Over the past week and a half, I have found some really great treasures at the local thrift shops. Last Thursday I was driving home from the Downtown Arts Center and felt like I just needed to run into the House of Bargains, which is a few blocks down. I’m wandering around, and I see this cute table that looks like it might be a cabinet for something. I go over and open it up, and to my ecstatic surprise, a 1930’s Singer Sewing Machine is laying inside! I don’t know if I can stress enough how awesome this was to find sitting in the town I live, because these things are not super common and they are worth a couple hundred bucks. My mother in law has one, and it sews like a dream! This is the sewing machine I’ve wanted for a while now, and there it was just sitting there. I composed myself, and then very calmly asked what the price was. The lady said $40, and I said, “SOLD!” The only two things I need to replace are the needle plate and the bobbin case, which I’ve already found on ebay for so cheap. I cannot wait to clean this beauty up and start sewing with it! I also found an old Samsonite suitcase that day. The rest of the loot I picked up here and there over the past week at the local Goodwill.
I wish I could justifiably describe in words how successful my thrift store trip was on Tuesday. For starters, Abram and Maggie had a wonderful time treasure hunting with me. They enjoyed holding and exploring each goodie that I would place in the cart, and neither of them insisted on getting down. We were probably in the House of Bargains for a solid hour, or maybe more, and they were just two happy little babes. Each room had so many treasures that I barely had to dig! In fact, there were many things I had to put back, like an antique Free-Westinghouse sewing machine and a gorgeous blue typewriter. Ok ok, enough… here’s what I found!
Yep. Those are tap shoes. And they were the perfect size. It’s one of those finds that you pick up and say to yourself, “I can’t NOT get these.” This is going to sound ridiculous, but I love a tap shoe. In fact, when I was 6 I took tap dance lessons, and was even in a production. Ever since then, the little girl in me has wanted to be a tap dancer. So maybe these shoes were a sign that the time has finally come. Or maybe not. But regardless, I have some cute tap shoes! That scarf was mad cute, and I remember my tap dance instructor always wearing a scarf on her ankle, so I bought this one. It will probably spend most of it’s time on my head.
I’m not a hundred percent sure what this piece of luggage is used for, but I’ve been looking for something like this for a while. I’ve needed something that matches a suitcase that I have that can hold all my toiletries. Now I don’t have to use a plastic zip lock!
I don’t feel I need to give a proper explanation for these other than I would never let these continue to sit in a thrift store upon seeing them. They were each a quarter and almost too good to be true. I actually gasped when I saw the deer.
Baggy, floral tube top! All of those words together sounds like the most hideous thing but it’s actually real cute.
Unfortunately we could not find the cookie tin that this lid belonged too but it was so pretty that I had to snag it. I will probably hang it over the coffee bar in our kitchen.
“….barfs from shock and excitement…” is what I almost did when I found this in a box that I technically wasn’t even supposed to go through. This is a First Edition Nancy Drew Mystery, and also one of my all time favorite books. Just typing that gets the hair on my arms standing up and my tear ducts ready for waterfall. When I was a child, I would disappear for days inside Nancy Drew’s world of detective work. One of my good friends, Sarah, also loved Nancy as much as myself and we would spend summer days pretending to solve mysteries just like her. This is so special to me.
Everything about Hawaii is awesome. The fact that Rosemary Clooney is on the Country Spectacular Record sold itself, and I will never pass up a Loretta Lynn gem.
This shirt is ugly, I can see that. But when I picked it up, I was able to look past what it is now and picture what it could be. I think I will take the width in and then sew it to a skirt to make a dress. I love the collar.
I thought this vintage pillow case was just me. I mean look at those colors.
I have no idea what brand this bowl is or when it was made. Doesn’t have any marks on it, and it could’ve been made last year. But judging by the color… well who cares. I wanted it. It’s my favorite color forever and always.
Hey there cute, vintage napkins. Wanna come home with me? Yes? Oh, well then lets go! What’s that? You want me to make you into some head scarfs? You read my mind!
Blogging about this thrifting experience was almost as fun as actually doing it!
There has been lots of talk around the Webb home lately about possibly purchasing and doing some massive renovating of the house. It’s all up in the air right now, but if it is meant to be, then I bring on the Ikea kitchen!
In thinking about all of the possibilities, I realized how much I like this house already. Sure it’s falling apart (literally at the seams sometimes), but we’ve made it our home. The reality is, we have a roof over our head with air conditioning and heat, clean running water, comfy furniture, a yard to play in and food in the fridge. We live in abundance and have beyond what we could ever need. I am incredibly grateful for that.
With that said, I wanted to share with you the top 10 things about my house that I like. There are plenty of things to complain about, but what’s the point in that? I want to stay positive and thankful.
10. Spare bedroom: the fact that we even have a spare bedroom is incredible. It’s a hot mess, but we are slowwwllly working on it. Thankfully it has come in handy for the times my family and friends have come up to stay. It wasn’t a visual delight, but it served it’s purpose.
9. Makeshift Music Studio/Den: The previous owners of the house closed in the garage and it kind of ended up as a junk room. Last year, Daniel turned it into a room where he could be an audio geek, and we even recorded a Christmas album in it. The egg crates are for sound.
8. The corner by the front door: This small part of our house is unassuming, but it makes me smile. I’m a purse junky (not to be confused to an expensive purse junky) and I enjoy looking at them everyday, along with these cute canvases I got on clearance at Urban Outfitters a long time ago.
7. The space above the coffee bar: it’s just sweet to look at. I found these old pancake flower bags at Webb’s Antique Mall and had to do something with them. They go well with our Kitchen Aide Stand Mixer. Also, the wall/brick is heavenly compared to what it used to be. Imagine mint green painted walls with red and black brick….
6. The wooden shelving that separates the living room/dining room: It makes for some great memories.
5. The rose bushes growing against the old fence in our front yard: I didn’t even know they were there until a few weeks ago when Daniel’s mom came over and revived them. Now they are growing so fast!
4. The hall bathroom wallpaper: it’s still growing on me.
3. Our teal room (which I realize looks blue in this picture): I really enjoy the color of our room. The dark teal walls blend so well with our antique cream-colored furniture and our vintage ivory window curtains.
2. Abram’s room: I mean, look at it. The kid lives in Neverland.
1. The small hole in the eroding wooden fence at the front of the house: This is the most simplest of treasures. It is perfect the perfect size for Titan’s cute face. I never want to get rid of this.