Thursday, December 30, 2010

Thrifty Thursday

Here are a few more pre-Christmas purchases.

The little wooden elf was found at the Goodwill store in Madison, Mississippi, at Thanksgiving. The little plastic snowman was found locally.

I paid a little more than I wanted for these plastic ornaments, but there were about 2 dozen of them and I think they will look cute next year hanging from some strands of red beads.

This little lady looks to be early 70's to me. She has a place for a candle in the back of her head. She also needs a little touch up with some paint, but she's still charming nonetheless.

Friend Gwen had two sets of these diminutive elves. She was kind enough to give me one. These guys are 1.75 inches high at best.

wooden elf = $0.25
plastic snowman = $0.39
set of plastic ornaments = $1.98
pink angel = $0.25
elf trio = free

grand total = $2.87

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Thrifty Thursday - Special Edition

My family was supposed to arrive yesterday around noon. That didn't happen so I decided why not use a free day to hit one of my favorite thrift stores.

The weather was very pleasant, so I took the dog along. She doesn't do anything but sit in the car and wait for me, but she was excited not to be left home alone.

One of the first things found were these cute flocked deer in two colors. They were made in Hong Kong for TG&Y probably in the 60's.

There were several packages, but I left the busted ones behind. Still, I got four packages. Enough to share with friend Gwen.

My next stop was the bins where you really have to dig. I unearthed this great tree skirt that reminded me of an old sleeping bag I had growing up. It really adds a needed punch of color at the bottom of the tree.

I also found this dish towel in the bins.

But I think this was my most spectacular Christmas find of the day. Isn't she fantastic!?

After showing her off at Gwen's, she suggested that I might be able to use her as a tree topper. I had been thinking it was time for a new one.

And she looks just splendid atop my tree!

Since I had driven to the other side of town, I decided it would be foolish not to stop at the largest thrift store in the state.

That's where I found this little fellow. He's a salt (or pepper) shaker and he was all alone. So he had to come home with me.

So how much did I spend, you are wondering. At the first stop all Christmas was on sale for 70% off used items. Yes, 70% off. Let me break that down for you.

4 packages flocked deer ornaments = $0.72
tree skirt = $0.30
kitchen towel = $0.12
angel = $0.90
reindeer salt shaker = $0.25

That is a grand total of $2.29.

I spent more than that, but you'll just have to wait to see some of the other things I got.

Thrifty Thursday

You have seen my finds from two years of the World's Longest Yard Sale. And from time to time I've shown you some treasures found locally.

But some of them are just so dawg gone fun that I want to share them with you. So I have decided to do Thrifty Thursdays. This doesn't necessarily mean that I go shopping on Thursdays, just that I show you the loot on Thursdays 'cause it rhymes on the front end with thrifty.

The first item in this series was found this past Monday. So far this Christmas, I have only bought my fabulous remote control outlets.

But when I saw this sweet fellow, I knew just where he needed to go in my dining room. And he came pre-adorned with the lovely poinsettia, red berries, and striped ribbon.

Underneath the thrift store sticker there was a J. C. Penney store sticker with a handwritten price of $4.99. Wonder how old that is?

He had no chips, cracks, or crazing and that left me smiling, too.

ivory ceramic deer = $2.79

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Last Minute Crafting

Last year I bought the last eight matching Christmas napkins at a nearby linens store. Not having any napkin rings, I started making some by cutting up toilet paper roll tubes. I tested a too-short length of green velvet ribbon and that's as far as I got.

Of course I had plans to complete them in January when I would surely have plenty of time. Didn't happen.

So this year, with only four days left before Christmas dinner, I decided to finish them. I determined the proper length for the ribbon and used double sided tape to hold it in place while I wrapped. The last little bit was tucked inside using a glue gun.

The green velvet is pretty, but rather plain, so I went in search of just the right embellishments. A skinnier red velvet ribbon and some mismatched gold buttons looked like the perfect finish. I stayed up way too late putting them together.

And here's the final product.

Pretty spiffy even if I say so myself.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

A full day indeed

So the errands took me to three thrift stores where I scored some pretty good stuff.

Forgot to mention on that last post that I had started rearranging some of my kitchen cabinets to make room for my preserves, etc. Was in need of some of those plastic coated wire shelves to maximize space. Found a couple. The small one worked, but the other one was really made for a locker and it was too tall. It did fit under my sink, however, and added a little extra space.

At my first stop I found this.

I don't know that it can take the place of the Naughty/Nice stocking from last year, but it's certainly perfect for my sister's Dalmatian. It was only $2.49 and is in perfect condition.

Come to think of it, my sister's stocking has a dog on it, too! Maybe we could embroider Lola's name on the collar of that puppy at the top.

Picked up another one of these.
Now the push of one button turns off everything!

Have been talking about finding a wheelchair to keep at my house for when my dad comes to visit. He only needs it when we go out, but it's a real hassle to haul in my sister's car when it is full with Daddy, Aunt Margaret Ann, and the dog plus all those gifts and suitcases. Found a nice chair for only $29.95 and it even has the foot rests.

Finally back home I managed a few more chores before collapsing in the bed!
- Unloaded the car
- Installed second remote outlet
- Washed dishes and the shelves
- Positioned shelves in cabinets and promptly filled them
- Had some hot chocolate and an iced sugar cookie
- Put away laundry
- Straightened up sewing room

Tomorrow is another day.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

So Far Today...

Here’s what I’ve accomplished so far today –
- Load of laundry
- Put up porch lights (dang if one stretch doesn’t have two strands out, project for another day)
- Raked and blew all leaves from front yard and curb
- Cleaned out gutter across deck and swept off deck
- Shut off outside faucets prepping for cold temps
- Disconnected and drained garden hoses
- Clear-coated pine cones
-Attached said pine cones to wreathes (they look good)
- Filled urns with Christmas tree leftovers and wrapped base with ribbon
- Decorated top of car

Have not even left the house except to walk down to that yard sale that didn’t happen. About to have some leftover Santa Fe soup and then get in the car and see what errands I can run before everything closes!

Can I say that this is the best invention ever!?

A remote control outlet for cutting your outdoor Christmas lights on and off!