because I can't find my tote that is holding all the rest of my Summer time stuff!  Wah!

 Remember how fabulous it looked last Summer?

So, altogether I spent $20.46!


Friday, August 16, 2013

Vintage Teak Dansk Peppermill

A small interlude ... 
For Your Viewing Pleasure!
A Vintage  Dansk Teak Pepper Mill.
A thrifting treasure found nearby...

So yes, I am coming  back from my blogging hiatus... 
There have been many changes around here...mostly good I think ...
AND it appears that anytime anything changes...I go into a funk! 
 There, I've admitted it...I've been in a funk for 10 months... 
What's up with that you ask?

Well, here are the bullet points...
  • Our son Patrick graduated from college - GOOD!
  • My oldest brother is ill - NOT GOOD!
  • My sister Tamara moved from Pleasanton, TX to Ft. Worth - I THOUGHT IT WAS A GOOD IDEA!
  • and took her cat, Mama Kitty (who lived with me for 9 months while she was in Pleasanton) with her - MIXED FEELINGS ON THAT ONE...
  • Then our daughter Julia moved out - VERY MIXED FEELINGS ON THAT ONE ...
  • Then I opened a booth in a Vintage Mall in Columbus - WHAT?  I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TO DO?
  • Then Tamara and Mama Kitty moved to Mexico - THAT SHOULD BE EXCITING ... & GOOD!
  • Then our son Patrick accepted a job offer that moved him to New York City - VERY GOOD!
  • I've been listing books on Amazon, I now have over 2100 books listed, sales have sucked big time - WHAT'S UP WITH THAT AMAZON?
  • I've been dithering about opening a shop on Etsy - PROCRASTINATION...
  • I've also been dithering about opening a shop on eBay - MORE PROCRASTINATION!
  • We have been fostering Pat's 2 cats - Nandi & Fro since May - CAN YOU SPELL, I'M  ATTACHED?
  • In 2 weeks he will be here so he and Noel can move his stuff and his cats up East - MIXED, MIXED, MIXED!

Or, maybe I should just realize how fortunate I really am?  IDK, what do you think?

 Here's my hero! Noel is building me a porch for my studio that I blogged about getting, oh, May of 2012!

 This isn't even all of the mugs I have!  Crikey!
 Racks and piles of clothing...oh, and more mugs and books!
 I  declare! Those books you see in the box are being donated, yes!
Running out of room....need to make some sales!
Believe it or not, this is looking good!
Pencil sketch!  What a neat application!
Ah!  It's great to be back!