Saturday, August 10, 2013

Timidly Thrifting

I am timidly dipping my toes back into thrifting again.  I am supposed to avoid lifting and gripping, but no one said a thing about junking so a-junking I will go.  One small step at a time.

For my first trip out I chose Goodwill and Habitat.  It was a small success with small items.  

Items which can be quickly renewed and used up and out of the house.

First a bag of grapevine wreaths - the eight inch size.  I like to attach these to cabinet doors, windows, and crates in the booth.


Oh, how I love millinery flowers and these velvet ones are hard to find now. 

Not just one big bag of them, but two!

It made me so happy, I went right home and did my shoulder stretches without one complaint.

Well, maybe one complaint.

Six old wooden hangers - two with the pink floral design.

I will probably paint the others to match.

They are crying out for some phrase.

Or numbers.

Or tags!

A spindle on a pedestal base - always interesting to work with.  It needs some color or two or three.

A wire basket with three compartments.  It needs some color or two or three.

Be warned:  Future posts will contain projects with three layers of paint.  Maybe four!

I have passed up this little blue wicker pitcher too many times.  I don't know how it has avoided being dumped from the thrift shop.  So I bought it.  It will be cute with some flowers.  I bet you thought I would say paint, but its layers are already suitably distressed.

Two bags filled with wooden knobs WITH the screws - a welcomed find. I hate to match screws to knobs.

A pair of tongs.

Four more aluminum molds. 
I know I have to figure out something to make with all these  molds I have collected.

I am working on it.

Three Kerr canning jars.

I know what I will be doing to these.  

"When" is the question!

I did not even fill the front seat with these purchases, but this first time out exhausted me and I have promised to turn projects around faster than I have in the past.   I have two more shoulder stretching sessions tonight and one torture session where Chucks gets to push my left arm as far as it will go.  Fifty shades of purple and blue!

See y'all!

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  1. Sounds like you're coming along nicely! Still able to find great deals. That wicker pitcher has been calling your name and it took awhile for you to hear it. And oh, those aluminum molds! Wish I knew what to do with them. They look so good - especially with stainless steel appliances!

  2. you found some great things, Donna. I don't see anything that would be harmful. Shopping is great therapy for any malady!

  3. Well you DESERVED these great finds! Millinery flowers AND those hangers!! Nice!

  4. You found some good stuff and none of it looks too heavy to hurt anything! Those flowers were a great score and I think the little wicker pitcher is sweet...:)Love the basket and pedestal and am anxious to see how you transform them. I hope your therapy wasn't too horrible tonight. Have a blessed Sunday....Vicky
    Life On Willie Mae Lane

  5. Great finds! I especially love the millinery flowers too. I would have no idea what to do with them but I know you'll put them too good use.

  6. I do believe layer upon layer painting will be good therapy somehow :)

  7. Glad you rewarded yourself with a little thrifting giri! All good finds and I look forward to seeing them transformed!

  8. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

  9. That wire basket is fabulous!!!

  10. You really were lucky to find two big bags of many possibilities. Love those hangers also.

  11. Great finds indeed :) Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla


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