Sunday, August 23, 2009

Fabulous Finds!

I thought I would join in the fun and participate in Rhoda's Thrifty Treasures.
I have been a follower of Southern Hospitality for over a year. This lady is just fantastic. I don't know where she finds the energy to do so much. I love her decorating ideas and the step by step instructions she gives us to help duplicate a great look!

Doug and I were up in the Lee's Summit area this past Saturday and I found a new thrift store to haunt. Now this thrift store is about 60 miles away from home, so I won't get to go that often, which might be a good thing!


I love books.
I am not sure if I ever will have enough books, probably not. So anytime I am in the Thrift Store or the Flea Market I always check out the book section.

Creative Room Styles,
Soft back $.60
It was published way back in 1998, but you know what, there are some absolutely gorgeous room ideas in here. I am finding that true style never goes out of style. There are always great ideas you can use as inspiration

Here is a page from the book. Toile and checks...doesn't this look like something out of one of today's designer magazines! I almost bought a 1970's French Provincial dining room set when were getting ready to build the house. It was on Craig's List for $125. Everyone poo poo'd me, said it would be tacky. Huh uh...with toile fabric, it would have been wonderful!
Outdoor Living and Gardens by House Beautiful
Hardback $1.60

Gardening books are always in style.
Wicker, Rattan, Iron and Stone... I want them all in my garden!

We are planning on adding a covered porch over the patio next summer. So I am gathering ideas for what I would like to do. Oh some of you are going to cringe at this but, I think I am going to grow vines on the house. Yes, I know they will tear up mortar and they can be destructive, but this girl has got to have a more cottage feel!

Isn't this picture from the book dreamy?
Love the french door out to the lawn
Simple Flower Arranging
Hardback $.60

You all know how I love floral design.
Some floral design books are not practical.
But this little gem sure is!
I have already found dozens of ideas of what flowers to grow next year in the garden for fresh floral arrangments.

There are several pages like this, that gives you the basic design steps.
What a great book! I'm glad it got to come home with me.

Music Finds!

I seldom listen to the radio. They just don't play my kind of music.
I like elevator music, soft jazz, big band, 1940's, Broadway show tunes.
I have been keeping my eye out for some nice c.d.'s to keep in the car.
I was tickled to find these...

Michael Buble & Tony Bennet
$.60 each

As were standing in the check out line, I spotted this wonderful, fantastic, heart stopping candle chandelier. I figured someone else must have found it, and had set it up at the front while they continued their shopping. I asked anyway to see if it was still available.
Whoppee It WAS!
What was even super great was that the price was $16.91, but today everything in the store was 60% off! That is why my books and music were such deals. But boy howdy was this ever a steal! It was $7.00

I definitely have plans for using it on the back porch next year summer. For right now, I have hung it under the umbrella!
It is so fun finding great things at great prices!
I have lots of posts in the archives about my Fabulous Finds
if you would like to see more!


stefanie said...

oh, what a steal!!!

Wendy said...

Looks like you hit the book jackpot!

But that chandelier is awesome!

southerninspiration said...

wow, at 60% off you got some steals!!! Jill, way to go, girl!


salmagundi said...

Show us more! And I'm still waiting to see the Nell Hill story - part 2!! Have a great week. Sally

The Tattered Cottage said...

I am GREEN with ENVY over the candle chandelier!! What a beautiful piece and at a fantastic price!!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

What a great green chandelier! That will look so nice out on a covered patio. Your books were a steal too! Isn't it wonderful to find things for such cheap prices?!~Hugs, Patti

Pam @ This Humble House said...

That is such a great bargain hunting story! It makes me want to keep shopping! It's just beautiful!!!

~ Pam

Sue said...

Just found your blog and wanted to say I'll be back for more visits. Your shopping trip yielded some very nice books and a fantastic candle chandy! What a nice addition to your yard it will be.
:-) Sue

Sarah { abeachcottage } said...

wow I'm so loving that chandelier for that price, phew!

great thrifty find for sure!


Colleen said...

Girl did you ever get lucky! The books are great but the chandelier is stunning! I can just envision that on your new porch.

Mrs. Dimple said...

Oh my!! I'm so glad to have found your blog!! I'm from the KC area (now living in Wichita). Great finds!!!

Country Dreaming said...

Hi Jill--

What treasures you gathered! BUT
Lee's Summint is not far from where we live-this could be trouble! Would you give me the name of this little gem of a store
or would you rather keep it a secret? :)

Liz said...

I swear! You get the best bargains! I never find cool stuff like that. Good for you.


Jacqueline said...

Hi Jill....I'm Jacqueline. We could make a great blog team...Jack and My blog is Once Upon a Fairyland. I am currently posting on the wonder of my childhood growing up in a Fairyland but I also love to decorate and thrift. I used to own a large consignment store and I intend to open one again in the next couple of years. I would love to follow your post. I'm from Washington...way up in the corner, 30 min from Canada.
Have a happy go lucky Tuesday...great pictures and finds. I love books too...crazy about them!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Dear Rooster Party Participant,

Just a reminder that the Rooster Party is this Friday, August 28th. I am so glad you joined and I'm really looking forward to seeing your Roosters.

Hope you have a wonderful time!


*Ulrike* said...

Now that's my kind of shopping!! I would love to have that chandelier!

AMIT said...

Good post about shopping.

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