Friday, July 15, 2016

Bits and pieces

Nicely rusted, aged metal birdcage

Little wooden Americana hanger (spools act as hangers)

Samuel Burch bag in "like new" condition.

Just a few little bits and pieces I found recently at the thrift shop on a retail therapy run (had a rough morning!) nothing like a few great finds to lift the spirits!

All found at the Valley Thrift Shop in Escondido.

Have a great weekend!


Sunday, July 3, 2016

Torchiere lamp

I'm always on the lookout for a nice floor lamp and have always loved torchiere lamps. My mum and I found this one at the thrift store this week. The electrical was in and out but figured I could fix it at home. Luckily I married an electrician!! So essentiallly I got the lamp for around $24,  replacement light part was $3 and free labor by the talented hubby!  Isn't it beautiful?  Such lovely ambience with this beautiful lamp!


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Happy 4th of July!


Found this colorful painting at the Valley thrift store today while out with my mama. She found the beautiful multimedia art print below to go in her bedroom. (It's originally from Pier 1). Will look so nice. 

Also found some nice carved shabby chic style white photo frames, a painted pottery bowl with a lovely blue bird, a basket and a mini stained glass! Love them all!!!

Happy 4th of July weekend and hope you find some great thrifted goodies!!!


Friday, June 24, 2016

Trying to stay cool!

It's been pretty warm here in Escondido and one way to stay cool is by thrifting, in a nice, cool thrift shop! Found this sweet clay Peruvian band today at the local Salvation Army. 

This plate is a smaller version of a similar plate I found a few months ago. 

And I couldn't pass up these colorful gnomes to add to my garden decor. Hoping they bring us some luck and stay out of mischief!

Stay cool!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Landscape Mother Lode!

I have been looking for rustic, homey-looking landscape paintings for our master bedroom, which is on its way to becoming lodge-y. I had found one large one (previously posted) when Ellen and I were in Sun City.  We went to a store in Murrieta and hit the Mother Lode of  lodge-y perfection!

This is all of them all together.

This is a tiny embroidery sampler, probably about 3.5 inches square.

Fun hill and lake.

Watercolor of Half Dome in Yosemite.  Probably going to lose the matte and frame.

Woods and water.  Like it!

Snowy watercolor scene.

Trees and stream with animals.

Just don't ask me what kind of animals they are.  No clue.

We got a very good deal on the lot of these, and Ellen had a coupon, so I ended up paying around $20 for all of them. Not bad for a bunch of landscapes, a bit of needlework and a couple of unidentified animals. I think Ellen is my Good Luck charm! Now to get to the hanging of the art!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Decorating our new home with found treasures

We moved into our new home in October and I've slowly been finding treasures to decorate it with.

The beautiful painting over the couch I found at the Valley thrift store here in Escondido. I also found the accent pillows you see there too. The pillows were all in perfect condition, clean and fresh.

The green weathered looking vase I also found there and filled it with some 99 cent store flowers.

The framed handcrafted Molas I found at the Assistance League thrift shop which is across the street from the Valley thrift shop. They cost more but are well worth it. 

"Mola is the word for "clothing" in the Kuna language of the Kuna people living off the northern coast of Panama on the San Blas islands. It is the most famous form of art produced in Panama. Molas are incorporated into a woman’s clothing, usually with one panel on the front of the blouse and a matching or related one on the back." 


I wanted something over the flat screen tv so I put up two shelves from Target and picked up a few little treasures from the thrift shop to put on them, the little "dance" sign and the old world map bottle. I'll probably add a little more when I find the right things.

Here's how they look all put together with old and new.  

(Little odds and ends thrifted items in the round shelves as well)

Also the white and orange flowered pillows were thrifted material my mama made into pillows for me. So lovely!

Happy thrifting and happy earth day. Be good to our earth and reduce, reuse, recycle!!


Friday, April 15, 2016


There were half-a-dozen or so yard and estate sales on my way home from taking Sarah to school yesterday. I managed to scare up some McCoy Floraline pottery at one of them. Floraline is  the line of inexpensive McCoy pottery that was made specifically to sell to florists in the 1960's. They could use some cleaning up, but I love the matte white finish.

I also got this red glass bowl a while back while I was with Ellen.  I confess I don't remember where. I do remember it was around $5. I didn't blog it earlier because I had no idea how to photograph it. Any background I chose was wrong.  I'm sure there is a better way to capture it, but Martin always says, when in doubt, take it outside and put it in full sun. I'm pretty hopeless at the photo-taking, I admit. Pretty bowl, though!

That's all for now!  The hunt continues!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Big-ish stuff!

I am usually drawn to the smalls at the Thrift Stores, the crockery and tchotchkes, things like that. I've had some luck lately with some things that are a bit larger!

I got this cute end table with magazine storage and drawer at a yard sale up the street for $10. I love the lion's head drawer pull.  They had already stripped the top, which gave me a preview of what's under the finish.

At the same yard sale, I got this display case with glass fronts for $5.  The pieces of glass just slide in on a groove.  Imagine our surprise when we realized the glass slides in and out of either side unimpeded! We managed not to break any, but I might ask Martin if he can remedy that situation. It is painted on the inside, which I love, and has a little decal on the top, which has seen better days. I think I might have something cooking for it, makeover-wise.

Then, Ellen and I were in Sun City, poking around and came across this painting. It is large, like, 34 x 22. It immediately reminded us both of the Monterey area. Of course, that is where Martin lived before relocating here. I am slowly making the master bedroom more Lodge-y, so I thought this was a good fit. I vacillated about it, considered and reconsidered. I had almost decided to pull the trigger when Ellen insisted on buying it for Martin. Good call, Mama! It looks right at home. Thank you , again!
I am enjoying my new-found luck with the sort of large stuff! I hope it holds out!! I DO need a china cabinet of some sort... *fingers crossed*

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Mexican wedding plate

I love Mexican painted pottery and it's hard to pass it up when I find it at the thrift store. I found this one this weekend and it has so many stories to tell in the details. I'll let you read them yourselves. 

I love the wedding the best.


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day weekend. Hope you do something fun with your loved ones. I found these twig basket hearts at a local antique shop. I bought the flowers, ribbon and chalk hearts at the dollar store. Made for a cute entryway V-day decoration. 


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

This and that

Haven't blogged in awhile but that doesn't mean I haven't been out thriftin'!! Today I found these goodies at a newfavorite  local thrift shop. We've moved and are now closer to the Valley thrift shop. I was out looking for some wall decor for our front room but didn't find anything. I did find a nice purse, some jewelry, some sandals and a little painted cat so the visit wasn't a bust. But then, it never is!! Happy new year and hope you have a great new year of thriftin and junkin'!!