Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A First Taste of Strawberries!!

I have wanted to write this post for a while and thought Rednesday at It's a Very Cherry World would be the perfect time. 

A  few weeks back we got a notice from our electricity company that they would be doing work on the lines and would be shutting off the electricity for about 5 hours.  So we decided to make a day of it and go to the lake and picnic and then go strawberry picking.  Our youngest daughter doesn't remember the last time we went and this was the first time for the baby.

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He really likes Strawberries!!!!

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He had just started to walking.

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The biggest one of them all!!!

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Even Daddy got in on the action.

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It was so beautiful.  We found such a nice patch that was not commercial.  We were the only ones picking besides the farmer and his wife.

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And what did we do with all those strawberries well many ended up in those little tummies, I made 10 jars of jam and..........

 

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It was so yummy!!!!  i wish I could have given each of you a slice.

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Family Treasures and Thrifty Finds!

I found so many great vintage items this past weekend that I felt that it was time to do some rearranging.

The table in our entryway has pretty much looked the same since after Christmas.

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The only thing that has really changed is I added the shell dish and starfish a couple of weeks ago.

The only thing that really needed to stay was the lamp.

So I took the soup tureen from this post.  I wanted to use it with something in it.  I went to my yard sale stash of artificial flowers and just dumped them out on my lawn.

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I started with a base of floral foam that was left over from other projects some more that I recycled from yard sale finds that were made over and plastic grocery bags to fill in the rest.  I also stuck the lid in.

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The next step was to add greenery for a base.  I used a bush in the front and some eucalyptus in the back.  I then added in some white.

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I then found this flower and knew that it would be my primary color.  I then just kept adding things till it looked right.006

Once I got that in place, I added my vintage Underwood typewriter also from this post.

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To the typewriter I added a letter from my great uncle to my Grandparents.   I have a special little stash of letters that he wrote to them in the early 1930's.  I originally selected this one because it was written in August and was written on stationary from Lake Tahoe in California.  Afterwards I noticed it was dated August 18th 1931.  This is special to me because my youngest child was born last year on August 18th.  I put the envelope in a carpenter's ruler which is very fitting because my Grandpa was a carpenter.

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I love that you could mail a letter from California to New York with nothing more than a name and city and state!

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I put back the starfish and shell dish and added some shells to the dish and some roses that I ripped off the topiary in this post.

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This also came back.  Just a yard sale apothecary jar filled with dried hydrangeas that were in a free pile at a yard sale.

The little blue and red tins are old typewriter ribbon tins.

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The photo of the two gentlemen is not my grandfather and uncle but two strangers from my bounty of photos from Saturday which can be seen here.  It is sitting on an upside down Weller pot that I got in a bag sale at a rummage sale.  It ended up costing me about a nickel!!  The books were all yard sale finds.  The Great Expectations is not old but that is my Dad's favorite book.  I didn't pay more that $1.00 for any of them and I am pretty sure they were each a quarter.

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Here is a better shot of the blue tin it was $1.00.

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The black shell belonged to my Grandparents.

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The lamp was a quarter from a yard sale.  It is a vintage glass lamp.  The lamp shade I won in an eBay auction from the Nester!!!  I won three of them for $7.50.  They are really nice quality silk.

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  The vintage American Rifleman also came from a yard sale and was $1.00.   I am really happy with the way this turned out.   I think that it will carry me into fall when I will get the urge to shake things up again. 

My husband thinks that I am crazy to display pictures of people that we don't know.  I use photos of our family that we have but like to fill in with ones that I have adopted.  What do you think do you buy photos of people that you don't know?

 

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Trying to make a donation.

Well like I said yesterday this was a big week for me and thrifting.  I stopped at the Salvation Army on Thursday to make a donation and had to stop in to see what they had.  Well I had $7.00 and some change in my wallet and this is what I found.

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I love decorative balls and this one was just $1.00.  It is cement like.

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This star picture holder which will be getting a makeover it was also a $1.00.

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This Pyrex plate for .50 cents.

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Six of these bowls for .50 cents each.

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They are English Ironstone!!

And last but not least.....

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another Enocch Woods transferware plate.  It was $1.50!

Had I remembered that the route 90 sales were on Saturday I wouldn't have stopped but I am glad that I did!

This week really makes up for the time that I took off  from thrifting.

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

50 Miles of Garage Sales!

Well I was going through withdrawal showing restraint and not going to any very many garage sales.  Well I blew that out of the water this weekend.

Yesterday was the first of two days of 50 miles of yard sales along route 90 from Homer NY, which is less than five miles from my house, to Montezuma.

Well I woke up early was as quiet as a church mouse and snuck out left before anyone else woke up.  I hit the bank first and took out $40.

I stopped at one sale a couple of blocks from the start of the big one at picked up two pillow shams for $1.00

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When I got to the start at 7:50, there were already tons of people and no place to park.  So I went up the street and cut down a side street.  Lots of parking there so I then ran walked back to the beginning and started at an outdoor rummage sale being held by the Methodist church that is on the corner.  So glad that I did!!!

They were so pleasant and happy to help, even though they hadn't finished setting up yet.  Nothing was priced but I made a pile of stuff after I asked how much a set of dishes was and she said$1.00.

Well I got all this.....

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for $7.00.

In there, there is:

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jewelry, which came in this great vintage box.

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A Nantucket bread pan that I am going to bake some bread in and give it as a gift at Christmas time.

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Two shadow box shelves for my girls room.

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A vintage ruler.

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Three hardcover books for my second daughter.

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A 12 volume set of vintage children's books printed in 1937.  I just love the illustrations.

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I also picked up this, it is the parents book that goes with the set.

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A few vintage linens.

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This dish, even though it has a large repair I love it.   here is a picture of the back.

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Havilland, France Jan 18-1901

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This little tin filled with:

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Two vintage hats, the brown on the black hat is tissue paper that was used to keep the netting proofed.

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Two vintage pillows.

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And here is the dishes that started it all.  A set of service for four.

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Two white ironstone

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And this flowered plate. 

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I also got this great vintage locker basket.

 

Then I moved on up the street.  I picked up this soup tureen for $1.00.

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A Tommy Hilfiger purse for another $1.00.

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A Coach Hat for my daughter that was $3.00.

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Book $1.00.

This great bar set for $4.00. 

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While I was waiting for my change, I noticed this:

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It was only....$2.00.  It was so heavy though I had to leave it there and come back to pick it up.  When I got back the seller said that there had been a lot of people that were mad that it had already sold and that I got a great deal on it.  I knew that already though.  There are a mix of shoppers and sellers on the route.  Some are regular people and some are dealers on both sides.  There are lots of people that come in from out of state too.

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I got this box with the earrings for $2.00.

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I spent $2.65 for all this.

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These planters were $2.00 for the pair.

And then at my last stop that totally broke the bank and sent me to the ATM.  I got:

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This is from 1945

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Bag of trim.

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All these were in a baggie for $2.00.  The total  for all this was $16.75.  Then I went to the ATM so I could come back and get this:

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Thirty two vintage photos for $15.00.

Here are a few of my favorites up close.

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I had so much fun and to think that i almost missed it this year.  I forgot that it is always the fourth week of July and had not seen it advertised this year.  Luckily I over heard someone talking about it on Friday when I went out to a couple of sales.  This is already an insanely long post so I will show my bounty from those sales tomorrow.

 

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