Monday, July 28, 2008
Susan, Michael's mom, found the buy of the week shopping at Goodwill yesterday. She found six Tervis Tumblers!! There are three mugs with handles and three glasses. She wins the Find Of The Week Contest and is awarded a thrift store shopping trip with Michael. Congratulations Susan!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
The best gift bag we have found are the recycled bags from stores. The biggest one we have found so far are the ones from Aldis. We gave one to Katie, Michael's sister, for her birthday. Not only did it serve as a gift bag but it can be put to use as a shopping bag. So in a way she is recycling the recycled. They are a $1.99 at Aldis.
Michael and Amanda were at the Goodwill store the other day and Michael spotted a shoe box under the shelves in the housewares isle. In the shoe box were 15 spice bottles. They were marked at thirty cents a piece. It was too good of a deal to pass up.
TIP: Always check every box at a thrift store or a garage sale. You never know what is inside.
This is Michael's first ceramic spud ever. Michael won it at a family reunion in St.Louis. These are custom made ceramic spuds that were molded and a person could glaze them however they wanted. They are used to put vegetables and quite possibly mashed potatoes in. This one came as a set with a gravy bowl that also looks like a potato and a ladle.
This second potato Michael found at the Goodwill store in Mount Vernon.
It is also molded and the gravy dish looks custom made. A custom
paint job is different from the first one adding a more personal and
eccentric touch to the collection.
This spud was found by Michael's sister Katie at a Goodwill where she lives. This is a different type of spud but is also a mold. It has the baked potato look and slices of butter as the handle on top.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Here are the latest "treasures" we have uncovered. First, we'll show you what we found at a yard sale we attended on Thursday.
We got the ice bucket, old razor (which we bought solely for it's quirky uniqueness), and the two trays for $6. The trays, which Amanda immediately identified as Wilton Armetale, retail for at least three times that apiece. (back in the '70's when they were bought. Today a piece of Wilton can run someone $40 or more.)
One of the plates says "Danos hoy nuestros pan de cada dia" which translates to "Give us this day our daily Bread." The other plate says, "A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou."
Do we really need these plates to survive college? Probably not, but with Amanda's background in this sort of thing, it was hard for her to pass up such a great deal ($1 a piece).
Michael's Mom also bought a few things before we made it out to the yard sale. She gave them to us for school.
She got us a set of 8 double-old fashioned glasses (Tervis knock-offs) for $1.50, and a silverware caddy (vintage harvest gold!!!) for 25 cents.
Michael also wanted to post an update of his bar-cart project. He is nearly finished, except for lining the top with non-adhesive shelf liner to protect the surface. He also wants to find a handle. Like the '50's aqua color?
Saturday, July 12, 2008
This is a little project Michael has taken up. It is a kitchen cart he found along the road waiting to be rescued. He is currently in the process of sanding the rust off, priming and painting it. It needs a little TLC but besides that it is in mint condition. More pictures will be added in later posts to show his progress.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
These are some pictures of some deals we have found in the past.
On the left is a Tervis tumbler, which we found at the local Goodwill for $.50 This is pretty amazing, considering that these glasses can retail for as much as $15.00, especially with the personalized logo. This glass has never been used, as it still had the insert in the glass.
On the right are two very retro goblets that I (Amanda) found at the Goodwill yesterday for 50 cents apiece. The woman at the checkout counter was very complimentary of them, so I guess I got a good buy! Michael & I don't drink wine, but I love collecting pieces like this...We can drink Kool-Aid in them. :)
This glass is another Goodwill find that Michael bought a few days ago. He really thought it was funny. There's also a picture of the simple wording. "Duck."
Unfortunately, we could not get a picture of this next deal, because Amanda's grandma needed it. We found a wheelchair from Barne's Jewish Hospital for $5 at the Goodwill. It's in pretty good shape, just some cleaning.
We hope to post more later with all of our great deals we continue to find!