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Friday, January 16, 2009

Drum roll please......

ratatatatata....the winner of Nell Hills Entertaining in Style by Mary Carol Garrity, from my 100th post giveawy, is Lisa from Simply Blessed Bliss. Congratulation Lisa! I used random.org to pick the winner this time. It randomizes your list of names....the winner is in the first spot.

And I'm combining posts today because they're all related. I'll start off w/ my thrift finds recently. Can you believe I got this bounty in one trip to one GW? It's one not very near my house so I don't get to it much but it's always worth the trip. I forgot to get pics of the brown & white toile cups. They match a set I used in this tablescape tuesday post. I now have a set of 6...dinner plates, bread & butter plates & teacup & saucers. Cool! I also didn't get pics of the ivy topiary. I must have gotten distracted in the middle of taking the pics & then thought I was done.

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I got 6 boxes (12 to a box) of these feather birds for $1 a box. There's all different colors of them so they should be very versatile for projects.

Another set of votive holders that can double as mini-cloches. I see a truffle candy under these....wouldn't that be cute? I buy these wall cherubs any time I see them. They can be used as appliques on furniture too & at a couple bucks a piece, the price can't be beat.

Love this sweet robin by Lefton.

I already have 4 lidded bowls this color of blue, 5 of the salad plates & believe it or not, one lone dinner plate that matches these 3 exactly. Now I have placesetting for 4. Can't wait to use them in a tablescape! Love the lines of the silver gravy boat.

And the curves of this lampshade!

The mugs are oven proof, & microwave proof so I can bake chicken pot pies in them, serve soups, microwave "cakes in a mug" & hubby can use them for his coffee (I drink my coffee from a bone china cappuccino cup ;o) ). I forgot to take a picture of the cuckoo clock you can barely see here. It doesn't work.... the cuckoo guy still comes out & cuckooos but it doesn't keep time ...for $3 it's worth having it looked at to see if it can be fixed. I soo want a cuckoo clock & am determined to have one.

Silver candelabra. It looks like cheap silverplate so it may not polish up well. It could always be painted white & jeweled up some. And see that ugly "arrangement in a cage" behind it? Look how cute that old birdacge is now! Someone recently painted it all silver. I'm going to scrape some of the paint off & leave it outside to rust some & then put a nice vignette in it.

LOVE this old cherub!

Now onto my blogaversary countdown giveaway! I know you're wondering what in the heck that has to do w/ my thrift finds. But it does because I decided to share one of them w/ you. I love this little cherub (you'll see it in several of the photos above). It has such a sweet expression on it's face, don't you think? And the glaze & the coloring is wonderful. I couldn't leave it sitting on the shelf @ GW, homeless & forelorn, but I have so many already & while cute, it's not vintage. Then I thought that one of you could give it a proper home if I included it in on my give-away.

She's all packed up in the old tin (w/ the vintage hankie I added last week), ready to go home w/ the lucky someone who wins my blogaversary countdown giveaway. I'll be adding something every Friday & will draw a name on Feb 25th. You can see the original post here.

To get your name in the hat, just leave a comment on my blogaversary countdown on Fridays. For every Friday that you leave a comment, a slip w/ your name goes into the hat. If you want 3 more tries added to the hat, add this button, w/ a link back to my blog to your sidebar & let me know about it.

This give-away is restricted to the continental US...sorry! And you don't have to have a blog to enter but you must leave an email address so that I can contact you. Good luck!


Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Congrats to the winner...I know she'll enjoy the book. What great treaures.. I'm so in need of getting away and doing some thrifty shopping.. have a super day. hugs ~lynne~

Lisa said...

Thank you sooooo much Cami. I just sent you an email. Great finds, love those cups.

Knittings Nice! said...

Great finds...I will be watching with interest to see what you do with them.

The Muse said...

woo hoo baby! GREAT bargains...so you know The Muse is excited LOL LOL :)

Truly super finds... :)

And HURRAY for your winner :) I bet she will be thrilled!!

philben5 said...

My oh goodness did you hit the jackpot or what? O.k., I am so leaving work and going to the thrift store!:-0 Thanks for the idea of the chicken pot pie in the mug. Can't wait to do that for a ladies get together! Oh and then there are those birds!! 12 for a $1...who does that? woohooo!!

Susan S. said...

Sweet! You REALLY scored. You can have yourself a little crafting weekend playing with all your goodies! Hope you don't mind but I tagged you for a Photo Tag....go check it out on my latest blog,

Have a fun weekend! Susan

Jan and Tom's Rose Haven said...

Congrats to your winner!!

Great thrifting "finds"!! I need to go our thrifting...and antiquing.

I love the little cherub angel being added to the give-away I hope I win!!!


Melissa Miller said...

Congrats to the winner! :)

You really found some beautiful things.
For a moment I thought the birds were real.
They will look very pretty to decorate with.
Love the cups too.

Heather said...

What a lots of fantastic finds! Your thrifting was a resounding success! I haven't been thrifting in so long! You've inspired me to carve out some time to go have a look tomorrow!

Knitty said...

Wow! You really found some great stuff! Count me in with the others who are anxious to see these items in new settings.

HoneyB said...

Vinty! Look at all your loot! :) I love the cherubs! Congrats to your winner!

salmagundi said...

Congrats to your winner! That is a great book! And congrats to you too - what a haul you made!! Sally

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Neat! That was a great book and a great win! Congratulations to the blogger who won. :-)



ann said...


mishebe said...

Great finds. Mishelle

Ginger said...

Hi Cami:
Congrats to the winner. How exciting!!!
I can't believe the neat stuff you find at the G.W. I went to the thrift store yesterday and didn't see anything but junk...I mean junk too. lol.
Put my name in the hat for the next drawing...would love the cherub. Thanks.
I think your birdcage will be cute when you are done with it. And I love those blue plates!!!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Cami, this made me want to go hunt for some bargains. You got some great ones! I love those boxes of birds, and what a deal! I'm wondering if they could be clipped to napkins for a tablescape (with those beautiful blue dishes maybe)!I think I would have snapped up every thing you bought. laurie

~Vanessa~ said...

Hi Cami,

I am enjoying your blog this evening. Please re-enter me for the blogaversary.

Thanks and hugs,


Kathleen said...

Wow, you did well! I love bargain hunting...
The thrift shops here...not so good...very overpriced..we are a resort area..:(
Enjoy your bargains!

FancyHorse said...

A cuckoo clock for $3.00??? Wow!!! Even if it doesn't keep time, it's a steal! I bet it can be fixed.

word verification
sopwu: sop up wu (your) gravy with your biscuit!

suzeeez said...

You did a great job at GW.
That is also one of my favorite boutiques ! Sue

prof en retraite said...

Well...poo! Everyone else is always bragging about their GW finds so I went to check mine out...nada...rien...nyet!! I need to come shopping with you!!! You found so many wonderful things!! And congrats to the winner!!! Debbie

Envoy-ette said...

Dang-you got yourself some LOOT! Oh...lucky day!

ann said...

I'm still trying.haha...Ann

Belinda said...

What lucky finds! I love everything, but I'm particularly takien with all of those birds...I would have been just like you, and grabbed every box of them they had! :-)

Liz said...

Cami! I see a lot to work with here!
You got some great stuff!!!


Note to self! I gotta get to goodwill.....

Linda said...

Ooooh, I love the little birds......