Sunday, October 12, 2008

A long Winded Post on Anniversary, Garage Sales and Thrifting on a Budget

Saturday was Big Daddy's and my anniversary. I feel so blessed to be married to him. It's what I had prayed for since the age of 11 years old. To marry Big Daddy specifically. I posted about it here. I have to say that I just adore this man. He not only is a good father, husband, provider, and friend, He makes me laugh everyday. He has a certain navigational map for our lives and is a very smart captain to have the ability to see that we get to where we want to be in our life. He still thinks I am sexy-even after all these years. He appreciates and genuinely loves my body despite it's going south. Big Daddy can actually appreciate my body in it's current state and see it as even more beautiful, because of the journey it has taken and because of what it has created (our children). He is sincere in his thoughts. How could I not be wild about this man? Other than the fact that I know that he is my soulmate and created for me. He was destined to be my husband. And these are just a few reasons that I adore Big Daddy and the man he is. There is a reason I call him a man among men.

For our anniversary we have made a pact not to buy things for one another. Neither of us need anything. And we'd much rather save $$ for an early retirement. Though we never do not buy anything, We buy cheap stuff. Because we are cheap like that. And because that is one thing that Big Daddy loves about me.....I am a simple girl. I don't require much. Big Daddy gave me some flowers and the sweetest card.

So sweet. He also gave me a bottle of what he calls, "Leigh's wine".....Which is really Welch's Sparkling Grape Juice. I told you I was cheap. And I am not a wine drinker. But the Welch's I LOVE , and this is Big Daddy's little special something that he buys me for any special occasion. Sometimes just because. He is good like that.

Oldest son Bama offered to babysit and we took him up on it. (THX Bama!) Big Daddy and I enjoyed a nice "quiet" supper at Outback. We didn't even look at a kids menu. We didn't have to break up an argument. We had adult conversation. It was nice. The morning of our anniversary when we awoke Sledge had been up for awhile and had made a power point slideshow for Big Daddy and I. It was the sweetest thing ev-ah!
Speaking of anniversaries, Big Daddy and I share an anniversary with my good friend, High May and her hubs Michael. Many ions ago, I did not know High May, but we were both married to our husbands on the same day, at the same time. We celebrate the same number of years (beyond a decade) in marriage.
(Photography by Leigh of Photographic Memories-see blog link)
Imagine that! High May and I decided to do our own pre-anniversary celebrating of our own by taking in some garage sales Saturday morning.
I was certain to be sure to go to fellow blogger, Rhoda's garage sale.
Isn't she a doll? Ignore the dork next to her. Upon first seeing me she said that I was not as tall as she expected. Rhoda looked just as I expected. She had a lot of cute home decor items at her sale and told me that she sold it all! I am so happy for her. She is going to use the money for a home bedroom redo. She is a home decorator. She has the great ability to makeover a room for not alot of $$ by shopping thrift stores and consignment and garage sales. Be sure to tune into her blog to see the transformation.
Down the street from her sale was another garage sale by a lady that owns a consignment shop (which I have been to before). This is a great consignment shop with designer duds at great prices. Much of which goes to charity. I got a pair of jeans, 2 sweaters and a pair of shoes (with the $79.99 Harrod's price tag still attached) all for $10.00.

High May purchased some picture frames further down the street. A lot for $15.00. From there the garage sales and the picking s at the existing ones were slim. I found a lampshade that I purchased for $2.00 and we called it a day.
I did much better at thrifting last week at the thrift store.
I have a thing for trees. I love them in nature, in jewelry, in geneology, in photography and in art. I was so stoked when I came upon this tree print for six bucks at the thrift store:
Excuse the bad photography. I was being lazy and didn't want to take it outside to photograph, much less use my tripod. A flash is not a friend of the framed picture.
It looks to be an original piece, and what I believe to be done in ink.
The bottom is signed with the name Ellen Oakford 1889

This is the back of the frame:

I also found some dishes that I liked at the thrift store. That seems to be what I am gravitating to lately. Aren't these pretty?
These green plates were $1.48 each (2)

Silvestri White Platter for $1.48

Ironstone plates for $1.48. I found several of these that I bought. I plan to do a wall grouping.

This is a large serving bowl with little ram's on it. It was made in Italy and hand painted. The bowl was $3.88. It'll be perfect for serving spaghetti! And popcorn.

And finally for the dishes....this blue and white transferware. It reminds me of my beloved St Augustine or Savannah. $1.48

I also found two pair of shoes:
Brighton's for $2.48

and Bellini Boots for $4.88

And that, was my weekend. I hope that you had a fabulous weekend. I will be dropping my your blog to check out what is on your mind! Thanks for dropping by the island. I love visitors. Here's to having a great week!


The Queen of Fifty Cents said...

What great finds--really love the plate with the goats! Happy Anniversary!

MMK said...

Hi! The artist name on your print looked familiar, so I looked it up and found this link:

and also this link (she's at the bottom)

Neat artist! I like this black and white scenery, so this always catches my attention! I visited your blog from a friend's link and enjoyed reading it! Would love to know what you find out about your print! Marla

Tammy said...

Happy Anniversary!!!

And YOU are the Queen of a good deal! Some great buys you got there.

Leigh said...

Thanks Queen! I added you to my sidebar. I enjoyed looking at your finds!

MMK- I cannot thank you enough! You have made my day! I have done a post about your comment scheduled to post tomorrow am.How exciting.Sincere thanks!

Tammy- Thank you so much! I appreciate it!

Bama Belle said...

Happy anniv!!!!! I have the same gold B that I saw in the picture! I hope your weekend was awesome!

Tulsi said...

You got some great finds. I love hitting a jackpot.

jennyhope said...

happy anniversary! you did so good! not only that I really think you got those mall kiosks closed. Maybe you were the last complaint that did it. When I was there the other day they were all closed. Who knows. I had written a complaint to. LOL

Kirby3131 said...

Happy Happy Anniversary Leigh! Sounds like you have anniversaries like my Husband and I do - a dinner out and some laughs. Wonderful!

Love the items you found at the sales. Good job!


Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Happy Anniversary, Leigh!

Looks like you had a great time over the weekend. I have to say... I love those brighton sandals! WOW!

Susan in the Psych Ward said...

Happy Anniversary... love the flowers, that's all I ever ask for and all I get is NOTHING!!!

Terri said...

My hubby can 'out cheap skate' yours. I used to get roses every the form of a rose bush. They still reproduce every year! the true gift that keeps on giving (at around $5 a pop)

HH class .... well, i've bailed. but i'm remotivated. I"m too fat NOT to work out. I purchased the DVD also.


HEWY said...

Ellen Oakford eh? Some of your etchings were going for $650 on one website. That one is a keeper!

Happy Annv!

jennifer said...

Rhoda looks SO elegant. I bet she had one more awesome garage sale.

What you said about Big Daddy almost brought tears! How wonderful the way the two of you feel about each other.

And I am glad that I am not the only non-wine drinker around. It is just ICK to me.

Precious post Leigh!

Oh, and I only saw a Super Cool chick standing next to Rhoda!!!

"J" said...

Happy Anniversary! =) Sounds like yall had a WONDERFUL night out!!!! Big Daddy sounds soooooooooooooooooo GREAT!!!!! =)

I love your finds from the weekend!!! GOOD JOB!!!

The Hickman's said...

Happy Anniversary!! What a great man. =)

Valarie said...

Happy Anniversary, even though I am late. :)

That is so cool that you got to meet Rhoda!

butterflygirl said...

Belated anniversary wishes and to many more!