Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Thrifty Acres - recent finds

Hello! Hadn't had a lot of thrifty finds lately, but my luck improved a little in the last week or two. Here's some goodies:

Shown in the above photo: a package of 13 hearts with a shiny red finish; 13 for $3.50. I don't know what shop they were originally from but the tag on one of them says "Made in Indonesia", so I wondered if they came from Pier 1 or a similar store. Will alter these for Valentine's Day. 

The glass bottle-type vase does not have a flat bottom for standing up, so I assume it's meant to be hung up. I will get some heavy copper wire to hang it outside and then use it as a vase for cut flowers. Should be very pretty! I paid two dollars for this at Goodwill. 

The item with the floral design is meant to be hung up. Perhaps this was a recipe card box. A little beat up but I loved the floral design on the lid. $1.50 at a local thrift store. 

Decorative metal planter, $1.00 at a local thrift store. The $11.99 price tag was still on the bottom. No way would I have paid that much for this piece, but a dollar, no problem! I easily punched several holes in the bottom with a hammer and a roofing nail so that water will easily drain out of it. Will fill it up with herbs and have it out on my deck.

These two items were purchased at a local estate sale. The people running it were very nice; said their grandfather had recently died. For a total of fifty cents I got the early 1960's Hammond's Comparative World Atlas and some subtraction flashcards that date to 1927. The flashcards were an interesting size - 4 1/4" by 7" - and are in several different colors. Definitely not the run of the mill flashcards! Both purchases will be used in craft projects. 

 I know that this didn't photograph well, but it's a framed poster print; Caroline Purday daisies is what is says near the bottom of the print. It came in an Ikea frame. It was $8.00 at Goodwill and I thought that was a pretty good price for its size (about 20 x 28).

Lastly, this is obviously not a thrift store purchase - but instead a local thrift store's float that appeared in the parades for the local tulip festival. I wonder how many independent thrift stores create their own parade floats? Proceeds benefit a local private school system. 

Well, that's it for today's Thrifty Acres!