Monday, July 12, 2010

Thrifting with Joan

Joan and I went to several thrift stores last week, looking for items she will use this fall at school, and for a shower curtain and curtain rings for our upstairs bath.

The new thrift stores were disappointing, both in selection and in display, but our favorite store delivered plenty of finds.

For her walls, Joan found a framed print and a wall sculpture of hammered and welded metal that she'd been admiring for months. One of the thrift store employees told us the story behind that particular piece of art, and told Joan she could have it at a much lower price than it was marked.

She also found a couple of ornamental dishes that she liked...

...two brightly colored flower plates, two new beaded picture frames, and two clutch purses, also new.

While Joan was shopping, I found a pink straw purse with silk and bead flowers embroidered on it, a cotton full-size sheet to use as quilt backing, and an oval linen tablecloth with just a small stain - perfect for using outside.

We rounded out our purchases with a few Pyrex and Fire King pieces to use at home.

No shower curtain or curtain rings this time! Going over to Apron Thrift Girl to see what others found last week... .



Blogger Apron Thrift Girl said...

That art piece is stunning. Any chance Joan will take a photo once it is up? I love art like that. And your pink purse is gorgeous.

9:48 AM  
Blogger Heidi Ann said...

Wow - that metal wall sculpture is so fabulous!! And I just adore that pink straw purse. Great stuff!!

10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember the straw purse from my younger years. And I have sheets to match your new quilt backing!
Even though you did not find all you had on your list I think you did well.

10:23 AM  
Blogger Bounty Huntress said...

Are those Pyrex mixing bowls RED? Love them!

10:38 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Ohhh I like the art! Great finds really enjoyed the post :)thrifting with kids for their lives is great.

10:47 AM  
Blogger Kati @ Obscured Flair- said...

oh wow! I love the cat picture, the wall art and the leaf thingy! great finds! I actually love everything you grabbed!

11:10 AM  
Blogger Wool Winder said...

Treasure hunting is fun!

1:49 PM  
Blogger KatieB said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog this morning.

I LOVE the purse! It looks like your friend was very successful with her wall art...I was on the lookout for some. However, I've recently become inspired to cover my walls with handstiched wallhangings...sounds like a great winter project!! :)

Look forward to following your blog.

1:55 PM  
Blogger Margo said...

The Chat Noir hangs above our piano! Love it. Both our children entertained us when they were very little by pointed and saying "cat."

Your pink straw purse is so cool - makes me want to hit my favorite thrift store too.

1:59 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

Which thrift stores were disappointing? Which is your favorite?
My latest great find is: a set of 4 luncheon plates in my SECLA Portugal Yellow Cabbage pattern for $4.50!! They sell on eBay and Replacements for $17.99 or more each!

9:31 AM  

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