Saturday, January 31, 2009

{ A day of Thrifting }

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We had an easy quiet morning, the kids are feeling so much better and I'm sure it's not just the extra TLC I've been showering on them, I'm sure your prayers have had a lot to do with it :)
So I thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

It's starting to heat up around here again, so we're back to short sleeves and flip flops....YAY!

While I got the car cleaned out and ready to go, the kids had fun playing with a bubble blower. It's always amazing to me how happy and thrilled they are with something as simple as bubbles.

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We took off around noon today to go out to lunch at one of our favorite restaurants....you all know Cracker Barrel, it's inexpensive, it's delicious food and it's the kind of place that we could stay lost in for hours and hours. There's something about that place, perhaps the old remnants of years gone by, the burning fireplace, the antiques hanging from the roof and the homey atmosphere.

After a great lunch, we took off in search of a few more thrift stores.

I'm sure by now you all know that The Cardinals are playing tomorrow and it's absolutely NUTS around here. Now, I'm not a football fan, I don't ever watch the Superbowl but I can't help but root for The Cards, I have to support the place I'm living in right? No? Well I'm doing it anyway and besides the stadium is like 5 minutes up the street, I've showed you all photos before.

Anyway, lots of cars and people with Cardinals gear and then we see this on the street corner:

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The sign says "Honk for your Cards" and you should have heard the honking going on LOL It was hilarious.

I'm sorry this one is a little blurry but we honked a heck of a lot and he got all happy, I thought this expression is hilarious.

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After visiting two thrift stores, we decided that we would just head back to the Goodwill again. Look, I'm no snob and I don't mind thrift stores, but when I walk into one and it smells funky and everything is dirty and over priced, I just get frustrated and want to leave.

We lucked out again, Goodwill was having another 50% off, so I was one happy camper because now I'm going to show you what I got and you won't believe how much I paid for it all.

This is what I got....2 huge 1 lb white yarns, a small bag of pink yarn, that cute wall country clock that says "love one another", a white ceramic colander which I LOVE, a really cute plate, a wire basket and mason jars (I'll show you underneath what it's for), that adorable little pig with the basket of apples, a prim shelf, 3 lantern candle holders, tea lights and 2 pillow cases.

I also got some really cute tops for myself, NEW with the tags on, two pairs of capris, a pair of shorts for Nicholas, 3 dresses for Jasmine and some new curtains for the kitchen. ALL NEW with price tags still attached.

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Now I know you're wondering how much I paid for it all right? Well, I paid $15. LOL

Yeah I know, I couldn't believe it, $15 for everything and I think I did pretty well and found very cute things.

So now let me show you why I wanted the wire basket and all those mason glass jars. See a while back I was looking at one of my favorite sites online Country Home and I saw an idea that I just HAD to make. But I didn't have what I needed and then I forgot about it, but I remembered it again a few days ago, so I've been on the lookout for everything.

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Based on this idea, here's a close up showing the salt shaker.

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Here's another view, I have my forks, knives and spoons in each mason jar, then I have the salt and pepper shakers and some napkins. It sits in the middle of my kitchen table and I think it will make it so much easier during mealtimes for everyone.

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And here's a closer look at my little lantern candle holders....I absolutely LOVE these.

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All in all I think it was a great day and I'm happy with my finds.

I think the key to thrift store shopping is to go in with an open mind and to really look, take time to get in there and look through the many things available. Half of the items I got today weren't visible, they were behind and underneath others.

Anyway, it's late and I'm about to go take my shower and then hubby and I are getting into bed and watching Fireproof together. I can't wait!

Have you watched the movie yet? What did you think?

18 comments:

Mari said...

You did so good again! I may have to give thrift stores or Good will another try. I love your wire basket and mason jars.
We saw Fireproof and thought it was great - I bet you will too!

Raggedy Girl said...

You did so good. I love the colander too! And the table basket is really sweet.
Roberta Anne

Michelle said...

WOW! Sandra what great finds again.Love it all especially the lanterns..

Blessed Beyond said...

Sounds like yall had a wonderful day too! We love cracker barrell! It's a fav for sure! You really did find lots of neat things again today! I love the collander! And the wire basket and jars on the table is really neat! I like that. Have a great night and enjoy FireProof.
Hugs and Blessings,

Vickie said...

WOW! I love the basket and jars what a cute idea. Hmmmm... I need to remember this! I can't wait for spring to get here with all the yardsales. Take Care :)

Melonie said...

Great finds, yet again! :-) So glad the kiddos are feeling up to par again.

I think my faves are the pillow cases and the table basket. That's a grand idea - and having the handle will make it so easy to take to the counter and fill back up as needed. Love it!

Tina Leigh said...

Cracker Barrel?!!Oh I am sooooo jealous!!!!I love that place too. And the gift shop!!! Oh I love it too!

Sounds like yall had the best day! I love days like that...good food, the best family & buying goodies at a great price. I love the things you found. I want the lanterns!!

Bonnie said...

Those candles in the last picture are beautiful !! Just love them !!

I need to get out and do some thrift store shopping too ! They are not as good here as in the States but they are getting better. I should probably go stop into a few ... there are lots around our area !!!

Ginny said...

You had some awesome finds! DOn't you just get all giddy inside hwen you get a good deal?

As far as Fireproof, it was okaaaay. But we thought a huge part of it was REALLY cheesy...some of the things they said. Kirk Cameron is a fine actor and you could tell that the other volunteer actors were amateur....I watched it out of curiosity and although it delivered the finest message, we didn't care for it that much.

Linds said...

I am glad it has warmed up for you again! What wonderful finds this trip! You are gettign very good at unearthign treasures, Sandra. And so good to hear the babes are feeling better too. Have a great Sunday!

I wish we could get Fireproof here too. It is not going to be released in the UK apparently.

All My Blessings said...

You did good. I absolutely love these stores. I'm getting as bad as my sister and mother. I can't help it and like you I find things that I've (secretly) been looking for. The last I found just before Christmas I finally found a plate warmer. I's hard keeping everything warm until dinner. Good finds. You go girl....Kae LOL

Susanne said...

Your Goodwills are awesome. Our thrift store seems so darn expensive but every once in awhile I score something like a new item with price tags attached too. Love your candle holders. And what a cute idea reinventing the purpose of the basket and mason jars.

Pat aka Posh said...

I need you along when I thrift store shop.. you do have a way of finding not only wonderful items but at bargains prices too.
Love your basket thing.. I can see how it would be perfect on the table.

Sarah said...

You got some really great bargains there. I love the lanterns and the mason jars.

Love and hugs

Sarah

Sarah said...

LOL! Hubs is watching the Super Bowl on TV right now...I just said to him, "The Cardinals are in this aren't they?".

"How do you know that?!"

Hehehhehe

Linda said...

You did very well. And I think the cutlery idea is a sound one.

Amy said...

I have GOT to start hitting the thrift stores around me. You found some really neat stuff again!

Niki said...

Wow Sandra!! Congrats on the awesome finds! Glad that the kids are feeling better.

Hope you slept well.

*hugs*