I'm linking this post to Today's Thrifty Treasures at Southern Hospitality. Rhoda hosts the event every Monday. Check out her blog at http://southernhospitality-rhoda.blogspot.com/ to see all the links to everyone else's finds.
The past few days have been a constant change of plans.
I planned to do the Route 40 yard sales all day on Thursday and Friday. But a baby in the family was born on Wednesday afternoon and had a dramatic first 48-hours. He will be fine, but we spent the past few days making runs to two hospitals (mom at one and baby at the other), babysitting the 2 year-old sister, and generally trying to be available to help.
I did do sales on the way to the hospital on Thursday morning. My best find: a pile of Waverly valances and curtains that solve my dining room and kitchen window problems. The whole pile was $3 (some of them still in the packages). The man that took my money said his wife just told him to price everything. I told him to be sure to thank her for me! I'll use the valances and then cut up the curtain tiers for placemats and/or napkins to match.
But generally it just didn't feel like a lucky trip. Other things on my mind, I guess.
Do you ever wonder what's going to make a good thrift hunting trip? Is it just a matter of being in the right frame of mind? right place/right time? some aligning of the stars and moon? Because this morning I went to Goodwill, and I found so many things! A lamp, a pillar with the 29.99 Kohls sticker still on it, 2 wine carafs, a cloche ( 59 cents!), a pair of white candle sticks, a set of salt/pep to match a set of dishes I'm accumulating, & some ribbon.
But my best find, not pictured b/c it's still in the car - a thick bronze-ish curtain rod. I'm working on getting curtains hung in our master. I bought the curtains, the rod and the ring clips. But I forgot to get a rod for my closet window. I wasn't looking forward to going back to the store and spending another $30 on a matching rod, plus another at least $20 for ring clips. The rod I found today included a baggie with the tie backs, the hardware, and some nice clips, all nearly identical to what I bought for the main bedroom, all for 1.99!!! I saved about $48. I'm so excited to get this project started.
I fully intend to use that wine carafe tonight. It was one of those weekends that makes you look forward to the NEXT weekend.