Monday, October 20, 2008

A thrifting we will go, a thrifting we will go....

...high-ho, the derry-o, a thrifting we will go.

I spent my birthday hopping from one Goodwill/Thrift store to another:-)

It was glorious~ wandering through isles of discarded items. I felt like I was on the Island of Misfit Toys....examining one little quirky treasure after another, each hoping some kind soul will take them home, clean, mend and love them.

I couldn't for the life of me figure out how someone could part with this precious little Homer Laughlin bowl, with its delicate floral bouquet and thin red rim. I gladly laid down the $1.51 required to remove it from the island, and when I got it home I gave it a warm bath and filled it with tart little Winesap apples. I think it is happy atop the linen chest, surrounded by new friends....

One of which is my Little Green Vase. I think the yellow dahlias are perfect for it, don't you agree?

I also purchased a project. You know what I mean.... you've got some decorating desire you've been mulling over in the back of your mind and as the idea begins to take on a definite shape, you start to look for objects to fit the bill. Then one day, it happens, you look around and~ Eureka!~ there it is!! Of course, in its current state is rarely the way you envisioned it, but you say to yourself, "It's PERFECT! All I have to do is....."

Now, sure, I realize you could just go out and by exactly what you are looking for, but, really now, where's the fun in that?

I have been wanting a white distressed farm table and chairs.

Yes, I think this will do nicely:-)

Sooooo, I better finish my second cup of coffee and get to it!

I wish you all a day filled with satisfying projects~Rhonda


Meggie said...

Oh Rhonda! A white distressed table and chairs...can't wait to see how you accomplish that effect. You go, girl!

The Queen of Fifty Cents said...

Love the dahlias and that green vase!

Anonymous said...

Rhonda, so glad to find you again and see you doing well. I really missed you and love the fresh look.

Sand Flat Farm said...

Rhonda - thanks for coming by to visit! Looks like you've got a great project in mind. I can't wait to see your table/chairs! And by the way, Happy Birthday! My oldest son's Birthday was the 16th - that's why we went to Nashville! Have a good one! Vickie

Kathleen Grace said...

Now that looks like a good day of thrifting! How fun to get cute treasures for so little. The table is going to look great!

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Happy Belated Birthday Rhonda :) Sounds like you had a fun day and I can't wait to see your project when you finish!!


Cottage Contessa said...

I love the things you bought sweetie. The darling little bowl and the farmhouse table...yep love it! Can't wait to see the table all finished. I just wish I could sit at it with you chatting away over a cuppa!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Love that little bowl Rhonda! And I can't wait to see your white farmhouse table and chairs when you have finished with them. I agree with you. It is way more fun to buy something old and fix it up than to walk in and buy some new "reproduction"!!

bj said...

Hi, Rhonda...I LOVE that pretty little bowl and the farmhouse table and chairs is going to be AWESOME...can not WAIT to see them all dressed in their snowy wonder. BE SURE to show us, ok? I may want to do mine in white, too!!!
And, as for buying new vs. old...I would pick old any time...even if I had plenty of money. I love the feeling of , first, finding the "IT", then making it my very own!!!

Suzanne said...

Oh Rhonda, what wonderful things you've found, especially the table. As for the Homer Laughlin bowl, sometimes when an elderly parent passes away the family members just don't have any use for the stuff. I see it over and over again. Down in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas they sell the entire house with everything included. I mean everything, liquor in the cabinets, beautiful artwork obviously collected over many years and JEWELRY in the closet. Unbelievable but true.

As for me, I've been putting myself on a thrifting diet because I'm running out of places to store the treasures.

- Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Good morning, Rhonda!! How have you been? I love the look of your blog, tooooo cute girl! Aren't Julie's vases wonderful and so expertly made? I like your green one.

Happy Belated birthday! 42 is a great age to be - beats 32 any day. Hope you had a super day with tons of spoilings.

Great table! Looking forward to seeing your finished project.


kari and kijsa said...

Fabulous finds and very Happy belated birthday!!
Have a blessed Sunday!
kari & kijsa

hip chick said...

I love that little bowl. I spent my birthday hopping the thrifty shoppes also. It's my favorite thing to do. It's like a treasure never know what you will find.

Peggy said...

I love thriftstoring! Its fun seeing what treasures will be found.