Monday, February 22, 2016

My FavoriteThrifty Finds

You've heard me say it before, but I love to go to the thrift stores. Today I thought I'd show you some of my favorite finds and how I use them.
This oil painting of Texas bluebonnets was found for 5$. It was in the original frame. I did a post about the artist here. I am using this for my inspiration for my spring family room decor, which I'll share next time. Love those colors. Did you know in Texas, people drive out in the hill country for miles to see the bluebonnets bloom in the spring? Bluebonnets are the state flower of Texas. 
 This was probably one of my best finds. It is hand quilted and pieced. I have it hanging in my bedroom, which is light green with a touch of pink. I found it in the throwaway cart. Nabbed it for 97 cents. It blends so well with some of my other antique quilts.
 The top painting was found for a dollar years ago. I also have it in my bedroom. I found the other painting at an antique store and paid alot more then the dollar I paid for the top one.
 I just found the little tray, it was brass and I spray painted it blue. That's another thing I love about thrifting-you can paint over, strip, redo, reupholster, decoupage or whatever you want. You didn't pay much for it so even if it's a flop, no worries. You can get really creative on thrifted junk.Just noticed the milk glass dish on the tray was also thrifted.
 I had my eyes peeled for over a year looking for an antique sewing machine from this era. I have bought a few really old sewing machines, but I wanted this one to actually use. It came in the little table, and was missing the foot pedal. I ordered a new one, and had it serviced at a sewing center. This little workhorse sewed a denim slip cover for my thrifted white chair and ottoman  that you've seen in the family room.
These are just a few of my favorites. I could go on and on. I'll have to do another post on thrifted dishes and furniture. I think I have stuff from thrift stores in every room in my house. When someone asks me what my style is, I usually reply "Early Garage Sale" or "Late Thrift Store".
Be careful though, it's a very addictive habit. I do feel it gives my house many one of a kind decor items and furniture pieces for a fraction of the price of antique stores or new. It also helps if you are looking for a few particular things. I always look for vintage dishes, linens, frames, and things in my colors.Sometimes you leave empty handed and sometimes you hit the jackpot. Just remember to wash everything when you get home. What's your favorite thrifted item?
Joining Stacy for Thoughts of Home so go check out some great ideas HERE.
Also joining Cecelia at My Thrift Store Addiction HERE.
I've been changing over the family room and breakfast nook for spring.  Can't wait to show you.The weather here has been so warm and springlike.
Have a great week!
Leslie

30 comments:

  1. Hi Leslie :)

    I so agree... thrifted things mixed with family heirlooms makes my home very me. And your house speaks volumes about you. I love every inch that you shown us.

    It's so hard to pick, but I think my favorite thrifted items are some of the pictures in my home. Picked up for a song, because no one loved them.

    xo,
    rue

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  2. Oops! I forgot to say that I'm green with envy over all of your finds, especially that quilt!

    xo

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  3. Hi Leslie, well, you know I love to thrift too. Not only for redesigned items for my shop but home decor too. Love your wonderful finds and the quilt is gorgeous. The rose paintings are so pretty and of course I love the bluebonnets. They are one of my very favorites to paint every spring.
    My favorite thrift items are linens, dishes, trays and old frames to name just a few.
    Have a great week. Enjoy the much needed rain. Good time to create and that's what I am doing all week.
    xo

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  4. Hi Leslie, well, you know I love to thrift too. Not only for redesigned items for my shop but home decor too. Love your wonderful finds and the quilt is gorgeous. The rose paintings are so pretty and of course I love the bluebonnets. They are one of my very favorites to paint every spring.
    My favorite thrift items are linens, dishes, trays and old frames to name just a few.
    Have a great week. Enjoy the much needed rain. Good time to create and that's what I am doing all week.
    xo

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    1. Thanks, Celete, We like alot of the same thrifted things. I guess great minds think alike-lol. I can picture you in your beautiful craftroom creating away.Have fun!

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  5. Leslie
    I need to go thrifting with YOU! You know where all the deals are! What great finds.

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  6. I love going to thrift stores as much as I love estate sales!! You never know what you are going to find and you can't beat the prices! You've found some fabulous treasures. Keep your thrifty posts coming!!

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  7. Oh, boy...good thing I wasn't at the same thrift store when you found that beautiful pink quilt...we would have had to arm wrestle and, even tho I'm 78 yrs old, I am .....tuff...!!!
    Love your other finds, too.

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  8. Hello, I am visiting from Lone Star Sisters ;) Oh my that quilt was a steal! I would love to have you share at our Vintage Charm party--it's live Thursday at 8 am. Blessings, Cecilia

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    1. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous finds with us @Vintage Charm! Pinning!

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  9. What great finds!! I'm a Texas Blogger and found you on the Lone Star Sisters Facebook page!

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  10. Hi Leslie! Oh, you did good, my friend. Since I lived in Texas for a gazillion years before we moved to New York, I know all about the Blue Bonnets and have a similar painting myself. Actually, Blue Bonnets are weeds but they have these gorgeous blooms in the spring and we've been guilty of trying to find the best patch to take pictures in! :) The quilt is lovely and 97 cents. I'll be glad when I can get back out to the thrift shops! Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  11. Leslie you are good! That quilt is beautiful and of course, I'm loving the bluebonnets. :)

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  12. I love your thrifted finds. The bluebonnets made me smile as I'm a Texas gal living in Georgia! That quilt, well just so happy you saved it. I too love thrift stores and use my finds to decorate my home also. Enjoyed my visit to your blog.

    Linda

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  13. Leslie,
    Beautiful treasures! I too enjoy incorporating wonderful finds and timeless keepsakes with the new.
    Thank you very much for sharing your time and talent with Thoughts Of Home On Thursday.
    Jemma

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  14. Wow...these are amazing finds. I love the oils you found, and that quilt is gorgeous...$.97...unbelievable. I think I need to move to Texas!
    Thank you so much for your lovely visit,
    Mary Alice

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  15. You really are an amazing thrifter! I can't believe that beautiful quilt was 97 cents!!

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  16. Oh Leslie, what fabulous deals you found!!! I love to go thrifting, but I think I need to go on a field trip with you. We might've had a tug o war over that 97 cent quilt...LOL!! I look forward to the changes in your family room and kitchen.
    p.s. I love that vintage sewing machine, too...sigh!

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  17. Great finds, and your right I don't think you feel quiet as bad painting something from a thrift store. I am ready for some good yard sales to start in my area.

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  18. I'm always amazed when people post about their thrift store finds. So many lucky ladies, including yourself out there. You found some beautiful treasures. I never seem to find anything like that in the shops. In my neck of the woods yard sales seem to be better. As soon as the snow melts, I'm off... :)

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  19. You've found some wonderful treasures, Leslie, and that quilt was a steal! I think it's wonderful that you actually use that great old sewing machine!!

    Love the painting and it's going to be a nice focal point for your spring decor!

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  20. Most of my decor has been thrifted over the years. I especially love milk glass but also, apothecary jars, trays, frames, and so on. I have tried to stay of the thrift stores lately though and am purging some stuff because I just have too much. I was feeling a little stressed trying to store all of it. But, I do love a good bargain! Your treasures are all beautiful. I can't believe that quilt!

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  21. Leslie, I'm impressed with your thrifty finds. That quilt is spectacular! What a deal! It looks like it is in good condition. You've found some nice paintings too.
    I stopped in to one of my favorite consignment stores today and picked up a great deal. I collect MacKenzie-Childs pottery, and I bought a sweet ceramic McK-C bowl and spoon for $19. They are from the 1980s when the company was owned by the Richard and Victoria. I was a happy shopper!
    Nice to meet you, and welcome to Lone Star Sisters.

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  22. Wow ... you really have some treasures there. The bluebonnet painting and the quilt are my favorite. Really great finds.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  23. Oh my, what wonderful treasures you have scored! Such a pretty quilt and for 97 cent, it's a steal! And I love that gorgeous bluebonnet oil painting...great finds! Love how your transformed that pretty blue tray! Happy weekend! hugs, Poppy

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  24. What fantastic finds and that quilt is so pretty!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  25. Wow! Great bargains and beautiful treasures! I love the pink quilt and your paintings are so inspiring. I find the best stuff at yard sales and love showing them off in my home.

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  26. So very pretty, Leslie! It looks like we have a very similar style. I love your coffee table and the ladder and I could go on and on. I would love to eventually have a slipcovered sofa like yours!

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