Friday, June 13, 2014

Fun Friday Finds #23

Hey everyone!  
Welcome back to Fun Friday Finds!  I know I've been a bit absent lately, but I promise I've got a couple of new posts in the works that I'll be sharing soon.

If you follow me on Facebook then you know that my kids spent their first week of summer break with their grandparents, so a friend and I took advantage of my child-free status and went thrifting for an entire day.  We hit up a few different thrift stores, a couple of consignment stores, a Goodwill Outlet, and our last stop was at an antiques mall.  It was a FUN day!  So let's get to it shall we?  Here's what I found on my spending spree.  : )

My first purchase of the day was this adorably funny mug.  When I first saw it I couldn't figure out what it was supposed to be, but when I picked it up and turned it around I realized it had an opening for you to put your hand in the mitten.  It was too cute to pass up and at only 50¢ I decided to take it home. 

At another thrift store I found this vintage nursery scale.  It was marked $20, but everything was half off that day so I got it for $10.  I already have two vintage scales so I plan to list this one in my Etsy shop.

At yet another store I spotted this bowl on the bottom shelf, kinda dusty, and hiding beneath a stack of other bowls.  I almost didn't dig it out, but something about it caught my eye.  When I turned it over I saw lovely copper!

And when I looked closer I started to realize that the holes were not symmetrical, the edges weren't smooth, the turned rim was uneven and flattened in some places and I realized, I'm pretty sure this is handmade!  It was marked $20, but I didn't want to pay that much so I asked a worker if that price was correct.  She didn't think so and went to ask her manager.  She came back and said, "Our antiques lady priced this that's why it was so high, but my manager said you can have it for $10."  So I bought it.  I'm not sure yet if I'll keep it or sell it.  I have to think on it some more.  : )

I also got this cute striped pillow for $2.  I've been working on a cozy little relaxing area in the yard and wanted it to bring a pop of summer colors to my swing (more on this area coming later).

One of the stops we made was at a Goodwill Outlet.  I've been to one of these a couple of times before and they are an experience for sure!  It's nothing but huge bins full of the leftovers that didn't sell at other Goodwill stores and you pay by the pound.  You have to be willing to do a lot of digging, but it can sure be worth it.

One of the things I found in a bin was this cute fall wreath.  It needs a little "fluffing," but all in all it was still in pretty good shape.

I also came across this vintage sheet.  I already had the two pillowcases to match it at home, so I got the sheet to help make a set.

While I was digging through a bin I happened to look up and across the room towards another bin.  I spied a colorful quilt sticking out.  I've been wanting to lighten up the look of me and Hub's room and this looked perfect for the look I wanted.  I maneuvered my cart through the crowd as quickly as I could and dug it out. It looked to be the right size and it was in really good shape...score! I kept digging just to see what else was in there and came upon a matching pillow sham for the quilt at the bottom of the bin. Wow! Score again! Ok, so if there's one pillow sham then it stands to reason there should be a 2nd one. I said a quick prayer and asked the Lord to please help me find the 2nd sham, because it's quite literally like finding a needle in a haystack. There were probably 20 bins of just linens and these bins are about 3.5 feet deep by 3.5 feet wide and they are STUFFED full of randomness! I started to dig around searching for the 2nd one when I got the feeling that I should look around at the other bins first. And there it was. About 3 bins away, peeking out right on top. Say wha?!? MAJOR score!! I fairly dove across the bins and snatched it up. If you've ever been to an outlet store then you know the sense of urgency that is required to get what you want.

 I was doing a little happy dance in my head and thanking the Lord for answering my silly little prayer and for doing it so quickly.

Isn't it purdy?  I love all the colors and patterns!  Comforters are a fixed price instead of being by the pound so I paid $5 for this set.

I also dug up this cute quilt/comforter for $5.  I've been needing something for my son's bed so I put it there for now until I find the one I really want for his room.

While digging through the linens I found one of these adorable pillows and thought, ''Hey, that would be really cute in Halie's room."  I put it in the cart and kept digging.  At the bottom of the bin I found the 2nd pillow.  :D  I couldn't decide for sure if I really wanted them, the colors/style were just a little bit different than what I had originally been thinking for her room.  But they were just SO cute, and they had pink in them plus the aqua that she wants to add more of.  I knew they weren't going to be expensive so I just got them figuring if I ended up not using them I wouldn't be out much.  Better to have bought them than to regret it later.

By the time we finished up at the outlet store we were starving and decided to stop for lunch.  We drove a few minutes away and had soup and salad at Olive Garden.  Yum!  Then, once we were refreshed and re-energized we hit the ground running.  We drove a few more minutes and went to a different Goodwill.  An actual Goodwill this time, not an outlet store.  And low and behold, what do I find in the linen section?!?

The matching bedskirt to the two pillows I had just bought from Goodwill Outlet!!  Woo hoo!  Another score!  
I was on fi-ah!

Towards the end of the day we weren't sure we could make it to another thrift store before they closed, so on a whim we stopped at an antiques mall we came across.  My brain was on overload by then, but I did manage to find these fun croquet balls.  I've wanted some for a very long time now, but I only ever find them in full sets and they're always so expensive.  But these weren't too bad at $2 each.

And last but not least, another thrift store find was this patriotic bunting for $2.  It's really big, about 5 feet across, and it looks very festive hanging from our front porch.  I saved it for last because I like the picture so much.  : )

So that does it for me.  I was pretty happy with all of my purchases and consider the day to be a success.  Those of you on Facebook already know this, but for those of you who aren't, I've been painting my daughter's room while she's away.  The ugly depressing orange color is gone and replaced by a pretty soft pink.  I'm almost finished with the last of the painting and I can't wait to get the new pillows on the bed and add in the new bed skirt.  I even realized that with the new pillows I'll be able to use the curtains I made for her when we lived in Ohio.  I didn't think I was going to be able to.  She'll feel like she has a brand new room when she gets home!  
And of course, I'll be sure to share some pictures.  : )



  1. Major score on all your goodies, but that quilt set is so pretty and bright for your Summer bedroom!! I saw when you posted about it on Facebook, glad you shared it here on your blog :-)

    Hope your weekend is EXTRA BLESSED...


  2. Wow - what an excellent day of great bargains. I love all the bedding you found ; I can't believe they were leftovers & made it to the outlet. There is nothing as fun as digging & finding what you are searching for!

  3. Great job on your "treasures"! I loved them all! I can't wait to see your daughter's room when you're done and I loved the bed set you got for your room too.

  4. Wow!! What treasures you found. so happy that you posted your finds. Right up my alley.

  5. You are too much lucky! so happy for you. I need a stroll to Goodwill soon!

  6. Oh my! I love, love, love everything about this post and the things you found! I want to take you thrift shopping with me to decorate my cabin! I have a feeling you could find the perfect things for me :)


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