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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Met Monday & Thrifty Treasures...combo post

Hello...I'm attending 2 blog parties again today, Metamophosis Monday hosted by Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch & Today's Thrifty Treasures, hosted by Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality.

I haven't been to the half off sale days @ Goodwill in some time but w/ their price increases, I thought it might pay off. I'm not sure I'll ever brave half-off days again. The store was jam-packed & the lines were horrible...HORRIBLE! I found lots of great stuff @ good prices but considering it was 4 stores worth, I don't know that it was worth my time & patience. Yep, you heard me... 4 stores! I live in a thrift store mecca, w/ 5 Goodwills, 2 Thrift Towns & at least 3 other thrift shops, all w/in 30 minutes of me. No wonder I'm addicted, huh?

I neglected to get close-ups of everything so enlarge the pics for details if you want. My loot for the day includes apothecary jars, scalloped placemats, ironstone plates, old books, milk glass compote & dessert plate, silk rose petals, brass & glass box, miniature table, frame, glass flower frog, dresser hardware... lots of great stuff.

The plastic placemats will be featured in another Met Monday post soon...wait til you see their make-over!

Love the fleur de lis & I never have enough glass jars in my studio. The miniature table will get a coat of, you guessed it!, white paint.

I am collecting mirrors & plan on, one day, covering a whole wall of them (don't ask me where I'll find a bare wall). ...love the scrolly appeal of this one. Caralyn loves the Strawberry Shortcake doll & it sure brings back fond memories for my daughter & I. Her whole room was Strawberry Shortcake when she was Caralyn's age. The frame will be repurposed...I bought it for it's long rectangle shape.

"The best & most beautiful things in the world can not be seen or even touched. They must be felt w/ the heart." Helen Keller

Found one of my favorite quotes in a porcelain music box.

Thsi old cat looked like it would get along well w/ my dog figurine collection so I gave it a home.

Porcelain switchplate.

I used to have this beauty book when I was a teenager...had to buy it for kicks. ;o)

Dresser hardware...

old books & a brass medallion-thingamiggie....the medallion will probably be repurposed as a furniture applique

Love this vintage horse book & my grandson Caeden does too.

The old illustrations are soo charming!

But my favorite find of the day was this tiny, little sofa table. $15! But remember, that was half off...it's not worth the $30 they had on it originally. Excuse the crap on top...it was being used as a catch-all until it's make-over.

I loved it's curvy shape & it's small size but the black wasn't my style. So I painted it white (after gluing on an applique) & distressed it. I had also planned on glazing it but I must be getting tired of that look because the crisp, white finish seemed appealing to me so I left it alone. But the applique was originally gold & it needed some distressing too. I was going to take it off, paint it black, then white again & then distress it but it's glued on there pretty good. What to do, what to do?

I pulled out my sharpie & ran it along a few edges. It looks just like it had been distressed!

Hope you enjoyed my thrifty treasures & my table metamorphosis. Be sure & stop in @ Rhoda's for more thrifting fun & then swing by Susan's , to see some amazing transformations!


Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

What beautiful goodies, Cami! Love that mirror (you know me & my mirrors!). Also love how you re-did that little sofa table ~ I have used Sharpies to cover up a lot of things, but never thought to try them for distressing!! How clever you are!

Angelic Accents

FancyHorse said...

It doesn't look like the same table! You are amazing!

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

That white table is absolutely beautiful! Great distressing short-cut! Love the apoth. jars, etc. You really scored! Linda

Anonymous said...

I love it all! Especially the table.



Michelle said...

I love old children's books for their illustrations too.

The sofa table looks great! And using a Sharpie for distressing....what a great time saving idea.

abeachcottage said...

great combo post, I enjoyed this!

love the table, just amazing how it madeover...


Kammy said...

Hi Cami !
I am so in love with our new little table - love what you did !!!
Happy Day !
LOve all your finds - You Go Girl !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Michelle said...

What great finds! I *love* the new look of that table!

Unknown said...

Lots of fabulous finds! Love the transformation on the black table! It looks so shabbilicious now! Love the applique!

Thanks for sharing! Have a great week!


Unknown said...

You got some really great finds! And the table is darling!! I love it.


Kelli said...

Love it all!! The table is so cute.

Unknown said...

You really found some treasures. I totally understand about the "no wall space". I am sitting here this morning trying to decide what I can take down so I can put something else up : O)

Have a great day.


Terri Steffes said...

Look at you!! Gorgeous stuff. I love mirrors, too but I think my daughter has surpassed me!

★Carol★ said...

Wow, you found ALOT of great things! Love the tip about using a marker to "distress" things. Those apothecary jars are pretty, and I can never pass those up! Love the big fleur de lis too!

Salmagundi said...

The little table turned out great! I'm always using my Sharpie pens for all kinds of things! Loved the little kitty, and I'm not even a cat person. Great haul!! Sally

Unknown said...

Your sofa table came out beautifl!

Michelle said...

Love the little sofa table and it looks so much better in distressed white! Good job!

Deanna said...

Fantastic buys!
So neat what you have done with these treasures.
I'm so glad that you've shared on Met Monday.
I'm enjoying this journey.
I posted for the first time this week.
Blessings to you from Kansas,

Amy Lynne said...

Brave lady to hit 4 stores on half off day! You sure made out though! Your table makeover is too cute!

ThriftyAnnabella said...

Great finds!

Brenda Pruitt said...

Oh, I didn't even see all that wonderful detail until you painted it!

Unknown said...

Yes, Marty is having another one. Look back at her archives and you can see them. Some people just amaze me.


Megan said...

i love your table redo and the mirror.

Good finds


Decor To Adore said...

Oh so many beautiful treasures I am not sure which is my favorite!

Bill said...

Great post! Loved the table makeover (especially the Sharpie shortcut!). 4 Goodwill stores in one day ... and half price day at that ... I admire your stamina and fortitude!

Thanks for the visit and the nice comment. Hope you enjoy the recipe!

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi Cami,

Nice to meet you! Wow you found sound great things. Love the mirror. My daughter had a Strawberry Shortcake room too.
I would love to come down and shop with you in all those fabulous stores!


Katy ~ said...

Love the switch plate and the scalloped placemats. And of course the sofa table is positively darling.

Shauna said...

Love your deals!!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

You are just so smart! I love the idea of using the sharpie on that table embelishment. I love the table and the look you gave it! All of yur treasures are wonderful. OOOO, I wish I lived that close to all of that great shopping, but my husband is glad that I don't! I can't wait to see what you're going to do with those place mats. laurie

Cindy said...

Great make-over on the little table, clever to use the Sharpie to distress! :D

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