Thursday, January 20, 2011

January Thrifting

After a week a being snow bound then nearly another week of being home sick I was finally able to get out and about and do a little thrifting.  There's nothing out there to make you feel a little better then getting a good deal on a few things. 

At one of my usual consignment/antique stores I was quite surprised to find one of the booths that I like to visit regularly was offering an assortment of clothes.  It was quite unusual because they were new, and in bags with the tags still on them and there were multiples of the same styles.  I alway wonder about the owners of the booths I visit.  I always wonder what's their story.  How do they acquire the goods they sell?  I guess that comes from my previous experience in retail, but it never fails to throw me when I see someone offering retail items in their booths.  It makes me wonder, how they came across the items they are offering.  I want details!  Oh, to be a fly on the wall!  Anyway, I was looking at the clothes thinking a few things were kinda cute but didn't really need them...until...I saw the price.

I got this cute brown,black, grey and off white plaid camp shirt with elastic gathered waist and...

...this coffee brown sweater for a whopping $5.00 total.  For some reason all the different clothes items were being offered at a 2 for $5.00 sale.  I've never purchased one of these types of sweaters, but I think they are neat.  They are kinda like a sweater and a shawl all in one.  Very trendy!  And if the new retail tag on the sweater is to be believed it is listed at $160.00.  Seriously! I would not pay that for it, but that's what it says!

The same booth also had black suede high heeled boots that went above the knee.  Didn't have my size and I'm not sure where in the world I would wear them but they were a nice quality looking boot and were only $5.00 a pair.  Seriously!  Makes me wonder!

Then I was off to another thrift store where I came across these.

This isn't everything I got from this store but let's take a closer look.

The picture I bought for the frame.  It's a very good quality frame.  I have another picture this size in my sons bathroom that I want to put in here.  It was a great deal at $6.00.

I just loved the bamboo look of the gold.  I think I'm going to add a dark mocha glaze to give it just a bit more character.

This basket just had to come home with me. Can you guess why? It was $1.00.  I'll be dressing it up soon too.

Now this was the basket I snatched up the minute I walked in the door.  It's more the size of a tray.  I love it!  It's got a nice depth too.  Not too large and not too small, only .50 cents!  What color shall it be?

Then my next purchase was one I thought was a great deal at the time, but now I'm not so sure.

Here they are!  I purchased this set for $2.00.  I was pretty excited because they coordinate well with my new china.  I was hoping they might be ironstone, but I don't know if they are or not.

They were quite dirty and had a few black specks I had to scrub off.

The sugar bowl was worse then I could see in the store.  When I washed it I noticed a greyish color showing up more on the bottom and the sides, like maybe it had been in a fire or something at one time.   It was really strange!  It looks okay but not quite the bargain I was thinking I had found.  Oh well! 

So what do you think?  Ironstone or ceramic?  Any idea?
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  1. Mary, those are some great deals. Love the cute shirt and sweater as well as the baskets. And I can't get over the price of that frame. That really is a great deal! Can't wait to see what you do with it.

    The sugar and creamer are very cute. I have had china turn grey after washing it, and then it turns white again after it dries. Generally that indicates a flaw with the glaze which means that water is slipping under it. If it stops being grey after you wash it and it dries for a bit, then that might be the case. I have noticed this on some products I've bought that are new. But I have seen it on older dishes, too. Hope that helps. I can't tell from the pictures, but I am guessing from what I can see that the set might be porcelain???


    Sheila :-)

  2. Oh girl you done hit the Motherlode of sales..and the clothes for $5.00 WOW!! I have one of those sweathers and just love it..wore it durning the wind and it about whipped me to death tho ha ha!!
    Wonderful frame and the big basket would look great painted black with your beatiful white dishes sitting in the C/S look like ironstone to me..Love them..
    Love your new hat ( header Pic) my Dear friend..Hugs and smiles Gloria

  3. I agree with Sheila, I think they look porcelain. They are very pretty and I still think for the price they were a great find. Love your new clothes. I would have been all over those clothes as well for that amazing price.

  4. We sure do not have thrift stores like that around here. Some have cute stuff, but not good prices. You done really good. I bet you were excited on the way home, thinking oh yeah I scored!

  5. I love that sweater and shirt, what a deal! Love your baskets and that frame is gorgeous. I like the S/P but can't tell what they might be. Still pretty for $2. Thanks for joining JFF! hugs, Linda

  6. I love that shirt and sweater, but most of all the price! When I lived in California there was a thrift store that had some sort of deal set up with Target and Pier One where unsold merchandise was donated for the charity they sold for. I used to get the most amazing deals on new merchandise. I still wear a jacket I bought there about 15 years ago for $3.00. I remember the price because I used to always get compliments on it and I would brag about the price, lol.

    You know I LOVE that bamboo style frame!

  7. What a deal on the clothes...wonderful prices, I've been wanting one of those sweaters!
    The sugar set was a deal I think, I mean who goes around checking, display it proudly:)

  8. Oh what fun and such great finds. Love them all, however the cream and sugar really caught my eye. I would definitely picked those up. Hugs, Marty

  9. What wonderful deals! I'm sure I would not of passed up anything you bought. ;) I love the little creamer and sugar bowl.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    ~ Kim

  10. If those boots are a 7 1/2 or 8, go back and get them right now! Then send them to me!!!! Great deals girl! I love that sweater!


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