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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!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Thrifty Finds!

Happy Friday, all!  Hopefully you all are having a wonderful weekend.  I had much better luck this week at yard & garage sales than the past few weeks, so I thought I would share some of my finds with you.  I just love this welcome sign, which only set me back 25 cents!  I have already started painting it (of course!), and will be sure to show you the end result.
I was really excited to find this set of wooden candlesticks at the same sale for just a buck!  The shortest tow will become part of the base of some shadow boxes that I plan on making, and the larger one will get painted (big surprise!).
At a church rummage sale, I found these two cute corner shelves for just a dollar!  I love shleves, and have a hard time passing them up.  The one on the right is on it's side, and the one on the left shows the top view.  I really love the cute little circle cut outs.  Again, more painting in my future!  Not sure what color yet, maybe a pretty coastal blue.
Also at the church sale I found these adorable vintage wire shelves, for just 50 cents!  It''s funny, but at the same sale several years ago, I found a set of 3 of these very same shelves, that I have since painted green and use in my craft room.  I really love the cut out design!
I found these pair of mirrors there too, which I can hardly wait to paint!  They are made of a syrocco type material, but they will definitely not look plasticy when I am thru with them!!

One of my girlfriends had a sale, and I bought this pretty little cabinet from her.  I plan on giving it a decoupage make over.  I thought I would Mod Podge the inside with pages from vintage French books.  Won't that look tres chic?!  Not bad for a buck, either!
I also bought this cute clock from her for $2, that I plan on decoupaging with a French theme as well.
I was surprised and excited to find at another sale the same exact vintage wire shelf like the one I found at the rummage sale!  Except this one is black (or course!) and a bit rusty.  I also found there a neat matching wall sconce.  I am going to paint them both, and while I really like the sconce, I think it needs something else added to it to give it some more ooomph!  Not sure what, though!  Oh, I got both of these for just $1!

So, I will be busy painting (and sometimes decoupaging) all of the things you see here!  Guess I better get started!  Can't wait to see what treasures you found this week!
I am linking up with Debbie Doos Garage Salen Partay, be sure to stop in and check out all of the fun!


Christine said...

I really need to go shopping with you! You find the most wonderful things to fix up. I am looking forward to seeing the finished masterpieces...

Debbie said...

I am totally coming and stealing the vintage wire shelf! The corner ones too, I adore those. Thanks for joining in on the party this week. I just was signing out for the night and saw your post, I got excited and came over:) Have a great weekend. Debbie

Ms. Bake-it said...

Hello! I came by way of Debbie's partay. I love your wire shelves! How awesome that you scored another one at a different location!

~ Tracy

Michelle said...

I just love all of your finds and can't wait to see what you do with everything.

:) Michelle

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

You found some fun stuff! I really like those metal mesh shelves~it's so cool that they're the same as the one's you already have.

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

What great deals you found! I really love the metal shelves. They have a great pattern to them and could be painted so many colors to fit anywhere!

Love of the Sea said...

Wow - you got some great stuff. I am looking forward to receiving the blue decoupage tray I just bought from your Etsy shop. You have great eye for interesting things.

Karen said...

Wow! Great finds again! Maybe I should go shopping with you!

Diann said...

Oooooh...fun, fun, fun finds!! I like them all. The wire shelves are awesome. I found one of the smae design that was a candle holder and did a redo on it awhile back!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Anonymous said...

Wow... you found some great pieces! Love those vintage wire shelves! There are so many different things you can use them for... they're terrific!
Thanks so much for visiting and leaving such a sweet comment! I sure do appreciate it!! To answer your question, I did NOT make those candles on my fireplace mantel. I bought those at Target a couple years ago and love them so much I can't bare to burn them very often. I've been wanting to learn how to make candles, because I can never seem to find ones I love anymore (hence, why I don't want to burn them - lol).
Have a wonderful day!
~ Jo :)

C'est Magnifique said...

Hi Donna, you made a pretty good haul this time around! It's raining and thundering here today, so I won't be able to go to any garage sales... maybe a couple of thrift stores tho!!


Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Donna,
Oh my gosh--I can't believe all you found...what treasures!!!! And I love the idea of decoupaging the shelf...adorable!!! If it's done by the time of my Creative Spirit challenge, you could post it!!!

Or, you can even link up something you made before...it's totally up to you...just want everyone to have fun!

Debbie said...

Wow Donna! great finds today! I can't wait to see the cabinet with the pages from a french book inside! cool idea!!!!!
Have a great evening.

Diann said...

Hey Donna!

I found the post about the wire candle holder I got that was similar to yours.

Here is the post:

Wendy said...

You're on a roll!! Loving the iron/wire shelf! Happy painting :)

Diane said...

OMGosh, wonderful finds. I had those same mirrors. I think they were Home Interior. Do you remember when that was all the rage, lol.
They will be lovely when you paint them.

Thanks for visiting me over at Pittypat Paperie and leaving a nice comment. Come again anytime Ü

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Donna,
I entered you in the drawing AND I wanted to tell you that you're welcome to join the Creative Spirit challenge next Sunday on Whimsical Musings...would love to have you!

Jan LaFollette said...

Great finds, a girl can't have too many shelves. I can't wait to see what you do with the little cabinet....I bet it will be great. Thanks for visiting me today, I appreciate your sweet comments.