Friday, December 31, 2010

My Best Thrifty Finds of 2010

I've had great luck with thrifting this year.  Some of my items are so nice.  I'm joining Linda at her Junkin' Finds Party.  Come on over to her party!  The more, the merrier!  Thanks Linda for hosting!!

I am sharing some of my favorites with you.  I won't bore you with all the details.  The most I paid for anything was $10.00 (rooster and green lidded casserole dish).  Most items were from $1.00 or less to $4 or $5.00.  It's hard to pick a single favorite, but I think the little Royal Daulton plate (near the bottom of my blog) rates in the top 2 or 3.  I gave fifty cents for it at a thrift shop, and have seen them on e-bay for as much as thirty to forty dollars.  They were made in 1930.  Now if I can find more of these I'll be ecstatic.

Wishing all of you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!  Happy Thrifting!!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Seminole Home

I frequently mention our second home on Lake Seminole.  Part of this  property that has been in my husband's family for many years.  His parents lived there.  My husband also bought adjoining property in order for his parents to have more of a buffer between them and neighbors. 

When his mother was about 93, she asked to come live with us in North GA.  She obviously had started having some problems being alone, although she never told us what precipitated her request to move.  She had lived there for a very long time alone and had always said that she would die there.

She wanted to live "near" us, not with us.  She valued her independence so much.  We bought her a small double-wide mobile home and placed it on property near us.  She only lived there about a year or a little longer until she passed away.

The little home was still in excellent condition.  It sat here empty for the last three years.  My husband decided he would have the home moved to Lake Seminole so we could use it there.  The weather is much warmer down there and it is a great place to go to get AWAY.  The closest town is 17 miles away.  Finally we got it moved and set up down there, had 2 large screened porches built on, and underpinned it with brick.  We're really happy with how it turned out. 

New decorating project for me!!!  We have tons of furniture and accessories from combining five homes when we married in 2005, so I am using what we have for now. 

Here are a few photos of some of the rooms there.  We've just been through with the move for about 3 weeks, so there will be MORE tweaking I am sure. 

 A shot of the kitchen
 Sofa my husband had.  Picture above sofa was a $3.00 yard-sale find.
 Little desk area.  I'm looking for a chair for this area.
Cabinet above now holds a Princess glass punch bowl set and lots of "old" dishes owned by my MIL.
 This chair was given to my husband by my daughter.  A perfect match to the suite he already had. 
 Looking into the kitchen from the living room.
 A hutch belonging to my husband.  Most of the objects here belonged to my MIL.  Those are her cookbooks.
 This is a close-up of the hutch.  A second punch bowl which was still in the box it came in.  Belonged to MIL.  I bought the yellow tray for $1.50 at a thrift shop in the little town nearby.  The wire chicken on top was also from the thrift shop there.
 Another shot of the hutch with a little Christmas decor.  I found the decor, including the ball ornaments packed in a box by my MIL as well.
 One of the guest rooms.  These twin beds were used by my husband and his brother growing up.

 Another guest room.

 Antique dresser and chest.
Hope you enjoyed this tour of our little getaway.  I'll take pictures of the outside and the master suite and share those later.

I'm linking to Marty's "Anything Goes" party at

Be sure to come by and see what everyone is sharing!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Seminole Visit

Hubby and I have spent the last four days at our home in Seminole Co. GA.  While there I visited a couple of thrift shops and came away with some really cute stuff.  Everything you see here for $14.00.

This little guy was only $1.00.

                                 These 2 pictures were $1.00 each. 
                                    I hung them in the guest room.

                   This strawberry tray is really nice and was only $1.50.
She had one with blue colors and a hummingbird.  Now I wonder why I
                                      didn't get it as well. ???

                                       This little dish was ten cents.
                    This pitcher was $3.00.  Handpainted in Portugal.

This cute little fellow was $2.00.  He matches the rooster on my plate that
                 I bought at the same store a couple of months ago.

                 I love these wire chickens.  The eggs are made of wood.
 This was a fun trip to the thrift store and gave me some new goodies to play with.  The wire chicken, tray and rooster were added to the hutch in the kitchen.  Everything in this hutch belonged to my mother in law except the angel, bird house and the items I purchased today.  She had some great items
for decorating, but most were packed in boxes.  It's so much fun to go through the boxes and come up with "new to me" treasures.  I will be sharing some other items I have found that were hers in future blogs.  I found an awesome
treasure that I am so excited about.  Coming soon!!

Hope you're finding some great thrifty treasures.

I'm linking to Linda's party, junkin' finds.  Bring your treasures and come too.  It's lots of fun!!!

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