Monday, August 24, 2009

Thrifty Birthday

My birthday last Wednesday was pretty mellow. I needed to go to the dollar store to pick up a few things (yay for cheap tissues, gallon size storage bags, scented candles and reed diffusers) and to Home Depot to return a couple of things as well...inbetween I ran over to Goodwill and despite the fact I said previously I was done shopping for home decor, hehe, Goodwill tripped me up and heck, it was my birthday...

A leaf tile set in wood that is pretty much a trivet so it replaced the windchimes over the sink next to the metal trivets I have. I painted the wood (it was stained 80s brown) a mid brown but think I might go ahead and attack it with black paint instead. It's pretty much early 80s I am sure. (30% off)

A copper leaf silhouette thing you put a votive behind. I like its odd 70s feel to it. Maybe it's a lot newer but meant for Thanksgiving? I don't know, it's going to be displayed year round. (30% off)

I was going to get two brass plate/picture easels or stands from the dollar store that were a tacky bright brass (to paint) but I wasn't sure if they would work for those I passed on them and lo and behold I found two adjustable and in serious need of a good spray paint but doable for the moment easels/stands for 49¢ at Goodwill. I saved me a buck fifty-one! They were a green tag so they were 50% off.

The silver candle holder got a good cleaning since the picture (not sure if it's real silver, looks like a Pier 1 candle holder I had once and is in fact Pier 1). (Only thing full price)

A soap stone (?) carving that is sitting on one of the plate easel things which also looks like it may have been from Pier 1...I have it on my night stand. (30% off)

A candle holder thing (30% off) which may get a good spray too.

I kind of like it as is - yeah, that mossy odd green to look like a cement garden ornament? I really wanted something for that hand made glass globe my parents got for me...the stand that went with it was sent to Goodwill. :-( Anyhow, I thought I would paint that either "espresso" in satin or the flat black...I'm still undecided if I want to paint it. It's been since last Wednesday and it's kind of grown on me.

So now I am fully into my 40s but still on the low end of 40s...but a few thrifted pieces made my day.

Check out other people's thrifty finds at Southern Hospitality blog!


  1. happy birthday! those are great finds! i love soap stone.

    blessings -

  2. Thanks Randee - it was a good birthday topped off by good thrifty finds.

  3. Found your site via Southern Hospitality and read through all your past entries; I wish you all the best in maintaining your sobriety. You've created a bright and cheery place with all your thrifted and discount finds and I especially love the shape and colors of the shorter, rounder orange pitcher in your last post! Belated Happy Birthday and keep posting please.

  4. Wow, you found some really neat things.

  5. musingegret - Thank you much for stopping by and your encoruaging words. I love that rounder pitcher too but the sunflower one is fun too!

    Shauna - I am having fun with thrifting and finding the 66%, 80% and 90% off things at Hobby Lobby. It's amazing what you can find if you take your time.

    Nicole - Thank you for the b-day wishes. I can't believe I am 41! I still feel like I am 20!