Friday, May 4, 2012

Today's Catch and Things That Got Away

Believe it or not, I have been working on multiple projects at the same time.  I just can't or won't share them right now... please sit tight and wait for fun posts that are coming in the near future.

Meanwhile, let me share a slice of my day with you.

I had to get up extra early today to take child 2 to the orthodontist by 7:30, yes, 7:30!!  It was early, but that way he wouldn’t miss his field trip, after the appointment I took him to school, did some grocery shopping for the dinner that we are having, oh and we had some guests over.

I went home, did some cleaning and prep for dinner, I also found some time to work on a project I am not sharing yet (don't call me mean, call me a tease :) ).  Since today was early out I left home to pick them up before11:00. Then I realized I have a little time to kill, so I decided to just "peek" in a thrift shop.

Do you wanna see what I found?

I can't wait to make a liner for this basket, and accessorize it.  Isn't is such a pretty basket?  Things like this is very hard to come by.

A children's book.  Actually I have been collecting this series and I found the one I haven't bought yet for 1.99! (Originally it is $16.99).  It is in such great condition with the cover. I can't wait to read it to my kids tonight!

Then this linen window treatment... It was love at first sight.  It is very well kept; crisp linen with beautiful crochet trim work.  I thought I would have to go to an antique swap meet in Europe to find something like this.  What a lucky day!!  Except, I was so wishing to find 2 or 3 of the same one to make a skirt from it.  Oh, well, I guess I should be happy that I found this one.

It was time to go, so I was the third person standing at the checkout line. I was checking my watch, looking around and THEN, I saw this lady, who was just a head of me at the checkout that had the exact same linen.  Not just one or two but she had three!!!  What?!  Ugh!  I should have left home 10 minute earlier.

I was hopelessly looking at them but SO hoping that she would change her mind in the last second.
Please, oh please just say;  "I changed my mind, I don't need them.".

No, she didn't.  I don't know why, but I kind of shoved the one I had in the basket I was going to buy, so she wouldn’t see it.  It's not like she can say "give me yours, since I am already buying  three of them, that is mine too."  Silly.

Ah, shopping at a thrift store is an art.  You never know what you will find, and when.  It is totally unpredictable... But I think that is a part of the fun.  That is why I will keep going back for more. :)


  1. Great finds...don't let the ones that got away steal your fun over the awesome things you did find! I can't wait to see what you do with those lovely things.

    The thrift stores in my town aren't that great, but I still shop them anyways for the occasional treasure that I find (like a three-piece pin-striped suit for my dad!). I really love shopping the thrift stores in the nearest big city--those ones always have a wide variety of good quality things.

  2. Oooh... Love your thrift shop finds - and totally identify with that feeling when you spy something in someone's hands and have those pangs of jealousy and "if only's" and then proceed to casually lurk close by with fantasies of them putting the item back down with eyes set keenly on the much sought after prize... *Sigh* I LOVE the thrill of the find and the surprises that are waiting to be found dwelling in the recesses of a good thrift shop!

  3. Love the linen you found!! Gorgeous!

    I Love that Max Lucado book!! I give it as birthday presents to my friends as it's message really is so powerful!

    bee blessed

  4. A great lace find, really pretty patterning.
    We seem to see similar to that here in Uk quite often, at car boots or in charity shops.
    But why not keep looking and then make a skirt out of similar but different pieces?
    It could work beautifully surely? If you pieced them carefully youd have a one of a kind wonderful skirt!

  5. Very nice trift finds I will be looking to see what you do with the basket. I love the lovely linen curtain you got.

  6. Great finds! I love baskets. Enjoy your weekend.

  7. I agree that that is the fun and beauty in thrift shopping. You never know what you are going to find and what can you snatch up before someone else does. Can't wait to see what projects you are working on.


  8. Very cool finds. Bummer about the ones that got away:( I've had the same type of thing happen. So disappointing. But maybe you will find some that are even better!!

  9. I love the joy of finding something really special at a thrift store. The lace on your linen piece is just beautiful. I'm sure you will do something wonderful with it!

  10. We have some Lucado books here too, its so nice for the kids!

  11. Love the linen! My sister came out last year and I got her hooked on the art of thrifting! I just got back from visiting her in Georgia...the thrifting was amazing there (wish I could bring back furniture on the plane with me). I love your finds! BTW, my sister is the one that contacted niece is getting ready to go to Japan this summer to do some relief work. We are excited for her and super proud!

  12. I had a similar experience with the painting that hangs on our dining room wall. I saw it across the store, then as I was hurrying over to check the price tag, a man took it down. I was chanting in my mind "put it back...please put it don't want THAT!" Luckily, he did put it back so I could snatch it up for myself. :-)


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