Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Thrifty Thursday #21

Hi there, my friends!! It's #21 of our Thrifty Thursday! Thanks for dropping by! I really appreciate all of you playing along in Thrifty Thursday. It is enjoyable to see what treasures all of you find. Not to mention the biggest treasure-meeting you and discovering some fabulous blogs! That's the best part!

A quick recap of Thrifty Thursday, for those who may be new to the idea....Thrifty Thursday is a show and tell of sorts. It is time for you to showcase your thrifty find. It can be an old find or a new one. It might be something that you found at a thrift store, a consignment store, flea market, garage/yard sale, dumpster diving, even antique stores. It's it was a thrifty find, then it meets the requirements. I am not picky, It can be a great pair of boots & a killer vintage dress, jewelry, home decor, even fishing lures. It is your thrifty find.
Tell me about it.Where did you find it? What is it? What do you plan to do with it or how do you plan to use it in your home? Do you want to sell it?Thrifty Thursday's are about the thrill of the hunt...and the treasure you found. show and tell!

Today, a special post. A "field trip"my local thrift store! Accompanying me on my trip are my friends from the clematis club, most of which are newbies when it comes to scoping the thrift store.

I have my little routine that I follow when I go to the thrift store. First I go to furniture, then dishes, purses, frames, wooden and miscellaneous, and then onto clothing and books. It's the order I follow, based mostly on the layout of where I shop. I really cannot say there is a more logical reason for it than that. I had my group follow me to the furniture section first, where I pointed out a large armoire. Diva really liked the step stool, though she decided to pass.
Dishes were next. My friend Audrey found a serving platter that she purchased, which I failed to take a photo of. We also found these willow plates.
You can spot true blue willow by the size of the birds in the background. They are skinny. IN fakes they are fatter sized birds.

Here was a set of nice antique china....

And I saw these and couldn't help but think of blogger-Shelia-who loves roosters and uses them in her tablescapes from time to time. 70 cents for these bowls.

Next up-purses. I have found some great bags in this section.
It helps to know what you are looking for in what you want to purchase or are considering purchasing.
It's a good idea to keep room measurements in your purse should you find that perfect piece. Carry a measuring tape.
And I always say, if you really like it-get it! If not, it will certainly be gone. I have done that for the last time, to have regrets about not purchasing something.
I figure if it isn't a big investment, you can always sell it. Gotta love eBay.
Sweetness found two great pictures, priced at less than five dollars each. We loved the rabbit, marked St John, which I assume is the name of the artist. The boat scene was nice and had a linen matte. Very unique.
A good reminder for the thrift store-don't forget that many offer daily discounts. It's good to check the signs that tell the daily ticket discounts (you can see it hanging from the ceiling).
We each found some great items. I purchased a framed print, a zebra print mirror, a ceramic planter, a milk glass piece and a fair amount of clothing. Most of the clothing was good name brands-Ralph Lauren, J Jill, Calvin Klein and Ann Taylor. I paid about 2-4 each piece. A good washing will be good as new. I will share these items on a future Thrifty Thursday post.
Diva racked up as well with clothing, a copper mirror and even a toy for her son.

We immediately went back to Sweetness; home and began to look for a place to hang her artwork. I suggested this place in her keeping room for the bunny.
She already had some similar looking prints and the space has a very tall ceiling so she needed something for height to draw the eye upward. One nail hole later-and it was meant to be!

And that is my tour of my local thrift store.
Be sure to grab a button and link back with your direct hyperlink.
Link back to this post in your Thrifty Thursday post.
Usually I participate in Susan's Tablescape, but this week I have been so behind on things. I thank those that have checked in with me, All is ok, I am just trying desperately to get caught up. Hopefully the remainder of the week will be better. I do want to encourage you though to visit my friend Susan of Between Naps on the Porch.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I am so very appreciative! I will be later today in stopping by, as I have a full salte-but I will be by! Promise!
Be sure to stop by Alabama Bloggers today and read my post on Magnolia Springs, in case you missed it!
Be sure to link up-but today by leaving your direct link in the comments. I will also be putting the direct links within the post, since Mr. Linky is no longer being friendly.
Please be sure to visit other Thrifty Thursday participants to see what treasures they found.

Thrifty Thursday Participants:
4. Tara
32. oakview cottage


Tara said...

Here's my post:

Love the bunny print!

Chari said...

Hi Leigh...

Girl, it looks like you and your girlfriends had a great time at the thrift shop! What fun!!! I loved looking through your photos. I didn't know that about the Blue Willow china...great tip, my friend!!! I feel a bit more dish savvy now!!! Loved those cute little rooster bowls...I would have surely swooped those up! Hehe! Your friend's bunny picture looks fabulous about the other black and white that!!!

Just wanted to let you know that I'm participating in Thrifty Thursday today...thank you so much for hosting this fun filled frugal event for all of us!!! Here is my link...

Have a great day, my friend!
PS...sorry that you're having problems with Mr. Linky!

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Hi Leigh!
Count me in for Thrifty Thursday

I have my routine when going thrifting too! Looks like you had fun with your friends. Thanks for the fieldtrip!

Maryrose said...

I will be back for a closer look, here is my link. Thanks

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

Here is my link. thank you for linking me!

Kirby3131 said...

I stayed up for ever it seemed like to catch your post. I finally went to bed - and now I've gotten back up and you've posted! You're burning the midnight oil, too huh?

The size of the birds? What size should they be? I've looked at Willow, but have never purchased it.

Ya know, my clothing selection is just appalling, I should really take your advice and go thrifting for it.

Sounds like you found quite a few bargins :o) Congrats!

Here's my post.

Thanks Leigh!

Sharing with Sherri said...

Wow that thrift store is HUGE! looks like you found lots of treasures! Love the blue willow plates!

I see Mr. Linky is still on the blinky! So here's my link so I can join in the fun! Thanks for being such great hosts!

Have a delightful day!

Keetha Broyles said...

Just know, dear friend, you are well loved.

My link:

Mari said...

I love that you went with your friends. You can have fun and get input at the same time!

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

I am going to try again. My link is

Jo said...

Thanks so much for hosting. My post is at

Thanks for the blue willow tips....Jo

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

Hey Leigh,
Great finds, as always. It's so much fun to shop with friends!

Here's my link:

Have a sweet day!

Ally0005 said...

I'm new to your blog. This post is a few weeks old but I found some great finds and just had to share again. Ally

xinex said...

How fun, Leigh. The best time I have is shopping with a group of friends. Love that bunny print. Please add me to your list.


LuLo Designs/Blue Eyed Tango said...

Hello Leigh,
Can I join your TT party?

Love your trip to the thrift nice to have a group of women who like to do it together! Luanne

Sherrie said...

Hi Leigh,
Love all your finds! I really like those rooster bowls as I collect chickens. Mine is posted at my place. Have a great dat!

Food for Thought

Carrie said...

Looks like you had a fun time shopping.

Here is my post;

Carrie said...

Looks like you had a fun time shopping.

Here is my post;

Bama Belle said...

I am so going with you one day. I NEVER have any luck finding things. maybe I haven't grasped this concept yet. I think I am the one person who can go into Kohls and NOT find bargains! HELP ME FREIND

Susie Q said...

Continuation of last week.

ellen b said...

Hello Leigh,
Oh a group trip to the thrift store! I love it and what great finds!!
Love all the photos.
here's my link since linky is being stinky!

shopannies said...

Here is my post

we also had fun thrift shopping this week

French Cupboard said...

I'm new and so happy to have found this group! Blessings... Poly

Maryrose said...

I love a girl who has a shopping routine. I have a few friends who are expert shoppers and don't miss a trick. Sometimes I get a little too excited and lose focus. I'm working on it ;) Imagine what I could do with a plan.
Love your post

DeAnna (Thrifty Library) said...

Your store looks huge! Here's my link - thanks so much for such a fun post!

DeAnna (Thrify Library under Tasty Thursday) said...

I don't think my last comment made it - so here ya go. Your store looks huge!



Mary @Boogieboard Cottage said...

Hi, I hope it's not too late for me to join Thrifty Thursday? Here is my blog address, :O) Thanks, Mary

Brenda said...

Blue Willow plates! Be still my heart. I finally found some at an estate sale a few weeks ago. First ones I have acquired. In love with blue and white dishes!

Mrs. Petrie said...

Here's my post, too! Bummer about Mr. Linky. I love that bunny picture. I have also found some awesome clothes and purses at thrift stores.

Chandy said...

It looks like you had a great day! You find the best items there, so jealous on this end now. LOL

Here's my post for today:

MelanyTN said...

Hi- I'm new too. ;) I love your thrift store adventure. So cool that you have a group to go with. I'd love to find that here!

Here's my post:

jennifer said...

America's Thrift Store in Centerpoint was one of my favorite thrift stores.

The Blue Willow was a cool find! And of course I love the bunny picture.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I love the artwork!!! I'm keeping an eye out for Blue Willow...thanks for the bird tip!!

Kelly K said...

Here is my link...thanks for much fun!

kimmcl said...

I'm in! Here I am:

Love your goodies. Glad to be participating again Leigh!

Christina said...

Oh, what a fun day. I love both of the pictures that your friend found. The boat scene is my favorite. Looks like a great field trip to me.

We are participating again this week. Thanks for hosting.

Blondie's Journal said...

This is the biggest thrift store I have ever seen!! How cool. Seems like there was something for everyone!!

I have a question. I have some Blue Willow. You mentioned the size of the birds indicates if it is real or not. How big are the birds supposed to be? By the way, I think they look like vultures! Aren't they creepy??


Carrie said...

I thought I had left a comment with my URL but I do not see it, so here is my post URL

Cindy said...

I know I am late to the party. I was called away on a hospital visit and did not link you to me. I was sending people over here, though. Here is my address: oakview cottage

Thank you for doing this, it is such fun!! hugs, ~cindy s~

Charlene @ A Virtuous Woman said...

Hi, first time participating, see my post at

Kat said...

Thrifting is always more fun with friends!


Jenny G said...

Ok, I need in on a field trip with you to the thrift store, I walk in there, I have no idea where anything is and I don't know what to do! HELP!

Rachel said...

Is this the thrift store in Alabaster? I go there all the time!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

OMG! I want to come with you!!

First of all, I don't think I would have been able to pass up that step stool. And Sweetness and I maybe would have had to draw straws for the art she got her sweet little hands on.

Thanks for linking to me in absentia. :-) My GAWD was I having computer woes. Eek.

I pinky swear to hook up with you this week. ;-)