Sunday, March 21, 2010

Thrifty treasures

Ah, 'tis spring, 'tis spring, and that means. . . March Madness. We live about 10 minutes away from Duke University and about 15 minutes from UNC-Chapel Hill, so March is usually an exciting time around here one way or the other. My mother was from Kansas, though, so I have lots of friends and family who are KU fans. This weekend was a reminder that there's no predicting what might happen in college basketball.

One thing you can always depend on, though, is finding treasures at garage sales and thrift stores in the springtime. Look at these adorable little baskets I just found:



Won't those be fun to fill with Easter candies? I've already polished the one in the foreground, and as you can see it cleaned up beautifully. These little charmers were 98 cents at Goodwill.

And this elegant footed dish was $1.98:



Of course, if I couldn't polish these beauties, I would have just spray painted them, like I spray painted my thrift-store silver pitcher for flowers. Last Sunday I bought some grocery-store flowers for my pitcher:



And this is how they looked yesterday, six days after I bought them:



Still going strong! Daisies, lilies, and alstroemeria are particularly long-lasting blooms. If I'm going to pay even grocery store prices for flowers, I like for them to last awhile.

Hope you've had a wonderful weekend! For those of you who were stumped at my "Welcome, Spring Springtime" reference, I refer you to Episode #53 of The Andy Griffith Show. "Welcome, Spring Springtime" (also known as "good old 14A") is one of the songs sung by the Mayberry Choir. Episode #53 is called "Barney Joins the Choir," in which Andy learns that Barney can't sing. . . not a lick. Anyone else out there an Andy Griffith fan?

--Linking to Rhoda's Thrifty Treasures Party

21 comments:

Terri said...

What great deals you found!!! My hubby is an Andy Griffin fan. Three years ago, new to Charlotte & NC, my California boy couldn't wait to take us all up to Mt. Airy to see the "real" Mayberry! It was a fun little jaunt, but he was a bit disappointed that it wasn't much different than downtown Waxhaw, which we passed through on our way to taking our kids to school each day! Happy Spring! Blessings!!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I loved Andy Griffin and my children did too. Those were some really funny shows. Love your treasures. The baskets and the footed bowl are fabulous. Great finds. Hugs, Marty

Nancy said...

Such neat finds...way to go!

Nancy

HeathahLee said...

I love finding pretties for cheap-o! I also love your flowers! I need to scour our Goodwills around here. The one closest to me stinks (literally...like, it smells bad), and I just can't get past that, but I have a couple others that aren't too far away from me.

And I love Andy Griffith, but I guess I'm not a die-hard fan. One of our pastors is, though, and I bet he could guess what it came from. I think I'll copy the lyrics and test him. : )

randee said...

love andy griffin. we spent a day in mt. airy in the fall of 08. gorgeous scenery, fun little town. looked & looked & never did see anyone familiar though!

great thrifty finds!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Oh, we love Andy at our house & I think we've seen every episode. I totally remember the Barney & the choir one, where Barney makes some awful sounds. Hilarious!

Great finds with the silver pieces, glad you joined the party.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Love that footed dish!!! :) Beeeautiful!

Funny note about Andy Griffith. Did you know that the woman who played Aunt Bea from his show used to live in Siler City? My grandpa grew up in Siler City used to get so tickled whenever her character would mention it on the show. If we meet up next month, I will have to drive you by her home. We went in when it was on the market years ago. It was gorgeous, but my mom said it reeked of cats (I can't smell).

Anyways, glad you linked up too. :)

K @ Thrifty Teacher Blog said...

Love your finds- Especially the silver!

Cyndi said...

Wow Richella I love your finds! I never get that lucky.
I love Andy Griffith too!

Southern Lady said...

Oh my goodness! If you are from NC you have to be an Andy Griffith fan. When my husband and I came home from our honeymoon and went through customs in Charlotte, we were let right through. Another passenger asked why; the customs officer said that anyone with a Floyd's Barber Shop shirt had to be okay. My husband's shirt was a dead give-a-way that we were from NC. Carla

Shannon said...

Oh, I love the footed dish! Very pretty. Thanks for checking in on me. :) I am doing good! I am feeling better every day!

ThriftyAnnabella said...

Your baskets are very cute.

Marla at Always Nesting said...

I love Goodwill treasures. You never know what beauties you will find. Those baskets are adorable.

Sarah Robbins said...

I love your little silver dish! Great finds!

Melanie said...

You hit the jackpot! Love the flowers in the vase. Looks like spring:)

Laura said...

Love the silver goodies you found. Are you gonna paint these? Your pitcher looks fabulous, so I could see you doing more. I kind alike the pedestal tray as is, super cute either way!

I know what you mean about buying flowers. If I'm gonna pay for them, I want 'em to last!

Carmen said...

I'm off to the grocery store today. I'll try to remember to pick up some flowers. Cute baskets, and I barely ever pass up footed/pedestal bowls, etc. Love them!

Sheryl said...

What great deals! I took a pause from thrift store shopping and can't wait to jump in again.

Susan said...

You got great bargains on the Goodwill finds!! My husband was watching me look at your finds,,,,,,and he said we all need serious help for junk addictions LOL.

Merrie said...

Ouch yes it was a painful week for KU fans.
Your treasures are lovely, and I like what you did with the vase. Those flowers are gorgeous too!

alanna rose said...

Love the little footed bowl, and I'm with you - I want my fresh flowers to last for a long time!

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