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Monday, February 23, 2009


WELCOME to another fabulous BLUE MONDAY..
SMILING SALLY is our gracious host once again...
You are in for a sweet treat....all the color of BLUE.
Go by, visit with SALLY and all her followers of BLUE MONDAY !
THESE are wonderful examples of FLOW BLUE serving dishes..
One is valued at $175.00
the second at $295.00
and the third at $200.00
ALL OF THEM ARE JUST BEAUTIFUL, wouldn't you say ?
THESE 2 MAGNIFICENT pieces were found
at GOODWILL...of all places !! .......
BY ME !!

I shared these on my blog once but it's been awhile so I wanted to do it again..

THE larger of the pieces.....$4.95
I sure couldn't....I mean, I COULD NOT BELIEVE IT !
Aren't the lids to these precious pieces just beautiful !
WHO would just give these lovely pieces away...
pieces that are plainly OLD, OLD, OLD and all the way from ENGLAND !??!
Maybe....some of the children or grands of older parents had to
clean out a cottage and since no one really WANTED these, decided
to give them to a good cause...GOODWILL...
GOODWILL profits go to helping the disabled ....
THE smaller piece...$2.95
I would have GLADLY given much more for these pieces ...
why put just a few dollars on them ? I don't get it !
Aren't they lovely !
I am very glad to have them here in my cottage
and happy to have them to pass on to my grands...
Will they ever end up back at GOODWILL ??
I don't think so !....but.....WHO KNOWS !


Joanne Kennedy said...

Wow! You sure lucked out finding those! I'm sure whoever priced the items that day had no idea what they were.

Oh I hope they don't ever end up back at Goodwill again. But, if they should I hope someone is just as happy about getting them as you were.


Anonymous said...

Wow, BJ, that has to be the find of the century. But, I would have not known about Blue Flow either. Thank you for the lesson. I would have bought them because they are pretty. We have several huge Goodwills in our area, but I haven't been to them, I think I'd better start snooping around there.LOL

Love Ya,

Beth in NC said...

They are beautiful BJ and it would be just like me to sell something priceless like that -- not having a clue about the true worth! I'm glad you found such a blessing.

Now - how do you protect them from the grandkids? lol

Have an awesome Monday!

Sandi McBride said...

If I'd gotten there first, BJ, they'd be in MY china closet!!! is amazing what you can man's trash etc..hugs!

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Picket said...

Morning BJ....I have missed you my is so good to have the computer back up and running...I never realized how much I used my computer! lol

Love those gorgeous treasures..what a great deal on them's really true what they say...'One man's trash is another man's treasure' My house is so full of my junk..uh..I mean my treasures..that when I am gone my kids will probably just hang a sign out front & say 'go on it and pick something out & leave a $1 in the bucket by the door!' lol lol

Have a great week girl! ♥

Beverly said...

They are gorgeous - and wow! what an unbelievable deal. I think they were intended to go home with you.

Stacey said...

BJ, they are beautiful! You got great deals. They are perfect in your stand.

Thanks for the moral support on my kitchen project. It's coming along nicely.

Terri and Bob said...

Those are gorgeous pieces. I need to get to my Goodwill soon!

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

I just love flow blue, but with the normal prices, I don't think I'm going to be buying any...unless I luck into a bargain like you did! Wow! It just amazes me what people give away, having no idea of the true value!

I'm glad you found these dishes because you will give them the love and care they deserve!


JudyBug said...

What a bargain! I just keep whining our Goodwill never has things like this!!

I always wonder what will happen to my treasures when I'm gone? My only son will probably have a huge garage sale! ;-)


squawmama said...

Good Morning BJ... What incredible finds you got there... They just didn't know the worth of those 2 pieces... I am sure of that... They are just gorgeous and I can't think of a better home for them to be in...Other than mine LOL LOL
Love ya


Elizabeth said...

People just don't know what they're giving away, and they're overwhelmed with all of their parents "stuff" sometimes.
And the people pricing things at Goodwill don't have a clue! I love the way you have these displayed, BJ.

Lisa ~ A Cottage to Me said...

I agree, they are gorgeous pieces! You are so lucky you found them and at great prices too! I would never be able to give something like that away. I am one for keeping family treasures in the family! I went to an Estate Sale on Sat. with my DH and there was a whole set of the Blue Willow I believe. They wanted $125.00, great price, but not in my budget. How sad these things are given away. But how lucky for you!


xinex said...

OMG! I can't believe you got those gorgeous dishes at that price. How come I never find good buys like that? Love the flow dishes too and I agree, they are too expensive...Christine

Bo said...

Hi BJ...your blues are wonderful...I just told Mr. Bo the other day we should probably hold our own estate sale in a few years & sell off our "junque"...because our only heir being a 13 year old male would probably care less for our stuff...but Mr. Bo didn't like my idea...he is one who keeps everything! LOL ;-)Bo

Shelia said...

Oh, BJness! These covered casseroles are so beautiful! You did well. I love the look of Flow Blue, always have, but it does just cost too much! I'd be afraid to use them! Don't you love Goodwill!:)
Have a great day, sweet friend,
Shelia ;)

Happy To Be said...

GM BJ, well girl if those end up at GW I hope I am shopping that day..those are beautiful..I see so many neat things here in blogland that gals get from GW...and I can't believe the things people will toss out..Thanks for sharing and heave a great day girl...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

You lucky lady, they were meant to me for you! They are beautiful. Even on a working budget they would of been out of my range.

tardevil said...

Finding Flow Blue at Goodwill is what I would call a miracle! :O) I never understand why people get rid of stuff like that unless they just don't know! Good find!

Betty said...

Every once in a while someone gets caught sleeping, not knowing what they are. I am so glad you found them. As far as Goodwill, I suspect BJ raised no idiots, if sentimental doesn't keep them, wisdom will see to there parting. I hope they are sentimental.
Have a great day.


Smilingsal said...

Wow! I go to Goodwill and see nothing but junk; you go and find gorgeous bargains. You must take me next time you go. Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

BJ! That is just the steal of steals on those dishes! WOW! I just LOVE them. If they go missing, they are visiting a magpie nest. ;-)

Happy Blue Monday!


Sheila :-)

Helen said...

With the obvious love and respect flowing (pardon the pun) through your family ... I'm certain they will never see the inside of a Goodwill again.

FarmHouse Style said...

Those are two very beautiful finds, BJ. I too am often amazed at the things I find at thrift stores. I just can not image how someone could part with such treasures. I guess it is true..."Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."

Hope you have a great Blue Monday.

Judi said...

my gosh!! you are soooo lucky! You were at the store at the right time to pick up those goodies. They are just beautiful. I hope you enjoy them...and I know you will.
Thank you for sharing and Happy Blue MOnday

Anonymous said...

Girl I just love that blue.Our Goodwill sucks and they think they are Wal-mart. The prices stink. i do find stuff at Salvation Army,but someone there knows the old stuff and marks it high and puts it under id great.

Neabear said...

Great finds BJ! They are so pretty too. Thanks for visiting me today! Happy Blue Monday!

Anonymous said...

Love those blue and white pieces of yours! Somebody just didn't know what they had is my guess. Probably too young to appreciate these for what they are. That's okay because you have them and you DO appreciate and love them. You are just the luckiest lady!
Love you!

Raggedy Girl said...

Great shopping! They are really beautiful.

Have a Wonderful Day!
from Roberta Anne

Sherri S said...

Those are AMAZING finds! Beautiful pieces. I am a Goodwill gal myself. Yet our's doesn't seem to have that great of pricing. A bit on the 'high' end compared to some in blogland I have found. BUT I did score nicely yesterday and plan to share that tomorrow on my blog! I was thrilled!

claudie said...

Blue Velvet one of my dad's favorite songs...ahhh
BJ your blue is lovely and what a find. They seem to wait for the right loving person to come by and pick them up don't they? Enjoy them, I know you will.
Happy Blue Monday
Love Claudie

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I love flow blue but it's a tad outside my budget.

You found gorgeous blue and white pieces at Goodwill. I think we're going to have to make a quick stop at Goodwill in Jeff City on our way home, later this week. I keep exploring GW, but not much luck, yet!

Knitty said...

Your post takes me back to a time when I worked with a woman who knew antiques and our lunch hours were often spent at yard and estate sales. We walked into a basement, she examined a few things, and offered the lady $150 for everything if she could have it packed by 6 PM. The lady was ecstatic and started packing as soon as she took down the yard sign. My coworker had found some plates worth $100 each among many other treasures. She was a walking, talking Warman's book of knowledge.

Anonymous said...

These are very beautiful indeed. Happy Blue Monday :>)

Moonlight Hollow Musings said...

What a great find! Way to go! They are beautiful!


Heidi Pocketbook said...

Wow, you really did luck out! They are beautiful pieces.

Happy Blue Monday☺

abeachcottage said...

wow that was some find, boy oh boy i lurve finding things like that, and that is why I spend half my life in thrift stores, which is getting to be a bit of a joke...

i hope if they do end up at goodwill i find them, haha, gotta love a bit of old english china as Mr Beach Cottage knows too well

oh and thanks so much for your kind comments, hmmm i'm not sure about me making anything look good, i think the white formula has a lot to answer for! oh and funny cos I am really really hankering after an old brown leather sofa, just not a lot of room in here now

happy monday


nikkicrumpet said...

I'd say yours are even prettier than those expensive pieces!!! You sure do have an eye for a bargain in blue!

Susie Q said..., so pretty and I LOVE each piece! You lucky girl you!
I know about Flow Blue from working in a shop years ago...could not afford it thenor now so do know you got a SWEET find there!!


Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

They are fantastic and what a truly awesome find. They were meant to be yours :0)

~♥~ Monica S said...

I can't believe you luck!! Great catch!!


Sweetie said...

BJ - As usual your post is wonderful. I only recently learned about Flow Blue. Someone had posted a Flow Blue dish and I did a web search to see what it was. Your Flow Blue pieces are beautiful and I'm sure they won't end up in a thrift shop. Happy Blue Monday!

Dawn said...

You sure did get a good deal on those!!! And, they are lovely to boot!! I need to start going to good will stores.

take care,

salmagundi said...

I'm so glad it was you that found those. I would hate to think that someone might buy them to use in a college apartment or worse!! Enjoy them. Sally

Susan said...

Happy Blue Monday BJ!

Oh my...they are GORGEOUS!!!


~CC Catherine said...

Lovely Blue Monday Post! Very beautiful dishes, GW is also my favorite place to find some gems in the rough... ~CC Catherine from "Catherine de th`e Cups"

PEA said...

It always amazes me what people get rid of but then it's our gain when they do:-) Such beautiful pieces you found and wow on the price!! At the weekly auction I go to they always have dishes like that and you wouldn't believe how high the bidding can get...beyond what I can afford anyway. I'd rather take my chances at places like Goodwill! lol xoxo

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

I love all your blue and white serving dishes, BJ. Somewhere hidden away, I have one much like the ones in the first photo.

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Just dropped by today to say Hi! Little Lola says HI, too. That usually involves smiles, coughs, and a raspberry or two! HA!


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Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Oh those are so pretty BJ! I'm feeling the need to visit the Goodwill now!


Jackie said...

What lucky finds you got. I am never that lucky.

God bless.

Nancy said...

BJ, I can't believe it either! Those are GREAT finds! Some one didn't know what they were doing! Lucky you!!!!! Blessings, nancy

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

These are such great buys, and they are absolutely beautiful! laurie

Blondie's Journal said...

Funny, I recently Googled Flow Blue so I now know their value. You really stumbled on a great deal and I'm happy for you!

I love Mr. S.N.'s enthusiasm! What a sweetheart you have! :-)

I love how you have displayed these dishes also, so pretty!!

Have a great week!


Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Those are gorgemous BJ . I love Flow Blue, but man is it expensive ! I did luck up at a yard sale and found a saucer for a dollar.

Kathleen Grace said...

Your thrift shops are better than mine! Those are beautiful!