While I was playing in Myrtle Beach and along the Grand Strand, I was able to indulge my bargain hunting addiction and visit a bunch of thrift and consignment stores in the area. They actually have more than 60 listed on web searches, and I just couldn’t get to them all, but I had a great time in the ones I did visit. I have to say the best of them was a consignment store called Finders Keepers. Their wares were beautifully displayed, and made things very tempting. I considered some of the lemon motif items here, like the pitcher on the left, to go with my lemon dishes, but decided to look around a bit more. I didn’t notice those chargers until later when I saw the picture or I might have snapped them up.
Oh, I was tempted by those hurricane candle holders on the table here, but I resisted.
Then I went around another corner and found this. Isn’t it cute? It is a planter. DH said it might just hold enough coffee for me for one morning, until he noticed the hole in the bottom, LOL! I see a chicken inspired tablescape in the future!
Tablescapes were in several stores, and you all know I love a pretty table. But, I didn’t want to buy any more than 6 salad plates, not another whole set of dishes. These didn’t tempt me, but the table was nicely done.
Poking around is the most fun! The chicken on the table here was tempting too, but my tiny kitchen doesn’t have the room for one on the counter as I would have liked. I am afraid it would get broken sitting on the pie safe. So, my French inspired kitchen will have to remain chicken-less for now.
At the Homespun Crafters Mall, which also has vintage items, I found these wine glasses. They are heavy lead crystal with gold rims – $3.50 for both!
Back at home, I scored several great buys at our local thrift stores, including this wonderful French inspired pail.
Little mason jar salt and pepper shakers will hold some of my specialty salts. See my post Around the World in Salt.
Another planter found for the veranda. I like the curved lines on this one.
A few more wine glasses at 50 cents each, I needed them for an upcoming party. The twisted stems make them pretty. I would rather spend this little bit and donate them back when I’m done than use plastic ones.
I just had to pick up these onion bowls, made for dipping sauces but I don’t know yet how I will use them. You’ll see them on a tablescape soon. They are a great size for a side dish like a juicy salad or baked beans.
A nice brass planter will give the veranda a bit more interest. I am busy planting the pots now and will show you the veranda soon.
Then, I got really lucky! I was the winner of a gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop on My Quilt Infatuation, thanks so much Kelly!! Here’s the loot I got with it. I am excited to try these Cake Mix papers. And I have to say already the new Splash Olfa cutter is so much more comfortable than the old style, straight yellow handle one. It cuts like a dream, of course a brand new blade helps. The ruler has a rough bottom along the edge so it hold the fabric much better than my old one.
And then I won the drawing for Thimbleberries newest book on Quilt Shop Gal‘s blog, thanks Darlene!! I don’t consider myself a lucky person for drawings, but my luck certainly changed that week!
Then, a lovely reader named Katie contacted me about my stamping habit. She said she had some things she wanted to give me as she wasn’t stamping anymore. Little did I know what she meant. She said three boxes, and I envisioned the little milk crate boxes that I use for transporting things. Oh no, she meant big boxes stuffed with goodies!! She was coming through the week I was in Myrtle Beach, so we didn’t get to meet, but a friend met her to get the boxes for me. I was blown away when I picked up the bonanza. Papers, stamps, punches, stickers, and more elements to add on cards or pages, so much I was speechless.
All of these are filled with printed specialty papers, beautiful designs all wonderfully organized by style. They are the large 18-inch square scrapbooking size papers. Gorgeous designs, hundreds of pages.
This is an album full of acrylic stamps, each of these ‘pages’ is loaded with stamps and there are seven pages! There are literally hundreds of stamps in here, with several sets of alphabet stamps in different font styles.
And then, there was a full crate of papers! Some of those are Stampin’ UP colors which will match my ink pads, and the size is 18-inch square scrapbooking size papers. Incredible.
Now I have card making supplies to last for my lifetime and then some! I’ll be sharing this bounty with some of my card-making buddies, and elsewhere. I can see making some cards for charity use, as my stamping buddy Gail does. She does a little basket of cards for our car club’s silent auction each year. Perhaps some doggie inspired cards would do well at the humane society’s auctions. Now I just need to get some envelopes to complete the sets and get stamping!!
Oh, and one more thing, I have reduced the prices on all my pincushions for Mother’s Day purchases, so now is the time to order the one you’ve had your eye on. Click on Craftnut’s Studio Etsy Store to see them. Buy before May 4th to get delivery in time.
Have you had any good finds, lucky wins or great gifts lately?
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