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Thrifty Finds for the Patio and Pyrex Love


Sorry it has been kinda slow going on the blog lately.

We are hosting a wonderful French teen and her and I have been busy. She likes to go to thrift stores! How awesome is that? She comes from a little town outside of Paris.

Since I did not have much to throw at you this time, I thought I would just share some shots of our thrifty furnished patio:

Here is our consignment store table and chairs w/ vintage umbrella:

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Here is a closeup of the chair cushions, which I picked up at Wal-Mart on clearance. They pull all the colors of the patio together!

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Here are my $10 motel chairs, picked up last year at an estate sale. They are now sporting their new aqua paint color.  The green hairpin leg table was another great find for $16.

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Here are some thrift store flower pots I grabbed for $1 each. I love the colors with the lipstick red table set:

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Here are some big flower pots on either side of the garage door:

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Oh, and I almost forgot:

I have a new addiction. Vintage Pyrex. And Fire King. And GlasBake. I am especially drawn to anything aqua, green or white. I had NO IDEA there were so many cool patterns made back in the day. Like these:

Here is a glimpse into just one cabinet. I remind you: 2 people live here.

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Like how many casseroles, baking dishes, plates and bowls can I use? And this is not even my cake and loaf pans, pie plates and larger baking dishes!

What I don’t keep is listed in my Etsy shop 🙂

Check back soon for more thrifting photos and some updates on our basement redo.

Hope you are having a great summer.

Au Revoir

Mid Mod Mad Chairs, an Atomic Mirror Shadowbox and more!


One day last week I met dear Hubby for coffee (he works the midnight shift) and we spent a  little time together while we waited for a local advertised sale to open.

Oh. My. Gosh.

It was an old Mom & Pop furniture store that had recently closed. They were selling off all remaining merchandise. We thought we might get a deal on something we probably didn’t even need. And boy did we!

This place had not been remodeled or updated since the late 50’s (my best guess). They had all manner of mid-century furniture, lamps and wall art that had been on display in the store back in the day but have never sold.

It was all a bit dirty so I snapped photos while it was all  lined up in our driveway airing out.

Look what we got for $10!

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As if that white one isn’t cool enough, we got another one in black, also $10.

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We also got a great pair of tall blonde night stands for $20. They still have their original paper tags on the back. The shelves lift up and flip out to make a nice place for your book, laptop or beverage. During the day you can close them up and hide what is stored in the bottom. These will be used in the basement for storing our ever-growing record album and CD collection.

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This blonde 3 piece stacking unit was a mix and match set. Originally you must have been able to pick the pieces you wanted to put together.  The ones we purchased are stamped on the back “bar unit”, “record cabinet” and the other just has a model number. They were $10 each.  They will get stacked in the basement for housing the stereo, albums and CD’s.

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This great “Steelmaster” locking file cabinet was also a great find at $20. If Hubby does not want it for the garage or basement I will use it in my craft/ sewing closet. I also think it would work great in a kitchen, for cookbooks, utensils or linens.

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You  may remember I picked up a pair of  old  metal chairs (sometimes referred to as motel chairs) at an estate sale for $10. I could see green, yellow and aqua paint under that dirty red. They looked like this:

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After a date with some spray paint and primer, this is the new color:

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And here is the goody I promised to show you from our buying trip a few weeks ago:

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This was only $60. I have to get some plastic greenery for the little box. It is already hanging in the living room.

So do you think I got some deals?

Basement On Hold; More Thrifty Finds!


Well you know from my last post that we had decided that the basement was the next project.

Life of course sometimes has other plans. Hubby picked up some temporary work (with overtime) so he has had no time to spend down there. AND his truck is in the shop getting major engine work done (to the tune of $2000+) so we are in a holding pattern.  No time and no extra money.

That bump in the road has not stopped me from thrifting though. Here are some finds from the last few weeks.

This pair of metal lawn chairs were $10 at an estate sale. I can see aqua/greenish paint under that red.  Another project?

This plaid stadium blanket is wool and in perfect shape. I snagged it for $2 at a garage sale. It will go in the shop. I can see this with a tartan plaid thermos and picnic basket.

This mid-century plant stand was $3 at a garage sale.  Should I keep it and paint it black or sell it in the shop as is?

This Fiesta colored runner was $3 at a moving sale. It matches anything you put on it and I think it looks pretty good on our blond dining table in the kitchen nook.

This tablecloth was $4 at a consignment shop. I think it would look good for a picnic.

This handy little gold tray/server thingy was $1 at a garage sale. It sits on my buffet in the kitchen. I like the legs.

You know how I am about shelves. These big ones were $10 at a consignment shop. I think I will paint them and use them in the basement. Hubby has lots to display. The little black wire one was $1.

This little tray was $1 at the thrift store. It matches the Copeley pottery sitting on top.  Basement maybe?

This Christmas candy dish trio was $1 at a garage sale. They will go in the shop for the holidays.

This vintage stitchery pillow cover was $1 at the thrift store. The greens matches the basement sectional. Keep or sell?

This pair of groovy drapes look just like a dress on one of the wives in a Mad Men episode I watched last week! They were $3 at the thrift store and are now  for sale in my Etsy shop.

This 50’s honey pot/kitty cookie jar was a church rummage sale find for $5. It is in perfect condition; I will list it on eBay :

This little feed sack table cover will go on eBay too. I love the “salad” scene. It makes me think of Stacy making the Caesar Salad in the movie The Long Long Trailer”  🙂

This week I am having a bit of thrifters withdrawal since I have no vehicle while Hubbys truck is in the shop.

But it does give me more time do this!