Thrifty Thursday: A Day Late But Never A Dollar Short

So, I completely realize it’s Friday but yesterday I had a different priority…Magic Mike XXL. Holy Abs, what a funny movie! Hot guys and humor. Perfect combination. Mmmm…Joe Manganiello….

Anyway…on with the thriftiness.

So this past weekend, I dragged my brother to an antiques show at the Marbold Farmstead in Greenview, IL which was about an hour drive. This was the 3rd Annual antique show they have had there with the goal of raising money to restore the old farmstead. The house itself was incredible! Winding staircases several stories high and solid structure.

marbold farmstead

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There were a lot of really incredible antiques at this show too. I held a painted box from 1793 (which was also $325) but just the idea that I touched something that old was kind of incredible. I did make a couple of purchases, though nothing too terrible old. I got a double-boiler pot (most likely from the 1930s-40s) that somebody had converted into a planter for $10!

double boiler pot

I also got a full sheet of stamps from 1981 that depict all of the state birds and state flowers that was already fully framed. Not necessarily worth any money but I talked the ladies at the booth down from $15 to $10. Considering that the stamps are $.20 each and there were 50 of them, that is $10 right there so essentially I got it framed for free. My quest is to have something that has to do with birds in each room of my house. Not sure which room this will go in yet, but I’m thinking bedroom.

bird stamps

I also got some old lace for a craft project I’m working on. Right now I am just in the gathering materials phase so I will reveal the step by step of the project in a later post.

In the afternoon I decided to check out an Antique Mall about 15-20 minutes from me with Sister 3 that I had heard about but never been to. I spent about $15 there and got these cute items:

collage from antique mall hanna city

Sunday morning I kept my thrifty weekend alive by going to an in-town Flea Market with my mom. She and I had a really great time and found some kind of off-the-wall things. I got this box of blocks after my mom showed me how neat the interlocking ones were (from the 1950s). It was marked at $10 but the old man gave it to me for $8!

box of blocks

My mom and I also found these insulators for $1 each. I see these at almost every flea market I go to but never really understood what they were so I always passed them by. My mom explained to me that they were used on top of electrical poles and now people can use them in windows as a sort of prism or can paint them, like the painted one that has been on her windowsill for many years. I bought two of them. I’m not positive what I am going to do with them yet, but I liked the story of them. She also told me that sometimes good ol country boys would use them for target practice. J


My last purchase was this little iron trivet for $2. These are used for hot pots so they don’t sit directly on the countertops in kitchens. I thought it would be a sweet addition to one of my kitchen vignettes…that is, if I don’t use it for its intended purpose! I am truly living by the “don’t have anything around that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful” mantra so when I find things that can be both, I am always extra excited.


Had some thrifty successes this weekend, but what made this a successful weekend overall was not the purchases I made, but driving down country roads getting lost with my brother and listening to my mother tell stories about items at the flea market and then sitting down with her at her house to play with my blocks when we were finished. The items come with a history, but it is also the history we create with these antiques that make them special.

I know, a little sappy, but the most important things in life are not things.

Happy Thrifting!

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