Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Thrift finds

So much happening and so little thrift hunting, but we found a couple of items. We've started the house search and process and are making it as much fun as possible. A couple of weeks ago we did a little thrift hunting, but we left so much behind. 

Just couldn't leave behind this half dozen of wide mouth quart jars and three new, never used Raggedy Ann and Andy pillow cases. Not much, but useful and items that can go on the store. Thank you for stopping by and have a great week. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Thrift finds.

In this new year with a move lurking in the next few months, and the hunt for a new home to shelter in, we have spent a lot of time purging and packing in preparation for this event. There are a couple other reasons also, but we won't go there. We are in a position where we are having to protect from two intrusions from a neighbor. When renting you have to be prepared for many things, but these were something we thought of, but never expected. So naive of us. This past week we filled a few more bags with donations and went to drop them off. In doing so we  were given a 30% off coupon to use on our next purchase. With time to spare before our next errand we decided to look around. There were good purchases and we were very selective knowing it would have to be packed to move or quickly listed for sale on line.

We found several vintage sheets, some vintage salt and pepper shakers, some collectible plates and a wall plaque for our new home. 

There were a dozen wide mouth quart size canning jars that we eagerly scooped up and after the 30% off coupon they ended up being free. I've already filled a few and the rest are waiting for my creativity in the kitchen. It feels good knowing that when I have the room to work in a larger kitchen and a space for storage everything I need will be at hand. Thank you universe and thank you for stopping by for a visit. Have a great week and wonderful weekend. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Thrift finds.

Here we go again buying what we really don't need, but oh such great finds. Some more after Christmas shopping lead us to these finds.

This collection is full of vintage Santa's. There's the planter, a set of Hallmark salt and pepper shakers, a vintage elf, a Santa ornament picture frame, some candle sticks and a holly leaf bowl. 

This is a vintage Mikasa serving plate. It's named Susan. My daughter likes to decorate her walls with Mikasa plates.

This group include a small book, a pink Pyrex loaf pan, a stacking doll, a pair of fawn salt and pepper shakers and a straw hot pad. 

We found a salad bowl set and weaving looms 

The best thrifting ever came when we found a junk spot that had a "FILL A BOX, ANY BOX", for $5.

Both of my daughters enjoyed filling a good sized box. To begin with there were canning jars, wax and lids. I was happy.

They found books, vintage post cards, a spice shelf, a large cocktail mixer, a vintage velvet rabbit, a darning egg and some Beaba brand baby food storage containers.

They found NIP green planters, vintage linens, a small Russian wooden box, a French espresso cup and more straw hot pads.

They also found a vintage kitchen prayer plate and plastic rose wall hangings. This was only half of what was in the box, but all that came home with my eldest daughter. My younger daughter found more items, but I didn't get pictures. Some items will be and are listed for sale on line, while others will be kept for future use. Thank you for stopping by to visit and may your thrift hunting be as much fun.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Thrift finds

After Christmas Thrift Shopping.

Okay, so we're not supposed to be buying anything that will eventually have to be moved in a few months, but once bitten by the bug it's hard to stop. We had to catch up with family members who also love the thrill of the hunt, so we took a day between the holidays to head out. We have gone out again since this trip to thrift shop, so I guess the bug is permanent.

We enjoyed going through the marked down Christmas shelves loaded with filled bags. Here are some metal, miniature cookie cutters, candles, two boxes of canning jar lids and a tiny Japanese candle holding figurine.

We found a gingerbread house themed holiday cookie jar, some Holley print glasses, a vintage tablecloth that is new and the darling cardboard Japanese Angel that is my daughter's favorite color. She will most likely put on the top of her next Christmas tree. 

We found holiday linens, napkins, sheets, NIP pillow forms, elastic and slippers too. The gingerbread boy is a bowl.

There were vintage sheets, more ornaments to add to her collection and this fun and bright vintage plastic tray made in Japan.

There were boxes of vintage sewing patterns to rummage through too. We got a few so we can use up some fabric in our stashes, but we were selective and left so many more behind. Okay so we shouldn't be shopping, but the bug was biting hard and we still feel the hunting urge. Thank you for stopping by for a visit and have a wonderful new year hunting. 

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Townhouse Homestead Tuesday

My eldest daughter and I had a very wonderful and quiet Christmas day together. Christmas Eve Day we spent with my younger daughter and my wonderful grandsons. It had been a while since we'd been together and we shared a simple breakfast, gifts, and many, many hugs. The boys are growing so fast and at 13 and 16 it still feels good to get those hugs. The discussions were more colorful and their opinions are getting to be a little more adult, but we got caught up with music and sports and their busy lives. 

We kept the holiday simple. Our table held this wonderful Poinsettia plant that was so large we called it our tree and it was just enough to put our gifts under. 

As promised to ourselves we kept breakfast simple too. Just coffee with home made donut holes and fresh fruit. It was a day of relaxation and shutting out the world. Christmas dinner was left over Thanksgiving turkey that I vacuum sealed and froze. The only cooking was a pot of potatoes and a fresh vegetable and  we promised that we would continue to celebrate simply from here on. We hope you all had a wonderful holiday and thank you for stopping by for a visit. May 2016 bring good times and many blessing to all. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Townhouse Homestead Tuesday

Happy Holidays!

It's been very quiet and relaxed here at the townhouse. Ya sure, who am I kidding? Well we've been trying to make it that way. It seems like there will always be stress mixed into the plan. 

So, in keeping this post light, there is a lovely young lady who is still gardening here in upstate NY. This past week she gifted me some fresh rosemary and parsley. Two of my favorites. Being a farm girl at heart I took the chance and started to propagate a couple of very healthy sprigs. I'm trying a green house method and sealed it in a plastic bag because my reputation with propagating rosemary has been challenging to say the least. I am drying a bit for future use, and I made this wonderful loaf of rosemary olive oil bread. It is so good. The parsley has been added to some smoothies and of course this lovely white garlic pizza with tomatoes. I love fresh herbs and I always manage to add fresh vegetables.

Remember this fine collection of thrift store bottles? Well, in my search for pour spouts so I could use them to hold creamers for my holiday coffee, I was led to the Dollar Tree store where I purchased packages of them at 2 for $1 keeping them in my budget. It pays to read reviews on line and get the information we need to stay economically stable and still have nice things.

Here they are all decked out with our vintage tray, Mikasa sugar and creamer, and mugs for Christmas morning. The green holly fabric are home made napkins and I'm sure once I bake some breakfast items, or simply take some out of the freezer, we'll have a simple and relaxing holiday. It is well earned and deserved. We are wishing everyone a great holiday season and thank you for stopping by for a visit. 

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Thrift finds

The mission was to go to the thrift store and find one item to be used in an up cycle project. Many dollars and more than a few minutes later, the words from my daughter were "It's like Gramma's house got delivered to the thrift store and I couldn't resist". She was right and we left plenty behind for others but what wonderful fun and finds.

The first find was several cases of canning jars. We kept the pint size jars and my daughter's co-worker wanted the half pints. The timing of this find was perfect. These are two of the vintage table cloths that we chose. The blue with flowers was in almost perfect condition. The gingerbread print one needed, and still needs soaking, but the stains are coming out. 

We found two new vintage Vera table cloths and a vintage terry towel. It was hard choosing some items, but we've already sold one tablecloth.

Here we found some vintage 70s double knit fabric and some Christmas yard good. The bright pink and purple fabric is another tablecloth. There were boxes and boxes of fabric on bolts and yarn, but the baby yarn is all we got and it was only 99 cents. Not shown were some aqua soup/cereal bowls that immediately were cleaned and put to use in the kitchen and of course the original item we went for we did find plus a few more. We had promised ourselves not to bring a lot more home, but it was a great shopping trip and the items were fabulous. Thank you for stopping by for a visit and have a wonderful week. If you need some last minute items for holiday gift giving my daughter's store is having a 40% off sale so stop by and check it out. Here's the link and you can find the shop on my side bar.