Hi friends! I’ve decided to try something new with the blog starting today. Most weekends, I spend some time hunting for treasures. This is how I’ve accumulated my stash. There is nothing more thrilling to me than getting a bargain on cool stuff! I bring the stuff home, look it over with glee, then store it away before my husband realizes I’ve added to “the junk in the basement”.
It occurred to me that it would be fun to share these finds every week with you! My acquisitions fit into three categories:
- Things I “need” to have for my own decor.
- Stuff for projects, including craft supplies and pieces to rehab.
- Items for resale.
So I’m going to post every Tuesday a show and tell segment about the stuff I found over the weekend. If I don’t make it to an estate or tag sale some weekend, there’s still plenty of stuff I can pull from the basement. And by setting a consistent posting day, I’ll be more likely to meet my goal to post 2-3 times per week.
So here we go! This is my haul from a church tag sale last Saturday.
This little stool is so cute! It has a small crack and wonky legs, but I couldn’t pass it up for only $2. It will be an easy fix with wood filler and wood glue. I’m not sure yet whether I’ll paint it or stain it. Perhaps a stencil? It’s the perfect size for a tabletop arrangement or to add height to a mantle or bookshelf display.
These plastic Merry Christmas cut outs were only 25 cents each. I plan to paint them and use them on wreaths for resale. I may experiment with glitter, too. At this price, I bought them all…a dozen to be exact!
I couldn’t resist this cherub planter. I don’t care for the gold splatter paint, but this is an easy fix with white spray paint. He’s made of ceramic and is in perfect shape, no chips or cracks.
I love this old cowbell, and it was a steal for 50 cents. As you can see, it needs to be cleaned. More cowbell!
Oh, how I love ironstone. One of the platters has a chip, but all five pieces were only $1.
I was so psyched to come across this bag of 8 wood stumps. Someone even drilled holes in them for me. I’ll use these as the stands for Christmas tree crafts. And the whole bag was just 50 cents!
This porcelain bottle used to mist plants is so dainty. How could I pass it up for only 50 cents?
I picked up this faux forsythia for Spring crafting. Silk florals are very pricey if you buy them new. This was a bargain at $1.
I may attempt to stencil Roman numerals onto this raw wood plate and make it into a wall clock. We’ll see…but for $1 it was a no brainer. I’ll turn it into something useful and/or decorative.
I was surprised that an antique dealer hadn’t already snatched up this ironing board. I sold one like it years ago. It would fit into someone’s farmhouse decor, so I nabbed it for only 50 cents.
This aluminum watering can cost a bit more than most of my other finds, but I really like the shape and color.
I was drawn to the detail on this frame. After I paint it, a light distressing will really bring out those carved embellishments.
This is a paper holiday tablecloth. It’s vintage, brand new, and 50 cents. How could I not?
This basket reminds me of the tobacco baskets that people mount to the wall as part of their decor. It’s in good shape and it’s pretty big. For $2, it was a good, functional find.
Finally, I picked up this skein of yarn for 25 cents. I started making pom poms last year, and I like using this type of soft, chunky and neutral yarn. Yarn is another thing that can be pricey to buy new, so I look for it at tag sales.
Can you believe I got all that stuff for less than $15? It was a great day! I’ve now got some fun projects to work on, which I’ll share with you as I go along.
Have a safe and happy Halloween!