Sunday, August 26, 2007

Thrifting Finds - Roosters and Chickens and Sock Monkeys - Oh My!

Here's a peek at some of the nifty vintage goodies I got this week while thrifting/yard saling - I am trying to put them together in some type of group, except for the sock monkeys that don't belong with the chickens - but, hey, they were so cute I had to show you right away!

These little rascals were found at a resale shop for 25 cents heart went pitter patter as I quickly raced over to get them. One of them needs some repair stitching but that can be easily taken care of :)

Do I love this chalkware rooster plaque! Found at a resale shop for 50 cents, he will be a perfect addition to my rooster & chicken collection!

Here is a cute little ceramic lidded pot with a rooster design on it - not sure what it's intended use was, but it has found a home with me - only 10 cents too!

This fella looks so happy, and about ready to crow! I think he may have held salt and pepper shakers in his wings at one time, but they were not with him. I liked him anyway, and for 10 cents I am not about to complain :) Behind him is a cute little woven wicker spatterware coffeepot basket type thing that I thought was adorable. It was 5 cents at a yard sale.

I was about ready to crow when I found this vintage plastic rooster, he's an old Easter decoration. He is missing a red feather that was in the hole in his wing, but I just happen to have some here so he will be fixed up right away and added to my Easter collection. Oh, and he was only 25 cents!

Here is an old wooden snack bowl that happened to have roosters painted on it. I have a wooden knife holder with roosters on it in my kitchen, so this will go along with it. It was 10 cents at a yard sale.
Lots, lots, lots more to come - I just need to find the time to take the pix, if we EVER get some sunshine - have a great week everyone! :)


I've Been Tagged! Scattergories

meeyauw tagged me for the "Scattergories" meme.

Here are the rules: Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the questions. They must be real places, names, things . . . nothing made up! If you can't think of anything, skip it. You CAN'T use your name for the boy/girl name question. If your name happens to start with the same letter as mine, sorry, but you can't use my answers!

I am not going to tag anyone in particular, but anyone who would like, please feel free to play along - post a note in my comments so we can read yours!

Since my nickname is Sandy, I will go with "S" for mine - here are my answers:

Famous Singer Sammy Davis Jr.

Four letter word soul

Street Seventh Avenue

Color sky blue

Gifts/Presents silverware

Vehicle Sentra

Things in a Souvenir Shop souvenirs :)

Boy's Name Sidney

Girl's Name Susan

Movie Title Shawshank Redemption

Drink Sunny Delight

Occupation Stewardess

Celebrity Steven Segal

Magazine Seventeen

U.S. City Sarasota, FL

Pro Sports Saint Louis Cardinals

Fruit Strawberries

Reason for Being Late for Work Slept too late

Something You Throw Away scraps

Things You Shout Sh**!

Cartoon Character Snoopy The Dog


Friday, August 24, 2007

PhotoHunt - Theme: Happy

PS Hunt


So who's being a happy birdie?! It's Tiki, my Moluccan Cockatoo! Yes, she has her head almost upside down, while she clowns around for the camera :)


Tuesday, August 21, 2007

This Week's Thrifting Finds!

This week I have been all over the place, the weather has been super-icky...first too hot, then cool and damp, now its hotter than Haities again and so humid I can barely stand it....oh, how I am so looking forward to the Fall! But nasty weather and all, could not stop me from my thrifting. Here are a few of my finds for this week:

This gorgeous vintage queen-size chenille bedspread was found at a resale shop that was having a "bag sale" - all you could stuff in a paper bag for $1.00 (and believe me, I know how to pack it in! :) It is in mint condition, and has blue and green flowers on it, along with beautiful fringe all around. It took up the whole bag, so it was all of $1.00 - yeahhhh!

Next came some jewelry finds from a yard sale, these were in a plastic bag along with a bunch of other stuff for $1.00, I was thrilled when I went through it all. I think the pin in the lower right corner may be bakelite!

A sweet black and red vintage dangle necklace from Hong Kong, and a little enamel pin of a rose - all from the same bag of jewelry.

At another sale I found these adorable miniature vintage Japanese ceramic shoes, they are too cute! The smallest ones are barely one inch, and the other ones are no bigger than an inch and a half. The lady said she may have more of them, so she will look and put them aside for me if she does. They were 10 cents each pair!!!

Now I almost tripped over my own feet when I went into one of my usual resale shops and found this darling vintage set of dishes with a barnyard theme - cows and chickens, what more could you ask for? :) This whole set was only $1.25 - I ran with them so fast to the counter!!

And I got lucky with a tin full of colorful old buttons, which I will be using in my crafting projects - 25 cents for the tin!


Friday, August 17, 2007

Thrifting Finds - Warning! Cuteness Overload!!

I started to take some pix of this week's thrift/yard sale haul, and just had to post these guys together - they are so durn cute!

My ever-accomodating hubby found this little old lambsy squeeze toy at one sale (so adorable I can't stand it....LOL) He was 25 cents (the lamb, not my hubby :)

And by golly at another sale we went to he found this little squeeze vintage bunny - can you believe it?! - the thrifting gods were with us today! This one was only 50 cents.

And what I feel is about the most adorable canister set I have ever seen!!! I went ga-ga over this set with darling little painted chirping birdies on them - at first I only thought it was the one canister, then when I picked it up it rattled and there were the rest of them neatly nested the little song notes above them! I am not sure if the knobs on top were original, or if someone added them to the lids. They appear to be bakelite, and look like they might be backgammon chips cut in half and drilled and attached on top. All of this birdie cuteness for a mere $1.00!!!!

Next I found these sweet little fellas - I think they are Pekingese dogs with their little red tongues hanging out, they are S & P's. I don't know what they are made of, some kind of composition material it seems. A dog-gone steal at 10 cents for the pair!

Yep, another super-tweet vintage china birdie with a little flower on her head. Geeeez, I just can't get enough of this stuff! Isn't she adorable? 25 cents - sold!

Now this little bugger has some issues, mainly a wing chipped off, but I could not leave him behind. If you look closely, he has a camera on his shoulder, so this in fact makes him a shutter-bug ! He was so silly I wanted him, and the lady told me I could have him for free :)

Lots more thrifty pix to come!! Have a great weekend everyone!


Thursday, August 16, 2007

Thrift Score! Vintage Clothing and Purses

Well I have a heap of goodies laying around the house, just waiting for me to take some pix to post - it has been so dang hot and humid here I have not been getting much done, (except....wellllll... I can always muster up the strength to go thrifting and yard saling!) Today the heat let up - finally - and I hit one of my favorite thrift stores and they had a bag sale!!!! Yahoooooo!!! All you could stuff in a bag for $1.00! That's MY kind of sale. Hubby was with me and he managed to fill up a bag quicker than I did (I have taught him well...LOL).

I got loads of craft and sewing books, yarn, ribbon, lace and anything related to crafting I could get my hot little hands on. Actually, I have amassed so much sewing and crafting stuff, that not all of it I will be using.... so....... in the "not so far off" future, I have decided I will start having some giveaways! I just can't pass up all this great stuff when I know so many others can put it to good use. Maybe in a month or two, I'll keep gathering up goodies as I find them, and will let you know later on when I get the packages organized and sorted. Now on to some of the goodies from this week:

This week I found a yard sale that had oodles of fun stuff, and I couldn't resist picking up these great old dresses! These 2 below are vintage Hawaiian dresses, (I forgot who the maker was), but they were from Hawaii :) Don't you just love the fabrics they are made of? Makes me want to stir up a pitcher of Mai Tai's just looking at them - want to join me? *giggle*

Then I found a group of old woven purses, which also had to come home with me :)

I think this one with the black background is my favorite.

This one has a cluster of little shells woven into it!


Wednesday, August 15, 2007

A Tour Of My New Neighborhood

I was driving around our new area (out in the country) and took pictures of some of the gorgeous houses that surround us, and I wanted to share them with you! One of the many reasons I love this area, is that it appears here they have respect for wonderful, vintage homes - people renovate and preserve the beauty and character of the city. Having just recently moved here, from living in the heart of a huge city all my life, was quite a welcome change. At first hubby and I were not sure if making such a radical change was the right thing to do, but now we know that it was!

In our previous home in the big city, we grew so tired of seeing wonderful old homes being destroyed and torn down to make way for those "mini" mansions and condo developments that seemed to sprout up overnight everywhere you went. The whole character of some of the older neighborhoods was being ruined. I would much rather see a glorious old Victorian restored to its former glory, than a bunch of new homes thrown together so quickly, and all looking so much alike. That's just my opinion :)

All I can say is that so far I have not regretted this move one bit, and neither has the hubby - we wish we would have done it much sooner! It was a big decision for us to make, because we both had lived in the big city all our lives. I do not miss the terrible congestion on the streets and highways, road rage, lack of parking, stores always being crowded, hearing police sirens all the time, and I can go on and on....LOL

What I LOVE about this small city is waking up to fresh air, birds and crickets chirping, peace and quiet, beautiful scenery, extremely friendly people who are happy to welcome a newcomer to their area, no rush hours, no traffic jams, geeeez - why didn't we do this sooner? :) Anyway, here are some pix of gorgeous houses in the area for you to enjoy!


Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Thrifting Finds - Vintage Planters

Last week I happened upon a yard sale and my eyes immediately spotted a collection of planters on the table - I ran over and scooped them up, and found that each one was only 25 cents each!

I think this little donkey and cart planter is my favorite, I love the pastel colors!

I will have to "moooooooove" a few items around in my cow collection to make some room for this cute cow planter.

OOooh, this one I love soooo much too, a sweet little puppy next to a basket!

Will have to bring out this guy when it gets nearer to Turkey Day :)

This one is so beautiful, a swan planter, and it is in need of a bit of touch up paint on the beak area.


Monday, August 06, 2007

More of Last Week's Goodies - Vintage Hats!!

I went to an Estate sale last week, and happened upon a glorious bunch of vintage hats - they are so beautiful and are in great condition. The first one is made of some type of black woven material, with little white flowers sprinkled in for interest.

This one is all feathers, in brown shades.
Another feathered beauty, in black and white!
Here is a pink turban in a textured fabric, adorned with a vintage rhinestone pin.
Here is another beauty in all blue feathers!
And this might be my favorite, it is all covered in vintage flowers and leaves. Aren't these hats adorable? I did not have many hats in my collections before, but I could not pass these up! It was a ready made collection :)