Monday, June 1, 2009

Goodwill Party&Thrifty Treasures

I am thrilled to be linking up with 2 of my favorite bloggy friends today. Ms Rhoda at Southern Hospitality is hosting her weekly Thrifty Treasures Party, and Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick is having a Goodwill Party. How fun is that? Sadly, I cannot think of much else that would make me happier. Thanks ladies for hosting us!
Now on to the treasures...

I got an extra early start Saturday morning to get to a sale that I spotted in an exclusive neighborhood. In fact, after I got there the lady having the sale told me she was keeping it real low key because they are not even allowed to have yard sales in this particular neighborhood. Hoity Toity.
She had some reeeeeaaaaally good stuff. The garage was full, and so was the utility room, the kitchen, and two rooms inside.
Score one for me!
I so wish I had had more money and more space and more time...all of which I had little. So I carefully looked over every single wonderful thing and made some hard decisions. The 2 large frames above were each marked $12, which was a good price to start with considering those are some heavy, good quality, highly detailed frames. They even had a stamp on the back from a very upscale frame shop in town. I asked her if she would give me a deal if I bought both and she said, sure...$15 for both.
Sold.
I plan to take the prints out and paint the frames either white or black deoending on where I decide to put them. The picture really doesn't do them justice. They are big and chunky and have beautiful intricate detail.
Love.Them.
Oh sweet nest! This sucker is huge. It was brand new in the box with a tag still attached. I paid $4 for it and was giddy with excitement!

Compared to the bench you can see the scale of this thing. I have no idea where to put it, but it was love at first sight. The picnic basket was $3 and I plan to paint it aqua blue. Can't wait for that! Now, the bench did not come from a yard sale. My mom got that for me at a thrift store on one of her trips. I just think it is the cutest thing ever. It will be even cuter when I give it a new upholstered seat.


Look at that lovely scroll work. I am sure she didn't pay more than $10 for it. She is the Queen of thrift and more than likely paid pennies for it. Seriously, her thrifty talents are enviable. That is a post in and of itself. Maybe sometime soon I will introduce you to my sweet mother and her amazing abilities. Her all time favorite place to shop is a store called Dirt Cheap, if that tells you anything. She is the master and I bow to her!
To see more wonderful treasures and Goodwill projects and finds...hop on over to Southern Hospitality and Thrifty Decor Chick!



30 comments:

Sue said...

You were right above me in Rhoda's list so you get visited first.... I really like that you will be painting the picnic basket- I just bought one and never thought to do that! After you recover the bench, you need to post it again- where will you use it?

abeachcottage@typepad.com said...

love the picnic basket, so retro, I am looking for the exact same, once I come across it woohoo I'll be painting it too

happy thrifting

Sarah

FOR THE SAKE OF TIME said...

Great finds! That picnic basket could have so many uses other than its intended one. I think I might put one on list.

Charla

Kammy said...

Love your finds... Those frames are really neat - please post them after you do your thing to them :o)
I love sales where there are great things !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Oh, Amanda! Those frames are to die for! You always find the best stuff. Love the idea of an aqua picnic basket!!! Cute! :)

daysofgrace said...

I like the nest. Good finds!

Splendid Things said...

nice job! i have a picnic basket very similar and have never thought of painting it. are you going to spray paint it? you have such great ideas!

Lee Laurie said...

You found some great stuff! I just bought a picnic basket too that I'm going to paint 'pink'. I'm going to line it with pretty pink floral fabric.

I love the frames that you found! They will be beautiful painted! They have a lot of detail.

MelanyTN said...

Ooh - yes! Great finds. I LOVE the idea of painting the picnic basket aqua. That will be SOO cute. So happy I found your blog! I'm adding it to my list. ;)

~~Carol~~ said...

Wow, what a steal on those frames! Love that bird's nest, and the picnic basket. I've got one like that, and I never thought of painting it. Hmmmm.....

The Tattered Cottage said...

Great finds...I love the nest! Please post after your transformations..can't wait to see them :)
Toni

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

What good finds - I LOVE that bench! I can think of so many places it would work. Yeah for you.

Kristina P. said...

YOu seriously have the best eye.

Jennifer said...

Wow... great finds!!

Steph said...

You got a great deal on those frames. They are beautiful Can you imagine what they must have origanly cost? Love that nest too!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Amanda, those are such great things you found! Love them all & you're right about those frames. You can do so much with those. I think I have a duplicate to your birdsnest that I found at a yardsale last year. Love the picnic basket & your mom's find of the stool is too cute. Thanks for playing today!

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

Love your new treasures! I can't wait to see the aqua picnic basket. Gosh, I bet it will be so pretty! I really want to paint a picnic table that I'm begging my hubby to build, aqua.

Mandi said...

Seriously? I am so jealous! Way to go and I can't wait to see what all you do with it! Your mom sounds like my kind of lady. I love a fellow bargain hunter!

Ashley ~ said...

Not sure why I am so into birds these days, but I love that bird nest of yours*! Good find*! _Ashley ~

Carmen said...

Wow!!!! You found some great things! :)

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

Those frames made me swoon! I saw them and was like, WOW! I can't wait to see what you do with them!

jenjen said...

What wonderful finds. I love the frames and those nests are darling. You always find the cutest things!

XOOX
Jen

Allidink said...

Great finds! I love thrifting!

All the best,
Allison

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

What a grand nest! Wonderful!

Molly said...

A store called Dirt Cheap sounds like the most wonderful thing EVER.

Great finds!

melissa said...

Amanda~you did good!! Some great finds~I love neighborhoods that don't allow garage sales~and especially those who do it anyway! :) Can't wait to see what you do with it all...

Tiffany said...

That's so great that you found that garage sale! Great finds. I can see the potential in those gorgeous frames! Way to go! Can't wait to see what you do with them.

Ann said...

Nice picnic basket...and the nest would be such a charming touch in any home or garden space.

Pam Walter said...

These finds are all terrific! Why don't I ever get that lucky when I go scrounging? www.satisfiedsole.com

Lee said...

I love the shoes.. perfect for singin... as for Goodwill... my sister and I renamed it "Bon Voulior" which is french for Goodwill. Love your blog... I am new at blogging and just checking out the blogging world.

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