Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Girl's Day at the Thrift Stores

Yesterday was our monthly Girl's Day. Instead of crafting we decided we had been cooped up long enough and went thrift store shopping instead. It was a gorgeous day. It was a bit cool but the sun was shining. There were 4 of us since our friend Rose was unable to go. We all missed you Rose!!!! Anyway, there was a ton of laughter, conversation, and fellowship going on. All of the women I hang out with are the best. No back stabbing, no talking behind people's backs, just fun. In case I haven't told you ladies lately...Thanks for being such awesome friends!!! Please any of you ladies who live near us you should join us. I have tentatively planned a craft day here at the Homestead on Saturday Mar 19th in the afternoon as I have to teach a class in the morning. All of us got some awesome deals, though I think I walked away spending the most. :) And Pam helped me spend my money. LOL.

We hit 4 thrift stores in one day. Woohoo!!!! I got some totally awesome stuff!!!! Alright should I begin with the bestest stuff or not... hmmmmm... Nah better save that for last.

This is the second best thing I got yesterday. This gorgeous wood bowl. LOVE IT!!!!! We had all just checked out and were walking out the door when I happened to look over and lo and behold (yes the angels began to sing) this beauty with some wood apples in it. So I looked for the tag on the bowl, but there was none. There was one on the apples though. I turned it over and it said $10 for the 7-8 apples and the bowl. I looked at Pam and she looked at me. I tol her I didn't really want the apples. She's like go ask if they'll give you a discount if you say you don't want them. She is like the goddess of good deals!!!! So up I went to the desk. I told the lady (and of course gave her the puppy eyes) that I didn't want the apples. She's like well hmmmm how about $4.00???? WHAT???????? I know my ears were clogged from being sick BUT she did not say $4.00!!!! I nearly fainted and tried to act normal like it wasn't a big deal. WOOHOO!!!!!!! I practically skipped out of the store to catch up with my friends. Steve thinks I need to sand it a bit more. I'm not sure on that one. I like it the way it is. It just needs cleaned up a little.

Now how do I top that???? Sheesh!!!!! Next is the books and patterns and stitchery kits. Pam helped me find all the books. I just LOVE the Christmas one. Way up at the tippy top is a rusty star. Now who couldn't think of something to do with that.

These are the stitcheries a little closer. The blue one is a kit. Even if I don't do it I have patterns to incorporate into my stitcheries. The smaller one is awesome but it requires a 36 count linen which I don't have in my collection at the moment.

Next is my unfinished or redo pile. Steve thinks I need to paint the rocking horse black and I think he's right. I always see people using little benches in their decorating so I just had to have this one. I'm not sure what color it will be yet.

Next is my leave alone pile. LOL. I like the the spice box, but don't like the word spice box printed on it. I'm debating whether to paint this baby or leave it alone and just put a little decorative item in front of the words. The cutting board was again a suggestion from Pam. She says those make the best bottoms for a display on your counter. SOOOOOO... of course I bought it. LOL. I just LOVE the candle holder. You can't have enough of these hanging around.

Now before you see what I bought (and before you hate me forever because I am a hypocrite) ;) I had to buy these. I bet you can guess what I'm going to say.... Yes I bought MORE fabric!!!!!! This was THE best buys of the day. I had Margo and Pam both scouting for me. We happened to be at an actual Goodwill and they both called me over. The waters parted and the angels were singing Hallelujah!!!!! I had died and gone to heaven!!!!! I just started to grab off the racks!!!!! I was elbowing knocking people down and diving for the hangers. OK not really. LOL. But I was grabbing before the other ladies that were there could get their grubby little paws on MY fabric. Pam went and got a cart for me. I threw those babies in there and when I was done looking I went back and relooked at the fabric and put some back that I didn't think I could use. I was thinking not just for me, but for gifts or to sell. Are you ready????? Hang onto your boots and take a look!!!!

I'm not a big green person, but I think I can blend some of it in with other fabric I have. Sorry about the browns picture, but I couldn't get a good one. But they are more on the tan side. And the piece on the bottom is just plain tan.

Of course I couldn't leave the blues behind.

I know these aren't prim BUT I LOVE floral prints. I have seen them in beautiful quilts. Steve asked if I could make something for his Mom as she LOVES roses and florals. I haven't been to her home yet but he describes her as victorian. PERFECT!!!

Last but not least a wool skirt to cut up for wool pennies... some fun pumpkin fabric and of course black fabric.

I am just so excited. We all found some great stuff. I think the theme for Margo and Stacie was pineapples. And let me tell you they found some awesome stuff. Maybe next time you can come with us. We are going to plan another trip to Berlin (Amish Country) this summer also. Have a great day everyone. I'm off to roll around in my new pretty fabric. LOL. The ladies at the one thrift store's, which has a side where they quilt, were laughing when I said that out loud. They had an entire wall full of cabinets that I am guessing are full of fabric to make into quilts. I wanted to run over to them and grab all the fabric and run out of the store. LOL. We were actually over there watching a lady hand quilt a beautiful quilt. She gave me a few pointers that I need to try. Now that I've chewed your ears off I can go pick up my computer. WOOHOO!!!!! It is finally done!!!!! OH and it wasn't viruses but spyware and malware that shut it down. Alright I'm done talking I swear. I'm hoping to have some redoes for you soon :)

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Carmen at Primcats said...

You Lucky lucky girl you!!!! What a great shopping day you had!!!!! I am jealous!!! Good deal! Our thrift stores haven't had anything good at all lately.

Carmen and the Primcats

Sheila said...

Oh my gosh Mary! I am coming to Ohio to go "junkin!" I can't believe all the awesome stuff you found and the spice cabinet, I've been trying to find something like that around here but can't! Our TS haven't had anything in them for several weeks now.
You really made a haul girl! I would not have left that fabric there either. LOL
I'm jealous!!! Glad you had a great time with great friends though.
Have a great day.

Lori said...

I can relate to your shopping trip. Sounds a lot like the girls I like to go "hunting" with too. You found some really great things!!!

Becky @ The Crow's Nest said...

Love all your finds! Next time, call me and I will go with you!!!!!! My kinda shopping. Love thrift stores and junk piles....okay dumpsters and curbside shopping too! Glad you have such wonderful friends!!!!!!!!

Green Creek Primitives said...

Boy you had a great day at the thrift stores. I don't usually find that neat of stuff here. I love the fabric, I am a fabric hoarder, can't get enough of it. I like collecting cutting boards, you can do so many things with them. Thanks for sharing you day with us. Vicky

Elisha said...

i cant tell you how jealous i am of your bowl :) I keep praying the good Lord will put one at my local goodwill! :)

Lorna/Live Oak Primitive Peddler said...

What great finds!! Love the little cabinet!! I love to go junkin but from Texas would be a little far.8-) Love to hear about your outings with friends, such a treasure!!

Holli~Where The Rooster Crows said...

WOW!! We never find any good stuff like that here! Not fabric for sure!

Carla said...

Mary, you had a great day! I love the cross stitch patterns and the candle holder. The spice box is awesome, too. I always look for the Time Life books when I'm junking, but never find them. Lucky you! You know you could do that stitchery on a different cloth. It would just make a bigger finished piece. 36 count is TINY! Whew! Enjoy all of your great new finds.

Karen said...

Wow! You made quite a haul for one day, especially in the winter. I'm hoping the weather gets better so people can start having sales that I can replenish my need for junk lol.

pjprim said...

LOL, Mary,I had the best time with you all and I have to say Thanks for being such a great taxi driver, even when I practically had my finger up your nose! (The deer pointer,LOL) I absolutely love, love, love reading your post even when I had been there done that with you! Love ya girl....Pam

Tamera @ the Stone Fence Cottage said...

Wow--you had an AWESOME day!!! I love everything!!! The fabric especially--I'm sorry you CAN'T have too much fabric in your stash!!!

lilraggedyangie said...

O woman you know I am so jealous , I sorted my stash of fabric last week but because of recovering from the surgery Alas I cannot roll in it:( so please by all means take the time and roll and extra time or two for me! :) It was so your lucky day maybe one day when I am feeling better I may have to join in on that excursion! Hope you are having a great week!
lil raggedy angie

Primsue said...

Sounds like a fun day. I love that bowl and all of the great fabrics. You did good!