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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Today's Thrifty Treasures...thrifting w/ Rudy

Hello & welcome to Todays Thrifty Treasures, hosted by Rhoda over @ Southern Hospitality. Geeze, for a while there it seemed as if my blog was all about thrifting but lately it appears as if I haven't thrifted at all. I haven't been posting about my thrift finds but I've been thrifting. ;o) Today is my first time to play along in this meme..."hello" to those of you I know & "nice to meet you" to those I don't!

I recently took my shih tzu pup, Rudy to the vet.... it's across town but near a favorite thrift haunt of mine & of course, I felt the store calling to me. So I took him inside & asked them if it was OK to shop w/ him in the basket. They took one look at his adorable face & said "yep!" LOL I enjoyed having him w/ me but I couldn't get much shopping done for all the people wanting to pet him . Not that I blame them! But I am very focused on my "hunts" & don't really like to be bothered. I usually am though (I'm told I am very approachable & I do try to be gracious despite my feelings) & today I had ladies & children milling all around me. My eyes kept wanting to scan the shelves while they talked w/ me & it was hard to pay attention to so many. We actually caused a traffic jam @ the check-out lines! He was wonderful but I still think I'll leave him at home while thrifting. ;o)

I'm so proud of Rudy... he is growing up to be exactly how I wanted him to. He greets every visitor w/ enthusiasm & affection..... he's still a bit fearful of new dogs but he is quick to make friends once he knows that they are no threat to him.

Here is our haul for the day..... linens napkins monogrammed w/ a J, hanging wire votives, frames, tea cups, tole tray, milk glass vases, couple of figurines, lace curtain panel, ball fringe trim, etc.

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teacups w/ roses (minus saucers) & ball fringe

tole tray & porcelain dog

bisque kissing couple (love them!)

a big bag of flocked, tacky christmas pics (I plan on making a huge kitschy Christmas wreath...loading it up w/ the tackiest vintage adornments I can find. I have been gathering them for years & about have enough...these aren't vintage but will be good fillers)

couple of old picture frames, and a wire whatmacallit ( I bought it to display vintage hankies but don't really care for the look after all, it's messy-looking...any other suggestions as to what to do w/ it?)

china bride & groom & another carrot to add to my collection

and the piece de resistance...bagfuls of vintage seam binding, bias tape & rickrack! Woohoo! I don't why this "junk" has such an appeal for me but it does.

The bride & groom figurine & the kissing couple love their new home in my glass mini-curio....see!

And the tea cups look great in my tea cabinet!

Hope you enjoyed my Thrifty Treasures! And ain't my dog cute??? ;o)


ellen b said...

Wow what a wonderful haul! You did good and your doggie is cute!

abeachcottage said...

love your loot


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Now, that is a great haul, Cami! And you aren't the only one who loves rick-rack. I'm crazy for it!
And your puppy is the cutest thing! Look at that face! I'm araid I would have been one of the ladies who was hovering and petting him and driving you to distraction! LOL!


Sheila :-)

ThriftyAnnabella said...

What a cute puppy and a lot of cute finds

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You got some nice things. The puppy is adorable.


Your little puppy is a real cutie! Good hunting.


Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Rudy is a doll, Cami! You certainly found some great thrifty things!

Terri and Bob said...

Rudy is adorable! You found some fabulous things!

Sue said...

Hi Cami- I think you came away with some cute finds. I especially like the tea cups and the tray. That cabinet of yours is so sweet filled with all your tea things. I think the little wire "whatcha-ma-call-it" could be cute painted and used to clip on old postcards.Just a thought... Have fun playing with your new found stuff! Sue

bj said...

Well, first things first!! Your little dog is so so precious. Just as cute as a button.

You did, indeed, get some great bargins. I DO LOVE GARAGE SALES!!
XO bj

~~Carol~~ said...

Looks like Rudy was your good luck charm that day! I would've grabbed all of that sewing stuff too, and I love that porcelain dog! Great finds, and I think Rudy should be your shopping partner from now on!

Bonnie said...

First off...LOVE your puppy! I have a "Rudy" too, he's a mini doxie.
Also love your finds for the week. Could you use your wire thingie for jewelry? I see dangle earrings...

Carmen said...

Your dog is so cute!!! hehe

What a haul, indeed. I love your teacup collection. That carrot is too cute!

Queenie said...

Hey Cami!
Awwww.... Rudy is a doll! I bet those folks did have a hard time keeping their hands to themselves with that pretty baby in the store!
Wow, you found so many pretties..I love how you displayed them too. I hope you have a great day!
Big Hugs,

Knitty said...

You have such a good eye when you are out and about. I would have missed most of those items, I'm sure.

Rudy is much more than cute. :)

Jennifer Poppy said...

Ooh, lots of pretties!

And yes, your doggie is a cutie!

Karen Valentine said...

Hi Cami! Nice to meet you too! Thanks for the info on Three or more Tuesday. I will definitely come and play!! If you don't mind answering a dumb question for me... what does meme stand for? I've seen the word used before, but never knew what it stood for. I was also hoping you would let me use the (no awards) button you have on your blog. Thanks so much!!!

My Desert Cottage

Embellished Bayou said...

Yes, your puppy is precious! And you got some great stuff too!

the undomesticated wife said...

I think the idea of a kitschy c-mas wreath is a fun one!!

Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

Mmmmmm. . . thrift heaven!

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

Cami, I'm surprised you got any shopping done. I can see why everyone wanted to talk to you. Rudy is a cutey for sure. You did find some good stuff. I love the old bride and groom figurine amongst other things! :)

Alicia said...

Hi Cami,
Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting on my hummer. Your puppy is so cute. I don't know what you're going to do with that wire thingy, it beautiful tho and I hope you keep us all updated because I'm sure you'll think of something.
Alicia from Titere con Bonete

Cindy said...

You have a great blog! I love that you call yourself a professional Grandma. I have a 1 year old grandson who is such a delight.:)
You sure found some great treasures.I have a little Llasa-Poo that looks kind of like your Rudy.
I just signed up to follow you.

Really Rainey said...

WoW I can't wait to see your Christmas wreath!
Have a great week!
~Really Rainey~

Katy ~ said...

Now you must know that I have big green eyes for your red plate!! Love it!

And that Rudy. Oh my gosh, I would have been one of those people blocking the aisle (I have a back end like a bulldozer, I fear!). I could just fall into the depth of his eyes. What a handsome fur baby. A real love.

HoneyB said...

Rudy is adorable...I'm kinda partial to that name too. ;-)

Helen Joy said...

I really love the little dog! I would hang necklaces and earrings on the hanky thing. That's what I thought it originally was.

Anonymous said...

Love the idea for the wreath. Have you thought of weaving ribbon through the frame of the wire thingy and hanging earring on it?

Marnita in GA

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Wow, you got some great finds there!! And Rudy is just toooo cute for words. My little Shih Tzu Rosie would love to meet him!! I especially love your little bride & groom ~ I collect them!

Big Hugs,
Angelic Accents

glenda said...

You could always sell the messy whatchamacallit to me....lol
I am looking like for a puppy like that...so precious.

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

What a wonderful thriftstore you shop in! Monogrammed linens! I'd scream if I ever saw one at Goodwill! Love all your great stuff and your doggie is soooo adorable!


Miss Janice said...

I love your precious lookin' little doggie and you really found some cute loot!