Tablescapes, Home Decor, Thrifting, Cooking

Monday, July 20, 2009

Church Sales and Yard Sales


Happy Monday!  Don’t you just love going over to Rhoda’s on Mondays to see all the great finds we bloggers run across?  If you are new to this feature, be sure to head over to Southern Hospitality to see what finds are out there!! :)


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A couple of weekends ago I was at my mother’s house. Her church was having a yard sale out in their parking lot.  My sister in law joined mom and me and we made a day of thrifting.  It was quite fun and even more successful than I imagined.  Here was some of the loot by the end of our hunt.

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You can see this was a bargain at $1.00. I think it has some age on it and just the color I love. 

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This was an old ammo box with hand made dowels inside.  I think I paid a couple of dollars.  Not sure what I’ll do with them, but I liked the metal box and can use it as a riser if nothing else.  Who knows..I may come up with a use for the dowels too.  Any suggestions?

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Here’s a little lighted Christmas tree I couldn’t pass up for 50 cents.  It will be loved in one of my little grandson’s bedrooms come December.

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Here was our laugh for the day!

As we approached all the tables out in the church parking lot, my method is to stand back and let my eyes scour the tables quickly to get a hint of what is there.  Glassware and home decor draw me in first.

Well, I saw these  almost right away….

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I said, “oh, I like these!”  Mom starts laughing.  I looked at her and said, “Are these yours?”  Sure enough, she had donated them to the church and I bought them for $1 a piece.  I remember them hanging in our home when I was a child living in Virginia.  How dare her trying to get rid of these!  :) 


This was from a garage sale.  $4.00

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This same weekend our family had a reunion.  We have started having a silent auction to raise money for postage, headstones for very old family members who never had one, etc. etc. I love the silent auction and usually find a few treasures.


Isn’t this a sweet tea pot? And one can never have too many crystal votive holders.  Ever since Laurie at Bargain Hunting with Laurie said she grabs old needlework, I have started having my eye out for that sort of thing.  I may have to reframe this piece but do like it.


Can you see the mirror that all of this is sitting on?  It’s handled and vintage and I paid 50 cents for it at the church sale!!  Yah, me!

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I found the below item at a yard sale that same day.  It was priced at $10.  I asked the guy if he would take $8.  He started telling me it belonged to his grandmother and was filled with all these old medicines and first aid items, and why didn’t I think it was worth $10?  He was talking sort of tongue in cheek, so I told him I didn’t think he was ready to part with it.  Then he told me granny was kind of a mean sort and he wasn’t that close with her and would I pay $8.00?  Oh yes, I thought it was worth $8.00.  I do love the plaid exterior.  




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I cleaned it all up and have left the meds inside.



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What a fun day we had.  Very fun indeed.


★Carol★ said...

Oh, you sure did find alot of great things! I love that little train case, and the story on how you got it! And it was funny how you ended up with your Mom's stuff too! Great post!

★Carol★ said...

I forgot to mention how much I love that yellow bike too!

marmielu said...

What a fun day you must have had, and what great finds you made - especially those "family heirlooms"! That was a great story!
Mary Lou

Sue said...

Too funny that you now own old medicinal supplies as well as a train case!! I like the pitcher too. :-) Sue

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Love the case full of meds...very cool!

I've been picking up dowels to use as "feet" on tabletop cabinets, etc. I recently bought a cabinet & revamped it a bit, adding porch post finials as feet & you wouldn't believe the difference it made.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Love church yard sales!!! The ammo box is probably worth some money. T pays a decent amount for new ones. :) The dowels might be pretty in a jar or something. :) Love all your finds!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Donna, thanks for joining the party this week! I love that little case, too cute & all those other treasures you found. How funny that you bought those things back that your mom donated.

Kammy said...

Hi Donna !
Great finds. Love the suitcase - my mom kept her makeup in one.
Keep the dowels ....something will come up !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Rhonda said...

Love all your found treasures! That is funny you spotted something you wanted and it was your moms!

Domestic Designer said...

Looks like you did very well! I love it all. Have a great week!

Laura said...

What great finds and what a neat day you had.

Enjoyed visiting,


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh, I love all of your finds. So neat. It does sound like you had a ton of fun, that's what's most important. Hugs, Marty

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Hi Donna! Loved your new treasures! You made me feel like I was there with you! What a treasure all those old bottles are! You take care and God Bless! Lauralu :)

Nancy Rosalina said...

Hi Donna, Great finds you found! I love that pitcher and little case! Nancy

Miss G said...

I know what you mean about standing back and scoping things out. I saw that adorable train case first thing in your top photo. That is greatness! Great story too. My sister-in-law recently bought something her mother-in-law had donated to a sale too! So funny when that happens. :) Great price on the silver pitcher. Kelly

Helen Joy said...

One time I was at goodwill and was thrilled to find some pants just like I had a couple years before. I was showing my friend and I said.
"I loved these pants. They were awesome, they just had a rip in the ....crotch."
You guessed it, they were my exact old pants I had donated the week before:-)
I love love love the plaid medicine case!

Nicole A. said...

Your finds are wonderful! Love the little plaid box!! And that silver pitcher is awesome!

LillyB said...

What great finds! I especially love the silver water pitcher!! And the medicine box wow! Lysol in a bottle and Rolaids in a glass jar that is too cool!! Funny story about that guys grandma! Bless her heart, some folks just do not grasp the idea of a yard sale!!
Have a great day!

Paula@SweetPea said...

You found some great things! It is so funny that you ended up buying your mother's plates. I remember seeing plates like that in many homes when I was a child.

Anonymous said...

Use the dowels to make tassels with.