Thrifty Thursday #23

It’s no secret that I love Mission Mart. I always feel like I find great deals when I go in and there is excellent variety. On September 21 I stopped in on my way to a free painting class at Michael’s to kill a little time.

Here’s what I found:  

I did great as far as Christmas items are concerned and got some really cute snowman decorations (one just needs a nose), trees and candle holders. I also found some wood plaques that will be great for crafting as well as a wood shelf that I feel I can give a makeover. I also found an Americana tin that I think will fit in with my living room décor. I love décor that can do double duty as storage!
In addition to the finds pictured above, I also found two GINORMOUS baskets!

 

Rusty, a 76 pound dog, can fit comfortably into the bigger basket and it only cost $5! It currently resides in my craft room where I plan to use it to store finished merchandise for the booth while I’m waiting to take it in for restock.
My free painting class was kind of a bust…I thought they were going to give real techniques on how to do certain things but instead we did a review of primary and secondary colors (which prompted me to sing the class a song from Blues Clues to help them remember…) and then we painted a landscape.

  
I do make pretty cool clouds though. While I enjoy painting very much in general, I found out that they do their paintings from patterns anyway so I’m just going to try to get my hand on some patterns and try my hand at painting on my own.

Happy Thrifting!

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Life Through a Brand New Camera Lens

I finally did it! I upgraded my camera. I got tired of using my cell phone and the poor quality pictures I was posting to this blog because I felt like it wasn’t doing some of my craft work and displays justice so this past week I purchased my new Nikon D3200 Camera.

It was quite the ordeal getting the camera because at first I thought that I didn’t have the battery when I was surveying my inventory. I took it over to my parents to help me look and we found the battery but realized that what it was actually missing was the charger. I called Target where I purchased the camera and asked what could be done. They didn’t have any cameras to exchange it with since this particular camera is not the most recent model and won’t be reordered but they did say that they would give me a full refund.

I did some quick research to figure out what a replacement charger would cost and found out that it was $50 on Amazon to replace the Nikon charger. When I went into Target I asked them if it was possible to still keep this camera but get $50 off to cover the cost of the charger. The manager there was happy to oblige my request (one of the many reasons I love shopping at Target) so I got to keep the camera. I went on Amazon and did some research and actually found some really favorable reviews in an off-brand charger that was made specifically for Nikon camera batteries. This charger was only $14.99 instead of $50 so I ordered it and with my Prime membership I had it the next day! The charger worked great and my camera was up and running. This is a thrifty lesson for everybody – you don’t get anything unless you ask. I ended up saving $35 on this camera + it was already on sale + it came with a free wifi adapter which was a $70 value so really I saved well over $100!

I decided to take some pictures for you all of some of the vignettes and décor that I have already put out there. A sort of recap of where I am now and then I have some major things in mind (not to mention some newfound inspiration and energy to get it done which I attribute to my new 5:00 am runs with Rusty that I just started last week) for where my house is going to go from here.

So here’s where I’m at:

Bedroom

My nightstand arrangement in my bedroom

My nightstand arrangement in my bedroom

Living Room

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Adorable Dog and Cat

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And now I’m off to spend my newfound inspired energy on some projects to share with you all in the weeks to come!

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Thrifty Thursday # 21

Sorry for the delay – I’m getting behind in my days of the week! I do realize that Thrifty Thursday this week is once again on a Friday…maybe I need to set myself some phone reminders. 

Back to the thrifting… Continuing my Labor Day weekend thrifting was the South Eden Flea Market. I have had great successes with this one in the past and this weekend was no exception!

I started my day with a fantasy football draft and a nice hot cup of tea, an excellent start to a Sunday.

  

Once the draft was done, Sister 3 and I went to pick up Sister 2 and head out to the flea market.
Here’s my haul:

 

You’ll notice my Americana wagon which is now featured on my accent wall as well as the garden flowers pocket book. A lot of the other pocket guides I gave to my brother who is a middle school science teacher. We always pick up good field guides. The two lidded picnic baskets I am incredibly excited about – one of them even came filled with picnic dishes! I am going to keep the baskets for storage (thinking of setting them next to my couch in the living room) but I think I might end up flipping the dishes in the booth next spring. The blue spool also ended up being for me as it repeats the blue of my accent wall in my living room.

I am amassing a collection of wooden folding chairs. I intend to keep the first two that I found but the other ones I am going to paint and sell in the booth. I also found another neat drawer to potentially use as a shelf on the wall or in some other storage capacity. I also added one more insulator to my collection and some more “junk” for my creation. Is the suspense build up for the end result for my collections of these types of items killing you yet?

I’m also pretty excited about the two books that I picked up. I should have spent more time going through the other books at the booth but the Currier & Ives book has a ton of prints in it that I intend to frame and sell either in my booth or on Etsy (my Etsy shop is currently in process – I will share the link when I’m up and running!) The president’s book contained a lot of neat information but also very interesting color illustrations of the Presidents and I believe that I will be able to frame and sell the prints of some of the more popular presidents as I have seen these in patriotic vignettes on several blogs and in magazines.

All in all, a very successful trip! This one will continue to be a favorite of mine.


Do you have a flea market that is always a must-go for you? Which flea markets are your favorite?

Happy Thrifting!

Warming Up The Walls

So my week last week went by in a flurry of –

  1. Shelter events

Angel at the J Crew opening at Grand Prairie – she is up for adoption at SAMS rescue!

2. BASEBALL,

Go Cubbies!

and 3. WEDDINGS!

I may or may not have been live streaming Saturdays Cubs-Cards game while at the reception…

Before I knew it a week had passed and I had not only NOT gotten anything done in my house, but also didn’t post for Thrifty Thursday (even though I had it written and ready to go) or any other post for that matter! Time is a funny thing. Lately there just doesn’t seem to be enough of it.

But I did start to remedy all of that this past weekend. I had a 3 day weekend so I was determined to get some things accomplished – mainly getting some of my house cleaned up and spending time with my favorite dog in the whole wide world.

Mission Accomplished! He makes my heart happy.

Mission Accomplished! He makes my heart happy.

I also started to get some things on the walls in my living room. I am bound and determined to cozy up my living spaces. Especially before all of those cold fall days set in. I went over to my parent’s house Sunday morning (around breakfast time…by design, as I knew my mom would have baked something. I was not disappointed by her blueberry coffeecake!) and my mom helped me cut down and frame some really sweet prints that I had picked up in various second hand ways.

This sweet pup I picked up at the Expo Gardens flea market:

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I decided I wanted another black and white print to complement it so I scoured Etsy for days until I found this Black and White ad with these adorable pups on it. I have loved Scottie Dogs ever since watching Lady and the Tramp as a child.

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I recently fixed up my big picture window with bamboo shades and white curtains that I got at Goodwill for $5! I love how the window treatment looks for the window. It offers me privacy since I live on one of the busier streets in my town but doesn’t obscure the fact that I have a large beautiful window (that is always covered in dog slobber…)

Sorry this isn't a great picture, what with the dog bed and dog toys...It's real life though!

Sorry this isn’t a great picture, what with the dog bed and dog toys and fact that I took it with my cell phone…It’s real life though!

The dog pictures found their way right next to the window. My mom happened to have the mat boards sitting around her house and I had picked up the frames for $0.99 each at Goodwill. The blue in the mat boards reflects my blue accent wall really well. I love how they look stacked on the wall next to my big window.

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While at my mom’s house we also went through some of her wall quilts to see if we found one that would go in my living room. We found this one and I stuck it up there with command tape to see if I liked how it looked or if I wanted to try to find something else. I’m giving it a test drive for a couple of days. What do you all think? Is it the right thing for above that sofa or should I keep looking?

Opinions welcome! This room is still a work in progress. :)

Opinions welcome! This room is still a work in progress. 🙂

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Thrifty Thursday # 17: Thrifting On A Whim

It’s hard to believe that I STILL haven’t shown you guys all of my loot from August! One of these days I will get all caught up, I swear!

Monday August 17th I had to go to Menards and return a few things (bathroom floor mostly since, as you found out in my previous post: Behold My Glorious Throne-Room, my bathroom has ceramic tile and could not be redone…) and the Salvation Army Family Store is right near the Menards that I go to so I decided to pop in. This time I actually grabbed a cart since I’ve been having such fabulous luck lately. And boy did I fill that cart! (Huge apology to the guy behind me in line who had one DVD to purchase –I was already getting rung up or I would have let you go ahead of me). 

 

I’m pretty sure that there are some things missing from this picture as well since I dilly-dallied on getting the pictures taken. I should really know by now that if I don’t take pictures as soon as I get home I will inevitably start pulling things out and start using them. Case in point, the copper pot that I’m using as a planter in my bathroom. (I named that plant Chester Copperpot…Goonies, anybody?)

Some of the items I purchased weren’t marked and so they were given to me for either $0.69 or $0.99 cents. All great deals, especially since I was buying such a large quantity. All total I spent $33.63.

This store was especially fruitful for paintable wooden things. I found a little wreath to redo for Christmas and some cutting boards and plaques. I also got a lot of frames and a couple of baskets which have already made their way into my booth at Lucy Davis Thrift.

   
 
  
The football basket was my favorite and to finish it off for the booth I added painted Mason jars to show off my team spirit for my all-time favorite team – Go Bears!
  
 

Go Team and Happy Thrifting!

National Thrift Store Day

So yesterday, August 17, was National Thrift Store Day! I celebrated by continuing my thrift store quests and hitting yet another thrift store in my area – the Salvation Army Store. Once again, great luck and some items with really great potential! I have so much to show everybody still from last week that I almost don’t know where to begin! I think I will start where I left off which is with Goodwill.

Last week after hitting up the two Mission Marts, I decided the next day that I would go to the 3 Goodwills that are in close proximity. I don’t always have as good of luck at Goodwill because their prices are a little higher than some other thrift stores, but every once in a while I luck out and find some great quality items. Last week was one of those times. I didn’t get the bang for my buck that I did at Mission Mart but what I got was great for the booth!

  
In the center you will notice two iron trivets similar to the one that I got at the Expo Gardens Flea Market with my mom (Thrifty Thursday: A Day Late But Never A Dollar Short). I got these for $1.99 each and marked them in the booth for $4 each since they are both reproductions of antiques. The gentleman that I bought mine from at the flea market taught me that the way you tell the difference is to run your fingers over it. If it’s rough, it’s a reproduction but if it’s smooth then it is a genuine antique. Since they are reproductions they aren’t worth much but they still look great in a display and add a different texture. I can’t wait to finish my kitchen so I can display mine! I love mixing different kinds of items and having an iron trivet helps to up the unique factor.
  
I also got various baskets and crates at Goodwill. The regular basket I am going to flip as is with Christmas items since it has a rusty tin star on it and some red homespun. The chicken wire wine holder I haven’t decided on yet. I might flip it as is or I might try to do something else with it. The tin bucket I gave to Sister 2 to work her magic on since she has already sold a similar painted tin and the two wood crates I’m going to revamp and paint.

  
The Cracker Jack tin was my second favorite find (you’ll find out my favorite shortly…) I love that each side has all of the iconic Cracker Jack characters and the colors are the same as the tins that I am collecting for my craft room. And it’s also much bigger than the other ones that I have found making it a valuable storage piece for me! The strawberry tin will look great in a booth display.

Two small canning jars will be great for crafts and the cutting board just needs the current design sanded off and then I can put in a new design of my own.

  
My FAVORITE find for today was the Ball mason jar lamp. I know, I know, you’re all like “Seriously Rebecca, again with the mason jars??” But let me explain. This lamp looks kind of gross with the potpourri filled mason jar but from looking at the logo I discovered that it’s from 1896-1910 AND it’s a half gallon jar which is really hard to find. On eBay they ranged from $40 – $75. I got it for $8.99 which is usually more than I would spend but I knew what I had found! Once I empty it out it and wash it up, it will make an incredible addition to my collection!

Did anybody else celebrate National Thrift Day? I want to hear about it!

Happy Thrifting!

Thrifty Thursday #15: Whirlwind of Thrift Stores

So you might notice from the title that I switched things up a bit. I am finding myself referencing back to Thrifty Thursday posts in some of my DIY step-by-steps and while I love coming up with creative titles, the hyperlinks get a little cumbersome. Therefore, I am going to start numbering the posts in addition to titling them so I can better show off what I do with some of those awesome finds! I can hardly believe that I’ve been doing this blog for 15 weeks!

This past week I hit up thrift stores like it’s my job (oh wait…). I’m making up for the fact that I’m going to an out of town wedding this weekend and won’t be going to any sales. This way I have enough posts for the next couple of weeks, and considering my massive haul, I am at no loss for content!

Saturday after work I did go to an antique show and sale with my mom. It was fun to look around at all of the antiques and see what they were priced for. Most things were WAY out of my price range but I consider it good research. I did make two purchases while I was there. The first was a mason jar (imagine that!) I had never seen one with “Mason” written in script on it. It was a unique addition to my collection whether it has any value or not so I parted with the $6 for it based purely on the fact that I have seen hundreds and hundreds of mason jars and never came up with this logo.

 
I also came across this picture that I think is going to look stunning either over my long sofa or my buffet in my living room. I paid $35 for it, but, once again, since I am buying just for me my price tolerance is quite different. This picture makes me happy. My dad is helping me to fix the back of it since it was so old and the cardboard was no longer holding the picture in like it was supposed to.

 
On Monday after work I had a little extra time so I decided I wanted to go to Mission Mart since I hadn’t been there in so long. Boy am I glad I did! I had such great luck at the first one that I traveled across town to go to the other one as well.

  

I got everything pictured here for $31! Yellow tags were 50% off so the majority of the frames pictured here only cost me $0.50 each and if they weren’t marked down they were only $0.99. I always pick up good wood frames like this to paint for my projects so finding so many – and some in interesting sizes – was a gold mine! I picked up 15 frames!

The 6 Courier & Ives prints I got for $0.39 each. The pictures were sweet and I might end up framing them and doing some sort of display in my house. One of them is a double so I plan to frame it and put it in the booth. These used to be pretty collectible where people would seek out specific prints and I feel in the right frame that these could make a sweet addition to any home décor.

The little ball mason jars were only $.25 each and will be perfect for some of the crafting ideas that I have in mind. Nestled in with those is an Atlas Strong Shoulder jar. The glass is bubbled which indicates to me that it is older. I don’t know much about Atlas jars yet having just acquired my first one on August 2nd but this little gem is definitely staying in my collection and not being crafted with.

  
I always pick up cross-stitch fabric when I find it cheap so when I found multiple bags for $.49 each that was a no brainer. It’s always a bonus when it’s colored because then I have options with certain stitching projects. I also found an illustrated copy of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (this is who I thought I was growing up…) for $0.99 so I had to have that for my library as well!

 
I found two Mason Jars already painted for winter for $0.99 each which is a quick and easy flip for the booth. The wood stick that says “VEG.” I’m not really sure what it was intended to be but it’s wood which therefore makes it paint-able. I’m going to turn it into some sort of garden or pumpkin patch sign.

The rooster frame stood out to me. He was 50% off making him $0.50 so I don’t know if I am going to leave him as is and add him to my own kitchen or paint him a different color and put him in the booth. I think he will look really neat with a small cross-stitch sampler in his frame. The strawberry tin was a bit of a splurge ($1.99) but I wanted it for my own house. I have a thing for tins (see Thrifty Thursday: A Morning on Moss Avenue and Thrifty Thursday: No Pain No Gain) and the colors and design on this one were just great. And finally I added a little wooden sled that I think I might decoupage an old fashioned Santa picture on for the booth, a wooden cutting board that I’m going to paint stripes on to make it look like a feed sack like I just saw in my most recent Country Living Magazine, a white wooden tray because I love wood trays, and a $2.99 lamp that just needs a painting refresh and might be the right size and scale for my buffet. And if not, well there’s always the booth!

So many items to score on a Monday! And that’s not even the half of my week. I can’t wait to reveal the rest of my great finds next week!

Happy Thrifting!