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Thanks so much for stopping by! I believe that everyone can have a beautiful home without spending a fortune! One of my favorite things to do is find creative ways to re-purpose things I already have on hand, or have picked up at yard sales and thrift stores. Join me as I share with you some of my favorite ideas for crafting and decorating, as well as travel adventures, and fun things that I pick up on my treasure hunts! Much of my work is influenced by my love all things French, nature, and of course shabby chic! I have gotten so many creative ideas from you very talented bloggers out there, and I hope that I can be an inspiration to you as well!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Garage Sale Goodies

I have been anxiously awaiting Debbie Doos Garage Sale Paaarty all week long.  Debbie throws the best parties, so be sure to head on over & check out what's happening! We were in Paris last week, so I missed last weeks party (be sure to check out my Paris post!), so I could hardly wait for this weeks garage sales and the Paaarty!  I didn't have much luck finding many sales this week, but I did manage to find a few neat goodies that I am excited about. 

Ok, so the colors on this cast iron door stop are beyond hideous, with some primer and a few coats of heirloom white, she will be a knock out!  She's very heavy, too, and at 50 cents I couldn't pass her up!

I am a sucker for cute watering cans, and this one has a gorgeous copy of a vintage French soap label.  Tres chic, and tres me!!

I found 4 of these little tin pails for only a buck.  While the floral & veggie designs are cute, they are really not "me", so I am heading over the the Graphic Fairy in search of some neat graphics that I can Mod Podge on the pails.  Not sure what I will use them for, but I thought they had tons of "cuteness potential"!

I found this gold 8 x 10 picture frame for 50 cents. (break out the heirloom white again!), and this pretty vintage tin tray.  I've found trays just like this before at yard sales, and transformed them into magnetic memo boards for my etsy shop, but I think I just may keep this tray myself. Hubby & I have taken a couple of trips to North Carolina & just loved it there!

I was so excited to discover this large wooden applique.  It's bigger than it looks in this picture.  I am saving this for a future crafting project (how many times do I say that?!!), and think it would look gorgeous painted, you guessed it, Heirloom white!  Or maybe a soft aqua.

Ok, these last two things I picked up two weeks ago at garage sales, but since I ws getting ready for our trip, I didn't get a chance to blog about them.  I couldn't resist sharing!  Anyway, check out this gorgeous framed vintage embroidered linen!  Someone placed her in a new frame on a background of new pink lace, with vintage crocheted trim.  How sweet! 

I found this mirror for 2 bucks. In person, the frame looks really cheap and plasticy. But, I have seen many of you ladies transform mirrors just like this, so I can't wait to work some magic!  I am going to remove the mirror, cause it's not in perfect shape, then have hubby cut a piece of 1/4" thick wood to fit, which I will turn into a chalk board.  I think I am going to paint the frame a distressed aqua. 

Well, that's it!  I can't wait to hop in over to Debbie's to see what treasures everyone else has found! Have a great Memorial Day weekend!


Debbie said...

I love everything...the tins and watering can are my favorites....can't wait to see what you do with the plaque...it is so pretty.....Enjoy your weekend...i think the partay may be a little quiet this weekend...but I do hope you enjoy the others. Thanks so much for linking up!~

Needled Mom said...

Oh yeah!!!! You are definitely going to be having some fun there!

Melissa said...

The doorstop will be a showstopper when redone - can't wait to see it. Love the little embroidered piece...I have a mirror very, very similar but it is a chunk of metal frame with great glass...not plastic at all...

NanaKaren said...

Amazing deals! I look forward to seeing what you do with them.

Have a great weekend!

Karen said...

I love looking at what others pick up at garage sales. I guess I'm too shy to not only have one, but to GO to one. Not good! But I do like the thrift stores... a recent discovery for me.
Love your posting and I did link up to "Debbie Doos".
Enjoy your weekend!
Ladybug Creek

Linda said...

You got some great finds! That doorstop will be gorgeous once painted!!

Wendy said...

You did really good! Can't wait to see your transformations! The mirrow is going to look awesome! My favorite is the doorstop! It is going to look beautiful painted heirloom white!
Wow...Paris...sounds wonderful :)

Carrie said...

What fun finds. The mirror is wonderful.


Wow, I can't believe all the great things you have found. Can't wait to see what you do with all of them! Thank you for visiting and leaving your kind comment on my Goodwill Compote and Cherry Basket found at GW. I can't believe what awesome things I have found over the last few weeks. I'm hooked on thrift shopping...Who knew?

Charlotte said...

Love the embroidered picture. You found some great finds!

Herbgirl said...

Super scores from yard sales. I'm getting more and more addicted to them. Can't wait to see your finished projects.
Yes, I got to go to Provence last summer. We took the train from Paris for a day trip to Avignon. From there we took a tour of the lavender and sunflower fields. It was an experience of a lifetime!
Hugs N Herbal Blessings, Mandy

Jennifer Rizzo said...

That mirror is a huge score Donna!!!

Jenny said...

Visiting from Debbies. That doorstop is my absolutely favorite. Very, very cool!