Wednesday, November 25, 2015

an epic thrift store day

I had a bunch of errands to run today (along with everyone else in the country!) and one of the fun stops was the thrift store. Man, I cleaned up today!!!
First up, this funky, but super fun rug. I paid 79 cents for it! It is so fabulously homemade! I thought I would put it in my kitchen, but it's a little small for that, so it will either end up in one of my bathrooms or else by the side of my bed.
I love, love, LOVE the color scheme. I think I need to build a quilt around this color palette! It's so good!
This shelf was obviously homemade in someone's garage.....and I love that it's not quite symmetrical. :) I've been on the lookout for something tall and skinny with storage for my sewing room. This is just the ticket!
I found a board in my garage (already cut to the perfect size) and I covered it to use as an ironing board. I only paid $11.99 for the shelf and the rest of the materials were things that I had on hand. The best part? I got the project done within a few hours after I got home. Hurray! Oh, and my husband approves of it, so THAT'S good, too! Ha!
I covered the top with the tomato red cross stitch print from my good neighbors fabric line. I kind of love it! I purposely chose a darker color to cover it with so hopefully it will wear well and last for a long time.
And the last deal of the day....this quilt is hand made, tied and it is in really good condition. I paid $7.99 for it. I certainly don't NEED another quilt, (are you laughing with me yet?) but for that price I just couldn't leave it there!!! I love it so much!

When you add it all up, I spent less than $23 total! I'm thrilled!

This is my favorite week of the year...and thanksgiving is definitely my favorite holiday. For those of you in the States, Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you have a wonderful, blessed day! xo

49 comments:

talltalesfromchiconia said...

I particularly like the colour scheme of the outermost strip of that rag rug, and also the grey/pink/lilac strip. Love how you find inspiration everywhere. Happy Thanksgiving; I wish you and your family a safe, peaceful and contented holiday, with best wishes from Down Under.

Ruthann Grace said...

Wow! You did score!!!! Happy Thanksgiving and may it be a wonderful holiday weekend for you and your family!

Judy said...

Thanks for sharing your thrift store finds, lucky you! Happy Thanksgiving, I'm grateful for all of your wonderful posts and inspiration!

Alisa said...

Great scores! Especially love that rug and that shelf/cupboard thing. Great use for it!

Lisa J. said...

Great finds. I don't have the patience or the eye for thrift shop shopping

Debra said...

Love what you did with the shelf. Beautiful! What a great day at the thrift store!

Cindy Dahlgren said...

Absolutely love the shelf ironing board! You really had a great day! cdahlgren at live dot com

Lea said...

Love your finds! I, too, find myself "rescuing" hand made items from the thrift store regularly, because they are beautiful and I know the love that was put into making them:) Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

LONA said...

Wow- those were some great finds! I love the desk and your covered board is so fun!
Happy Thanksgiving! :)

Elaine/Muddling Through said...

Congratulations on all those wonderful finds! I love repurposing things I got for little or nothing, makes me feel like I've won a prize. And a very Happy Thanksgiving to you, too.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

These are all are great finds... what a day you've had! Love the rag rug!

Bernie Kringel said...

I love thrifting and have had the itch to go for a while now. This is an amazing haul. Go Amanda!

liz said...

Love the rug. You HAVE made a quilt with that color scheme - look to the right of the rug photo and you'll see all of the same colors in your birch trees quilt! :)

Granny Maud's Girl said...

All great buys. I am avoiding op shops for a while. They are full of too much bargainy goodness. (Yes, I know bargainy is not a real word!)

Cut&Alter said...

Wow - what amazing finds!! The 79c braided rug has to be the bargain of the century. I love the wooden unit and how you have repurposed it - it's made think of the wasted space under my ironing board which just so happens to need replacing because it's broken!!!!

KaHolly said...

I'd say you scored big time! Love the shelf!

Dasha said...

I would have cried "what a lovely find" for any one of those, but all together? You definitely were on a winner there. Love the shelf. You'd better watch it carefully, otherwise a little elf might come by and steal it.. LOL

Sandal said...

Love all your fantastic finds! Of course you could not leave that adorable quilt behind! The way you re-purposed the cabinet...adorable! The little braided rug is too cute for words!

Frans said...

I have recently purchased an old entertainment center for three bucks at an auction. No one uses them anymore because a flat screen tv won't fit in it. So my Hubble added some shelves to it and I use use it to store some of my stash. Now that was my bargain of the year. Plus we bought another one for the kitchen and one for the bedroom. The most we paid was $5!

Brooke Sellmann said...

I think I need to go shopping with you!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

brooke@sillymamaquilts.com

Maria - Pink Pony Design said...

Such an awesome ironing board cupboard you made, love it! And the other finds are great too!

Kathleen C said...

On this day of thanks, I'm so grateful for all you do to keep us quilters around the world inspired and motivated (and laughing :) Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. And congrats on your thrift store finds!

SuperMomNoCape said...

I love that shelf/ironing board. I think the shelf was made from one of those old wood cabinet TVs. I'm going to start looking for one to convert. Your other finds are great too!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Vanessa said...

Wow! Lucky you for such great finds! We spent the day thrifting as well. Love finding those special items!

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Fabulous chest, love that you used baskets in it. I love thrift stores too!

Bruce Hiener said...

There is nothing like a "good find"!! Congratulations!! I'm trying not to be jealous over that awesome new ironing station!!!
--Bryce

Bonnie said...

I love love love your shelf/ironing board. Brilliant. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

naurispelto said...

Great finds! That shelf is absolutely cute :)

FlourishingPalms said...

My Grandma made those braided rag rugs. One of my fondest childhood memories is sitting next to her on the sofa in the evening as she braided "rags" which were feed sacks. Those rugs were scattered throughout her house, except for the living room which was the only room with carpeting. The rest were hardwood floors. And your cabinet find is perfect, even in its asymmetry. Nice that you likely have bolts of your fabric collection on hand, for any spur-of-the-moment sewing need. The colors and prints you came up with are fabulous! I just used the white background cross-stitched ones inside some little pouches. Perfect. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with your family!

oakroamer said...

I love the ironing board/shelf idea. Pure genius for those of us with a small space.

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

What a bargain shopper. Love the cabinet and you really make it pop. I have an ironing board make out of wood and it sits on my Elfa cabinet units. I love it! Happy Thanksgiving.

stamperwithdayjob said...

Great finds! Love the shelf. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi! Love all your finds, rug, quilt and what you have done to make the stand so useful!!! Nancy

Kathy's A Quilter said...

that truly was an "epic" thrift store day!! Well done on all your finds. The only other adjustment I'd make, is to put casters on your new ironing station. I will be visiting my thrift store over the weekend too, but with a load to donate.

quiltonia said...

On this Thanksgiving Day I want to say your blog, along with others that provide inspiration and eye candy, is in my list of blessings. Happy Thanksgiving Day!

mrsmcbee said...

Wowzers you did score!! Love the rug, I would of scooped it up fast too!! And love your shelf, so cute and different, I love different, I don't have one more inch of space in my craft room, so I don't look too much anymore, and oh the quilt, yellow how fun!!

robinnan said...

Love your shelf! I'm looking for something like that for the same purpose. Congrats! :-)

Lois said...

Great finds - each one of them. Reduce, reuse and recycle:)) Happy Thanksgiving..

Sherree Chmitlin said...

You did score big on this trip. I so love it when I find deals that are useful.

Karen said...

Well played!! And a warm and peaceful Thanksgiving to you and your crew!

Lorri said...

I love your table with the iron cover! Saves space and organization. Cant go wrong!

margaret said...

what great bargains you found, the mat would be perfect for me at the kitchen sink as the tiles are so cold to stand on. The shelf unit is ideal and a bonus that you now have a great ironing surface. Such a shame that someone did not want the quilt but it has now got a home where it will be well loved.

Tami Von Zalez said...

Great use of that cabinet!

I find so many amazing remnants and patchwork pieces and incorporate them into my quilts.

http://thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

Janet said...

What a lot of great scores! The rug is gorgeous!

Jak and Will by Stephanie said...

I love the cabinet, and your things in it just make it look better!

Julia Lucas said...

You sure did have an epic thrift store day! Love what you did with the shelf. It looks Amazing!

Carla said...

You sure did clean up. Money well spent ; )

Suzanne said...

Happy thanksgiving, dear friend. I'm delighted with your shopping scores! I hope they bring you great joy.

Andrea @ Mouse in My Pocket said...

Those are great finds. I definitely need a storage space like that for under my ironing board. Now to come up with something.