Once again, I was out on Saturday looking for treasures. I sometimes try to talk myself out of going, but usually wake up rarin’ to go and so out I went again. I’ll show you first the things I saw but didn’t get. This wicker vanity and chair was $75. Not a bad deal.
And this wicker chair with cushion was $60. A dealer swooped in right after I took these pics and offered to buy them all. I imagine she got a pretty good deal on it. Extra blue/white fabric was on a bolt too.
This pretty old mirror was $10. I passed it up, cause I have mirrors in my closet that I’m not using right now.
I really hit a good sale with about 4 ladies who went in together and they had some really good stuff. I didn’t see a price on this little chest, but it was cute.
And at the same sale, here’s what I bought:
You know when you have a wish list of things you’d like to find? Well, as usual if I wait long enough a deal will come to me and this weekend I scored on a couple of things on that mental wish list of mine. I almost bought a firescreen at Tuesday AM at their last sale for $50, but decided to wait. Boy, am I glad I did. This heavy iron screen was $5 and I love the simplicity of it. All it needs is a fresh coat of black satin paint and it will look lovely in my livingroom.
And since I happened to have some black satin spray paint around, I got it done in time to show you. It’s a great addition to the livingroom.
This really old vintage suitcase was $2. I snatched it up fast for that price. This thing has to be really old.
Check out the inside. It’s a very cool piece! I decided to add it to the top of the entertainment center along with the globe I found last year at a yardsale. That vintage travel thing…
This little square planter was $1, a vintage tin look.
And check out the black/white shade that will go in the new guestroom redo. It was brand new with the tags still on and I got it for $3. I wasn’t sure it would work with my current lamp in there, but it does! Now I can figure out what to put on the other 2 lamps I found at the yardsale last weekend. I will probably cover my own shades.
Pretty blue pillow was $2 and will also go in that room. Much prettier than this pic shows. It has been so much fun to see what I can find at the yardsales to redo this room on a budget. I’ll show you on my next post some of the things I have found for this room so far. The hunt has been fun!
Now, this looks like a jumbled mess of fabric. It’s really several large pieces of fabric which someone used for curtain panels (hemmed on one end), I have no idea how much is here, but I’d say about 10-12 yards at least. It needs a good washing, but I got it all for $5. And what will I do with it, you ask? Well, I may end up doing a slipcover for the chair and ottoman in that room so this will be perfect if I do have to do that. For that price, I couldn’t pass it up. And if I don’t use it, I can resell it later. It’s a creamy white with an embossed pattern of squares and has sort of a lineny texture to it. I will be showing you Grandma’s aqua chair in my next post and I’m still hoping to use it, but this will be my backup for a slipcover just in case I need it.
Now, wait til you hear the next story! I saved the best for last. On my wish list was an outdoor fountain to put on the brickwall next to our new patio space in the backyard. I know those fountains cost a lot of money, but I figured one of these days, I’d save up and find a deal on one. Well, this weekend was the deal. And the BEST PART?! It was free…yes, you heard me….FREE! You can’t get any better than that, people. I went to one last sale on the way back home and these 2 ladies had some really great stuff. I didn’t need any of it, but I was looking at this fountain and it said “make an offer”. So we chatted about it, I asked how it all went together and I kept looking around. She came over to me and said, listen…if you want it, I’m just going to give it to you. I was going to ask $25 for it, but I am moving and just need to get rid of it, so if you can get it home, it’s yours! Didn’t have to say that twice! It’s VERY heavy, some sort of cast concrete product and the back part where the lions head will mount is copper. It’s got some age on it, but is just gorgeous.
I went home and got my big, strong hubby…he was gracious enough to drop what he was doing and come with me to get it. I have SUCH a good hubby. So, now it sits near the patio and I will work on getting this fixed up for next spring. I have plans to landscape this area next year. Can you say WOO-HOOOO with me?! I am SO excited! I got him home in plenty of time for the Alabama/Ark. game. Roll Tide, we won!
Needless to say…it was a very good thrifting weekend!
If you get Better Homes and Gardens, do not miss the article on one of our very own, blogger/designer, Joni of Cote de Texas. There’s a really nice feature on her house in the new October issue. Take a look at French Texas. Congrats Joni!
Sheeesh…take me with you next time…you find the BEST bargains. That fountain is going to be AWESOME!!! And I would have snatched up that $10 mirror in a heart beat.
I love how you are so patient to wait for the things on your wish list and they always turn up at the right time and price. I’ve learned that lesson from you- to a degree- and found that it’s so true. Can’t wait to see that black and white room!
That Fountain is quite a prize! Love the fabric too…
You are an inspiration to even the best hunter.
sarah @ a beach cottage says
oh Rhoda, I soooo would have like to be with you on the expedition (I think I said that last week too haha!).
It’s actually interesting that if you wait long enough you get to find what you want and wow what an absolutely fabulous find for free. I can only imagine the racing heart and happy dancing butterflies in your stomach if you get the same thrifting high as I get…which by your blog ya know I reckon you do lol!
some great finds for the room redo as well, I’ll be interested to see how much you spent on that in total, that will make for a great read
the fabric was a super deal, I’ve had a good find like that too recently on curtains..it’s only recently that I discovered looking at curtains while I thrift, I kinda passed them over before never thinking I would find anything that nice, now I always look, I saw a pic in a magazine of some silk drapes tied in a certain way, I am just *waiting* to find something that fits the bill and I’ll be laughing
That fireplace screen looks like a million buck!
DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ says
AWEsome stuff, but FREE…you’re killing me…I haven’t been YSing in weeks.
WOW! What a deal you got on that fountain! Kudos!
What a great day you had, bargains, a fabulous hubby, and a winning game! Can’t get much better than that!
*** Kelly Maria says
What grand treasures you have found!! Very inspiring to all of us “junque” DIVAS!
In the Spirit of Autumn Bliss I would like to invite you to my Autumn Giveaway!!
Beautiful Blessings~Kelly Maria
That fountain is so cool! I bet your husband just rolled his eyes… mine would have… 🙂
Rhoda, you are a girl after my own heart. I love thrift and yard sale shopping. I have to say you are an expert at seeing ‘what could be.’ Love that fire screen and all of your treasures. I can’t wait to see your finished room.
Great yard sale pics Rhoda.
That fountain story was amazing!
I got a message on my blog from an editor from Better Homes and Gardens, who had found me through Joni’s blog. She said they had just been to Joni’s place and were going to run a story on her soon. Thanks for the heads up about it….I’ve got to go get that issue!
I’ll let you know when they submit my story, hopefully my little place can grace the pages sometime too! What a dream come true that would be! 🙂
The Lettered Cottage
sheila from life @ #17 says
well, you’ve finally done…after the whole fantastic-free-fountain thing, I’ve got to move to Alabama…
nope, sorry…got to go tell the DH….
Oh Rhoda, congrats on your fountain!!! That is TOO COOL! I am so happy for you! I have one on my patio but it’s a 4 tiered one and very large. I got it for 300.00 something but they sale for about 2K so I understand. A man up this way used to sell them and I found out about him and a friend and I went and bought us one of them. We couldn’t lift the bottom bowl to get it off the trailer so we had to have heavy equiptment to do it with. lol But that same friend that went with me, her son worked for a guy that let us use his equiptment to do it with. So needless to say, it will have to STAY where it is from now on. lol
But anyway so excited for you and can’t wait to see your garden when you get it in place!!! WOW can’t believe it was free!!! WOWWWWW