May 21, 2012

And It's Monday - Again

Yes, it's Monday again, just like it was last Monday and will be Monday next week too. But next week will be a good Monday, because it's a holiday here in the States as we celebrate Memorial Day in honor of all the service men and women who have fought for our freedoms, and the freedoms of other countries as well. 

I don't really have anything exciting to share today other than some of the things I found at the local garage sales. I must say, I could have brought home much more, but some of the prices that people are putting on their stuff these days are a bit high for me. I'm not saying that this stuff should just be given away, but wow, I would only be able to buy one thing and STILL need to go to the bank to get more money to cover the cost. I forget what I saw that was like a little bit of nothing, but they wanted $35 for it! And what is it with the "$35" price tag? I see that amount on lots of things. Is it the new "$25"?  I went to Habitat to look for a chair, just a simple wooden high back chair. I don't know if I found what my customer is really wanting, but I'm giving it a shot. Is this considered a high back chair? It is when I Google it. ;^)

Habitat wanted $15 for this chair-but then again, they threw in the dirt and grime for free! I admit that this thing is solid and heavy, but I also thought $15 for a single chair was a bit much. I paid it anyway. I told the lady that wants it that she didn't have to commit to it if it wasn't what she really wanted. It will just be one more thing that will be ready to sell later down the road.

I have it all cleaned up and the first coat of home made chalkpaint on it. I have to admit that I like the style of this chair and I'm almost thinking about going back and getting the other one - yes, even at $15. My husband couldn't believe how much nicer it looked after I scrubbed it good with Murphy's Oil Soap and water.  I forgot to take a picture of it all clean though.

Here are some other things that I brought home with me in hopes of giving them a new life. I guess taking the picture in the grass in strong sunshine wasn't the best idea.
The tall pottery gazing ball base in the back was only 50 cents! It's needs repainted, but nothing that a can of spray paint can't fix. The picture was a $1, I'm kind of kicking myself for not getting the other one too. It's hard to tell in this shot, but it has a really pretty frame with the pale blue and ivory paint already distressed. I plan on making it into a chalkboard or dry erase board. I got both egg baskets for $2 ea. I was squealing over that! There's a small metal hanging thing that holds a clay pot that has a pip berry "tree" in it. All of that was just a $1. I really only wanted the pip berries, but might find something else for the hanger and the pot. There's also some evergreen picks sticking out of the snowman that I got for 25 cents each.

My daughter was interested in the nutcracker, since she had never seen one, except on TV. I don't know if you can tell that there's a pretty wreath in green with fall colored flowers. I'm tempted to keep it for myself. I don't know what I'll use the wooden ladybug on picks for, but they were too cute to pass up for 50 cents for all 4. Habitat had the utensil hooks - $1 for the set of 3 so I bought both sets. I guess that made up for the expensive chair. ;^)

I thought the snowman tea light burner was cute and I really liked the shape of the chicken "cutting board", which will get a different look than the chickens that are on it.

I liked this basket and for $1, I didn't think it could be beat. I've already started on it's transformation. I thought it might look pretty hanging on someone's front door. Now I'll get stuck on it trying to decide whether to just decorate the basket or fill it with decor so it's ready to hang. It's that kind of over-thinking that keeps me from finishing things sometimes.

I'm sure that I forgot to include other treasures that I found, but this is the majority. You may get to see anything that might have been forgotten in later posts after they've been given a new lease on life.

'Til then - Have a creative day!



Claudine from CondensedLoveHome said...

Hi, Beth!!!
Your prices are great compared to the prices where I live (BC, Canada)... I cannot believe the prices at the Thrift stores! Oh, and on Staurday I went to a garage sale also, and found some treasure, but nothing compared to yours! I loved an old chair and the guy wanted $80 for it (so.. NO) and he wanted $110 for and old trunk... some stuff was quite expensive. But I did get 2 old kettles to put in my yard for $5 each. And a big round mirror for $15... and 3 cracked planters for $50(ouch, but they were old pickling jars and I thought they would add some interest to the front yard). Let me tell you, here to find a bargain is tough! Keep us posted on the chair! Cheers,

Tracy said...

Great finds.
I love that woven basket, I can't wait to see what you do with it :)

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Great finds! The prices are fantastic for all those items.


Jenny said...

I can't wait to see the transformations! Stopping by from the Networking Blog Hop...I am your newest follower! I would love if you would check out my blog and if you like what you see please follow back :)
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