It has been quite a while since I showed some of my thrifting and estate sale scores. It was a fruitful autumn season, LOL! There is a new auction house just south of Brevard, and the attendance isn’t up yet so prices were really low! Plus there is a new thrift store in downtown Hendersonville to benefit the drug treatment program in the area. I scored some orange chargers, stamping stuff and a puzzle there. The plastic drawer set, milk glass footed square bowl, and roll of wide pink lace came from an estate sale the same day.
I set the puzzle out in November, but didn’t have enough time to finish it before the holidays, so I’ll try again next year. It is a cute Gooseberry Patch design, and looked like it wouldn’t be hard.
The big score was this plant stand at the same new thrift store. I found it folded up, covered in dust in the back of a back room closet. I hauled it out and asked if it was for sale since it didn’t have a tag. The manager came out, said he had forgotten about it, and what would I offer? I made a low offer, and he said ‘sure’, I think just to get rid of it. I moved it inside to hold plants over the winter, and I’ll put it back on the verandah in the spring.
Over in Brevard, visiting the thrift stores there, I found this neat item. Do you know what it is? It is a napkin holder, that I plan to use outside on the verandah for picnic parties. It is in rough shape, but for $2, I could probably clean it up. DH put it in a tub so we could clean it, but the ‘rust-removing’ soak didn’t work. It needs to be wire brushed to knock off all the peeling parts and most of the rust, then I’ll spray-paint it with rust-covering black paint.
Also in Brevard at the bigger thrift store I found these goodies, red votive candles, lemon plates, a couple of Christmas items, and a set of Sake cups. These will be coming to tablescapes this year.
At the new auction house, I scored big with two larger items, both destined for the verandah to hold plants. I got both of these for $15!!! The birdcage is missing its door, but that doesn’t matter as I will be putting a plant in it. I hope the little wren that likes to sleep in my hanging baskets might try it. I’ll get something that makes a lot of tendrils, and perhaps a second tall plant to fill it up. The little wagon needs some work, and I will be asking DH to fix it for me when he is ready for a project.
Now for the amazing story. I frequently visit the large Goodwill store on Four Seasons Blvd in Hendersonville, and often find really good items there. Over a year ago, summer of 2016, I found these napkin rings. All eight were banded together for $4. I normally like to get six of anything for the table so I have the option of using it on either the pub table or the larger dining table. But these were so inexpensive, in good shape, and close in style that I thought I could perhaps mix them for the larger table. So, I got them.
I used them on my Broadway Tablescape, and just didn’t say anything about two of them being green.
Fast forward to late 2017, when I was again in the same Goodwill store. There on the shelf was a little baggie, with four napkin rings, two green and two brown. I swear I am not making this up!! It was like the person that donated the others found some extras over a year later and donated those. Of course I snapped them up.
What are the odds that I would happen to wander into that store at just the right time to find the extra rings to finish both sets?!! I still have a hard time believing it myself.
A friend took me to an older thrift store in old downtown, new to me as I had not been there before. For some reason I am drawn to vegetable shaped dishes lately, couldn’t resist the pumpkins and leaf dishes. And my eye was drawn to these square red plates, once again thinking of Japanese food. The tiny turkeys were just $1 at another shop on the clearance rack.
At the Safelight thrift store in downtown Hendersonville, I found these lovely gold chargers. I just couldn’t resist the pretty edge detail.
I went to Nashville last fall with DH on one of his last business trips. While I was there, I found the Antique Archaeology store of American Pickers fame, but I was not impressed. I expected a space stuffed with treasures, but it was mostly things for display and a lot of items with their logo for sale – hats, magnets, mugs and T-shirts on this table.
The items that were for sale were very pricey.
There were a lot of bicycles and one motorbike hanging from the ceiling, only for display.
Several more motorcycles were in the store, also not for sale. It seemed that they were more interested in selling T-shirts and magnets as those were on display all over the store.
I looked around a bit, bought a magnet for DH, and hit the road for the thrift stores.
I didn’t find much there either though, just these two lanterns for the verandah. I visited at least a half dozen thrift stores there, but just struck out for the most part. Ah, well, some days chicken, some days feathers.
Finally, just this past week, I was at my absolute favorite thrift store in town, the Blue Ridge Humane Society thrift store. Why is it my favorite? One simple reason, bargains. They understand that all their merchandise was donated, so whatever they get for it is gravy, unlike some other thrifts who want to get ‘what it is worth’. So, the merchandise at Blue Ridge Humane turns really fast, and I am more likely to donate there too, since I am already there, not to mention that the animals are a pet (pardon the pun) project charity. I know I am not needing to ‘dress for success’ anymore, but years of being a bit of a fashionista don’t go away overnight. So when I spotted this Kenneth Cole Reaction bag with gold hardware I stopped in my tracks to take a closer look. Offered at just $22, and the sale of the day was 50% off five items. I had just thrown out my black ruffle handbag as it was coming apart all over, so there was no way I could resist this at just $11!!!
Have you been bargain hunting lately?