Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

I just had to show off the cute Batman pumpkin that my son did for Halloween. Last year I was at the Goodwill and saw a cute set of Batman pumpkin push-ins. The package had never been opened and was $1.29. I thought my son might like it, so I bought the set. I thought at the time that they were plastic, but was pleasantly surprised when I opened up the package a few nights ago and realized that the push-ins are metal. My son is always saying there's never anything good at the Goodwill, despite me finding him several nice Lego sets for nearly nothing. Who says there's nothing good at the Goodwill?
I just had to show off the horseshoes above. A friend of mine from work retired recently and she has been crafting up a storm. I showed her one of my decorating magazines that had an article on how to embellish horseshoes and she made the adorable ones above. Way to go Debbie!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Highway 80 - Off The Road

My Mom, brother and I hit the twice-yearly Highway 80 Sale on Saturday and I found some good items, some for my booth and some for me to keep. This time we passed up some of the stops we normally hit because we know from experience that we never find anything that would be of interest to us. By that I mean antique and vintage items.
I found the red thermos for $1.00. It's the kind with glass inside, so I know it's fairly old. I don't think they make them like that anymore. I got the enamelware pan for $3.00. It's a good sized one, large enough to hold magazines.
These rusty, crusty horseshoes were purchased for .25 cents a piece. They just need a good brushing to remove some of the rust, and then they will be going in the booth.
I got all three of these items, two ornaments and a strand of beads, for .50 cents. Going to use the ornaments to decorate some vintage inspired wreaths to put in my booth for the big Christmas sale.
Two yards of Cranston Christmas fabric for $1.00! I want to make a Christmas quilt someday, so I try and pick up fabric when I find it.
This never used Coca-Cola set, tin and four glasses, was $5.00. I think I can get $12.00 for it in the booth. Coca-Cola items sell very well in our booth.
Gay Fad sugar and creamer set was $2.00 for both.
This cute oilcloth lunch sack was only .50 cents. It's in great condition. I just love the vibrant colors of oilcloth!
I like to pick up mis-matched jewelry when I can find it really cheap. You never know when you are going to need a jeweled embellishment for a craft project. I got all four of these pieces for $1.00
This apron and the next two items were from an estate sale that we found along the way. Everything was 50% off on Saturday. I got the apron for $3.00 which is pretty good considering that it is a full one. These are harder to find than the half aprons.
Another find at the estate sale. I usually see these glass doorknobs for $12-$15, so I was happy to find this one for $5.00.
I'm a jadeite collector who has over 200 pieces in my collection. I started collecting it back when it was really cheap. Some pieces are not as easy to find, and this is one of them. This refridgerator dish was marked $50 at the estate sale, but everything was half price, so I couln't pass it up for $25. I didn't have one of these in my collection, so I bit the bullet and bought it. I do not have one iota of buyers regret!
Earlier in the week I hit the Salvation Army and found a few things. I got this red wood bucket for $7.00. I think it will look great in the booth at Christmastime filled with Shiny Brite ornaments.
This antique galvanized fire bucket was $12.00 at the SA. I checked Ebay and there is one similar, but not in as good condition for $75.00! Normally I won't pay that much for something, but my woman's intuition told me to buy it and I'm glad I did. It's in really great shape and the lettering on it is clear.
I have been looking for quite a while for a nice stool to go with my antique dressing table. I finally found this one at the SA and it was $17.00. It is really, really nice and is perfect for my dressing table.
I saved the best item for last, and this was found at the Hwy 80 sale. This quilt top is made from vintage flour sack fabric. I fell in love with this the minute I saw it. I asked the seller how much she wanted and she said "I would like to get $40, but I'll take $30". I turned on the charm and said "I was really hoping for $20". She paused for a minute and said "Oh, why not, I'm never going to do anything with it". I was so happy that I hugged that quilt top and told the lady that I intended on finishing it and using it in my home. That's Noodle's butt in the bottom of the photo. When I spread it out on the floor, my two dogs would not stay off of it. I had to get my son to help me shoo them off of it so I could take the picture. Little rascals!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I've Fallen Off, But Now I'm Back

I've fallen off of the blogging scene lately. Not because I haven't been junking. Oh yes, I'm still junking and finding some good stuff, but I've been fighting bronchitis and a sinus infection, and that has depleted me of energy. Energy to set my items up, take the pictures and post them. Now I'm on the upswing of feeling exhausted. It's a good thing because the Highway 80 Sale is this weekend! Woo Hoo! This is a twice yearly sale where we drive Highway 80, stopping at yard sales, thrift stores, rummage sales. Some whole towns get involved and rent spaces on the main road for vendors to set up and sell their junk (treasures). I am looking forward to it because we always come back with a trunkload of goodies. Meanwhile, I made a trip to the World Market store and found a couple of cute vintage inspired items. Below are two items I found. They had a couple other items that I wanted, so I'm gonna have to go back and get those.
I'm using this cute tin pail to hold my Halloween candy.
I absolutely love these snowmen! They are covered in glitter and have the cutest faces. That's all I have for today ladies, but I'll be posting my finds from the Highway 80 Sale, so stay tuned!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

On A Reading Binge

I love spending time curled up with decorating magazines and books on a cool autumn day. This week I purchased five magazines and two books, Romantic Homes, Romantic Country, Country French, Christmas Cottage, and Vintage Style. The books are The Farm Chicks Christmas, and The Kitchen Linens Book. I'm loving all the great inspiring photos in these publications. I wish it was closer to Christmas, I'm ready to do some holiday decorating!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Thrifts Were Slow

I took last Friday off from work to take care of some personal things and was able to hit a few thrifts in between my errands. There wasn't much at any of the three stores I went to. That was disappointing, but I did find a few treasures.
I found this large Longaberger basket at the Goodwill. It is a large basket on wood feet. It looks like it's made to hold magazines, but I haven't done the research yet to see which basket it is. It cost me a whopping $2.35!
I found these two metal recipe boxes at a different Goodwill. They were .50 cents each.
This adorable Madeline tea set was $4.00 at the little thrift store around the corner from my house. Normally I wouldn't pay that, but I know I can at least double that price in my booth...and it was so adorable (and complete) that I just couldn't leave it there.
We have a long weekend coming up with Labor Day ahead and it is also Canton weekend. Woo Hoo!!! Me and my junking partners in crime (my mom and brother) will be hitting up Canton Flea Market on Saturday morning. I got money for my recent birthday, so I'm going to hit The Dish Barn and see if I can find some Fiesta dinner plates since I'm having trouble finding those at the thrifts. I'm finding lots of other pieces, but dinner plates seem to be avoiding my capture. I'll post my finds next week. I hope everyone has a wonderful junk-filled weekend! ~Tammy

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Pyrex and More Fiesta!

I posted a few days ago about the ease of finding Fiesta lately. Yesterday I hit another Goodwill on the way home from work that I don't go to often. I found a few Fiesta goodies, as well as some Pyrex.
These Fiesta cups are in the teal color. It's hard to tell in the pic because they are so dark. Goodwill only charges .50 cents for cups, saucers, and bowls. They charge $1.00 for plates.
These Fiesta cups are cobalt. I'm finding more cobalt Fiesta pieces than anything. Does no one like Fiesta cobalt and they donate it to Goodwill? I don't know, but I'm happy to be finding it.
As I mentioned above, I found a few pieces of Pyrex. This Cinderella mixing bowl pattern is called Early American. I got it for $2.15.
Here's another piece I got yesterday. It's also a Cinderella mixing bowl and the pattern is Butterprint. It was also $2.15.
This white Fire King Swirl mixing bowl was $1.00. I found some pretty good items for a little of nothing. I got out of Goodwill for under $10.00. Now that was an amazing feat in itself! Hope everyone is having a good week!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Rainy Days and Quilts

I woke up this morning and it was raining (thank the Lord, we needed the rain so desperately). Not a hard rain, but a gentle rain that sounds so soothing. I wanted to stay in bed, wrapped up in my soft quilt, but alas, I had to get up and go to work. As I was getting ready to leave for work this morning, I passed by my collection of pitchers and tumblers and thought I'd share them. I pieced these sets together, one glass at a time. I love putting sets back together. I do this with Pyrex, snack sets, pitchers and tumblers, salt and pepper shakers.
Anchor Hocking Forest Green pitcher and polka dot tumblers. The pitcher belonged to my Grandmother, and I purchased the six tumblers separate. Those tumblers are hard to find. When you do find them, they are either not in good condition (with the white dots worn off), or they are expensive.
This is also an Anchor Hocking set. I don't know the pattern name though.
Aqua Soreno set, also by Anchor Hocking.
Royal Ruby Bubble, another lovely Anchor Hocking pattern. I didn't set out to collect Anchor Hocking sets particularly, it just happen by accident. I hope y'all enjoy my collection. I have more pitcher and tumbler sets than what I'm showing here, but they are incomplete sets so I didn't want to show those just yet.

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Fiesta Gods Are Smiling Down On Me!

I don't know what the heck is happening, but ever since I decided that I was going to start looking for Fiesta to use for my everyday dishes, I've been finding some every week. I have been using my red banded Corelle for about nine years now and I'm ready for something different, so I decided on the Fiesta. As soon as I can compile enough Fiesta to have enough place settings, I'm going to start using it. I found these pieces this weekend at the Goodwill.
The cobalt plates are actually snack plates and they were $1.00 each. I looked on Ebay, and these plates are going for $21.85 each minimum. The turquoise cups were .50 cents each. Soon I should have enough if my luck doesn't run out. I plan on hitting the Canton Flea Market on Labor Day weekend and there is a dish barn there that carries Fiesta. I may have to buy some items there to complete my place settings, although it is fun to find them for next to nothing. I love that challenge! Hope everyone has a good week! Tammy

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Good Finds, No Time

For the past month, I have been very busy with vacation, the big birthday sale at the antique mall where I have my booth, getting my son to band camp, etc. I have been junking during that time when I get a free hour here and there, but no time to organize, display and take pics of my finds. I finally got a free evening last night to do that. Here's what I've found in the past several weeks:
I found these two Jim Shore angels for $5.55 each at the Goodwill. I'm keeping the one on the right because she's holding a nest of bluebirds and I love bluebirds. I love Jim Shore stuff. I love that he incorporates quilt patterns into his designs. The harvest angel on the left I'm giving to my sister-in-law. She collects Jim Shore angels, and it will be perfect for fall.
I found this pretty Made In Japan turkey platter at the Goodwill for $3.99.
One day last week I hit the dinnerware motherload. I found these Shenango Restaurantware pieces at the Goodwill. I got 8 salad plates, 7 saucers, and 8 coffee cups. All were .50 cents a piece.
I found these Frankoma dinner plates the same trip as the Shenango. There were 8 plates and I paid $1.00 per plate.
The Blue Ridge dinnerware above was bundled together for $6.99 at the Goodwill. Yep, same day and store. Told you I hit the dinnerware motherload! There were 4 dinner plates, 4 saucers, and 9 fruit bowls.
I found six Anchor Hocking Early American Prescut coasters for .50 cents each at the Goodwill three weeks ago when I was in Gatlinburg on vacation. The Goodwill store itself is in Pigeon Forge. There were lots of antique stores there, but I just didn't have time to go to them. We were busy doing more kid friendly things.
I found this adorable Black Americana cookie jar at the Salvation Army for $1.99! I think it may be a reproduction, but I don't care, I thought he was so cute.
These three 70's pillowcases were .49 cents each at the Salvation Army.
A fellow blogger, can't remember fellow bloggers name (Sorry fellow blogger!), had a post on items to be found at World Market. I happen to have a World Market in my city, so I headed over there yesterday afternoon. I bought the cute metal measuring spoons she showed on her blog, plus I found the items above. I hit the clearance section and found these cute 4th of July buckets. They were 50% off, so I got them for $1.99 each. The pennants were also in the clearance section and I bought two sets. They were also half price and I got them for $3.49 each. That's all I have for now ladies. Hope everyone has a great week!