Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Treasure Hunting

My middle daughter called and asked if I would like a treasure hunting day yesterday as she had a rostered day off work.  So my youngest came along too and we set off for a day of discovery and hunting.  I have a fairly limited budget for luxuries but I try to pop away gold coins when I get them so that I can have a little play money when the opportunity arises.

I found this adorable little ceramic shoe for $2.00.  I will turn him into a pin cushion.

I collect inexpensive clear glass milk jugs.  I only started collecting them last year and when I come across them (which is not very often) I snap them up.  This one was $3.00 and was a different pattern and shape to what I already have.  I just love the way they catch the sunlight.  They would have been pride of place on someone's afternoon tea table in a past life and I like to think that I am keeping a part of their history safe.

I have them on display on a little corner shelf in my kitchen.  I have 7 in total now.  They are all different and hold their own beauty.

One of my jobs this week is to clean out my baking and storage cupboard in the kitchen.  I have a lot of items that I no longer use that I will donate to my local thrift shop.  I have a lost pie maker that I am hoping is hiding in the back of that cupboard !!

A lot of my bakeware is tired and old and needs replacing but if you have ever looked for good quality bakeware you would know that it is quite expensive.  Yesterday I was thrilled to find a BRAND NEW heavy quality non stick biscuit tray for just $3.00.  

One of the areas that I always look at is picture frames.  Being an embroiderer I love to frame my creations in unusual frames.  This one is not that unusual but it is tiny and will look lovely with a coat of paint.  I think it will look nice holding a vintage doily. I will put it on the "To Do" pile.

Another item that I am always on the look out for is unusual boxes, baskets etc which will hold gifts at Christmas or for birthdays.  This one has a wire frame and is covered in glittery organza.  Perfect for holding a Christmas gift.

I also found a bag of ribbons, trims and cord for $2.00.  When I opened the bag the stench of stale cigarette smoke was overwhelming .........  I took out what was useful and gave it a really good wash and threw the rest in the garbage.  I certainly will put these to good use.

Finally I purchased some almost Brand New Bath Mats, A Hand Towel and some floral pillowcases for a grand total of $7.00 but they are already on the clothesline after having a good wash.  I have grand plans for the bath mats which I will show you very soon.  

In total I spent $20 and was very pleased with my goodies.  Hopefully we will be able to go again next week.  Do you love thrifting too ?  It is the best way to save money if you are patient.  I have a wish list of items that I would love to own but can't afford to pay retail prices but if I am patient I just know that I will find them sitting on a thrift shop shelf just waiting for me to bring them home.

Have a wonderful day.


Fee xx


Julie said...

Hello Fee, gosh as soon as I saw that little shoe - the first thing I thought of was pincushion :-) Your thrifty finds are all wonderful & great bargains too. I totally know what you mean about baking dishes being a huge price - I often pick mine up from Op Shops. Doesnt it make you feel sooo good when you've had a great thrifting day ... like you kind of scored all the bargains in the universe :-)

Anita : Shabby Quilt said...

Congratulations on your great finds.

By Hoki Quilts said...

Fabulous finds Fee I especially like your wee jug and that gold box looks particularly noice. Great value for money, I love bargain hunting.

Anonymous said...

Adore that little boot! I'd of had to buy it too without a doubt. Reading about your treasure hunting trip made me think of a widow lady, Miss Martha, who has worked with me for several years now. She loves to shop at the local thrift shops and is always dressed to the nines. When one man was encouraged by another to court her he said he couldn't afford her. She laughed and laughed about that. One, because she didn't want him anyhow, and two, because everything she'd worn to church that day came from the thrift shop and probably cost not more than $3-$5 total. She's always said that any time she's down in the dumps she can get a lift from spending no more than $5 at the thrift shop. Just goes to show that you don't have to have a fortune in order to be able to afford happiness.

Mrs A. said...

That little boot will make a super pin cushion and you did so well on al your other finds especially the glass jug. Hugs Mrs A.

Janice said...

I was so surprised when I saw the little boot. Growing up in England in the 50s and 60s my brother and I had the identical little boots-they were egg cups!