Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Thrift Store Finds......well, sort of....

I say "sort of" because, really, only one of these items actually came from a thrift store last week...

On Thursday afternoon, after Kelly and I had our awesome lunch at Sorci's, we headed out to browse some local thrift stores. We didn't come away with a whole lot, but we did come away happy!

Here was my find:

A long wool coat being sold for $30. But, it was my lucky day - it was 50% off! So I got it for a whopping $15!

I think the lining is such a pretty color!

Kelly found a super cute pair of shoes for $5!

Like I said, we were happy!

At one of the shops I had found a 5 gallon, blue glass jug. I knew it was perfect because of the color, but also because I had been thinking about starting the boys towards working on a "Disneyland Fund". Growing up, I had several friends whose parents had these big, glass jugs where they would collect all of their loose change and once it was full they would turn it in to find out that they had collected $1000! Ok, I'm sure it wasn't that much, but I know it was a lot! This method is perfect for one little boy in our family who simply cannot resist picking up coins that he finds on the ground, buried in couches, etc. No matter how many times we have the "Don't pick up things off the ground!" conversation, he truly cannot help himself. This is where hand sanitizer comes in handy!

The jug was $30 at the thrift shop. Not a terrible price, but it didn't feel like a great price either. I had never seen a jug like that in blue glass. It was perfect! But, since I had no idea if I was getting a good deal or not, I passed on buying it.
I was kicking myself later. I would much rather have the blue glass, then the typical clear glass. I came home and told my husband about it, to which he replied
"Ya, I know exactly what your talking about. My Dad has several of them!"
What? Really?
He made a quick phone call and said the jugs were sitting under his parents house. My husband went over the next morning (my in-laws live just three doors down) and walked back through our front door carrying a 5 gallon, blue glass jug!

Owen has already started saving for that Disneyland trip!

I was thrilled! And so glad that I followed my instincts and did not buy the one at the thrift store!

Then on Saturday, my mother-in-law was over and had mentioned this old school house desk that she had been using as a display table, but wasn't going to be using anymore. This caught my attention because I have been wanting to get an old school desk for our first grader to use when he does his homework. I had found the perfect desk many months ago at a local salvage yard for $5, but when I went back to get it, it was gone.

My mother-in-law told me to come down and check it out and that I could use it if I wanted to.
This is it:

It sits two children and the desk tops lift up independent of one another.

It has a trough (for lack of a better word) to hold pencils. And if you look really closely between the trough and the metal hardware you can see where someone etched the name "Andrew" into the desk.

Can you see the stick figure drawings on the front of the desk?

I am hoping to find two small wooden chairs to sit in front of the desk, but until then I have an ottoman under the left side to use as a seat and a toy basket under the other side.

This is where you will find our little girl playing her piano book many times every day!

My mother-in-law and I have discovered that we're happy to trade things that we may no longer have a use for. This desk being a perfect example! We'll use it for a while and when we're done with it the plan is for it to get passed on to my nephew. A perfect way to re-use items and keep them in the family!

Kelly and I have learned that we are definitely fans of the thrift store bargains! She found a desk, a really great desk, and is still working on her husband to buy it for her! I'll let you know if she gets it! It's worthy of a post all to itself!


marty39 said...

What great finds. I love the coat you found. It is just gorgeous and what a great price. The blue jug is such a great idea to have the children save and watch it grow and that desk is just perfect. Isn't it nice to reuse and revamp. Great post. Hugs, Marty

DesignTies said...

Hi Karla :-)
You're so sweet to share such a fantastic comment on my old condo's kitchen remodel! Thank you!! I hope you'll keep a watch for a post about my current kitchen's remodel... only I don't know when I'll do that! Yikes!!

You know... I'm a firm believer in things turning out as they should. Perfect examples: you got your blue bottle AND you got a school-house desk after you passed up or lost out on earlier opportunities. Love both by the way! Will you paint (and possibly distress) the desk, or keep it natural? I have to admit... it would be a shame to paint over the etchings :-) BUT, to make the top nicer to work on, you could paint just the top (and underside of the top and keep the sides and legs natural. Just an idea...

Victoria from EdinDesigns @ DesignTies

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Hi! I'm new to your blog and I'm happy I found you!

Love the desk and I'm very jealous about the coat!!!!!!

Enjoy them!


Momovthree said...

Awesome finds! I was getting all excited right along with you about that jug. How great was that?! I love it all.

Cherry's Jubilee said...

I LOVE the desk!!!!!!! Keep Andrew there....don't remove him...love little details like that. cherry

LuLu said...

Your finds are wonderful. I am gaga over the darling desk. Looks great. I then read your old posts with my cup of tea and just completely enjoyed myself... love your hallway picture on the side.. wonderful.

Tara said...

What a gorgeous find that coat, I too love the color and what a great price! I also like that desk and your daughter in those feeted jammies, feeted jammies are just the cutest things ever! :)

Candy Allen said...

I just loved each of your stories behind your "thrift finds". Too funny! The glass carboy story is the best. Who would have thought to look under FILs porch?

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