Steals and Deals

We did hit the thrift stores today.

Wednesday is one of my favorite days to hit the thrift stores.

Goodwill has 25% off for senior citizens.

I married one.


We asked at our Salvation Army if they had Sr. Citizen day….they said they did every day. We never knew that.

25% off.


Ask your stores…if you married a senior or are one ; )

They also honor retired military or military with 25% off…!


Found this shade.

Like a paper weave……….looks straw like.

What would you do with it? It is old….and “technically” outdated…..

Found these beautiful large wooden bowls.

They are thick and like a “balsam” wood? Really neat wood.

I cannot figure this out for sure.  Is it a dough bowl? Antique but painted over?

Definitely has the look and feel of one but has been painted.

My mom wants one so bad. I wondered if I could strip this and bring it back to it’s original state. Then I wondered if I was messing with a “folk” piece. The painting threw me a bit.

Any ideas?

I plan to find out, or restore and give it to her for Christmas.

When we went out of town this weekend, my nature loving son fell in love with the wooden clock at the cabin. Just like this one!  It was so neat to find this at Goodwill. I plan to spruce up and give to him for Christmas. I love when I am able to supplement their Christmas with finds like this.

A few little goodies. I will share some “afters” later. I plan to “update” some pieces………..

And then I found this little pretty.

Isn’t it pretty? It was about $3.00. I believe it is old or just made to look old.

Remind you of this?


What about now?

Remember that ugly, outdated shade? Not so ugly now is it? I just plopped it on top to see what I thought.

I think I like!

$99.00 at Pottery Barn. Less than $5.00 vase and shade at Goodwill.

I will let you know if this transformation works out.

We all loved my last Goodwill vase turned lamp…maybe this one will become a favorite too!

Pretty cute isn’t it?

Do you like my goodies?

Favorite goody?

Hit your thrift stores this week and start supplementing your Christmas!

I’m not ashamed!

I actually am told I give excellent gifts…..used or not.

Would that freak you out to get a used or “antique” piece?

I am very aware of the fact that it needs to be a heritage piece or unique to qualify as “new” for giving……

Just curious.

Would you supplement your kids Christmas with “used” like new gifts?

I know this can be a hot topic and don’t worry… answer is wrong and I am NOT offended!

It won’t change my ways ; )

Let me know your thoughts!



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0 thoughts on “Steals and Deals

  • November 3, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I would love to get a used gift as long as the person giving it took the time to pick something out that was really “me” and wasnt just giving me something to give me something. I also have no problem giving my kids used gifts. If it is something they want or would love getting and I can find it used I have no problem giving used. My mom on the other hand seems to think gifts must be new.

  • November 3, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    AWESOME job!!  I love it.  Quite frankly, I’d prefer a gift that was thrifted and remade – it’s much more personal and unique!

  • November 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    AWESOME job!!  Quite frankly I’d prefer a gift that was thrifted and made over or handmade.  It’s much more personal and unique.  Love, love, love this lamp.

    ps my birthday is coming up….   love that lamp… oh did I say that already???  lol


  • November 3, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I love a well though out gift, new or used!! As long as it’s personally chosen for the person. Most often the “used” gifts are the best!! I’m sure your son will love the clock! Have a blessed day!

  • November 3, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    I’d love any of these things for Christmas!  :)  Want my mailing address…hee,hee!

  • November 3, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I suspect that the dough bowl, is not American, but from Central America,  or some other country. Stripping it wouldn’t hurt. Was it heavy like an antique, or light weight?

  • November 3, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    FYI for another selling opportunity for things you find while thrifting…that folk-art-sy dough bowl shape/size is hot right now as a prop for Newborn photography.

    I have 3 photographers that I scout prop items for while I’m on my adventures. Came acroos (2) toddler size wicker chairs this weekend at Goodwill Outlet (sell by the pound). Sent text to my client, quoted price of $10 for both only weighed 3lbs X .69/lb for I made $7 profit for 2 mins worth of work 🙂

    PS…I found my own glass vase to make a lamp from too 🙂

  • November 3, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I agree with you…I like used cool stuff too.  the dough bowl look like a real find to me.. i would take off the paint.  but you can leave it if you like it.  Im sure your mom will adore it.  I have one son that loves old stuff …cameras are his favorite thing to collect.  he is very nostalgic for a 23 year old.  funny boy.   He loves cruising Craigs list for cool stuff. I just go to Goodwill and vintage shops.

    – KAT –

  • November 3, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    I love the “lamp”!!! I think I may start doing stuff like this…I love thrift stores anyway (just bought a huge bag full of clothes for less that $20, and most still had the original tags. Probably would have cost me around $60). I’m so glad I found your blog!

  • November 3, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    I recently gave a Goodwill find as part of a gift box, along with several new items.  Guess which item was her favorite!  LOL!  As long as the item is something the receiver will treasure I don’t think that the expense or age of the item really matters, nor how you came to be in possession of it to give as a gift.

  • November 3, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    love the dough bowl!  that is a real find.  they go for upwards of $50 or more here in charleston.  if they are big enough, they can be used for a good ol’ pig pickin or frogmore stew buffet.  can’t wait to go thrift store hunting when I “retire” this winter!

  • November 3, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    In recent years I have given MANY gifts I purchased at thrift stores and ‘made over’.  I just can’t afford to buy all new and honestly, all of my recipients are thrilled with something I ‘re-made’!  I just love all of your finds — especially the lamp shade! I will be hitting my local thrift and GW stores in the coming weeks shopping for Christmas!

  • November 4, 2011 at 12:08 am

    I wish I was on your Christmas list!  I would totally LOVE something that someone found and fixed up for me!  As for my fave of your finds…I’m torn between the bowl for your mom and that gorgeous bottle.  And with the shade?  That’s TOTALLY a lamp in waiting!  Love your blog, kiddo.  My day isn’t complete until I get you in my inbox!

  • November 4, 2011 at 3:00 am

    WOW! I love all of your finds! That lampshade is perfect with that glass piece and I definitely see a new lamp project on the horizon. And I loved how you say you “married a senior citizen”…makes you sound WAY younger for sure! LOL!

  • November 4, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Love the vase and those flat bowls. I give used items as gifts to people I know would appreciate them.

  • November 4, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    first of all
    you lucked out with some majorly awesome finds!

    and if someone knew me well enough
    they would know that i would adore
    being given ‘used’ gifts with such character
    and charm

    so my vote is yes!

    thanks for sharing at fridays unfolded!


  • November 4, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I am coming your way to go to your GW, ours never have such great things.

  • November 6, 2011 at 2:10 am

    Love the lampshade and jar. It does look great. You certainly did find some really nice finds. I really like the silver tray.

  • November 8, 2011 at 1:12 am

    My friends and I occassionaly exchange “vintage” items because it is what is wanted by the recipient- I get vintage baskets or linens & she gets McCoy pottery or a homemade item using new & used parts.


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