Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Thrift score

In my panic to put together and elf outfit for the Christmas parade on Saturday, I've hit all my local thrift shops several times in the last few weeks. And I've been victorious!

I found these perfectly vintage turquoise canisters last week. There are four of them. Don't ask me why I only photographed three. Probably because I was balancing on a wobbly chair as I photographed them on top of the refrigerator. I spent $20 on them which is waaaaaay more than I would normally spend. But, I ask you . . . how could I leave them there? They would have haunted me forever as the canisters that got away.





I also found this huge quilt top. It is all satin and nicely put together. It is just the top and I'm not sure I'll ever even do anything with it. But again, I just couldn't leave it there. Especially since it was only $1.






It's huge too. I haven't measured it but it is at least king sized if not larger.





Finally, I found this vintage Christmas-y thing. It's got a spinning dial to count down the days left until Christmas. I will be making it into something wonderfully creative and cute. Too bad I don't have any wonderfully creative and cute ideas just yet as . . . wait . . . let me check the spinning dial thingy . . . as there are only 22 days left until Christmas.




Guess I better get busy on the elf costume.

-dana

33 comments:

PunkiePie said...

Awesome score on those canisters! I think I need to shop at my local thrift store. You never know what you may find.

Jen :)

lauren said...

I too love the canisters!

Sarah said...

Those canisters are to die for. Glad you didn't pass them up!

amanda o said...

i am in canister heaven!

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

Those canisters look happy in your kitchen :) That quilt top is amazing! I wouldn't have passed it up either

Elissa said...

did you manage to find anything for the elf costumes in the midst of all the other fun??

Leslie said...

Great finds but.....where is the stuff for the elf costume?

VINTAGE GIRL AT HEART said...

oh la LA YOU GOT SOME FABULOUS DEALS... I WOULD HAVE HAD TO SNAP UP THOSE CANISTERS TOO!!! tHAT QUILT TOP AND COUNTDOWN THINGY ARE TOO CUTE TOO!

Lissa Jane said...

oh costume time of the year.. dont you just love the frenzy???
I couldn't of left those canisters either...

tara said...

Hehe. I get standing on a wobbling chair to get the right shot of a super score. And yes, you would have regreted not buying them.
And sometimes you have to take home that item you have no idea what to do with just because. We understand. Someone put alot of work into that quilt top. It needed the right home.

tam said...

I adore those canisters! All are great finds-lucky girl!
~Tam :D

Rachael Rabbit said...

Oooh I'm rather in love with the kitsch Christmas mail box!

The Un-Organized Mom said...

I love thrift stores!! Congratulations...love your treasures!

Amylouwho said...

My heart is aching over those canisters. I've got to find some good thrifting around here. I think I have to go further south.

Seriously, those are adorable.

Becky said...

All of those are GREAT scores! I too have a $1 guilt top I have no idea what to do with...let me know if you have any ideas!
Christmas thing-y is wonderful! I have scored a few of those plastic light up thing-y's that remind me of my childhood. LOVE them.

ancient one said...

Some good buys there.

Dawn said...

I guess you did score! Love the Christmas countdown..just in time..

Artfulife said...

I am jealous on the whole canister thing. Yep the cute little mailbox thingy too. Can't believe there are only 22 more days......

Wesley Jeanne said...

Love love love the Christmas-y thing!

And you had to buy the canisters--they go so well in your kitchen.

By the way...I've been meaning to email you and tell you I received my gift box and love it so much I think I might keep it for myself instead of giving it to my sister-in-law. Thank you for a great product and good service!

Sabra said...

Great finds, those canisters are too fab. I sure enjoy your blog.
Thanks!

misschris said...

Those cannisters!!! Wow. And I like the mailbox just as it is. Adorable.

That quilt? I cannot imagine working with that much satiny fabric sliding everywhere... someone had some patience! LOL

Mrs. V said...

Life is much better if you're not dragging regrets around with you. There is a snow globe I regret not getting. It disgusted me when I saw it initially but what a special "heirloom" I passed up. The outdoor scene was the chipper, shredder from the movie Fargo and when you shook the globe the "snow" was tiny red specks. Disgusting, but how unusual after you got over the repulsion.
Great canisters, by the way, dating way back to 1950's or so, don't you think?

Alisa said...

I am so jealous! Our thrift stores here are not nearly as cool. I couldn't have left any of that stuff behind either!

Nanci said...

OMG imagine the work that was put into that quilt top? I gave away a quilt top when I was 18, it was embroidered, had satin, velvet, lace and even some pearls in it. I thought at the time "this old thing" I hope someone like you picked it up and finished it. I remember it because now that I quilt and am old, have a few regrets of not appreciating had work.

jacquie said...

i would say you scored BIG! i would have paid 20 for the canisters in a heartbeat!

amandajean said...

oh, I love the red mailbox! it's fantastic!!! and that quilt...for a dollar??? seriously?

Fuji Mama said...

LOVE those tins--such a gorgeous shade of blue! Please, please, please can we see a picture of the elf costume once it's done????

Shauna said...

ahhhh, the canisters - LOVELY!! Good job scooping them up, you WOULD have regretted it, and we don't want regrets!! CUTE. Can't wait to see the elf costume!!

sarah, rsm said...

ok, now you KNOW we're going to want to see the elf costume, right???

cindy said...

LOVE the canisters-totally understand why you could not leave them there! Also the MAil Box is adorable!

Pearl Maple said...

All great finds in their own way, thanks for sharing the fun and adventure of finding new treasure where and when you least expect it.

Jersey Girl in DC said...

I adore those canisters! What a great find!

Lauri said...

I am green with envy over those canisters...definitely worth $20!