Thursday, July 30, 2009 kind of threesome!!!

I had a Dr.'s appt early Tuesday morning, on my way home I was passing a Thrift, so..... I HAD to stop. Result = $1 Scarf (VERA score #1!!)

That evening, DH was going to get his haircut... "Do you want to ride along?" "Sure, why not" (shows you how much excitement I have in my life!!). Right next door was a thrift I don't hit often. Wasn't really 'into' it, but figured it would be a good way to kill some time. I walked in - rack after rack of clothes, but in the back was some 'stuff'. As I was walking through the jammed racks, this blouse caught my eye - kinda cool. I wedged it out from among the others, and checked to see what size it was...
I just about jumped up and down!!! (and yes, it was my size!!) ... $4.99 - Gotta love it! What? Purple tags are 40% off today?! My FIRST thrifted VERA top (and VERA score #2 for the day)! Could it get any better????

I pushed to the back of the store with the top tightly grasped... went by a scarf bin that held four scarves. YES!!! (Score #3 for the day!)
OH, the stuff that dreams are made of 8-)!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

...Rt. 90 Pilgrimage

1. A journey to a sacred place or shrine.
2. A long journey or search, especially one of exalted purpose or moral significance.
intr.v. pil·grim·aged, pil·grim·ag·ing, pil·grim·ag·es
To go on a pilgrimage.

GURLEY 3/.25¢)

We set off on our 'pilgrimage' to the Rt. 90 Sale early Saturday Morning. Fueled up at a local diner with some breakfast - DH's bribe to go with me!! Much of the usual terrain...

Things to hold pretties and things for good sniffing...

and even a clay treasure ($1 Bennington basketweave dish!)

Some 'Hawaiian' natives were captured and released to our porch..

Some of the loot is going to require heavy 'elbow grease', but I think it shall be worth the effort - I've spent a little time on the right end of this shabby pink reading light (.50¢), and you can definitely see a difference!!

Much buried treasure - can you believe that jewel toned chip-n-dip w/ teak handled server was a mere quarter?!

Alas, the 'holy grail' of the day... an atomic Royal Haeger ashtray and a speckled brown HAEGER planter!

The journey was ended early (noon) to allow me time for an afternoon nap before the big Bachelorette party... Why is it the older I get the longer it takes me to get ready - and RECOVER from a night out??!

Friday, July 24, 2009 start the day

My recent morning routine has included heading to the garden to grab a handful of lettuce for lunch, and a handful of berries for snack - mmmm, Life is Good!

Thursday, July 23, 2009 HAD to be done!

In honor of Niece #1's Bachelorette party


Sunday, July 19, 2009

...there's been a whole lotta 'Frog kissing'!

You all know the old saying "Sometimes, you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find a Prince. ". OH, how true that has been this week for 'saling'!!
The 'town-wide' sale was going on in the Village where I work, so W-TH-F I went out on my lunch hour and hit a few. As is typical for my previous experience with this 'town-wide' sale, most of the sites were sparse - just a few last minute things, tossed on a card table in the front yard - nothing exciting! Then, just as 'burnout' was setting in on Friday, and I was about to admit defeat - I stumbled upon my 'Prince'!! The elderly 'kids' were cleaning out mom's house and getting rid of her 'junk' - with ridiculously cheap prices!! (WHY, oh WHY hadn't I gone there earlier in the day???). There was so much 'old goodness', I was delirious!! I picked up a great LARGE, handled, blue enamel pan.... $1. - with original tag still on the side of it! The pan made a perfect 'shopping basket', as I started digging through the MANY '5¢ Each' boxes of so-called 'junk'! Soon my pan was filling with... Bennington Mugs, and...

(The three in the front were gathered from the sale to join those in the back that I currently use! L.O.V.E. my Bennington Pottery!!)

Croc charms (Ibbits?), and a vanity lipstick holder, and a sterling perfume bottle pendant, and...

a three-pack of sealed wooden farmer matches, and several old decks of airline playing cards, and an old Raggedy A & A bowl & cup set, and unopened packages of cocktail napkins, and...

A retro psychodelic jigsaw puzzle in the greatest colors (won't the pieces be perfect used in projects?!), and a tiny matchbox 'block' set - complete with cars, person, etc..., and...

retro wrapping paper, and gift bags, and...

a deck of Long John Silver's cards with seriously fun graphics!, and...
a stack of craft sticks (yes, I must admit I had NO Clue as to their intended use- I just bought them to use as bookmarks and plant markers. Later I was informed that if you warm them in hot water you can shape them, make jewelry, etc.!), and... , and..., and! By the time I was done, my pan was F.U.L.L. ! You gotta love hearing a tally of '$3.oo takes all' !!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

...instant gratification

Otherwise known as Picking-for-Pleasure!
Anybody who grows and adores Berries as much as I do, knows exactly what I'm talking about. That time of the season, when you have picked ~ washed ~ frozen enough berries to last you until next year. You've made so many pies, muffins, crustatos and crumbles that you fear your shorts may burst! BUT, there's still berries on the bushes... Now is the time of the year that I put away the baskets and give myself permission to eat directly from the bushes & my hand. No more washing, sorting and measuring. Just instant gratification! It doesn't get much better than popping 'warmed by the sun' berries directly into your mouth! Eating to your hearts content with no guilt. Living in the moment, so to speak. (But made all the better knowing that there are plenty stored away and waiting for those cold days of Winter when I'm craving a taste of Summer! )

Saturday, July 11, 2009

...'D' is for... Downright Disturbing

Woke up early Saturday morning to overcast skies - with NO RAIN... yet! I went out to gather mulberries from the tree before the predicted storm took them all. While I was out there shaking the branches so the berries would fall on the sheet strategically placed on the ground, I was running my morning 'saling' agenda through my head. I had only three destinations on my list - Church rummage/yard sale, Estate sale and a streetwide sale - in that order. The Church sale is always a mad rush - packed with dealers grabbing anything of interest the minute it is brought out. The Estate sale is on an 'out of the way' backstreet on the edge of town. Hmmm... I decided to 'Live on the edge' and chance the Estate sale first. Friday I had gone to (or rather 'drove by') a so-called 'Estate Sale' that amounted to two card tables of stuffed animals in the front yard - so I knew this plan was a gamble.

My plan paid off!! It was a REAL Estate sale, they were cleaning out Grandma's house, and most of the Dealers were at the Church Sale!! Vintage Pyrex bowls for .10¢ & .25¢; Hankies for .25¢; Kitchen utensils and vintage shot glasses for .05¢; and the list goes on, and on...

Since there probably wouldn't be much left at the Church sale, I hit the street wide sale next. Lots of houses participating; not a whole lot of interest, but it was a nice walk and my finds were most 'memorable'! My favorite - a Kate Bush cd The Red Shoes!! Yes, we all know I'm a teen of the 80's... and love my 80's music... and 'Katie Lady' is an all time favorite!!

The most disturbing find of the day- a 'kids' book by Edward Gorey 'GASHLY CRUMB TINIES'. Maybe everyone else in the world is familiar with his work, but I had never heard of him before and this really caught me off guard! I had to buy it, just because it was SO BIZARRE!! It is kind of a Dark Dr. Seuss...
"A is for Amy who fell down the stairs
B is for Basil assaulted by bears
C is for Clara who wasted away
D is for Desmond thrown out of a sleigh..."
Complete with goulish graphics in Black & White!

M is for...Me. Me. Me. finds for the day - Kate Bush CD ($1.); 2 Beaded jewelry How-to books (.75¢ ea); 2 X-mas ornaments (.10¢ ea); 2 bottles of perfume (.50¢ ea); Home Interiors Figure (.25¢); 4 retro enamel pins (.25¢ ea).
C is for...
'CUERVO' - a 'so-tacky-he's-adorable' Home Interiors figurine that I picked up to join his compradre's (Jose', Pedro and Pepe') for a siesta in our garden.
R is for...
RESALE - Universal Ballerina grey pitcher and cake plate (.75¢ for both); Pyrex Bowls; JAPAN childs bowl (free box!); Anchor Hocking mug (.10¢); shotglasses and hankies!

I got home at 10:30am... just as the winds picked up, the rain let loose and a thunder/lightening show was our afternoon entertainment!

A few more pages from the book for your bemusement...

(was it necessary for them to include me??)

Friday, July 10, 2009

...Kitchen mojo

I have often seen it expressed in various blogs, that there tend to be trends/themes to 'saling' adventures - if you look hard enough. Well today was NO exception, and I didn't even have too look to hard!! "Kitchen with a dash of garden thrown in"!! It was a good morning. Started off around 62deg and reached about 75deg - WITH SUNSHINE!!!
My loot for the day consisted of...
  • cake frosting spatula (25¢)
  • stack of square freezer containers (We are just about 'berried to the max' and ready to freeze the rest of the proceeds! $1.)
  • New marking pen (in retro 70's olive green) for labeling canning/freezing (the original 'Sharpie'? .25¢)
  • 'Salsa Express' (DH is always intrigued by 'As Seen on TV' products and has been eyeing this one for a while - I don't mind spending $2.50 - New In Box - to only use once and then decide it is a Pain in the Butt!!)
  • New Procter Silex Hot Air popcon popper (Gotta have it for making my caramel corn at Christmas - last Holiday, ours bit the dust... $2.50)
  • A hardy mum for our Fall enjoyment - $2.
  • Bennington Pottery mug (L.O.V.E. Bennington Pottery - .25¢)
  • Tupperware strainer w/ slotted cover (I have never bothered to get a salad spinner, and with all of the fresh lettuce from our garden, I thought this might work. .25¢)
  • LARGE Tupperware marinating container (We grill out almost every night in the summer, and can use an extra one! $1.)
  • New Red/Orange plaid dish towel (maybe I will retire a stained one?! .25¢)


a Way Cool 'fishy' cakeplate in 'moderne' Grey-Pink-Turquoise (Yes, I have too, too many cake plates - but for $1. this one had to come home with me!)


My first ever VERA apron - paper tags still in place!! (a bit of a splurge at $3. - but I HAD to have it!!)

WOW! And that was only Friday - there is still Saturday to look forward to!!!!

Thursday, July 9, 2009 of 'those' days!

As you know, Easter isn't exactly my 'thing', so I 'm not real sure WHY this 2' tall paper mache' & plaster Chick followed me home today! The only reasons I can come up with is that it 'brightened' my day (tell you anything about the kind of day I had?!).

...woke up with a nasty headache - couldn't have been from the WhiteSnake / Judas Priest concert I was coerced into going to last night w/ DH and his siblings?! ~or~ the Mojitos required to make it tolerable?! (FYI: the hardest 'rock' band I had ever paid to go to before is Foreigner...)

...tried to go thrifting. SERVICE ENGINE SOON light put an abrupt halt to that. THIRD time this week I have been to the garage...

When I agreed to a 'loaner vehicle' I was thinking something a little sportier than a MINI-VAN!! (Yes, I was cruising around town in a Mini-Van today - with a Chick in the passenger seat!)

...stepped in gum on the way into my Dentist appointment (had to scrape it off, so I didn't 'muss-up' the Mini-Van!!).

But my last stop of the day (with the Mini-Van) was a thrift where I found these FOUR little lovely VERA's!! EBOR in action... I guess.