Thrifty Success

I had another successful week of thrifting and yard sales. My latest lunchtime thrift visit prompted me to go back the next day. On the first day of shopping, I found a Scrabble game and bought it, because in my book, one cannot have too many Scrabble games. The wooden tiles are going to enhance one of my apothecary jars in the near future.

Someone must have donated their lovely teapot collection. There were many pretty teapots on the shelves. I was drawn to the sturdy white teapot which will work well with the cobalt blue teapot I found last week. She is a World Market teapot and needed a bit of a soak and scrub; now she is as good as new at less than one third the price of new ($2.75).

I spied a wee copper pan that I had passed on the week before. Happy that no one else had taken it home, I decided to grab it for $1.50. It doesn’t have any markings so I doubt it is valuable, but it is a nice size small pan so we will give it a try.

I got a little bag full of curtain clips decorated with leaf shapes. I’m not sure if I’m going to paint these a different color or not. That was my initial thought. For $1.75 they might be worth a little effort. I also found a smallish sliding baby gate that will be perfect to take to the beach later this year. When you have Scottish terrors, I mean terriers, sliding baby gates come in very handy. I usually pick these up if they are in good condition.

I found a mint julep glass from the 2008 Kentucky Derby. This still has the sticker of authenticity on the glass bottom. I felt this was a bargain for 75 cents. I spied four 2011 Preakness glasses but they stayed on the shelf.

That evening I thought more and more about those Preakness glasses. My husband said I should have gotten them. One of our friends wrote the music for this year’s jingle and I could gift them to him. There were also some little Starbucks mugs I liked, but didn’t buy. So the next day, I stopped by again intent on getting these items. Sadly, the Preakness glasses were gone. Happily, the little Starbucks mugs were there and are now mine all mine.

While there I also found a box of lemons which are also a nice vase or apothecary jar filler. This box cost $2.75 which I thought was reasonable for instant décor. A box of autumn cookie cutters from HomeGoods was next into my basket. The little squirrel and acorn cookie cutters were too cute to leave behind for 75 cents. Maybe I can get my daughter to make some cookies with them?

I also got a box of new and in the box hooks made by Henn Workshops in their Provence design.  They were a bit of a splurge for me at $7.75, but still a good deal since they retail for $20.

On Saturday morning the skies were threatening rain and there were a few drops on the windshield but we headed out to see what treasures were to be found. We had guest riders, too, as my daughter and her puppy accompanied us. The first few sales we stopped at were great if you were searching for kids’ clothes and toys. I left empty-handed from these.

I was excited to stop at a sale in the next town over which advertised interesting vintage items. She really had a nice display of her vintage and antique things. Unfortunately, there were boxes that hadn’t yet been unpacked. I did rummage through one of them, but had the “pickers” literally hovering over my shoulders. This was too uncomfortable for me, almost like having buzzards watching over you. I gathered the items I had already found and checked out.

The old puzzles were in interesting old boxes. The larger one is complete while the smaller one is missing a piece or two.

I loved this little wooden puzzle of Dwarfs made in Holland. Something about the illustration made me decide to pay $3 for this.

I picked up another Wilton cake pan. This one looks like Raggedy Ann. We had a discussion about a lamb cake the seller made which her husband thought looked like a dog. He found a picture of it on his phone and showed me. She did an admirable job, but it did look a little like a Bichon.

Oh there were so many wonderful paper things here: old matchbooks, old religious pamphlets, Masonic pamphlets, magazines, etc. I could have stayed all day looking at these items. I did pick up a vintage Santa advertisement a savings and loan used to encourage folks to open a Christmas club account.

I also made a donation to a homeless animal fund and got a yummy brownie in return. I thought about a return stop later in the day, but then the rains came and that idea was washed away.

Our last stop at a well-signed yard sale found two granddaughters selling their Granny’s goodies. I bought a sweet wooden storage box for flour, sugar, coffee and tea for $3. Also coming home with me for $2 were owl salt and pepper shakers marked Japan on their bottoms, but missing their stoppers, and a Nancy Drew mystery I don’t think I have, so for a quarter, I took the chance. These were some very friendly ladies. I definitely hit the jackpot of friendly folks today.

I hope to join the parties at Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures, Apron Thrift Girl’s Thrift Share Monday, Thrifty Treasures at Southern Hospitality, Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm, Thrifty Thursday at Tales from Bloggeritaville, and  Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove, and The Penny Worthy Project at Hey, What’s for Dinner Mom?



About tammylovesdishes

I love searching for dishes for tablescaping. That leads me to yard sales and thrift shops and fun, fun, fun.
This entry was posted in Apothecary Jar, Dishes, Garage Sales, Nancy Drew, Owls, Puzzles, Salt & Pepper Shakers, Santa, Scotties, Tea Set, Thrifting, Vintage, Yard Sales. Bookmark the permalink.

26 Responses to Thrifty Success

  1. Looks like you had a great weekend, I love the hooks and really love the dwarf puzzle, it is adorable. You found some great things!

  2. Madison says:

    Wow, you got loads of goodies. I especially like the wooden storage box. Are you going to use it in your kitchen or you going to give it a makeover and re-purpose?

    Madison xxx

  3. Lauren says:

    Tammy you are out of control — LOL!! What fun and what great buys! Don’t you think half of the fun of thrifting is the people and sellers you meet? I just love talking with them, especially if they can tell me any background information on the things they’re selling. Love that wooden storage box by the way!

  4. Rachel says:

    I love the cookie cutters! I can’t wait for fall, and cookies & chai sounds so yummy right now!

  5. You had a very successful week thrift shopping. The dwarf puzzle is my favorite, those little guys are so darn cute. You hit the jackpot this week.

  6. Betsy says:

    Wow, you’ve been lucky this week at finding some wonderful treasures. I think my favorite is that storage box. Thanks for sharing your fun:-)

  7. antheam says:

    What a haul! I love the little owls.

  8. gina says:

    Oh, love the dwarf puzzle! I admired your new header as soon as I saw it! 🙂

    And the Derby glass was a bargain at 75c. I live in Louisville and see the glasses all the time, but rarely under $3, usually much more (I have one I found for 50c, but I think it slipped past the GW pricers!)

  9. Karen G says:

    You found many awesome items. Love the sugar, coffee…container. It is great as is or it could be altered.

  10. Lori Lucas says:

    What great finds. Nancy Drew. Santa. Owls. The wood drawers. You did great! Lori

  11. Danielle says:

    Love your Santa and the elves puzzle especially. Nice weekend finds.


  12. woolf says:

    hey tammy, thank you dearly for your wonderful comment. i always try exactly for what you describe, because it makes me happy really, and because these lived things do deserve the limelight a little….
    by the way, you are one serious thrifter, gal! ;)))

  13. Zara says:

    Lovely finds. I’ll have to be on the lookout for scrabble tiles..they make such great additions to all crafts. x

  14. Shaheen says:

    I’ve come over from the Penny Worthy Proejhct, loving yur finds esp. the cookie cutters.

  15. Wow you got a lot of goodies! I love the owl salt and pepper shakers and the nancy drew book.

    E 🙂

  16. BeckyKay says:

    My goodness but you had a successful week!! That dwarfs puzzle is just to die for!! Those are cute little starbucks mugs. I’m not a coffee drinker or starbucks fanatic, but I think I would have bought those, too! I love the color on those cookie cutters. Even if they never make cookies, they would be great for decorating in the fall!

  17. You found some cute things, Tammy! I definitely would have gone for the old scrabble game.

  18. Ann says:

    Wow, what great finds. I enjoy your blog.

    I’ve given you an award at

  19. Kim says:

    Cute, cute, cute. Your title says it all – thrifty success!! I am always on the lookout for Scrabble games. So far, no luck. Love your S & P shakers.

  20. obsessed with that scrabble game.

  21. Wonderful finds Tammy. I am going to keep an eye out for a scrabble game.

    Love the Starbuck cups.

  22. Cara-Mia says:

    Great finds. Those Starbucks mugs are too cute. I am a sucker for Starbucks mugs.

  23. Slice of Pie says:

    Great deals! I love old games and puzzles … the boxes are just fun to use to decorate the house! Thanks for visiting my site … love yours!

  24. Babs says:

    Gosh, you found some great things. Darling child’s puzzle and great Starbuck’s cups.
    Happy thrifting.

  25. Megan says:

    Oh my goodness you are the thrifting queen! So much stuff, so many goodies!!! I love those leaf curtain clips the best and I think a lick of paint will cheer them up marvellously 🙂

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