Happy Monday everyone....I hope you all are having a great Labor Day weekend..and for my international friends...I hope your weekend is also a good one :) :) :) Oh, there's a really fun party/giveaway over at Linda's Prairie Flower Farm. I posted a link to the giveaway on my right sidebar here...right at the very top, so you won't miss it :) :) :) Check it out and join in on the fun..There are 5 different ways you can enter, so check it out...and ladies, if you've been following Prairie Flower Farm for any length of time, you know that Linda always hosts a good party. She knows how to make any occasion special!!! I've already entered....you should, too!!!
Oh, I found some really nice yard sale things last Saturday, plus one item on Sunday. So let me show you what I found. Oh, yes, I do promise to show you all these items in action and all decorated one of these days...but I figure, I should snap up these items while their available and so inexpensive. The decorating/painting can always come later ;) :)
My dad and I were going to the grocery store for something Saturday morning and we saw a yard sale sign, so we stopped. It was mostly childrens clothing and baby things, which if I had either, would have been a real score...but I'm still single. However, there was one item that caught my eye. It was a pair of twin white sheer panel curtains...not very long...but long enough and wide enough to cover the living room windows. These only cost $1 for the two panels TOGETHER. These will give my dad and I a measure of privacy, while still allowing us to open the blinds and let some light in!!!
Awhile back I talked about how my dad and I had to get the car battery replaced. That resulted in us eventually stopping by a yardsale where I found a lovely white cotton/lace table runner thingy..which I used to top my dresser drawer. Click here to see a photo of the cotton lace thingy. Well, I went to another yard sale last Saturday in a nicer part of town and saw this table cloth that matches perfectly. I'm not sure what kind of lace this is. I don't think it's very old, since I do see this quite a bit at various department stores..but it's PERFECT and I love it!!! This is a rectangular table cloth and it only cost me $2. It smelled like a dog had done some business on it, literally. So I did wash it BEFORE taking a photo and posting it here. Now it smells really good!!!
There are a couple of yellow stains, which I'll need to treat with some sort of oxygen bleach. Most of it came out when I washed the table cloth. Some of the lace needs to be repaired, but all in all, I really love this style of cotton lace...I mean LOVE it!!!
Next you see a close-up photo of some more of the treasures that I found at some of the other yard sales that day..Here's a close-up of a yellow shelf with hooks, two hand-painted wooden hearts (so cute and reminds me of Donna Dewbury), a pad of writing paper, a vintage small canning jar with a super cool latch hook thingy on top, AND this lovely teacup/coffee cup...In the background you see my Nestle Tollhouse Cookie Tin propping up the yellow shelf...AND you see a glimpse of this powder blue fabric. That's a quilt with matching pillow sham that were also purchased at a yard sale!!!
Let's see...Here is the cost for the various items...I probably should have grouped them by what was purchased at each yard sale, but I forgot...so here goes...
$3 - for the yellow shelf, the two handpainted wooden hearts, AND two spools of beautiful flowery wire ribbon (not pictured here)...purchased at one yard sale
$1 - for the vintage small canning jar with latch-hook metal thingy. It was the only thing at this sale that I thought was really interesting and cute. I'll either use it for spare buttons or spare change. Not sure which,yet...
$1 - for the teacup/coffee cup. I'll share more about that on Tuesday..
$0.25 - for the pad of writing paper. So cute...and I have just the perfect friend to write letters to with this paper :) :) Oh, the lady at the yard sale where I purchased the stinky, but now clean/beautiful white tablecloth wanted $0.50...and I said I'll give you a quarter..she said okay...
This next item is just a little round tin. I bought this at the same place I purchased the craft ribbon and yellow shelf. It was only $0.10. This would make a cute storage tin for buttons, too. If you have any other ideas for this, please let me know!!! I have no real "use" for this...but it was so cheap and I LOVE vintage anything...including vintage vegetable advertisements!!! Or maybe this looks like seed packets...
Here's another wooden shelf I found at another sale. I don't remember which yard sale I purchased this at...but it was cute and really cheap. No wait, this was at the same sale where I purchased the round vegetable tin AND the craft ribbon. So now I'm wondering where I got the yellow shelf at...yikes...I'll make sure and take better notes for next time...In any case, this shelf was about $2 I think. It's unfinished, but polished wood. I do plan on painting it at some point...but for now, it'll need some good hooks or l-shaped thingies to attach it to the wall!!! You also get a glimpse of that wire craft ribbon and a better peak at the powder blue quilt with scalloped edge.
I thought that wire craft ribbon was so lovely...truly beautiful floral prints and both spools were practically new...so I just had to have this. There's a perfect craft project just waiting for some of this ribbon :) :) Here's a close-up of this cute pad of floral stationary, too!!! I really do love letter writing and receiving actual letters in the postal mail....!!!
Here's a close-up of the two handpainted wooden hanging hearts that were purchased at the yard sale where I found that floral wire ribbon. They're beautiful. The lady who was hosting this particular yard sale was a really talented/crafty lady. I think she painted these herself. In any case, I'm a huge fan of Donna Dewbury's One Stroke Painting show on PBS...so this reminded me of that. I'd love to be able to paint like this one day!!!
Here's a better picture of those two hearts. I realized the lighting in the previous photo was just a tad too dark. Don't you love the paint strokes and all that pink? It's pretty and feminine!!! This was part of that $3 deal with the shelf, the ribbon and the tin.
Here's a close-up of the yellow shelf with the hooks. I thought this might look cute in the bathroom...but I'm thinking of putting it in my room...not sure yet. Oh, I'm definitely going to paint this. The yellow is nice, but I love pinks and blues. This shelf looks like it's got a finish on it. Can I paint over this or would I need to sand it first and THEN paint it?
The cup was a real deal and I literally just happened to see it all by it's lonesome. however, the rest is a secret...wait until Tuesday :) :) :) You can see that this canning jar is not much bigger. I did do some research online and saw similar canning jars. It is missing a rubber ring or something that should be layered inbetween the jar and the lid. Oh well, this won't be used for canning...that's for sure :) :)
Now for some reason I forgot to post a photo of the whole entire quilt...but here's a glimpse of the detail. it's beautiful. I think it's a queen-sized quilt...or maybe king-size. In any case, I purchased this at the same yard sale where I found the white table cloth...and it too smelled really bad, like a really bad dog smell. There was a matching pillow shame...and both of this lovely scalloped edging. So both of those I washed promptly on Saturday before photographing them. I'll make sure and post a proper photo later this week. I wasn't looking for bedding...but when I saw this and realized it was good quality and the price was outstanding, then I bought it. Why? Like flowers, you can NEVER have too many quilts...so this beautiful quilt and pillow shame were only $8. This would have cost quite a bit more if it had been purchased new.
Sunday rolled around and my dad and I went to the grocery store around 8 a.m. to pick up the Sunday paper. I always look for coupons. This is what the skies looked like yesterday morning. This photo in particular reminded my dad and I of when God spoke to Moses on Mt. Sinai....:) :) :)
On the way home, my dad noticed a yard sale sign. He tried to hide it from me because he didn't want to to stop there. No luck, mister...so he graciously turned the car around. This was a yard sale in a nice neighborhood, which meant the items for sale would be nice and indeed they were :) :) I found this lightweight comforter for just $5...with satin trim!!! This is GREAT. It's a mix of 100% cotton shell with polyester lining...normally I dno't like polyester...but this will be very easy to care for!!! LOVE IT!!! So does my dad!!!
Phew, this was a really long post today. Thanks for hanging in there and letting me share all this super cool yard sale stuff :) :) :) I've really developed a habit for nice things at inexpensive prices...Oh, and I just discovered Craigslist. Lots of yard sales are advertised there. So next time I go shopping, I'll make sure and map out a route!!!!
Have a great week!!! I'm cleaning up my room and getting rid of more junk...mostly unnecessary paper etc...and getting back into doing regular Bible study along with my Bible reading :) :) That's the news from Oregon. Love and hugs, Heather :)