Everytime I go to Goodwill I make new friends. Sometimes they are ceramic. Or brass. Or wood. But all are loved friends.
And I always like sharing when I get something because:
1. I like to brag on the prices
B. It gives me a point of reference for future presto-change-os (like when I tell you about how I bought some lamps & then how I renovated them.)
4. It will benefit me for insurance purposes if our house ever burns down. Knock on wood.
5. Did I mention that I like to brag on the prices?
And since it’s been a while since I updated you guys on what made it’s way into my buggy, there is quite the slew of newbie friends in our home. This is most of the stuff that I have bought since AUGUST. Three and a half months worth of shopping…whew, I am just shakin’ with retail adreneline just from thinking about that!
I wanted to present this little white bunny figurine first. I love it. I love it oh-so-much. You can imagine me sitting in the corner while tightly holding this with two hands close to my bossom and lightly petting it’s shiny ceramic back while whispering “I love you” into it’s long stiff ears and you would not be far from the truth. It was a dollar, which makes me love it all the more.
Then we have a $4 ceramic pot with a lid. I think it was a cookie jar. I got it to put my wooden spoons and ladles and such into. I used to have them in a drawer but baby stuff took over. Next to it is a $2 Popcorn bowl. This thing is bigger than it looks. Like it could hold four bags of popcorn. I might use it as a gift package for my dad. I would stuff it with a Blu-Ray movie and some gourmet popcorn and other nummy theatre candy. My mom told me not to because she doesn’t want to have to house this thing…I can understand that…because it is BIG.
This $2 ironstone platter had to come home with me. It’s smaller than the average platter – which is perfect for when I just make a meal for me and the boyfriend.
This little $1 pastel green dish is my new favorite pea dish. My boytoy does not eat fruit or vegetables….did I tell you that before? Yeah…BUT he loves peas. So I make them all. the. time. And sometimes, when a girl is sick of eating peas, it helps to have a pretty pastel green dish to encourage them down your esophagus.
My mother has a little beehive container that she uses for hunny when she serves people tea. This $1 version gives off that same feel…but I think I will use it for syrup. I don’t know.
I’ve already used these gold embellished little drinking glasses as votive holders. I adore the twinkle. I’m like a bird…attracted to anything that shines.
I don’t know why but I love this brass candle holder. It’s really large. I guess for one of those giant three wickers. I might try that Blue Magic stuff on it to see if it turns silver. I guess I have to figure out if it is brass plated or solid first.
Ok…so these two ceramic canisters were at a local thrift store. Both for $5 then half off…and then I broke the lid on one. I saw it slipping. It shattered into a million smithereens. Right there in front of me. My heart broke with it. So I had to try to remember my homeschool spanish lessons to conjure up a semi-decent (let’s be honest…it was god-awful) sentence to tell the cashier that I needed a broom. Talk about embarrassing. She got the gist…but only after I came up with some hand signs…another language I don’t know. I really wish that never happened. Partly because I really wanted both with lids (although the lidless one is perfect for my scissors and rulers in my craft closet) but mostly because thrift store floors are some of the most disgusting things in the universe. Yuck.
I got the first ceramic urn at the same thrift store (the one that has very well-swept floors now). It was half off. Original price $4.94 – and I have big plans for this puppy. The $3 glass footed hurricane is darling with all those bubbles. I love the small-scale…perfect for our mantle…where I already used it 🙂
Okay…don’t judge me. This striped sweater made it’s way into my cart. I plan on NOT wearing it. Let’s just leave it at that.
Moving on to Target purchases.
I got two white frames on clearance.
Nice prices huh? Yeah. I plan on doing a white frame gallery…and these will fit right in.
We have a king sized mattress. And no king sized mattress sheets. Jeremy insists that he can tell the difference between 400 and 600 thread count. I don’t know how but he swears it. So I am obliged to buy 600 thread count. But they are sooo expensive.
I got this pale blue set as a backup. For $20 I couldn’t pass em up. Has anyone had any experience bleaching blue sheets white?
Hobby Lobby got some more love from the Bower clan. I bought this $5 album…love the yellow. love the design. love. love. love.
On our anniversary roadtrip, we stopped in my favorite discount store in PA. I got these grey & white frames for $3 each. Not too shabby. I love the chunkiness…oh yeah…and the wood look.
I also found this one for $3. It’s so darling. My sister saw it and thought that it was a picture of me & Jer in it. She was like “that’s a weird picture”. Yes Norn it is. But now I want a copy-cat version where it is actually Jer & me…just to be weird like that.
I got this three pack of hanging boxes. They say HO HO HO. I’m 99% sure that I am going to repaint them. They were only $5 for the set…and I think they would be a lot cuter if the insides were painted too.
I’m shopping at TJMaxx now.
These lanterns were $6 a piece. I used them in our Halloween tablesetting. They are worth every penny. The pack of oranges was in the clearance section for $6. Not the best price in the world but I couldn’t walk away from the citrus scented faux fruit.
Also at TJMaxx, I picked up a slew (A HUGE SLEW) of Martha Stewart photo albums and storage boxes. I couldn’t take photos of all of them…so I just wanted to share a couple. The smaller one is going to be Will’s memory book. The larger is perfect for his future artwork (oh…and btw, he just did his first masterpiece today…and look out Michaelangelo…Cistine chapel, WHAT!?!)
Now let’s move on to Ebay. Yes’m I purchased stuff online.
Namely (punned!) these Bowers tins. I order them only when they are under $4 plus shipping. Then I clean them out and stuff them with…well….stuff. This one is my new tea bag holder.
And this one is perfect for holding…wait for it…
…hot chocolate and instant spiced cider.
Lastly (WHEW!) is a VERY old purchase that I wanted to tell you about before I forget.
We scored this West Elm file cabinet at the Pottery Barn outlet for $40. It was still online for full price. WHOOP WHOOP.
Sorry for the crappy picture. But just know that it is perfect for my little craft closet.
Are you guys as high as a kite from the shopping adreneline? I feel worn out just telling you about it. So did you see anything you loved? How bout those lanterns? Or the ceramic urn? Or the bunny? Or perhaps you saw those Martha Stewart albums too and grabbed one? Or had a great score from E to the bay? Maybe you are just Christmas shopping and can’t focus on thrift store stuff right now. Whatever your shopping, I want the gorey details people. Spill.