Friday, February 6, 2009


So I've read on other blogs that do surveys and such, that you all like to see what we buy at thrift stores, consignment stores, or flea markets, so I thought I'd show you what I've picked up in several different consignment stores since the new year began. I'll tell you the prices on the items I can remember, not to brag, but because I always like to see what people pay so I can determine whether or not I pay too much for comparable items.

I'm assuming these are spice jars, but I know they are old because of the feel of the glass. I paid a quarter a piece, so $3 total. I'm thinking of using them to hold glitter; however, I do wish they had holes (like a salt & pepper shaker) for that.

Believe it or not, I am not a "cow collector", but when I saw this pair of salt & pepper shakers ($6 for the pair), I couldn't resist their sweet faces. I think they're saying "eat more chicken!"

Speaking of salt & pepper shakers, if you remember back to my Christmas Santa collection, then you'll totally understand why these came home with me. I don't remember their price, but it was probably about the same as the cows.

You might have also figured out that I am tenderhearted. And I have a "rabbit problem" too. So, this cookie jar came home with me. Now, I don't think the mama is too pretty, but we know she can't help it. ;O) Her kids are what got me. They just look so mischievous that I knew they were calling my name. I don't remember what I paid for this, but it wasn't much either, because I was not "in love" with it.
I don't know why I've had a thing for ugly rabbits lately, but I brought him home too. I do an Easter tablescape with a few vintage rabbits and chicks, so I think I really bought him for that. Again, don't remember the price, but it wouldn't have been much!

As evidenced in my Christmas Present 2008 post, I have a "crystal problem" too...which I thought I had recovered from, but apparently, I haven't. I picked this etched crystal bowl up for $5.99, before tax. I wish I had some kind of big red hearts to put in it for Valentine's Day, but I'm still searching...

If I haven't told you before, my decorating style is "mixed up" put it nicely, or I guess some would say eclectic. It's a mix of traditional, country and tropical. Is that messed up or what? Well, this vase fits in with the tropical style. I think it was $9, and it's old...but not real old.
Now this thing, I hemmed and hawed about for months trying to decide if I like it, or if it's ugly. Then along came some magazine that showed them going for alot of money (either $40 or $70...but more than I'd pay). Then I went to Tuesday Morning and saw an apple one painted in burgundy and gold, similar to Royal Copenhagen, I believe?. I picked it up and it was over $100. I could not get it back on the shelf fast enough!! To be honest, I still don't know if I like it. Would you all please leave me a comment and tell me whether you think it's ugly or not? I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR OPINION. It had been like $15, and I got them to come down to $7.15 because it had sat there for several months. My friends husband told her one time that sometimes there is a reason things are "on sale"....implying they're reduced because they're ugly...hmmmmm.........................I think it's cute in a retro kind of way...I think.
And finally, this has to be one of my favorite finds....these 2 wire thingie dingies (I don't know what their official name is), but I paid $13 something for the 2 of them.

And I was one happy MAMA QUEEN! Thanks for stopping by today to look at my treasures!

***** I'm headed out of town for a few days to meet some fellow bloggers, so I won't be visiting again until Sunday, but I'll be sure to catch up with you ALL when I return! LOL & have a wonderful weekend. We're finally thawing out in the South!


Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

Thanks for sharing your finds! That bunny cookie jar is precious!

Pug1 said...

I sorta like the vase/ginger jar??
I always find that where you place it... is important. It needs that special spot like most items to POP! CHEERS! Michele

Happy To Be said...

Great Finds girl..I love that crystal pretty with a red rose floating in it..all your stuff is just great...we need to go shopping together..I go this Sunday to our big Second Sunday Swap meet 300 venders so tell me I am not doing my happy dance...thanks for sharing Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

The W.O.W. factor said...

What a great treasure trove you acquired! Love the spice jars and bunny cookie jar!

Tranquility said...

As for the questionable green thing?... I don't know what it is, but I definitely like it. It needs just the right setting to make it shine and to allow it to show off it's hidden beauty. I think it would be a great Spring and Summer decoration.

mbkatc230 said...

You found some great things. I actually really like that little "ugly bunny", he'll be really cute in a vintage Easter tablescape. The crystal bowl was a steal! And the green mystery jar - in the right place I think it would look great. But I can see where you are torn - Kathy

Bo said...

Hey Tar...I love the way you talk (type)'s almost like we are right there in the room with you...I think bucktoothed Mama Bunny is cute! Now, about that green thing...I really like it & the color is the best...I'm having a thing for that color green these days...also, love, love the vase! and the wire thingies...what possibilities!
♥ Bo

carolinajewel said...

You have really found some great treasures! I have not hit the shops since Christmas and that was all for other people!!! I think I will have to do a little shopping this weekend.

Call me crazy, but I love the green centerpiece. I don't think it would be great just stuck in the middle of a table, but nestled with some other things it would be a great pop of green. (I saw one of those burgundy ones at Tuesday Morning also!) :D Jewel

Amelia said...

With all these finds I bet your creative decorating juices are really flowing thru the veins.

A Hint of Home said...

You found a lot of bargains there. The cookie jar is so cute.

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Cami @ Creating Myself said...

You know I enjoy seeing thrift finds...thanks for sharing your's!

Love your S&P skakers. I don't do cows either but those are soo cute! And the Mr & Mrs Santa shakers are fabulous.

Your little bunny looks demented but fun. *grins* Love that crystal bowl!

As for the fruit piece....that's a tough call as it is, just this side of ugly. ;o) I think it could work in your beach cottage though...w/ a tropical backdrop it could be stunning. You could also paint it cream & glaze it to antique it.

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Forgot tell you that I am heading to Pier 1 today to see about that bell cloche, you said you saw at one. Cross your fingers that they have one for me!

Terri and Bob said...

I do love it actually, even more as I look at it. It just needs the right things beside it!

Beth in NC said...

I love your finds, but HONESTLY -- I want you to show pictures of your storage area. I can't imagine where you store all of your Christmas stuff alone. lol

Ok, the green apple thing had to grow on me at first, but then I liked it. I think the color took me off guard, but that color is really "in" now. So really, I DO like it.

The bunny jar is adorable. ;o)

You are too cute.

prof en retraite said...

Oh found some really neat stuff! The bunnies are my favs! I sort of like the green would look good with some black in a tablescape!!Have a great weekend...Debbie

santamaker said...

Oh man, just loooove going treasure hunting at the thriftstores. I have had a hankerin' to go do just that for a while.
Your treasures were great!
You know I am a junk junkie, right? I've been working on my addiction lately because I have a tendency to want to adopt all of the little orphans that others have discarded. My new motto is, I don't buy it unless I look at it and absolutely fall in love with it! If I have to question myself for even a moment, I put it back. I just have so much in my house that I have to really be selective if I want to add to my possesions.. I'm not trying to discourage you from buyin', but just a kind warning from someone like me that has let it get a little too far.
On that note, I think I'm headin' out to goodwill! ;0)

Dee said...

i like your cute little animals, and santa and mrs claus.
You are good at finding things.
I don't know what to think of the green fruit, I don't dislike it or like it, I'm neutral. :)

Chari said...

Mornin' Mama Queen...

Hehe...I just had so much fun saying that! Just wanted to stop by and see what you've been up glad that you came by my place for a visit and thank you for the compliments of all my grandchildren!

Wow...I think you found some great things in 2008! I especially like your iron tower "thingies" as you put it...hehe!!! You can use them in so many em'!!! I also like your bunnies and can't wait to see you use them in an Easter tablescape!'re asking opinions about the lime green fruit topiary...I love it!!! I can't tell by the photo how big it is but I think it would make a great centerpiece for a tablescape!!! It would be especially pretty for a "Spring" tablescape...I think it's a keeper!!!

Have great weekend, my friend!

Melissa Miller said...

~WOW~ Tar you got some deals!
I like everything.
I really like the green tree the best. Check out my Roo table post and you will see my Green Grape S/P shackers from Cracker Barrel. They remind of the tree a little. I also have the matching cake stand.
I like the wire stands and the cows too.
Nice finds!
~Melissa :)

Darlene said...

You have found some great little treasures! My favorites are the wire thingies....LOVE them! Also the rabbit cookie jar is adorable...I too have a thing for rabbits!♥

Raggedy Girl said...

I love "eclectic" decor. The items you chose are wonderful. The green tree could be used in tablescapes or groupings. It would tie in to many different styles. Since I tend to head this way too I find that rotating my stuff by the month, holiday or seasons helps to keep my home fresh looking and when I pull out something it is like meeting it all over again.
Roberta Anne

Lynette said...

Hey Tar - I love all your goodies.

The fruit thing is esp. great - and like everyone else - in the right place - will be fabo!

I'm esp. like the wire things - they are right up my alley!!

Michael's had some medium size hearts with glitter that would look good in your crystal bowl - they might still have some - they were 6 each to a pack for $2.

rebel said...

I love your bunny cookie jar. It is adorable. I really like all of your 'finds'.
The green fruit topiary thing is really neat. i like all things green.

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

Ooooh I love the little glass jars! And that green thing would be FAB spray painted in a flat white or black!!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Hi Tar! I love all your recent goodies. Good thing I don't live close or I would take the little rocking chair Santa & Mrs. off your hands! I LOVE the ceramic fruit tree thingy. You MUST keep it. Very 70's, will go very well in your eclectic home.

Have fun meeting up with your buddies!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

justabeachkat said...

I don't think it's ugly AT ALL, but doesn't matter what others think, it's if YOU like it. Isn't it fun to go treasure hunting?!


bj said...

Good grief, DO know how to find some good good treasures. I am really loving that little cow cute. Like that crystal bowl, too..
xo bj

nikkicrumpet said...

Definitely some great finds...but my favorites are the wire thingie dingies lol..I LOVE those!

Sweetie said...

You got a wonderful assortment of this and that. The 2 wire thingie dingies, of course, are my favorites.

Lee Laurie said...

I just found your blog through 'The Muse'. I love to thrift shop too! Isn't it fun? You got a lot of great things! I love the tall green fruit thing. I would probably paint it a creamy ivory. I love the crystal bowl too. Come by for a visit sometimes. I just put some thrift store finds on there.
Nice to meet you,
Lee Laurie

The Norwegian said...

The "green thing" sent me to my "Dictionary of the Decorative Arts" where I may spend all morning...the question is will you enjoy using it? It has potential and I agree with the Prof, it would look good in a tablescape with black. The color is unexpected and might be fun.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Wonderful bargains! I would have wanted to buy everything you bought. Cookie jars have gotten "out of sight expensive", so I'm thinking your bunny was a real deal! I love all of it. laurie

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Those were some great finds! My favs were the little glass spice jars!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

What fun! I loved seeing your shopping treasures. And I LIKE the green topiary's a keeper! Thanks for sharing all the goodies with us! Susan

the voice of melody said...

The cows shakers are so cute! You've got lots of great (and cheap) little treasures in there. Good for you!

Erin said...

your finds are great! the vase is not really my style but with the right decor it would look great. please checkout my give away if you get a moment!

Carrie said...

I liked all your thrift finds. The vase is unusual and makes a wonderful decor statement in the right context. The bright green topiary is great for spring and summer vignettes.

Lorrie said...

I love seeing all your finds. Consignment shops are such treasure troves!

Leigh said...

Ok, you Sooooooo need to link this post for my new Thrify Thursday post. Spread the word.....I love all your goodies.
Those cows faces are sweet! And I love your glass jars. I am a sucker for glass jars.

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Hey I like all of yor problems, I mean treasures, hehehe. You ought to see some of my problems !

Angie said...

I love treasure hunting :)

Your green thing? I don't think it's ugly. I think in the right setting it could be great. It's not really my style, but it's definitely not ugly :)

The spice jars are awesome! And I put glitter in old jars with shakers and it doesn't come out very well, so it's probably just as well yours don't have shaker tops.

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