In spite of the fact that it was the 4th of July weekend, a holiday weekend, I still found one sale to go to. I figured everyone would be at the beach or the lake (and I really think 1/2 of Birmingham is gone, as evidenced by the lack of traffic). I mean, isn’t that what people DO on the 4th of July?
Apparently, the big Catholic church in Homewood’s annual 4th of July rummage sale and festival is where everyone in Birmingham decided to go Saturday morning. So, my idea of popping in there quickly did not happen. We had to stand in line. And people, I do not like to stand in line to do my yardsaling, I can tell you that for sure. Especially when it’s hot. And you can count on it being H.O.T. in July in Alabama. But, since there were hardly any others going on and I had driven all the way down there, I stood in line and waited for a good 1/2 hour. In the heat. Sweltering and sweating. I would have really been mad if I hadn’t found any treasures, but I did, so all was good.
I snatched this cute old mirror for $3. It’s maple, but I’ll probably paint it and hang it somewhere. Love the rope that it hangs from. I had to grab things quickly, since there were so many people in there and it was jam packed with stuff. I would have liked to take my time and really browse, but that was hard to do under the circumstances, so I went through pretty fast and grabbed a few things I had to have.
This is a heavy wall shelf that someone probably built from scratch. It’s laminate over plywood and VERY heavy. Love the detail and shape of the corbels on this piece and it was only $2. The faux wood laminate is awfully ugly, but it will get painted. What and where, I don’t know yet. It actually reminds me a lot of my Ballards shelves that I paid a bunch more for. It’s 2’ wide and 9” deep and once painted will be gorgeous.
See the details on those corbels? Nice.
This little adorable original oil painting of a beach scene was $1.50. Love this. I’ll paint the frame a creamy white and distress it.
And you know how I love little bottles. This one was only 25 cents and has a neat stainless steel shaker top.
And a soft as a glove black leather purse by Worthington was $1 and really cute. All it needs is a good cleaning and leather conditioning and it will be perfect.
So, that’s what I brought home on Saturday. It was so crowded that I just flew through there and didn’t take my time to look at everything, especially cause I was lugging that heavy shelf around, I just paid for my stuff and left. Now the good thing is that on Sunday, everything is 1/2 price. So, where do you think I went this afternoon, just to see what all I missed. And at 1/2 price, how fun is that to find more bargains?
So, back this afternoon on 1/2 price day, I spied a pair of custom Roman shades that I thought would be perfect with my toile drapes in my guestroom. 1/2 price was $4 for 2 shades (I’ll probably only use one, but that’s still a super deal). And you know what? They are! Right down to the right color and width of the window. They had the dimensions marked on them at 36” and I knew that should work and you can see it will work perfectly. I’m going to install them right up under that Paris sign and they will be beautiful. I had to use the flash in this pic and the wall color is not this minty, more of a soft pear green. Now, I can get rid of the ugly metal white blinds that are all on the back windows of our house that I hate, but haven’t replaced. One at a time, I will do that too. I could use the other one in my DR, but I really need to keep all my white wood blinds facing the street, so I’ll have to think about that.
This nubby black/tan fabric is just perfect with my toile drapes.
A 1972 David Hicks decorating book was 50 cents. Should be an interesting read.
I saw this cute little marble based brass lamp on Saturday, but at $10 wasn’t willing to pay that much (I’m cheap, what can I say!). And since I didn’t really need it, passed it up, but it was still there on Sunday, so for $5, it made me like it SO much more. I’ll give it a makeover and a new shade and it will be really pretty. Of course, I’ll share the makeover with you. That dated pleated shade will go.
This, I love. I snagged this old Westinghouse fan as soon as I walked in on Sunday, and at $5 a great deal. I would have been too cheap to pay $10 for it yesterday. It’s the real deal and I even plugged it in and it still works. I’ll put this in my toile guestroom up on the chest of drawers and if my guests want to use it, they can. It might be a fire hazard, so I won’t keep it plugged in all the time and hey, the dust was free!
So, that’s my finds of the week. Wasn’t sure I’d get out there this weekend, but I managed to find a good one. I’d say it was a pretty good sale overall and I will definitely go back to the annual Catholic church rummage sale.
Did YOU get out to any sales? There usually aren’t a lot on holiday weekends, I’ve noticed in my area. But, we’re playing anyway, so link up if you have some finds to share. You know the drill by now, so please go by the rules. Please link up your thrifty post here on Mr. Linky and NOT just your blog url. Hope you all had a great weekend too!
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[email protected] says
Oh Rhoda, I gasped when I got to the fan picture! What a score! We've been searching for one but so far haven't found anything that is close to what we are willing to pay. Great finds!
The Nester says
Hello, i am a big dork. I wrote my post this morning and forgot to link up until just now. Duh.
thanks for hosting!
The Lazy Peacock says
I just came across your blog – I love it!
You found some amazing things.
Looking forward to reading through all your old posts!
[email protected] says
My daughter and I had so much fun a few years ago spending the day at Brimfield, Mass.
(The Mecca of flea markets held three times a year, we went to the one in May when I flew out there to visit to coincide with Brimfield.)
I love thrifting with her as she has a four year degree in Interior Design and worked as a Designer before having four children in five years. 🙂
Anyhoo, she bought an old fan like that and I thought she was crazy until she got it home and displayed it like a piece of sculpture. It is beautiful!
She had to cut off the plug so none of her kiddies could get curious and plug it in.
Laura @ the shorehouse. says
First of all: headline = fabulous. 🙂 I may have to "borrow" it from you, substituting Methodist for Catholic in two weeks, lol! Though I do not expect to have HALF the luck you did. That FAN! I may have even splurged for the 10 bucks. I'm really surprised it was still there. In my town I think people would have been wrestling one another for it! 🙂
Great job. As always!
Miss G says
I have the same black fan and got mine half off for $5 as well! So fun! Kelly
Thanks for the fun post! 20 yrs ago my husband and I lived in Homewood, AL while attending school and went to OLS church. It was great reading your post and reminiscing!