Sunday, August 09, 2009

Thrifty Treasures

My summer break is quickly coming to an end. I’m doing everything I can to make sure I enjoy my last few days of freedom before my nose gets shoved back into a text book. As you can tell I am by no means excited about being back in a classroom but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I will be done before I know it. 2010 is going to be a BIG year for me; new venture that Kent and I are taking on (I will post about this exciting news later), graduation (finally! I could have been a doctor by now), our wedding, and hopefully I will fulfill my lifelong dream of become a kindergarten teacher! I can’t wait till I’m stressing about my job and not about homework! Anyway as I said above I’m trying to enjoy the rest of my break and what does any thrifty gal or guy do to have a little fun…..hit up some thrift stores! And that’s just what I’ve been up to!

Little pear and apple originally from Pier 1 but found their second home at Goodwill. They became mine for .59 cents each. I had no idea what I was going to do with them but thought they were too cute!

For now they are holding our salt and pepper shakers but I have a feeling they will be moved around the kitchen a lot.

This find has to be my favorite find of the week, oooorrrr maybe my favorite find of the summer! I found some antique books that were printed in 1909. My heart is speeding up even as I type about them.

I’m crazy in love with them.

They were $5.00 each! I think that’s a good deal but these are the first actual antique books I’ve bought so I’m not to sure how much something like this normally cost. I’ve purchased a few books old books but not near as old as these guys and they were $2.00 each so I thought $5.00 for these beauties was not too bad.

Ahh....don’t you just love these old pages.

This silver box was yet another Goodwill find for $2.99. I had to fight my friend for this one. Sorry Jennifer looks like I won but you can visit whenever you want to see it ;o) The books on the bottom were Goodwill finds from a few weeks ago. I posted about them here.
Talk about mixing old with new…..old books topped with an antique silver box nestled next to my fiance's PS3. I will never be able to get him to part with it so why not make the best of it by decorating around it!
Found these plates at Goodwill for .59 cents each! I love the little gold detail in the middle (this is in our ½ bath down stairs). No natural light for this picture so we will just have to make do with the flash.

Up close and personal, this is my favorite 1 out of the 3.

Don’t you love the shape of this tray, just wait it gets better……

it has little feet on it too. I’ve been on the hunt for a silver tray with feet. I finally found my tray with feet and a pretty one at that! She was a steal at $3.99. I’m going to leave her just as she is!

Sconces purchased at Goodwill. They were $1.99 each.

I sprayed them with bronze metallic spray paint and went in with a little black paint to highlight the scalloped details on the candle holder as wells as the curves of the scones. I liked the original gold color and am now thinking I should have left them alone but I can always change them if I decide to. What do you think, do you like the new color or should I spray them back to the original gold color?
I think they finish out the mirror nicely. The mirror was a gift from my Mom a few years ago. If you look closely you can see the mirror is hiding a niche. I hated it and never found anything that looked good in it so I gave it a coat of paint and covered it up with the mirror. This is the first thing you see when you walk in the front door and I wanted something that made a statement. I think this is better than an awkward hole in the wall.
That’s our front door you see reflected in the mirror. Now that I’m looking at this picture I think it needs a little color, maybe a fun wreath. I’ll add that to the never ending list!
I had ton of fun last week thrifiting and spending time with my gal pal. Thrifting is much more fun when you take a buddy! Thanks for stopping by and check back. I have a few projects and recipes (Weight Watchers of course) that I’ll be posting this week.
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  1. Visiting from Rhoda's blog...

    Love your finds! The silver fruit trays would even be cute just hanging on the wall!

    I saw your name listed on the invite for Friday's blog get-together. Hope to see you there! :)

  2. ok guess my comment didn't go through! anyway, what amazing finds this week!! i think $5 each for such old books is a steal; I've paid more than that for certain antique books, myself. I've gotten into collecting antique children's books (have Little Women, Little Men, Alice in Wonderland, and the Little Prince-in the original French), and they can be quite expensive.

    love what you said: "add it to the neverending list..." isn't THAT the truth?! I must say that to myself at LEAST 8 times a day! =)

  3. You did get some great finds! Hang in there - take one day at a time.

  4. Great finds! You are very creative with your treasures! I love, love, love, those books and yes, the pages are divine!

  5. Great stuff! I love the look and feel of old books too.

  6. I just love everything you got! Old books make me so excited too!

  7. HI Kendra, you won my drawing! Stop by! Jen

  8. Well first of all, let me just say that you are absolutely adorable. I so enjoyed reading your profile and I love how you embrace your flaws - my kinda gal! Great finds - you should be proud! I especially love the silver tray. I'm obsessed with trays these days! ~~Kim~~

  9. Those are some excellent items Kendra! Can't wait to see more of the same.

  10. what fun finds - such a cute blog, too!

    Glad to have stumbled over here and found you!


    Happy Monday ~ Tracy.

  11. Thanks for the visit! I'd love to have you join the party. :) I think the silver box is my favorite of your fabulous finds!

  12. That pear and apple...swoon! And I love that big mirror!

  13. I love the pear and apple...I need something like that to hold my shakers...I swear I am always wiping up salt and pepper!

    Yes, I teach English, but I think they only hired me because they really wanted my husband over here. He is an area manager at an instrumentation company. He is in charge of Ireland, South Africa, and the States...hence all the traveling! He loves it, and can handle stress much better than I!

    I love all your thrifty finds. I need to go hunting soon!

  14. You found some really unique and beautiful things! My favorites are probably the silver tray and old books.

  15. Love your finds! That tray is to DIE for! And I like the bronze paint better than gold....

  16. I really like the bronze paint!!

  17. Super stuff, love the mirror !!!

  18. Thank you for the congrats! Wow, you scored on the silver pear & apple--they are adorable!

  19. Love the books. what a find.

    stopping by from sITS

  20. I LOVE those books. I would love a whole book shelf of them. They remind me of Beauty and The Beast for some reason. =)

    Nice finds. And I love your new "no soliciting" sign. Super chic.


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