Mountain Brook Yardsale Jackpot


What’s more fun than a church flea market and yardsaling in Mountain Brook all in one weekend??  Nothin’, absolutely nothin’!  On Friday, I met up with one of my readers, Nancy here in Birmingham, for a fun shopping extravaganza at the local Briarwood Presbyterian Church flea market.  Oh my gosh, I think everyone who wasn’t working showed up for this one, but it was fun to go in and see what we could spot.  I came home with a few things, as did Nancy.

I even spotted a deal for my friend, Layla, at The Lettered Cottage.  See that pretty wooden sailboat I’m holding?  As soon as I walked in the door, there it was and I just had to get it for her.  I called her on my cell to tell her about it and see if she wanted it and she said, if you think I’ll like it, then definitely get it. And it was a $2 steal, could not pass it up.  Hope she loves it, I can see it in her cottage now.  In fact, I’m going to be meeting up with her and her friend, Sarah for the Longest Yardsale this coming weekend.  They are going for a couple of days and I am going to tag along only on Friday, but can’t wait!  What a blast we will have and of course, you’ll hear all about it too.

A funny thing happened on Friday, when I was in Hancock’s getting some string cut to repair a set of Roman shades I found awhile back.  There was a friendly young man waiting on me and he asked me if I was Ms. Southern Hospitality. I burst out laughing!  A big hello to Michael, who reads my blog daily! 🙂


I seem to have a thing for melamine bowls and these were 10 cents each. I love to have them around for the microwave or to hold a snack.  And besides, they’re lime green! 🙂


This pretty little Floraline planter was 10 cents. It was caked with dirt and not looking so good, but I washed it and it’s not bad at all now.  Who knows, it might get another plant.


This Haeger USA pottery vase was $3.  Love this piece.


And here’s Layla’s pretty sailboat.  It’s not real old, but pretty neat anyway.

So, on to Saturday, me and my niece, Lauren had a blast in Mountain Brook.  I don’t normally drive into Mountain Brook to yardsales, since I have so many out my way usually, but this weekend there were several all in the same vacinity, so it was the best bet for deals and I’m SO glad we went.


Lauren had her GPS with her, so she brought it along in the car and navigated for me.  It was a lifesaver, since I don’t know all those streets down there and it told us exactly where to turn for the next sale.


Driving through beautiful Mountain Brook, I took time to show you a few of the houses and they are stunners.  Clicking on that first link at the top for Mountain Brook will tell you more about the area, Birmingham’s ritziest part of the city.






All lovely, no??


This house was having a yardsale and they had some really nice things, but I especially loved their frontdoor with the lantern above and the roses climbing up the wall.  We didn’t buy anything here, but she had some gorgeous things.


At another sale, we saw this set of chairs and dining table, all for $175, not bad I thought.  The table legs were chunky and turned and would be great for a paint project.


This twin bed was pretty too, not sure how much it was.


And I thought seriously about this old needlepoint chair for $25, but decided not to get it.  I have no more room!

But, you know I didn’t leave empty handed.  Actually it was a smokin’ yardsale day.  Come and see….


This pretty metal trashcan was $2 and it will go in the beachy guestroom. Original pricetag on the bottom from some chi-chi little shop was $40.  I don’t think so.


And this pretty black tole planter was $1 and looks to be fairly old.


As was this Towle silverplate tray with little feet…yep, $1.


Prominently marked on the bottom.


Check out these green polka-dot shoes (by Chinese Laundry).  Perfect condition, $2. When I showed them to my hubby, he said…yep, those look like some Rhoda-shoes.


I happened by the sale of one of the ladies I used to work with and she had some great things too.  I got this pretty old black chandy for $8 and it is going to go in my office nook.  I love it!  She and I had fun catching up too.


This find I fell in love with at first sight!  This is a pair of HEAVY IRON candle sconces (must weigh 25 lbs. each) and they were $20 for the pair.  A real steal for something this big.  They are very rusty already and I’ll just leave them as is.  Where am I putting them??   They are huge, which this picture doesn’t really show and I’ve already  hung them above the fireplace on either side of my picture.  I’ll show you that later on.



And this might be the best find of the day!  This is a Sid Dickens plaque.  In case you don’t know it, these are highly collectible.  I found 4 of these last year and resold them on Ebay for a small fortune.  We’ll see how this one does.  If you ever spot one of these at a yardsale, buy it!  The back is solid black with the Sid Dickens name on it.  I have no idea why they are so prized, but there are a lot of collectors for these plaster plaques and the demand is high.  This one is in perfect condition too and I paid $3 for it.  I’ll let you know how it goes, since I’ll be reselling it. 🙂

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Thanks for playing and let’s have some fun this Monday!

Todays Thrifty Treasures Participants

1. Carmen
2. Talking Tarva
3. Lisa @ Happy Girl’s Thrifty Adventures
4. Carol @ Old Glory Cottage
5. Amanda @ Serenity Now {Entertaining Stuff & Decorating Dilemmas Party!}
6. Karen@SavingTheFamilyMoney
7. Nicole@BugaboosCreations
8. Queen of Fifty Cents
9. Gwen@MurphyGraceHome
10. Chrissie Grace
11. Suzanne in TX
12. Wendy @ Ramblings from the Sunshine State
13. SArah@Our Cozy Robbins Nest
14. Mrs. C Happenings@Home
15. Linda @Nina’s Nest
16. Joan@anythinggoehere: weekend thrifting
17. Amanda@LivingWithLeah
18. Rhonda @BlueCreekHome
19. Cheap&Sweet My frist estate sale and a ?
20. Marianne@songbirdisnesting (thrifting at the in-laws. Part III
21. Della @ Della Grace’s Life
22. Lady Katherine
23. Armchair Housewife
24. Brittany @Laughter,Living & Loving
25. gina @the tickle pink
26. Alicia @ Titere Con Bonete
27. sullivanandmurphy
28. the lazy peacock
29. Jenn@First Comes Love
30. Jo@2nd Act
31. Create in me a clean heart:: $5 desk, dresser, & more!
32. Bonnie at Cottage Hideaway
33. Anny @ Random Anny
34. ellen b
35. Darlene @ Darlene’s Days
36. Lamp Tramp
37. The Bloom Girls – Powder Room Vanity
38. MelanieElissa
39. Connie
40. Bama Girl in AZ
41. Working on a dream
42. SusieQ
43. Ms. Sharlotte’s…Southern Reflections
44. Kammy-Small Home in the Country
45. m @ tales from an oc cottage
46. Jenny@My Monkey Hill
47. Kim-Starshine Chic
48. Olive Rue
49. Gayla @ the Cockrells
50. Michelle@Dei Gratia
51. Debbie @Pink Roses and Teacups
52. Suzy’s Sanctuary
53. JoAnn
54. The Shabby Chic Cottage
55. Lisa @ fern creek cottage
56. Amy Lynne @ Mom*s Balance(Getting Ready for Back to School)
57. Kendra @ Domestic Princess in Training
58. Brittany
59. Frugality In The Making- Toile
60. Southern Style in the Northwest Garden
61. Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss
62. Beverly @ The Buzz
63. Arlene @ For the Love of it
64. Kristi from Sunnypond Home
65. JenGlamGirl
67. ABEACHCOTTAGE Trash to Treasure Bathroom Table
68. Maggie Elizabeth
69. Caro’s Thrifty Treasures
70. Melanie@The Old White Cottage
71. Hattie @ Little Red Roost
72. grannyann – Grannys Thrifty Treasures
73. Pam
74. CC @ Lace Ribbon Roses
75. Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrgangeas
76. Shirley Corwin
77. Charla @ For the Sake of Time
78. Roeshel @ The DIY Show Off – Party Barn! 🙂
79. melissa *320 sycamore (laundry room makeover with thrifty treasures)
80. Elizabeth
81. Christy @ Embellished Bayou
82. Cami @ Creating Myself
83. Kathy @ Having A Hallelujah Good Time
84. The Blushing Hostess
85. Tina @ Enchanted Rose Studio
86. Rhonda @ A Home With A Smile
87. Paula @ Sweet Pea
88. Kitty Scraps @a bit of fluff quite messy
89. Kelli@JOY
90. Beth
91. Alison ~ Vintage Amethyst
92. Debra@ Bungalow
93. Jackie
94. Cutie Patootie
95. Shauna@ They Call Me Lucy
96. Ashleys Busy (Goodwill Dresses)
97. Kara (Creations by Kara)
98. Frippery
99. Reid -a fellow GRITS
100. my tiny robot heart
101. ThriftyAnnabella
102. Melany (Pilarina’s Boutique)
103. Morning T
104. The Happy Homebody
105. Lisa W
106. Designs on 47th Street
107. Shannon at Chickie Creations
108. The Stylish House
109. Jen @ A Shopaholic Mom
110. Amber @ Making a Home – Post #1
111. Amber @ Making a Home – Post #2
112. Aly
113. Life Off the Shelf
114. Thrifty Florida Mama
115. Christie
116. Marla@sevenpalms
117. OnOurWayOnline
118. Rachel- Scottie dog and other awesome bargins
119. Leslie @ Orphaned Decor – Cowboy Bed
120. santamaker-coastal bedroom
121. Shilo @ Toadly Craft
122. Rachel- laundry detergent dispenser
123. Renee @ Cottage Lifestyle
124. Brittany @Laughter,Living&Loving, Post # 2
125. come sit awhile
126. Rosie @ The Clever Rose
127. Kelly Shults

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- Rhoda


  1. Rhoda, I love it when you take us around B’ham. . . makes me a little homesick, but I love it. We rented a house in Crestline when we first moved to town, and we went to church on Overton Road when we lived there, so I got to know my way around Mountain Brook pretty well. But it is so funny to think about all those streets. You were smart to take your GPS. It is beautiful, isn’t it? Good place to go yard-saling. And it looks like you made some good finds. I’ll look forward to seeing what you do with everything!

  2. I really enjoyed seeing the items you photographed and got. Those houses are really pretty, I would take any one of them…….
    Thanks for the heads up on the Dickinson placque.

  3. What a fun way to spend the day and I love the polka dot shoes. Those homes are so beautiful and yes the lantern light above the door is so special. I would have loved to have peaked inside that home:)

  4. I just discovered your blog. Coming over from AL Bloggers.

    I love it! So jealous about your finds. Especially, the chandelier.

    I’ll be back!

  5. I love your finds. I really would love to find some scounces like those. Thanks for sharing and thanks for hosting. Leslie

  6. Oh, what wonderful finds, especially that silver tray, that chandy, and oh la la, those fab shoes. How fun !

    Your blog button is fixed on my site – thanks so much for featuring my button too. I am blushing. 🙂

  7. santamaker says

    Your posts are always inspiring me! what wonderful finds at the rummage sale. Soooo jealous!

  8. I love the tray! Did you use any special reinforcement when you hung the sconces?

  9. Rhoda, please tell Layla if she doesn’t want the sailboat I am happy to pay the $2. I am going to be in Birmingham the week of 8/17 so I can easily pick it up 🙂 I will be in town on business so I don’t know if I will have any time to shop…but if you have time and could suggest a few places I might like I would appreciate it.

    Renee @ Cottage Lifestyle

  10. I’m cracking up at your husband’s comment about the shoes! 😀 So cool that you saw one of your readers working at the fabric store. I would definitely know you if I saw you. That would be a riot! I am not participating this week. 🙁 But I love all of your finds, as usual.

  11. Those sconces are incredible, I LOVE the “Rhoda shoes” & those houses, OH MY!

    Thanks for hosting again thsi week Rhoda…it’s always fun!

  12. great finds! and I know exactly which street you were on in Mtn. Brook, I like to take walks there and get ideas for updating the outside of our house — every house there is inspirational!

  13. oh Rhoda! i especially love the shoes!
    and it looks like a fun neighborhood to “garage sale”

  14. You find the best stuff! I didn’t have time to post my deals, but I got some great things at a thrift store: Born shoes, nude sandals, a monogrammed Gap bag and a milk glass bowl all for $7!

  15. Oh my yard sale gods! Once again, I bow to your saling prowess. 🙂

  16. I live in Montgomery and could drive to B’ham on a Saturday within an hour or so. How do you find out about upcoming yardsales? We have a huge Flea Market close to my house but I would love to hit some of the yardsales you’ve mentioned. I’m still very new to your site so I’m sorry if you’ve already answered this question. 🙂

    • Rhoda…thank you so much! I will definetly start paying attention to Fridays’ paper. Did I say how much I love your blog? 🙂


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