Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Thrifted Odds And Ends


I thought I'd show you some more of my garage sale finds today.  I scope out yard sales for a lot of practical stuff like crafting supplies, clothes, kitchen tools, home repair stuff, etc. but sometimes just can't pass up some of the less "neccessary" items.  Here are but a few.

I found these old light fixtures with their beautiful glass for 50 cents each.  My first thought was that I would turn them into nightlights but now I'm thinking I may have hubby rewire them so we can put them in the house.  I love the one with the circles.



I found this old wooden box that someone had handmade, (probably in wood shop or something since it's really crooked) at the thrift store.  It was marked $20 on the back but I paid $2.  My husband questioned my judgment on spending 2 dollars, but I thought it was kind of charming.  I plan to hang this on my wall.


I found this beautiful tin on the free table at a garage sale.  It's silver and perfectly worn, rusted, and chipped.  When I opened it up I saw that had previously held a heating pad.  Wow!  I'm not sure what they package heating pads in these days but I'm pretty sure it isn't in a fancy tin.




Speaking of free tables, I found the beautiful wooden shutters that are now making their appearance in some of my photography on the roadside, free.  They renovated a 1920s farmhouse down the road from us (side note: dream property...500 acres, barn, workshop, restored home, 70,000 norway pines planted in 1975...yes please.)  and were dumping the shutters.  These are assembled with wooden dowels rather than nails and they're perfectly weathered and grey.  Love.


Lastly for today, I picked up this awesome old book from 1941 and a silver bell from the 1970s.  The book is filled with really interesting maps and some oddly outdated information.   The bell was just pretty but I quickly realized that having a functioning bell in our house is not a good idea.  Kids + loud clanging bell = migraine.





What kinds of treasures do you look for?
 

13 comments:

silver.work said...

Holy moley! Such great finds - of course, I'm jonesing for that wooden box but LOVE the shutters. You are a cool stuff bargain magnet, girl.

Maria Apostolou said...

These are fabulous finds! I especially love the wooden box and the old book.

Monika said...

Awesome treasures! I am drawn to old children books and china cups with saucers.But really,anything that catches my eye is on the way home with me :)

Kar said...

Those are some great treasures Lisa. My favorites are the lights and the wooden box. Awesome!

joanie said...

Hello again Lisa! I looooove your finds. I completely adore the cubby hole shelf, and the lights, and the tea cup, and...
Free is so good too. I with you could join me at my favourite boot fair I'm hoping to escape to tomorrow, you'll be there in spirit:)

Mousy Brown said...

Wow - I have serious thrifting envy! I would have been over the moon with any ONE of those but all in one go - that just rocks!! :D

KarenB said...

I love all your new treasures! The lights are awesome and would be very cool to use in your house. I think you did great with $2 for that box. Out here that would be at least $30! I also love the little bell. I have two that I've had for years. But, I didn't have little boys either. :-) Thanks for showing us your fun finds! Oh, I'd tell you my story of dumpster diving for shutters about 18 years ago, but it's long. My girls still remember it. I really embarrassed them. He he

PumpkinGirl said...

Nice scores! I think you were right to buy that box. And I love the silver box from the free pile. Can't beat free! My latest love is a HUGE box of 1940s paper dolls. I'm scanning them in and selling the originals in my shop. It's like I win all the way around!

Gunn said...

Must say that you have find lot of nice treasures. My favourite thing is the old wooden box it was really nice.
Have a nice day!

Pesky Cat Designs said...

All your finds are amazing! Love the light fixtures in particular.

Regina Moore said...

Great finds! My thrifting adventure this past Friday lead to two vintage Atlas books, a couple of wool sweaters and a few cotton t-shirts. Thinking of trying a scarf from the t-shirts. I also found a neat old wooden box full of old receipts and papers.

Lisa-Marie said...

You have a very good eye! I love the wooden box too, entirely worth $2!

I look for books, teapots, crockery, lamps, jewellery and pictures!

Margie Oomen said...

everything and anything
my eyes are set on treasure location all the time.
I have basically furnished my studio to be almost entirely with curbside freebies and thrift store finds.
My favorite rummage sale in my town is this friday and it has never ever disappointed me!

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