Friday, September 21, 2018

My summer of thrifting

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

When I look back on yard sale season, I think ... wow, it was bad this year. That is until I look at my pictures of my various hauls and remember what I got. You never know what you're going to find when you hit a yard sale. Below are just a few of the treasures I found.

I just started decorating for fall.  Everything but the pumpkin on the right I got at a yard sale. (Okay, on the tray--not the loveseat or coffee table, etc.)


The flowers, vase, pumpkin, little BOO, doily and tray cost me less than $3 and I love them all.

Most of the things I bought this summer were things I intend to use to decorate. I've never really been into decorating before, but I started watching things like the Summer 2018 $5 Goodwill Challenge on Youtube. (They came out with the fall challenge on Monday.)  Wow, what some of these ladies find and do for five bucks is astounding.

Here are some of the highlights from my summer of thrifting.


Now I can't say where this little chalk elephant is going to go, but it won't be any seasonal decoration. I do have an elephant collection, and right now he's just sitting on my bookshelf wondering where he will live.  I'll have to ponder that.  He's about 5 inches tall, so he doesn't take up much space.


I love this plastic tray that I got at a rummage sale. It was $3 a bag--and I filled it. I figure the tray cost me about a quarter. It's so cheerful, I'm going to use it to decorate come spring. I've got some small carved wooden birds that will look adorable on it.


This beautiful conch shell was in a free box with a lot of other large and small shells. One of my readers asked if there was a hole ini it. Yup. It turns out that's where they pushed the unlucky sea creature out to eat it. Awwwwww...


Can you ever have enough wreaths for the front door? I scored this one at a rummage sale to benefit a cat rescue. I think it looks nice for fall, but will take the bird's nest away. I can put it on  one of my summer wreaths.


How about this haul? Don't turn your nose up at the tea-stained potholder. Two days soaking in Oxiclean turned it pristine white once again. These items were from a church rummage sale for a total of $2. (It wasn't a bag sale.) I'm just getting into "orphan" teacups and saucers, thanks to reviewer/blogger and reader Karen Owen. Check out her instagram profile and see how she pairs up orphans.

That faux Ball jar looks cute with silk hydreangeas in it.


Love this little lamp.


Teacups? Boy did I find teacups. I love it when the owner gives you the history. This one was a buck at a yard sale and the woman said she had been a pre-school teacher for 37 years. During that time, the staff had a yearly "tea" and she collected odd cups here and there for them to use. This was one of them. The picture doesn't do it justice--it's gorgeous. This one's a keeper and won't be given away on one of my Facebook events. (Lots of others will!)

That's just scratching the surface of my summer finds.  Which one is your favorite?

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