This has been an awesome month for finds at the thrift stores and estate sales. I have plans and ideas now for more fun things to do with all these goodies. Starting out, I couldn’t resist these chicken napkin rings. They are actually a cloisonne with iridescent gold highlights. There were seven of them, which I prefer to think of as a set of six with an extra instead of a set of eight missing one. (No, Kevin, you cannot have them, LOL!!!)
Several months ago I was at the Blue Ridge Humane Society thrift store and picked up a mandolin. It wasn’t that great of one, but I got it anyway. While I was checking out, another lady was buying one by Pampered Chef. I told her that I would have snapped it up if I had gotten there first, and we had a good laugh. Well, here we are now, and there was another one! I wonder if it is the same one and she just didn’t really use it. No matter, I was delighted to find one of this quality.
Of course I had to use it immediately. So DH got yellow squash sliced with the waffle blade with his dinner. The other mandolin was donated back to the thrift store.
I’ll snap up these sterlite drawers anytime I see them. I am slowly but surely filling in the laundry room storage area with these bins on the wire rack shelving. They are great for organizing my stash of decorating and crafting goodies. At the same time, I got another laundry basket and two brand new packages of fiberfill.
I don’t know why this is, but I have found another jacket at the Safelight thrift store perfect for holidays. I keep finding these in the summer! This one was really pretty, with black velvet embossed with sparkly red flowers. It will be perfect for holiday parties. And it is petite sizing, which fits perfectly.
Here is a close up look of the design.
DH was complaining that the white tablecloth I used on my Race Day Tablescape was too long, and kept getting caught on his clothes while he was trying to sit down or get up. So I began actively looking for a smaller square one. I found a pretty basket weave pattern on a white 52-inch square one, and didn’t notice the stain until I got home.
I spritzed it with Oxyclean and let it sit for a bit. After an hour or so, it was already almost gone! I put it through the wash and it came out entirely. It will be on my next tablescape that I’ll show you soon.
At an estate sale, I spotted this black iron plant stand, and nabbed it quickly. It will go nicely with the other black iron stands on the veranda.
At the same estate sale, I found this ceramic basket. I have something similar you’ve seen on previous tablescapes in yellow, and another in red. The white will go with any decor color. I can use it for a chip bowl too, with a napkin as a liner.
At yet another estate sale and I scored some gauze pouches (lovely to use for giveaway prizes of thread), a brand new set of bamboo placemats, some paper doilies that I like to put on cookie platters, a rolling pin and some additional sushi plates. The rolling pin will be used for a crafting project coming up.
The sushi dishes are gold melamine with black backs, and there were four of them.
Then, I found an oil bottle at the thrift store with chickens on it. I needed one for the grapeseed oil that I have begun to use more frequently. See my post on Flavored and Specialty Oils for a full explanation. The spout on the top looked kind of bad, so I threw that away. Then DH spent quite a bit of time getting some schmutz out of the bottom, and cleaning it multiple times. Now I just need to get another spout for it, and it will be ready to use.
Driving by another sale, I nabbed another set of drawers. Would you believe that at a separate estate sale I found a bag of casters? They didn’t fit exactly, the stalks were a bit too small, but DH, being the handyman he is, cleaned them up and made them fit. They now hold all my stabilizers, tracing papers and fusibles.
Last, but not least, I went back to one of the estate sales the second day (when everything was 25% off) and these two foldable metal tables were still there. I have a crafting project for them in mind, and will get started on that when we have a sunny day and I don’t have errands or appointments.
Are you a thrift store junkie like me? What have you found lately?