Atlanta I Love Thrifting Party!

Woohooo, we had some fun at the 1st annual I Love Thrifting party which was started by the fabulous Rashon, better known as Mr. Goodwill Hunting.  He got the party rolling and many of us hosted in our cities.   We had a great turnout on the North side of Atlanta and had around 25 people show up by the time we hit the 2nd stop.

We met up first at the Goodwill in Woodstock and got the party started.  Lots of bargains were found and I don’t think anyone left the party without purchasing something.

Here  we are ready to start our thrifting day, eager to see what treasures await.

Let the thrifting begin!  I walked around and took note of some treasures that I thought were worthy of a makeover, so I’ll share those along the way too.  These tables were great candidates for a paint treatment.  Really good prices, like $25 or $30 each.

Another great candidate worthy of a makeover.

I found a few things that I thought were pure bargains and insisted someone take them home and they did for the most part.

Judi found some bargains to take home.

These headboards were crying out for some paint and TLC.  Take me home!

Cute bamboo chairs, but they were a little rickety.

This old oak stool caught my eye for $7 and I thought someone should definitely take this home and give it some new life with paint.

After I gushed over it, BB decided it had to come home with her.

This were a cute pair of chairs too, but needed some work on the caning and upholstery.

Lamps just waiting for a makeover.

My sister, Renee, came along with me and even though thrifting is not really her thing, she found a few treasures.  Like this cute basket for just a $1 or so.

Christina decided to take home 2 light fixtures to makeover, I think they were both less than $5 each.  Bargains, I tell you!   Lisa, in the red, found some kitchen items too.

Cute bloggy friend, Natalie (so glad we finally got to meet!), scored a few things along the way and brought along her mom and a friend.  There were a few mother/daughter duos at the event.

Next stop, Wellspring Treasures.  Sheila, who runs the place had contacted me about coming by there, so it was great to check it out. My first time in there and they had some great items.  She offered everyone shopping a 25% discount, so they got quite a few customers on this trip.

The whole thrifting shopping contingent.  We were a happy bunch of women.  The perfect girl’s day out!  I met up with old friend, Cindy, here who also runs the place. She’s an old friend from church long ago.

A recovered little ottoman was sitting outside waiting for a  new home.

This bamboo piece was intriguing.  Could be a record album holder (yeah, we all need one of those, huh) OR a magazine rack.  We discussed ways to make this over.

This little table could use a makeover too and might have a new lease on life.

Credenza was a nice functional piece and there were a bunch of plantation shutters to add some architectural interest.

This pretty white bed caught a lot of eyes, but no one bought it.

Cute little newly painted blue chair was around $25.

These twin padded headboards caught a lot of attention too.  They were so cute and $65 for the pair, which would have been a steal with the additional 25% off.  Alas, no one bought these either, although one blog friend, Melissa, really considered them.  Blue and white has made such a comeback.

Susan found a colorful rug.

Wellspring was set up very nice and clean and we all enjoyed our shopping there.  I will definitely pop in there again soon.

Natalie scored this adorable linen Roman shade for around $8.  Cute, cute!

Another bargain that I thought someone should buy, this large square wood coffee table was screaming for a makeover.  This one would look great painted a brighter color and distressed.  At $70, it wasn’t bad!

Bargain City on Canton Hwy. was our next stop.  My first time in here too, but they had some neat things.

Natalie and my sister browsing around.

I spotted this cute little side chair, in dire need of a makeover for $10. Good deal for extra seating.  With a redo, it will be outstanding.

This pair of lamps had a nice shape and could be a candidate for spray painting.

As were this pair of yellow lamps for $6 each.  They had a great shape and could easily be painted with a glossy spray paint.

This round outdoor metal table  was $5, a bargain if someone needed this outside.  Again, spray paint to the rescue.

Someone found a neat desk storage cubby.
There ended up being 2 of those cute chairs for $10 each and Bethany bought them!  Love these and hope she’ll email me when she does a makeover.
Sharon found a pretty lamp to take home and my sister bought a small heater for their camper.

Next stop, America’s Thriftstore on Canton Hwy.
Another pair of lamps primed for a makeover.

Hello shell hanger from the 70’s!  No, she didn’t buy it. 🙂

This cute little cane end table had already been badly painted, but could have still been rescued for around $10.

By far, the most interesting conversational item of the day was this cot/bed.  We figured that someone had hand-made this piece and all it needed was a piece of foam for an extra bed.  No one bought it for $10.

With the rope, it had a nautical feel and I guess you could make a coffee table out of it too, but it would be a long coffee table.

Checking out.

Last stop, Goodwill on Roswell Rd. in Town and Country shopping center. I spied this huge piece when I walked in. He was just unloading it.  At $70, it would be a great flat screen TV console.  Another makeover candidate.

So what did I find?  At the last stop, I found a pretty green leather Talbot’s purse for $5 in excellent shape.  I thought that was a steal and I will enjoy this over the summer.

Wicker bedroom furniture.

These Chinese stools are all the rage and one day if I find a really cheap one, I’ll probably get it to spray a glossy white or fun color.  I passed this one up at $20….

But Susan decided she couldn’t, so in the cart it went to go home with her for a redo.

Cha Cha and her daughter shopping the clothes rack and found a potential Little House on the Prairie dress for Halloween.  Great idea!

That was our last stop of the day and we were all getting hungry, so off to Le Madelaine we went, where I had my fave, wild field salad with a bowl of tomato basil soup and all the bread I can handle.  Yum, the perfect end to a fun, fun day!

All the girls who came out said they had a fabulous time too. It was great to meet them all and we are definitely going to do it again.  I think our next outing will be Scott’s Antiques Market in September.  We hope it will be cooler by then.

Exciting news to share, I’m about to die from anticipation on this one!  I’m going to be flying up to Asheville, NC for a blogger event on Tuesday, coming back Thursday, where we will be wined and dined and shown some products (which I will share all the details with you later), as well as get to experience a candlelit tour of the Biltmore Estate.  Wow, I’m so excited and have to pinch myself over the opportunity!

There are a TON of parties out there to highlight all your projects, so please let’s keep this one about thrifty finds that were bought 2nd hand!  Not a great sale from the store, but 2nd Hand finds only!

  1. Add your permalink to the link list, which is the actual post that you did for this party, NOT your general blog url. To get the actual post, after you publish the post, just click on the title and THAT will be your party post url. PLEASE try to get the correct url in the first time! :)
  2. Please add my button to your post or blog OR at least link back to this post in your post. That’s all I ask. It’s common courtesy to link back to the person having the party, so that all of your readers can find it too.
  3. Please do NOT link to an Etsy shop or something similar (even if you think it’s a fabulous deal) or I will delete the link. This party is for sharing thrifty finds from yardsales, thriftstores, or something along those lines. If I see that your post is not really on track with this theme AND you don’t link back, I’ll delete your link. Sorry, but I’d like to keep the party consistent! IF YOU SEE THAT YOUR LINK HAS BEEN DELETED, IT IS PROBABLY BECAUSE IT IS NOT IN LINE WITH THIS PARTY THEME.

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- Rhoda


  1. Wow, I live in Gwinnett – got a lot of good ideas for new places to check out.

  2. What an incredible turn-out! I can tell everyone had a great time. Can’t wait to hear about your news–and congratulations on the opportunities, Rhoda!

    P.S. We don’t have a La Madeline in Birmingham, but when my hubby worked in Texas (while we were dating) there was one close by. Their chicken salad is UN.REAL. If you haven’t tried it you really must! 🙂

    Erin @ Dwell & Tell

  3. Such great stores and all of the treasures look fabulous. I so enjoy the tour with all of you. Would love those yellow chinese lamps and one of those headboards. Sounds like tons of fun. Hugs, Marty

  4. Rhoda, thank you for a great day! What a awesome way to find fabulous bargains and meet inspiring ladies! I am looking forward to Scott’s in the future! Enjoy your trip!

  5. WOW!

    You had a great turn out! You guys had lunch and all.
    Asheville, NC is soo beautiful. Although I am 2 hours away from there, I have yet to go. Sad.


    Tell Sharon that lamp has my name written all over it. It may have gotten scratched off somewhere down the road…lol


  6. It is such a blast to get together and shop for treasures! The Buckeye Bloggers are doing just this next Sat. I know we don’t have the bargains you southern gals do, imho! but we’ll have fun, anyway.
    🙂 Sue

  7. Those dining tables! That cot! I’m going to have to do some better hunting. Thanks again so much for hosting. You folks are aces 🙂

  8. I had such a great time with you all, and it was so nice to finally meet you! That was my first visit to Le Madeleine and I will definitely have to go again! Thanks so much for hosting and thanks for including Wellspring Treasures on the tour. I’m looking forward to the Scott’s outing!

  9. I loved your post!! I am a “newbie thrifter” and I learned a lot from reading this post and can’t wait to visit my local thrift stores here in Columbus, GA soon and post about my bargains! 🙂

  10. I am in the middle of refinishing chairs EXACTLY like the two Bethany bought! So funny!!

    • How funny! Maybe they’re the other two to the set? 🙂 What are you doing with yours? I’m thinking of painting mine white or off-white with new fabric (obviously) on the seats.

  11. Margaret says:

    looking forward to hearing that you are coming up the NorthEast Georgia way. We have some fabulous shops up here. My son lives in Marietta and I love that soup, just don’t read the fat grams!

  12. Great post. Loved all the chairs & lamps. The cot might have been an antique. In Civil War era, many beds were made that way. The ropes would have to be tightened before sleeping… thus the phrase, “sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite”. A feather mattress would have been used on top. This is according to one of the historic places here in the Nashville area.

  13. I was just at the Goodwill by T&C on Friday and can’t believe I missed that green purse!!!!! I’m looking for stuff for Judson’s room since he’ll be living in a house off the square in Oxford this year instead of the dorm or fraternity house, so we have to start from scratch. Thanks for the pictures of the headboards, will have to head up to Woodstock GW and see if any of them will work (he’s tall so he doesn’t like a footboard on his bed…makes it hard to find something!)

    Sorry I missed LaMad!

  14. Enjoyed this post. So many lovely and interesting items!
    The bamboo piece which you thought was a magazine/record album holder, is actually a music canterbury, originally designed to hold sheet music. I have one in yew wood. Check out google images.

    Have a lovely time in NC.

  15. Cool! You hit several of the spots I always went to for theatre props shopping. I miss those places.

  16. Fun, fun, fun! Oh, my – look at all of the gals having fun. Looks like y’all found some great bargains too. In my three years of blogging, I’ve still not met a blogging friend face to face!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  17. Looks like a blast! Thanks for hosting.

  18. Looks like y’all had a great time! I love seeing all the treasures! Thanks for hosting.

  19. This was such a fun post I had to read through it twice before I can comment. Did you notice how thrilled that young man at the check out looked about all the ladies with cameras?
    I am hoping most, if not all, of the ladies blog and link up so I can hear more about this fun day.

    Am excited about your big news too.

  20. Looks like y’all had a great day! Lots of great finds, too.

  21. Such an awesome day and bravo to all you bargain hunters. Some fabulous finds!

  22. That oval table up in Woodstock would have tempted me! Have fun up at the Biltmore!

  23. I wish I could have been there it looked like you all had such a good time and what cool stuff you saw! Love that canned table, we don’t see much of that where I am from. Would be great to be able to thrift in Georgia!
    Thanks for hosting such a fun party, I can’t wait to see what eveyone has found.

    🙂 Michelle

  24. Looks like you Georgia gals had a wonderful time! Love that purse you snagged too! I’ve linked up my thrifty finds from Saturday-

    Hope you’re having a great day!

  25. Those look like a lot of really great places! Great finds.

    Thanks for hosting this link party.

  26. I’m glad you guys had a great time! That cot bed could have made a great ottoman! Man, I wish I was closer to your goodwills!

  27. Thanks for the tour. I loved seeing all the items and prices, taken or not. What a great idea to make it a party. I still have friends that look at me funny about going to thrift shops.

  28. Thank you for hosting!
    Your junkin’ party looks like it was so fun!
    Kerry at

  29. Still regretting not grabbing that little bedframe… but I couldn’t fit it in my car! I’ll have to send you a photo of the prints I picked up at A Classy Flea.
    Thanks for hosting this, Rhoda!

  30. What a fun day we had. It was such a pleasure to meet all you ladies. I hope everyone who came will join us again when we go to Scott’s in September and hopefully even more of you will come. There are some really nice ladies out in blogland!

  31. Hi Rhoda-

    Thanks for another great party.
    I wish I had been in those thrift stores with all of you.
    How much fun!

    White Spray Paint

  32. Hi Rhoda!
    I’ll be in the Murphy, N.C. area next week on vacation!
    Was wondering if you knew of and could mention to me some really cool places to see and shop at!

  33. Oh, that outing looks like so much fun!! I wish there had been something organized in the Orlando area (or maybe there was and I just didn’t know about it). Is there a way for me to show my thrifty finds even though I’m not a blogger?

  34. How fun! It looks like you all found some great deals on some fun stuff. That rope cot is sure interesting. Hugs, Kim

  35. Was the “record/magazine rack” the right width to hang file folders on?

    Was that bed an antique childs’ rope bed?

    I wish Savannah was closer to Atlanta, I would have loved to have tagged along! Looks like so much fun!

    (((hugs))) Lesli

  36. Candlelit tour of the Biltmore sounds amazing! Hope you have a wonderful time!

    Mary Ellen
    The Working Home Keeper

  37. Diane Lanford says:

    I enjoy your site. I recently moved to Asheville from Orlando. Still finding my way around but have found some great places, The Pink House, Screen Door, Tobacco Barn and a new flea market The Paris Flea Market (just started up last weekend). I would love to blog but am having a hard time starting up. Can you point me in the direction of the Asheville bloggers? Enjoy the Biltmore, I went for a tour at the GrovePark Inn and loved that.

  38. oh man, those stores are so nice. that ottoman, and that garden stool are both amazing finds!

  39. Oh, it looks like you all had so much fun!!! So many thrift stores…so little time! Thanks for hosting the party and giving us a chance to show what we found at our thrift stores!!!

  40. Hey Rhoda, Looks like everyone had a great time! ATL has a lot of neat discount places. Someone had asked me if I knew you were back home in GA. So sorry to hear (more or less) about your troubles. I know you will be just fine. ((hugs))
    Congrats on the Biltmore trip. My sister and I gave our parents the Christmas candlelight tour weekend for their 50th anniversary. We’ve been with our children, but during the summer. It’s a lovely place. So much to see.
    Thanks so much for your sweet comment on DD2’s nursery. Yes, I am very excited! I think she’s done a great job. Like her mom, she has a lot of ideas! 😉


  41. Wow, wow, WOW. I have never been to thrift stores that have that kind of merchandise. All we have in the stores around here are granny jammies and worn out Christmas ornaments. Next time, I’m heading to Alabama.

    Looks like you all had a wonderful time. What’s better than shopping with friends? Someone to tell you, “Yes, you MUST buy that,” or, “Do not take that nasty thing home with you.”


    P.S. I would totally have nabbed that rope cot.

  42. Hi Rhoda,
    Wow, it looks like y’all had a really great time. Nothing beats thrift shopping. Wish we lived closer. I had to change my blog over to a new one. I was having some technical problems. Would love for you to stop by and visit from time to time.

  43. $20 for that garden stool!?! If I would have found it, I would have grabbed it and I WOULD NOT LET GO. They are sooo expensive where I live!

  44. Wow! Looks like you guys had a great day. Off to check out the rest of your blog…I’m a first-time visitor! 🙂

  45. I haven’t read a post of yours in awhile, but these finds are just amazing! Goodwill is always my first stop for bargains. Thanks for sharing. I’m sure this trip will give everyone lots to make over.


  46. Christine Long says:

    Hi Rhoda!
    Thank you so much for letting me tag along from Athens. You Atlanta women really know how to thrift. I really enjoyed the thrifting party. I’m going to check out the Goodwill in my area now. Thanks again, I got to met a great bunch of fellow bargain shoppers.

  47. Looks like everyone scored big! Glad to see everyone had a blast. I can’t wait to have a thrifty party with my artsy pals down here in Florida soon 🙂

  48. WOW…I really wish I could have come. Y’all found some great things and I need to go to those thrift stores…….

  49. I just found your blog, and really want to get into the whole thrifting thing. My fiance and I bought a house last year in Marietta, and right now we have basic Ikea pieces, but I’d love to accessorize someday with made-over, thrifted furniture. I want that garden stool, too!

    I did want to share the bamboo table I found at the Woodstock Goodwill for $8. I painted it black and found glass on craigslist for $25. I think it looks nice now!
    My blog isn’t professional enough for a link (um, we haven’t updated since May…) but here’s the entry with a pic of it if you’re interested!

  50. I finally got my post written about my thrifting finds from the trip! Thanks again for hosting, and I can’t wait until the next one!


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