Thrifting, and Winning, and a Gift

While I was playing in Myrtle Beach and along the Grand Strand, I was able to indulge my bargain hunting addiction and visit a bunch of thrift and consignment stores in the area.  They actually have more than 60 listed on web searches, and I just couldn’t get to them all, but I had a great time in the ones I did visit.  I have to say the best of them was a consignment store called Finders Keepers.  Their wares were beautifully displayed, and made things very tempting.  I considered some of the lemon motif items here, like the pitcher on the left, to go with my lemon dishes, but decided to look around a bit more.  I didn’t notice those chargers until later when I saw the picture or I might have snapped them up.

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Oh, I was tempted by those hurricane candle holders on the table here, but I resisted.

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Then I went around another corner and found this. Isn’t it cute? It is a planter.  DH said it might just hold enough coffee for me for one morning, until he noticed the hole in the bottom, LOL!  I see a chicken inspired tablescape in the future!

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Tablescapes were in several stores, and you all know I love a pretty table. But, I didn’t want to buy any more than 6 salad plates, not another whole set of dishes.  These didn’t tempt me, but the table was nicely done.

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Poking around is the most fun!  The chicken on the table here was tempting too, but my tiny kitchen doesn’t have the room for one on the counter as I would have liked.  I am afraid it would get broken sitting on the pie safe.  So, my French inspired kitchen will have to remain chicken-less for now.

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At the Homespun Crafters Mall, which also has vintage items, I found these wine glasses. They are heavy lead crystal with gold rims – $3.50 for both!

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Back at home, I scored several great buys at our local thrift stores, including this wonderful French inspired pail.

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Little mason jar salt and pepper shakers will hold some of my specialty salts. See my post Around the World in Salt.

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Another planter found for the veranda.  I like the curved lines on this one.

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A few more wine glasses at 50 cents each, I needed them for an upcoming party. The twisted stems make them pretty.  I would rather spend this little bit and donate them back when I’m done than use plastic ones.

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I just had to pick up these onion bowls, made for dipping sauces but I don’t know yet how I will use them. You’ll see them on a tablescape soon.  They are a great size for a side dish like a juicy salad or baked beans.

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A nice brass planter will give the veranda a bit more interest. I am busy planting the pots now and will show you the veranda soon.

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Then, I got really lucky! I was the winner of a gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop on My Quilt Infatuation, thanks so much Kelly!! Here’s the loot I got with it. I am excited to try these Cake Mix papers.  And I have to say already the new Splash Olfa cutter is so much more comfortable than the old style, straight yellow handle one.  It cuts like a dream, of course a brand new blade helps.  The ruler has a rough bottom along the edge so it hold the fabric much better than my old one.

Winner FQS!

And then I won the drawing for Thimbleberries newest book on Quilt Shop Gal‘s blog, thanks Darlene!!  I don’t consider myself a lucky person for drawings, but my luck certainly changed that week!

Book win

Then, a lovely reader named Katie contacted me about my stamping habit. She said she had some things she wanted to give me as she wasn’t stamping anymore. Little did I know what she meant. She said three boxes, and I envisioned the little milk crate boxes that I use for transporting things. Oh no, she meant big boxes stuffed with goodies!! She was coming through the week I was in Myrtle Beach, so we didn’t get to meet, but a friend met her to get the boxes for me. I was blown away when I picked up the bonanza.  Papers, stamps, punches, stickers, and more elements to add on cards or pages, so much I was speechless.

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All of these are filled with printed specialty papers, beautiful designs all wonderfully organized by style.  They are the large 18-inch square scrapbooking size papers.  Gorgeous designs, hundreds of pages.

Stamping Gift 4

This is an album full of acrylic stamps, each of these ‘pages’ is loaded with stamps and there are seven pages! There are literally hundreds of stamps in here, with several sets of alphabet stamps in different font styles.

Stamping Gift 3

And then, there was a full crate of papers!  Some of those are Stampin’ UP colors which will match my ink pads, and the size is 18-inch square scrapbooking size papers.  Incredible.

Stamping Gift 1

Now I have card making supplies to last for my lifetime and then some!  I’ll be sharing this bounty with some of my card-making buddies, and elsewhere.  I can see making some cards for charity use, as my stamping buddy Gail does.  She does a little basket of cards for our car club’s silent auction each year.  Perhaps some doggie inspired cards would do well at the humane society’s auctions.  Now I just need to get some envelopes to complete the sets and get stamping!!

Oh, and one more thing, I have reduced the prices on all my pincushions for Mother’s Day purchases, so now is the time to order the one you’ve had your eye on.  Click on Craftnut’s Studio Etsy Store to see them.  Buy before May 4th to get delivery in time.

Have you had any good finds, lucky wins or great gifts lately?

See more of my Myrtle Beach adventures!

See these links for more about my Myrtle Beach adventure –

Beaches and Gardens of Myrtle Beach

Quilting Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach Foodie!

Visiting Brookgreen Gardens



Share Your Cup

Vintage Charm


28 thoughts on “Thrifting, and Winning, and a Gift

  1. WOW – you did hit the lotto!! Love all the vintage items and look forward to seeing them in your tablescapes. That was quite the stamping gift. I am in AWE. Sadly our little library group is not meeting anymore, just as I am starting to gather card making supplies. I keep watching those “stampin’ up” videos and have stamp envy. I had to “expand” my storage plan for stamps/cardmaking/paper storage recently. Good thing you recently reorganized! ENJOY!!

  2. Elaine Nemeth

    Operation Write Home is a wonderful organization if they are still going. We sent and made cards through the womens club for years.They have a great video of their packing for the cards to be sent to soldiers.

  3. Rosemaryflower

    Holy Cow, big score week for you.
    You have a lot to keep you busy. Katie is very generous and she knew the right person to go to. I am so glad
    that you will be able to put these to a great use.
    Have a lovely Sunday Carole. It is going to be rather nice today.

  4. Loris Mills

    You found some good stores to look through and wonderful items to bring home.
    Katie had a great idea gifting those items to you. I hope you and your stamping buddies find great use for all of it. I still enjoy stamping but would like to find good homes for a large number of stamps. They are all wood and heavy to ship though so I’m still looking for a local charity or current stamper.

  5. Phyllis Smith

    Goodness, you have really hit the jack pot. It is so sad that so many people never realize the blessings we are rewarded with when we help others. God gives us back so much more. Bet your mind is going 500 miles a min. thinking up ideas, mine would.. Love the lemons, I like it in my water and its great for the digestion as well. The thrift stores will be one of the places I’ll be checking out when I get to Myrtle Beach. Like you I love having plants on my porch, I have a birds nest fern I’m putting into a larger pot this afternoon. Went to Home Depot yesterday and bought some potting soil and have some coleus seeds, cleome, and some zinnia to plant. Getting a little start on some of my planting but think I’ll be okay. I prefer the perennials to annuals. Had my little downey wood pecker come up this morning while outside having my cup of coffee. A set of wrens have been checking out one of my bird houses as well. It is cloudy here this morning so it looks like a great day to do some replanting so am hoping to get a lot done today while it is on the cool side.
    Have a fantastic day,

  6. Jennifer Rauch

    I’m salivating over your card stuff! Brought a “few” pieces & made a card while everyone else started a puzzle. Gotta go to the beach now. . .

  7. Melanie

    What fun you have had this week! Congratulations on winning lots of loot. Can’t wait for your photos of your veranda with new plants in new pots and tablescapes to come. What a treasure to find so many thrift and consignment shops…..wearing comfy shoes, I hope. :o) m

  8. So many goodies in those shops, love that chicken planter, glasses and other bowls, Then the stamping gift, it is so good to be able to pass on to others what we do not use any more, and Katie in her generosity has given you more than the stamping goodies, but some love in every folder. Treasures galore.

  9. catsandroses

    Congrats on your big wins! And what a wonderful, generous stamping gift! Love hearing about the thrift & consignment shop finds (and you know me, with my love of roses, I LOVE that french inspired pail with the gorgeous roses on it!)

    I haven’t been thrifting quite as often, with working outdoors more, but I did pick up a wonderful planter for just $3 last week. I love finding things for my garden. And just this week painted a little garden sign with an arrow and “Secret Garden” in front of my hidden garden path — from my back deck you have no idea that there’s a beautiful rose garden, arbor & garden bench hidden behind the large shrubs and bushes and cedar trees, but comes into view once you go down the hidden path steps. Rose buds are forming, won’t be long now! Looking forward to seeing your new planters filled with flowers!

  10. What fun. Loads of good stuff and ideas from Thrift Shop shopping. You’ve certainly been lucky winning creative prizes. And what a load of card making goodies you received from a super nice reader. I do believe you’ll be able to put them to great use. Super idea about making some cards for fundraisers too!

  11. lois92346

    You hit the lotto, indeed!! Wonderful finds at your local antique store not to mention the generosity of Katie in sharing the card making supplies. I love that you’re paying forward.

  12. Mary Jean Cunningham

    Enjoyed vicariously checking out the thrift stores with you – much better I see them this way rather than in person when I might be tempted to bring something home! Must have felt like Christmas in April or a dream come true when all that unexpected treasure came your way – how nice! I see many happy stamping hours in your future…

  13. Fun thrift shopping adventure! I never find anything THAT cute! You racked up on scrap booking supplies…you’re gonna be a card making machine!

  14. Well it sounds like you had the perfect trip and all of those prize goodies are amazing. Perhaps you should pick up a couple of lotto tickets since you seem to be on a winning streak ♥

  15. Ah, to have free time to just thrift – it would be sheer heaven. I have to limit myself to one or two shops on the weekend or I would be gone all day!
    You scored major – truly Stampilicious ~

  16. Oh, what a fun week you had! Treasure hunting is so much fun! I love to stop at thrift and antique stores on road trips and poke through the booths,
    I’ve been wanting to try those cake mixes – they look like fun. And what a treasure chest of stamping supplies! Looking forward to seeing your new creations when you come up for air!

  17. Carole…did you feel like you found heaven on earth!! All those tables-capes were right up your alley!! What fun you are having at the beach. I’m still sitting here in my flannels….LOL!!!

  18. dezertsuz

    Wow, fabulous finds in the stores, especially those onion bowls – very handy sizes. And what a windfall from the lady who quit stamping! You’ll be making stylish cards for a LONG time.

  19. Wow, I would enjoy those thrift stores! You found some great buys and how fun to win those goodies! Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm!

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