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Monday, February 18, 2008


Don't forget to stop by DEENA'S at CAN I BE PRETTY IN PINK and share your joy of the day with her.

After leaving a granddaughter's basketball game Saturday morning, we stopped at a new GOODWILL store to see if they had anything that I just couldn't live without......and, sure enuf......THEY DID !! I just fell in love with this little copper WELCOME FRIENDS plaque....and I love the "good luck" pineapple on it.

And, it had a mate ! This one has a kitty, a basket of fruit, a sweet cottage and a welcoming wreath.

Aren't they so precious... I am wondering now if I want to keep the copper color or how would they look, painted a creamy white with a dark glaze wash ? Would they look ceramic? Or, would I ruin a cute pair of plaques??? They were only $2.00 apiece but I like them so much and if I paint and they look terrible, I will be soooo mad at myself. Decisions, decisions!!!!! :) Aren't you as amazed as I am about how one person is so sick of or just doesn't like a certain thing, gives it to GOODWILL, someone else comes along and is just totally in love with that same item? How fun it all is.......

For $2.00, I couldn't resist this 3 tier hanging wicker thingy. What in this world am I going to do with it? When I first saw it, I could just see it painted creamy white and filled with all the pretty, fabric hearts I could get in it. What do ya think? Or, would that look goofy? NAWH.....I just know it would make a knock-out piece. I already have some hearts to get it started...and I am thinking I know just the place to hang it....NOW...gotta get MORE hearts!! :) And some great fabric fragrance to spray on the hearts....Ummmmmm!! If anyone has a good idea, would you let me know?
Now, this was my favorite find of the day. I am sure it is very old...the glass is starting to turn the color that older glass does and it is such thick glass. It was also $2.00 and I can't imagine someone not wanting it any more. I always wonder about older objects like this ending up in a thrift store. I guess some of MY things will find their way to other peoples houses someday...well....that's ok. In fact, that's a GOOD thing. Maybe they will be thrilled to find one of my treasured items and hurry home with it to display....that thought makes me smile. Of course, with so many grandchildren, a daughter and a daughter*in*law, they all get first dibs !!!! :) I don't believe in making them wait until I "pass", tho. If they mention they like it, it goes home with them that very day.
There's so many things I can do with this.... and I would love to fill it with colored marble easter eggs...or a birdnest....or this colorful, ceramic fruit from Mexico or.......... filled to the very tip top with...CHOCOLATE !!! :0)

I think the little square, glass knob on top makes it look so regal. I am such a goof ball about dishes, I'll swear. They actually seem to talk to me sometimes. I guess if I start talking back to them, it will be time to tweak my meds!! :)

Oh....and I've been having great luck finding large, covered jars lately. I just adore them...I got this one with the great wooden top for $1.00 and it makes a fabulous cookie jar. I am trying to fill up my little metal shelves I have in the breakfast area ...once it is full of these great jars, I'll show you. I am loving that each jar is different. I have one that I won at a Bunco party that came from Dollar General has a silver colored screw-on top and I wasn't real impressed. Then, on someone's blog, I noticed they had spray painted their metal top in red and tied an adorable ribbon on it and had it filled with something delicious and it made all the difference in the world. Isn't paint just amazing!!

The bad part of it all ? I just got home from thrifting and I already am planning another trip......real soon!! What's wrong with me?!!

Gotta go now...I'm on my way to buy a can of RED spray paint !!!!! Oh, yes....and some RED ribbon !!! :)



Amelia said...

Now, aren't you the lucky one to find such out standing items at Goodwill. A bargain to say the least on all of them.

Pricing was so reasonable on all of the items.

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

OH!! I love everything you bought. That's funny about the coverd jars because that has bee the first thing I look for when I go goodwilling or to TJmaxx I just love them. What a wonderful grandma you are to just give it to them if they want it. That is how I want to be with mine.Although I don't think my grandson's will say grandma can I please have the pretty table cloth!! But it they did it's there's. I am trying to buy more lines and things like that so my grandaughter will have more to choose from. Her other grandma is just tho oppasite from me. She is a nice lady but she is not the homing type doesn't like to garden or bake or next. So she has to learn it all from me. I am sure the other grandma can teach her things that I won't be able to. like her she should put her tactoo. ( OH I AM SO SORRY ) Did I say that out loud!!My own daughter has a tactoo I am not against them at all but it is just kinda sad to me sometimes.
Oh about your copper plaque's do you have anything you can practice on that you don't like as much but it's copper? Or go to the thrift store again and see if they have something eles in copper just to practice on. Good luck. Or even try it on the back of one. Show us pictures if you do paint.

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

OH! Bj I am so sorry that is so long!!

Karen H. said...

Good Morning BJ,
Oh my goodness, I love all of your Goodwill Treasures you found. I have always heard that someone's trash is someone's treasure. Now me personally, I like the copper look in itself. Makes it look more antiquish. The glass cake platter and cookie jar are just beautiful as well. I do like your little wicker hanger thingy. It would be pretty painted and put some hearts in it. I sure wish we had some Goodwill Stores around here, but I've not seen any. I'll just keep oooohing and aaaawing over everyone else's finds. "THANK YOU" for sharing them with us. Take care my friend and have a great day. May God Bless You and Yours.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

Mary said...

Great finds, bj!!!! LOVE the copper -- that may be my next collection! LOL

You are such a sweet grandma to be giving your pieces away. :)

Have a wonderful week!xoxo,

Tara said...

Thanks for sharing your finds, you have to love getting everything so inexpensively!

Jackie said...

You found some lovely things at your thrift store. So far my luck has not brought me any goodies like that. Oh well garage and yard sales will start soon. Who knows what is waiting out there for me to find.

Have a great day BJ.

Rosie's Whimsy said...

The best thing about all your finds is how happy it makes you. I smile when I read how bubbly you are. Have the Best of Days :-) Rosie

Anonymous said...

You did great girl! Id almost be affraid to paint them,but you do wonders so im sure they will look great what ever you decide.

BittersweetPunkin said...

Great finds BJ!!!

dabooklady said...

love those finds..I like th ebig cookie jar, would make a great "Christmas Jar" for all my change on my counter. Have you read that book? It has a wonderful theme about saving and giving...

Tammy said...

All your things are lovely but my favorite is the tiered baskets. I've been wanting something like that but hesitated because our ceilings are too high...a "ta da" moment was seeing them in this picture hanging from a bracket...BRILLIANT!

Have a great day!

Counting Your Blessings said...

Don't you love it when that happens?! I was at our Sal's Boutique (Salvation Army) for a little bit this morning. Just had to take a little peek and wouldn't you know it, I found a few things too. =) Blessings... Polly

Linda said...

What great finds, I especially like the plaques and I think I would leave them just as they are. I have a neat Goodwill close to me and have lots of fun there too. Linda

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Great finds, BJ. Thanks for sharing. --Susan

Cherdecor said...

You have put me in the mood to visit the Good Will Stores. You found a lot of amazing things!

Three years ago I popped into one of those stores and found some really nice things. I need to get back into the habit. Thank you for posting your finds.

Donna said...

Wow I love all of your finds! Makes me want to head to Goodwill right now!

Anita said...

Such fabulous things! I wish the nearest Goodwill wasn't 100 miles away!! :)

Nan said...

Looks like you found some nice treasures. I love glass containers. They have so many possibilities.
Love the copper too.

PEA said...

You're my kind of gal:-) I sooo love thrifting also and you found some amazing treasures! Like you, I always wonder how someone could get rid of this or that. As soon as the weather clears up (freezing rain again today) I want to go into the city and visit a couple of thrift shops there...haven't been there in a while so maybe there are treasures waiting for me!! hehe I really love everything you found...I would leave the copper plaques the way they are. How I'd love to go thrifting with you:-) xox

Kathleen Grace said...

What fun thigs to find:>) I have the junking itch and can't wait for spring and the really good garage and estate sales. They all go away over the winter here where it's cold and I am so ready! I hit a thrift store once in a while but haven't really found anything spectacular the last few times. I dont think I would paint the molds, if yu fell inlove with them just as they are doesn;t that mean that is how you like them?

Kari & Kijsa said...

You are invited to a SURPRISE BLOGGY BIRTHDAY PARTY for kari this Wednesday, Feb 20.
She is turning 40!!!

I would love for you to stop by the party on Wednesday to surprise (hopefully!) the birthday girl, enjoy a bite of cake, sprinkle a little of your magic birthday dust, and check out the party favor giveaway!


Cottage Contessa said...

Fantastic finds BJ! You guys sure do have some really great Goodwill stores over there! Ours aren't much chop at all! But believe me, if I do happen to spy something half way decent, then I pounce on it like a Ninja! lol Have a great week sweetie!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Lucy Bloom said...

Hi BJ, some great finds you got there. Now if it was me, I would be painting the plaqes, but I know what you mean worrying about ruining them. I have a hanging basket thingy too, it's red wire, and I've been wondering what to put in, I love your idea of hearts.
hugs and kisses,
Lucy x

Mary said...


I just love all your thrift store finds. That jar will look fantastic with the lid painted red and a ribbon added.

I have been itchin' to get to the thrift stores myself, but something always seems to happen to put it off. Now with Michelle recovering, I am up to my ears in busy. So it will be a while, but I am going to get there.


Betty said...

You find such nice things at the thrift stores you visit. If I find one thing that I like,then I think I've done good. I especially like the glass dish you got. It looks really old.