Tuesday, May 5, 2009

13 cents a piece!

Vintage cookbooks that I scored for 13 cents a piece this weekend! Oh the joy!

I love the pink and black and the scallops of the one above and the picture of those crescent rolls below is very fun!

This patio picnic cookbook is my favorite!
I want to learn how to turn that scanned image into an invitation for a cookout!

The past two weekends I have gotten to indulge in a favorite past time. Shopping for treasures.
Nordstrom, etc. are not really my cup of tea. Give me the "thrill of the hunt", never-knowing-what-you'll-find and most importantly, teeny tiny price tag kind of shopping and I'm a happy girl.

photo: bucket I scored for $2 at an estate sale last weekend - don't forget to look in the garage!


Last weekend I had my eye on an estate sale at the home of a former Canton dealer (!) and also an estate sale at the home of a MAJOR crafter. In the online photos you could see tons of Hobby Lobby and Michael's bags with stuff just spilling out of them. Fun stuff!

But . . . both of these sales were between 45 minutes and an hour plus from where we live. The drive didn't seem very appealing to either of us and spending time together did.

We decided to go to a "neighborhood garage sale" only about 10 minutes away. Well, it was a bust. So . . . my sweet husband took me to a couple of estate sales that were 10-15 minutes away and we got a Frappucino on the way. :)

The first sale was in a charming older home and we both got busy digging. The garage was full of all sorts of tools and Adrian got some really useful things at killer prices.

I hunted through the garage and the house and got some fishing floats that will show up in a summer display, a vintage Carlsbad Caverns brochure, an old hymnal and several other things.

Then we went to the second house where I scored a few more finds . . . lots of sewing notions, trims and such that I've already begun using for wrapping packages, a set of vintage coasters, etc.

We had a great time!

Which brings us to this weekend.

Several weeks ago I had to take an alternate route to work because of a wreck. On the way I passed a church with a large banner sign advertising their annual flea market on May 2nd. I made a mental note and was at the sale bright and early Saturday morning.

The pricing was very interesting and unlike anything I've yet to experience. Large items you just made an offer and all small items/clothing were $1 or whatever you could put in a bag for $3.

As soon as I found more than one thing and had a bag, basically everything was free!

How's that for you?

I'll admit that it did make shopping a bit more of a challenge. Did I really want the thing that I was looking at or did I just want it because it was "free"? It was a good exercise I think.

Anyway, I ended up with 23 great items for $3. Average that out and it was 13 cents an item!

So, without further ado . . . here are photos of some of the rest of the treasures!

Silver chenilles for Christmas decorating and present wrapping

an entire box for 13 cents! Isn't it such a great box too?

This was the find that got me to go ahead and commit to the $3 bag. :) I might have even paid $3 a piece but I'm sure glad I didn't! Aren't they beauties?

We have a racquetball court nearby and Adrian has a racquet but I don't. Now I do!

Look at these two clipboards that I also managed to stuff into the $3 bag along with the racquet, glass doorknobs, vintage cookbooks, etc. . . . Maybe I'll follow Julie's tutorial to make them extra cute.

I got these ties at the estate sale last weekend. I just really liked the fabric. I'm not quite sure what I'll do with them yet. Any ideas?

hee hee . . . this is one of my favorite finds . . . my pink tape dispenser . . . I'm thinking of naming her Betty . . .

These two little stockings came from a stop I forgot to mention. I went to another sale this weekend that had a lot of crafty stuff. I got these for free and will use them at Christmas in my neutral color scheme. I spent one dollar on a brand new plastic 12x12 paper holder AND a 12x12 template for fitting lots of pictures on a page in scrapbooking. I have two others and really enjoy using them.
I also slipped patterns into that $3 bag to use for their paper.

I didn't get pictures of everything but I'm sure it will turn up from time to time in decorating posts.

I look forward to checking out Rhoda's party at Southern Hospitality when I have time where others linked up their second hand finds yesterday. Looks like fun.

What about you, is this type of shopping up your alley or do you prefer to stick to buying new?

If you do enjoy the treasure hunt, what is one of your most favorite recent finds?


Jacquie said...

I LOVE the glass door knobs! I saw that sign also but didn't make it over there. Glad you found some fun stuff!

Katie said...

i love the door knobs too! Those are DARLING! I can't wait to see what you do with them!

Karen said...

Love all your finds and I also LOVE your haircut. Can't wait to see you next week.

Anonymous said...

I love the door knobs too...reminds me of my grandparent's house. Idea for the ties...Joan Harris at church collects ties so she can make a quilt. I wish I had the time to be half a crafty and creative as you are!
Julie P.

Anonymous said...

Ohhhh...I LOVE Betty! Just my type of thing!

chickadee@afamiliarpath said...

that's awesome and the glass knobs are wonderful! great finds.

BR said...

betty... hee, hee! I hope you'll think of me during all of your tape dispensing times.
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