Thrifty Treasures: I Love Thrifting Day

Started by Mr. Goodwill Hunting himself, I Love Thrifting day was a big success last year and another outing was planned for this year, on July 7th.

We had a big turnout last weekend for I Love Thrifting Day and it was so much fun to go treasure hunting with a big group.  I loved meeting so many new bloggers (and non-bloggers in the Atlanta area).  We even had one sweet girl, Dana (who is renovating a fixer-upper too, check it out), drive down from Chattanooga to join us!  Now, that’s dedicated thrifting.


We began our day at a local bakery, Great Harvest Bread Company, not too far from my new/old house.  They are a neighborhood bakery with some wonderful goodies for breakfast and lunch.  This will be one of my new fave places once I move.  We filled the place up!


My new friend, Cindy, is the owner of Great Harvest, along with her hubby, Bob.  If you are in the area, you must stop by.  Cindy came out to help us paint on one of our painting parties and  it has been fun to get to know her.


Fresh and natural ingredients, with no preservatives is what Great Harvest is all about.   I had a cinnamon roll with my coffee and it was fabulous!

I Love Thrifting Day

After breakfast, we did a quick tour of my new house and then headed to the Goodwill in Kennesaw, right in my new neighborhood.  They weren’t sure what was going on when all these women came swarming in, but they loved it.


Everyone took off and found some things to buy.  Lisa found some treasures!


Another Lisa and Kelly (with her sweet baby girl) had fun browsing and buying too.  We had some pretty diehard thrifters among us.


It was fun walking around to see what everyone was finding.


Julie and Lisa (I think!) cracked me up with this Donnie Osmond album.  Go Away Little Girl……what teenage girl back in the day didn’t love Donnie. He’s still a cutie!


They had the most hilarious story about this painting.  Julie told me an estate sale tale that was cracking me up and they dubbed this painting Charlotte (said in a reaaaaal Suthuuun drawwwwllll) after her estate sale story about a snooty Southern lady.  I was dying laughing at them.   They have booths in antique malls and were buying to stock up, so those 2 racked up on the finds and their SUV was packed to the gills.  They were nice enough to bring home one of my furniture finds that I couldn’t fit in my car.


Our group in line waiting to pay.  I’m so sorry I don’t have everyone’s names.  I wish I had brought name tags to keep up with everyone and on who had blogs too.  It was a fun group!


Next stop, Queen of Hearts antique mall, which is getting ready for a big move over to Sandy Plains Rd. in the old Big Lots.


They were nice enough to have coffee and donuts for us.  Many folks bought here too.


Across the street was Bargain City and we enjoyed this stop as well.


Heidi and I were cracking up at this monstrosity.  Who in the world would make this?  We thought it must be hat boxes made to look like a wedding cake with all that lace and flowers.  It’s just hideous to me, but someone must have thought it beautiful at one time.  Please don’t tell me your mother made that. Smile


Me, Kelly, Lisa, and Heidi at Bargain  City.  Heidi has more about Thrifting Day at her blog too.


Another thriftstore across from the Big Chicken (oh, I should have taken a pic of that for ya’ll).  I found one to show you from online……

BIg Chicken

Marietta’s Big Chicken!  Have you ever seen anything like this?  I grew up with this Big Chicken, so  it is perfectly normal to me.  It was almost torn down due to disrepair back in the early 90’s and we natives rallied and got it saved from the wrecking ball.  It started out as an independent chicken restaurant way back when (I don’t ever remember it not being in this location) and then KFC bought it and restored the chicken.  We are forever grateful.  Marietta would not be the same without our Big Red Chicken!  HIs beak moves up and down.


So, back to the thriftstore across the street.  Inside, I thought this bamboo-like table and chairs was a pretty cute item.  At $200, it could easily be painted and the chairs recovered and brought up to date.  Looks very 60’s to me and a fun find.


Those diehard thrifters found something here too.   And so did I!  I told them not to let me buy any furniture, but what did I find?


This cute end table for $45.  I opened the drawer and it’s an  old Ethan Allen piece.  I’m planning to make it over for my den with Annie Sloan chalk paint.  That was a bargain for this solid wood table.   I did sell  my old end table when I moved, so I really do need another one.  It will probably be painted Duck Egg Blue and I think I’ll sand down the top and stain it Dark Walnut for a mix of tones.  There were 2 of these tables, but I only bought one.


This pretty white ceramic planter for $5+ came home with me too.  It will be perfect for a plant.


I seem to love white ceramics and this one was about $3 and will also hold some plants.


These orange and white Pier One placemats were $5 for all 4 and will look great on  my new porch.


At the last Goodwill stop, I found these 2 cute pillows at $1.91 each.


This fabric with chocolate brown gold and turquoise will also look nice in my den.  Yay, back to thrifting feels good.  I love finding treasures that I can use in my new house.

So, what did YOU find this week? 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, or a recipe, or just a plain project, but 2nd Hand finds only! And please DO NOT go back in your archives to OLD posts and link up. Let’s keep this party fresh and current! If you have already shared your find in a previous party, DON’T share it again! Please, girls, I don’t want to have to delete links.

  • 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! :)
  • 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.
  • 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.

Again this year, I’ll be highlighting great finds from the party, so if you want your find highlighted, PLEASE link back to the party. Only those who link back will be considered for highlighting the next week. Thanks! SouthernHospThriftyTreasures copy_thumb



- Rhoda


  1. Rhoda,
    What a fabulous day out with die hard thrifters!

    That bamboo table & chairs is to die for! I know you’ll turn it into a real show stopper.

    The best part about thrifting is finding the monstrosities – like that wedding cake! I always laugh to find these hideous creations that someone took the time to make – and then their relative carts it off to the thrift shop!

  2. Why is all the fun happening in Atlanta? First painting parties at your new house. Then Haven. Then I Love Thrifting day …

    I may need to move.

    Fab finds. I, too, am on a white ceramic thrifting mission …



  3. Thanks for hosting, Rhoda! Your thrifting day looks like so much fun! I’m sorry I couldn’t make it! There are some great treasures! Wow! I love your table- such potential! I’m always amazed at the great pieces of furniture one can find!

  4. Wow! What a great post…you guys scored in a big way. I agree: Why does all the action seem to happen in Atlanta? Here in the DC area we don’t seem to have all these great thrifting opportunities {or if we do, the markups are crazy!} Thanks for the vicarious shopping. 😉

  5. It looks everyone found a treasure and had lots of fun! I hope I get to shop with you one day! Thanks for hosting!

  6. Oh, that Donny Osmond album cracked me up!! Looks like it was a lot of fun!

  7. Thrifting with friends can be fun but sometimes it just takes too long! You have to go into it with the mindset that it’s about having fun with friends and not necessarily getting the deal of the century!

  8. What a fun day. It’s a toss up for my favorite: Charlotte or Donny?

  9. oh I’m a Northerner but my Aunt & Uncle lived in Marietta. We turned right at the Big Chicken to get to their house! Love all your finds!

  10. Oh I am tickled pink you got to go thrifting again and with such a nice bunch of ladies to. WHAT FUN!
    Oh and I LIKE that table! You need to show us that other piece of furniture you bought to! 😉 OR are you holdin’ out on us on that one? 😉

  11. I was in Georgia this past week, and I’m sorry to have missed the fun! Perhaps next time.

  12. Looks like ya’ll had a great time thrifting!!! Thanks for hosting!

  13. You sure had a nice time thrifting, Rhoda!

  14. Julie A. says:

    I lived in Kennesaw/Marietta for several years before moving to Cumming a while ago. I enjoy seeing all of your posts on my past favorite places! I lived right down from Great Harvest and loved them! You must try a pumpkin choc chip muffin:)
    My all time favorite store (which was also 5 min away from me) was, and still is White Rabbit Cottage! If you haven’t visited this beautiful store, you just have to! I still make day trips once a month:)
    Love your thrifting posts!

    • HI, Julie, oh how fun, you know that area well! and yes, I love the White Rabbit too, haven’t been in there much this past year, cause I just don’t need anything, but it’s a great shop.

  15. The day was well worth the drive from Chattanooga, Rhoda! I enjoyed it very much, and I’m still hoping Cindy will fess up and give me the recipe for that coffee cake muffin I had that morning!! 🙂

  16. Looks like soo much fun! Not to mention a very sucessful thrifting day. Love the table and bamboo chairs, Ohh what I would do to those chairs. LOL. I simply love your blog and all of your ideas. You are an inspiration! ….. I know the ” Big Chicken” very well; I grew up in Atlanta, as a matter of fact my dad used to live right off Barrett Parkway, ( He passed away, 4 years ago, RIP Daddy), my step mother still lives there. My daughter will begin her freshman year at Kennesaw this Fall, so I might have to hook up with you guys on one of your thrifting days. I will need a thrift store guide:). I just recently started blogging and I am loving it! I am looking forward to keeping up with your ideas and your beautiful house.
    Thank you so much for sharing all of your hard work!
    Peace and Blessings,

  17. Rhoda, love your end table find. Would you believe the matching coffee table is right in front of me in my family room. 🙂 It was my mom and dad’s and when mom downsized, she gave me the coffee table. She kept the matching end tables, which one of them is your new table. Is your table oak? If so, it’s from the EA Charter Oak collection. Great find!

    I’m loving watching your makeover of your new home. Your parents are awesome!

  18. Thrifting is fun, thrifting with a friend is wonderful, but thrift shopping with a group of like minded people must be fantastic!
    Enjoyed seeing all the photos, of what looked, like a great time.
    The Ethan Allen table is very nice.

  19. What great finds, would love to join next year! Super excited to go check out all these fun stores!

  20. Your thrifting day looks like a ton of fun. And getting to meet so many gals sharing the same passion…the icing on the cake. It looks to me like the Atlanta area is a thrifting meca. Thanks for sharing and inspiring me with your fun day!

  21. OMG…I want that table and chairs set! I only wish we had such great thrift stores in my area…although perhaps its best that we dont! The last thing I need is to add more items to my DIY to-do list! Thanks for sharing…looks like a fun and succesful day of shopping!

  22. Looks like a great time was had by all!!!…Who could ask for more…great thrifting and great times with wonderful ladies!!!…

  23. Always fun to watch other people spend money! Thanks for the party. I am very excited to see all the treasures everyone has found for a great deal!

  24. Looks like you had a really wonderful day of “thrifting”! Thank you for being a gracious hostess!

  25. What a fun day!Shopping with girl friends is always fun.Especially at thrift stores!

  26. What a fun time! Thank you for sharing! Now I know some good thrifting stores in Hotlanta!

  27. WOW, you had a few GREAT finds, Rhoda! I have serious end-table envy ~ that piece will be gorgeous with chalk paint. Was such a fun day — I look forward to doing it again soon!
    xo Heidi


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