Tablescapes, Home Decor, Thrifting, Cooking

Sunday, September 6, 2009

When you least expect it!


Many of us follow Rhoda’s fabulous blog, Southern Hospitality for many reasons.  Mondays are especially a fun day to see the bargains she has scouted out in her area, mostly at garage sales.  It’s amazing how many darling things in her home have come from garage sales.




My most recent finds came from a couple of different places.  I was just about to leave my house when my friend Susan sent a text telling me if I was out and about I really should go check out this particular yard sale.  It was quite a distance from my home but I was going to my floral supply place and it wasn’t terribly far from this yard sale.  And plus ~~~ Susan said “It’s right up your alley, you WON’T be sorry!”  Sounds intriguing, huh?


So not giving much thought that I am very spur of the moment and don’t have a lot of will power, I purchased what I needed at the supply house ~~ a nice bundle of fresh six foot long crazy/wild curly willow and a good sized box of floral picks, some containers, some fall ribbon, silks, etc.  I opened up the back of my SUV ~~ realizing at this point I was still carrying around two good sized boxes of faux poinsettias I had purchased for our church.  I needed a key to the storage room where these were going and therefore, I had been driving all over town for days, toting these boxes around.  Do you know where I’m going with this?  My car was full, but only expected to find a plate or two at the sale.


I had way too much fun at the yard sale!  PLUS!  It happened to be right across the street where my daughter works.  She recently rented an apt. she has been trying to decorate.  She’s had me on the lookout for a desk for her.  Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera along.  I wish I could show you ALL the temptations that were in store for me and Jamie.  This lady actually dealt in antiques and had decided it was time to get rid of a large amount of her treasures that she stored in her garage.



Jamie met me at the sale and spotted this old mirror for $10.  Yes, it’s rather shabby chic but we are thinking of painting it burndt orange and it will be oh so cute!  I did not get a picture of the vintage desk complete with newly replaced crystal door pulls and a shabby chic chair, slightly painted with an old needlepoint chair cushion.  CUTE!

I dropped it off at her apt. therefore, no picture.  Sorry.  Here’s a pitiful picture of the mirror.


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The next group of pictures are things I found for me.  I believe this little pedestal table is actually a smoker’s stand.  The door pulls open and has beautiful detailing.

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I found a fall pitcher that is so pretty.  I can’t decide if I should sell it with a fall faux arrangement or if I will keep it for myself!  The blue Christmas plate was Free! It’s an Avon plate dated with the year my oldest daughter was born.  I’ll give it to her.  The little bowl to the right was also free and matches thrift store dinner plates I have, so couldn’t pass it buy.


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Couldn’t resist this little sugar bowl that also matches my dinner plates.

yard sale 004 It was all quite a challenge fitting a desk, chair, small table, and a variety of odds and ends into my already filled SUV!  Oh, wouldn’t you know it, I was also carrying one grandchild’s car seat.  Luckily I didn’t have all three with me!  With careful packing and lots of help from the yard sale lady’s husband, it all fit.  I was nervous the curly willow would break, but it was so fresh, it was quite pliable.  Again, I wish I had had my camera so you could see the sight!


Next comes an item again through Susan!  She is really a good friend to me.  She was at an estate sale and told me about a nice coffee table that had started off at $180 and because it was the final hours of the last day, it had been marked down to $40!  She assured me it was cute and I could sell it in a garage sale if I didn’t like it.  I was really in need of a new one, so took her word for it.  As we were bringing it in, drawers separately, we saw the Drexel markings.  We thought it was a nice table, and this confirmed it.

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I placed it on papers in my entry til I had a moment to clean it up.  CUTE??

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Finally, below are my Friday’s finds at Goodwill.

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There were only five of these plates at 99 cents each, but these are Ironstone dishes made in England by Johnson Bros.  I would love to find more.  Anyone know anything about these?  When I googled, it looks like they might be called “Independence”.


Here’s the back.  The flash causes it to be whited out.


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On the same trip I found this gorgeous teapot set, complete with sugar and creamer!  Isn’t the shape really, really fun?  Just so interesting to me.

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These don’t go with the set, but couldn’t resist adding to my cart….




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Here they are all together:



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It was a good week thrifting over on 47th Street!  Thanks for taking a look at my most recent bargains.

   THANKS, Rhoda!


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

You really did find a ton of treasures. Love the coffee table and all the dishes and other items are all fabulous. I think you hit the jackpot. Hugs, Marty

southerninspiration said...

Donna, donna, Donna!!! I so wish I had been with you....HOW MUCH FUN is all that????? YOu really scored some bargains!!!!
Show us pics when you can!


Domestic Designer said...

Wow! You really did well. I love it all. You are one lucky lady!

Anonymous said...

I love to read about your finds. I know your daughter is thrilled with her treasures. I especially love the white tea set you found at Goodwill and that coffee table is a real treasure. Thanks for sharing your goodies with us.

Paula@SweetPea said...

You hit the jackpot, girl! I love everything you found and can't wait to see how Jaime freshens up that mirror. Your smoker's table is a real conversation piece. I'd like to keep it beside a chair in our tv room to store all of those pesky remotes. Your white ironstone dishes are a great find, too.

Sue said...

Donna, I love everything you found. You know I love anything white! and the tables= very nice. Such character in that smoker table. Wish I coulda been there, too.

I will send you some info with instructions for your header. Too funny but I have become the "go-to girl" these days. I just finished a blog button for a set of twins. I'm not formerly trained in all this stuff, but I will try to help if I can.

I used to use a background from CBB but when I went to a stretch layout, I opted to stay with a white background because there are not too many choices in stretch backgrounds.

Oh, did you see MY new blog button? Talk soon, Off to a parade!


Sandra said...

Wow! And more wows! I love everything you found! I haven't been to yard sales in a while. I think it's time. :)

Cathy said...

Awesome finds!!! I absolutely love the coffee table. Wow!!


Wendy @ Ramblings from the Sunshine State said...

I love that mirrow!

The tables are great, too. And the dishes look really nice!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Wow!!! You hit the jackpot this week. :) I wasn't able to get to any yard sales this weekend b/c of my sister's wedding, but I love seeing all of your finds. :) The mirror and the sugar bowl are too cool!!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OMG, you found some fabulous deals! I love that smoker's stand, the ironstone (all of it)wow! great week for you!! Cindy

Jan said...

Oh be still my heart! Look at all those fabulous finds! Can't pick just one thing out that I love cause I love it all! Great deals!

Jane said...

You hit the jackpot!!! I love the is a beauty. There's not a thing you pictured that I wouldn't have snatched!!! How lucky for your daughter that the sale was right across from her apt. It was meant to be!

Tardevil said...

Please keep the pitcher. It's too pretty to get rid of! Love the table. What a great time you must have had. Wish I could get that lucky again! :O)

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Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Donna, I have had trouble getting on your blog for awhile now. I'm so glad I got on here to see all of these wonderful treasures you found! Your friend, Susan, is definitely an enabler, and what a great enabler she is! That coffee table is beautiful, and all of your other treasures are wonderful too. The smoking stand looks like a real treasure. And of course, you can't go wrong buying anything that goes on the table! That Fall arrangement in your header is gorgeous! laurie

Quiltpiecer said...

Love all your great finds! But I especailly like all the white tableware!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hey, Donna, those are some great finds! Love, love that Drexel table, what a deal on that, you lucky girl. And you know I love that white ironstone too, you've got a great collection.

No, I won't be too hard on the fake florals, I know you are in the biz & many of them look SO realistic. I visited a silk wholesale place last week & saw some beautiful things that I could definitely live with. My house just feels better since I cleared some of them out though. I'll always have a few!

stitching under oaks said...

can't wait to see what you do with that mirror! great treasures you brought home...thanks for sharing.

Its So Very Cheri said...

You found some great finds. I came over and signed up with you as well and look forward to getting to know you better.

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Oh the jugs and dishes!! Lots of treasures indeed,hope this finds you well,Chrissy

shannon said...

Wow, you really had some great finds! I love garage sale days like that, where I come home with a load of stuff! Love the sugar bowl.

Miss Char said...

Holy cow Donna you did hit the jackpot. I can picture you finding treasures just like you did in Chicago. If I remember right that vehicle was pretty much filled to the brim.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello Donna...

Was just thinking about you, my friend! It's been such a long time since we've visited so I wanted to come by and say hi!

Girl, you found some really great stuff!!! I love your old mirror...the ornate frame is gorgeous! I think it would be really pretty painted in the burnt orange as you mentioned! Ohhh my...and these beautiful furniture pieces! I'm with you...the beautiful ornate details on that little pedistaled cabinet are fabulous! And I love your new/old round coffee table!!! Can't believe that you got that really nice piece for just $40...great find!!! Love that beautiful autumn pitcher too! Oh yes, it would be beautiful with an autumn floral arrangement but I think I would have to keep it! Hehe!

Well my friend, sure hope that my note finds you and your family well! Take care and have a wonderful weekend!!!


Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

My kind of shopping... I love to the hunt. Thanks for stopping by and the kind words that you left.