My rat fink buddy signed me up for notices of area estate sales, and with the extra time off I have right now, the temptation has been too great to resist. It didn’t help that the longarm was out of commission for three weeks. Retail therapy is in order. I have scored some great things recently, you just never know! One sale I went to on the last day and came home with this huge box of bows, ribbon, gift bags and paper for $5! The two baskets full of Christmas picks and ribbon rolls were $3 for both!
Walking through after the first trip to the car, I spotted this little yellow bird, perfect for my Sunny Yellow Tablescape with all the birdies. Of course he had to come home too, for just 50 cents.
And from the same sale, I came home with some new blouse patterns and an entire box of buttons.
At another sale, I found all these ornaments for just a few dollars. They will become Christmas wreaths and other decorations, and I’ll bring you those projects as I get to them.
I scored some additional goodies for holiday decorating with these jack-o-lantern candle holders. Aren’t they cute?
This metal hanger will go perfect on the front of the house in October. It was brand new, the tag still on it.
This big galvanized steel tub will be wonderful to hold ice and drinks for our next outdoor gathering, if it ever cools off! Plus I got several plastic planters with low stands for the veranda. I think I’ll wait until next year to try to plant in them, it is a little late for this year.
This little metal bucket looks like Christmas, but it really is just barn red with evergreens. What do you think, Christmas only or seasonal for winter too?
Longtime readers may remember that I am likely the only person known that collects ceramic turkeys. They all come out in November. Sometimes a few come out earlier, after all we have wild turkeys year round. I love the colors on this one, found at the Goodwill store recently.
Of course the flip side to this is I have to find some things to donate. There is a new thrift store in town for Brother Wolf animal rescue, and I stopped by there last week. They don’t have much yet, so I think my donation will go to them. I cannot decide if I should donate the black hexagon salad plates, they go wonderfully with New Year’s Eve table settings and Halloween, but maybe I can figure out something else. They were a thrift store buy two years ago. What do you think, should I keep them or donate them?
DH thinks I have too many dishes now, LOL!! But, I love a pretty table and creating different looks. Years ago I worked in the china department of a major department store, and we had more sets of dishes than we had space to store them. I gave in to my grandmother’s badgering and gave her a set with some butterflies on them, and he was happy for a while. When she passed away I let them go to the estate sale so someone else got a bargain. When my mother passed away, I inherited all her dishes, and she had a lot as she loved a pretty table too. I let most of her everyday things go, along with some depression glass, but I kept her Christmas dishes and some of her serving pieces. That gave me two sets of Christmas dishes, each set would serve over a dozen people! So, I sold mine, Spode Christmas Tree, and kept hers, Lenox Holiday Tartan. After 30 years of the Spode, I was ready for something new, and the memories associated with the Lenox set are priceless.
Next time it is back to quilting, as I have a charity quilt on the frame now, and another one coming up. My Moda Bake Shop recipe will publish on August 14 and I have a variation to show you when that happens, along with my attempts at custom quilting. New recipes are in the works, and I am planning the autumn event. So, never a dull moment around here! Are you a thrift store fan, and what should I do about the dishes?
I had to link this post up with My Thrift Store Addiction’s Vintage Charm!!