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Friday, November 18, 2011

Friday's Finds #10 and Friday's Favorites Linky Party!

TGIF and I mean it!  WOW!  What a week!  Busy, busy, but it really did fly by in a blink.  I can't believe its time to pick my Friday's Favorite and to share my own goodies from the week.

In fact, it flew by so fast that yesterday I realized I had bought nothing for today.  Oops!

So, after parent-teacher conferences yesterday evening (all of my little boogers are doing outstanding, with one on the Talented and Gifted watch list - WOO-HOO!), I headed off to the local thrift - which was sadly, sadly depleted.  What to do?  Well, an evening to myself is super rare, so I decided to head into W'loo to see what their Goodwill store had to offer, as well as pick up a few things from HL.  Alas, the store hour gods were against me and I only had 10 minutes in HL, by the time I got there.  BOO!  That's like a blink of an eye!  I could spend HOURS thinking up ideas and browsing.  After hearing the announcement that they were closing in 10 minutes, I frantically started filling my cart as fast I could think and still managed to walk out without the press paper letter I needed and bottle brush trees that I specifically wanted to get!  So aggravating - as were the looks the store employees gave me when I lugged my haul up to the front of the store 5 minutes after they announced they were closing.  Doh!  But really?  You're closing at 8 p.m.?????

Okay, I'll shut up now.  LOL!  Here are my finds this week:

I've actually had these for a couple of weeks now, but I keep forgetting to share them.

2 antique Zero fans that I found on Craigslist for $25.00 each.  He sold them to me for $35.00 for both.  NICE!

And it was candlestick holders galore at the W'loo Goodwill.  I nearly squealed when I saw these:

A little paint and they'll be gorgeous!  $2.00 for the small one, $4.00 for the large one, and a pricey $10.00 for the medium one, but it is HEAVY!

And then these brass ones for $5.00 for the small one and $7.00 each for the large ones.  They're perfect for Christmas decorating and I love their patina.

And for a Christmas craft that I have planned (which I needed the bottle brush trees for - still slapping myself over forgetting those), I grabbed these glass vases:

No, I haven't cleaned them yet.  LOL!
The large one was $7.50, the two small ones were $0.75 each, and the middle sized one was $1.50.

And because ever since I saw these two cute little owls from Tanya @ Make The Best Of What's Around, I've had my eye out for some.  They did have a large single one, but he was missing an ear, so I settled for this cute little trio for $2.00.  Who knew owls could be cute?  Tanya did and now I'm hooked.  ;)  These just need some freshening up with some white spray paint.

Then there was this large pear for $5.00 that I was like, "Ooooooo.  Now that's different."  I'll probably leave it red for the holidays, but I'm considering painting it white for year-round use or maybe wrapping it with jute.  Hmmm...  The possibilities. ;)

The color of this wall shelf caught my eye, and I'm pretty sure I'm  not going to do a thing to it - even though I do prefer silver to gold.  For $3.00 who cares, right?

Then, this caught my eye in a shopping cart behind the desk after I was done checking out.  Did that phase me?  Nope.  I asked if the items in the cart were for sale and scooped up this HEAVY little mirror for $5.00.

And then while nosing around you know where, I found these two goodies.  It never ceases to amaze me what you find stashed underneath a bunch of junk.

What's a good product to clean silver?

And another suitcase for my collection.  WOO-HOO!  Up to 3 now!  :)

And my final share is an antique frame that I have been looking at for - no kidding - 3 months.  I've watched the price come down from $45.00 to $40.00 to $35.00 to $30.00 to $25.00, before I finally grabbed it last night for $20.00.

To say it needs a little work is an understatement, however I have been drawn to the frame and the picture ever since I first laid eyes on it back in August.  Hopefully, I can fix it with some plaster of paris.  Scott thinks I'm nuts, but that's become the norm since I began lugging "junk" as he calls it, into the house.  I prefer to call it "junque".  Sounds better that way, doesn't it?  ;)

Friday Feature Find

Okay, now its time to pick my favorite find of yours from last week.  Although we didn't have a lot of link-ups since this is a new linky party, it was still so hard to choose!  Everyone had some awesome stuff that I would love to have in my home!  JEALOUS!  Why can't I find half as good of stuff!  NO FAIR!  ;)

However, the one that had my eyes just bulging was this find at a GARAGE SALE of all places, from Nicole at Davis Domestications.  

Not only is it an absolutely gorgeous piece, its also quite possibly has very historical significance.  Check out the hardware.  Do you see what I see?

Yep.  Scott saw it too.  Swatiskas.  Seriously.  Wow.  Needless to say, she's not touching it with a paintbrush.  And although I'm sworn to secrecy about how much she spent for it, just know that I would have beat the price by $100 and not blinked.  And not because I'm a closet Nazi, but just the history its probably seen.  I'm such a sucker for history.  Like, I watch the History Channel for fun.  LOL!  Nicole got it for a pittance.  It sure does pay when people are ignorant and would rather have money.  Someone should be kicking themselves for selling this historical beauty.  Great find, girlfriend!  Good for you!

So that's all for this week, y'all.  This weekend its Christmas decorating time, even though Scott said that as long as he was alive and not suffering from dementia I would not be decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving.  (If anyone is looking for him, he's tied up in the closet with his mouth duct taped shut.)

And that's just what the table looks like!  LOL!

Until Monday, y'all!


Okay, y'all so we'll try it again this week with BIGGER thumbnails this time, shall we?

You know the rules:

1.  Please link up your favorite find of the week.  It can be something you found yourself or something you found online and featured on your blog.  Please link directly to your post page, not just to your blog.  

2.  Please become a follower and help yourself to my blog button to let others know you've shared here.  You can either use my button or a text link, but please link somewhere/somehow on your blog to help spread the word.  Thanks!  :) 

3.  Please visit a couple of other shares that have been linked up and show some love.  We all love to hear compliments on what we've found.  You might even make a friend or two.  :) 

4.  Have fun, but please do not link up Etsy store items or any other commercial ventures.  The goal is to share, not sell.  Thanks!

5.  Be sure to stay tuned next Friday to see if your favorite find was featured as one of my faves - and of course, be ready to link up against next week.


Tanya said...

I am so jealous. You found some awesome stuff. Those owls will be super cute painted white. Love it. Great minds think alike...I have the same plans for little trees in glass containers :) Oooohhh, maybe that can be our blog swap. Same project, different bloggers :) What do ya think?

Megan said...

I've had a recent obsession with owls and haven't even THOUGHT to look at G-will or thrift stores for some fun owl decor! Brilliant, thanks!

Shannon@FoxHollowCottage said...

Ooh, I'd love to see an appraisal on that dresser!! You got some GOOD stuff. Love the silver tray. The owl picture didn’t show up? So I’ll stay tuned for the after. LOL! I got TWO for a .5 cents each at a garage sale last weekend. Wee for me =)

Nicole said...

Aah, Laura, you have me bustin' at the seams.
I think that piece on the AWESOME frame goes at the bottom center.

Thanks for the feature. :) Your button is on...again ;)

I think you did really well! I ♥ those frames and candlesticks!

Kammy Wielenga said...

Love the pear!!!

love letters to e and g said...

that mirror is amazing and the old pic too...My husband gets creeped out when i find pictures of other people and want to hang them. and that dresser is a major find...those handles probably are worth a small fortune...not to mention if she could find out the history on that piece..it could be worth a mint...I have been sooo slacking in the finds department.