Friday, September 10, 2010

A Season of Thrifty Treasures!

Before you even think it - I know.  I know!  I'm a junkaholic. I admit it.  It looks like I need to HAVE a yard sale.  And if you saw my basement, you'd agree that I need an "Open for Business" sign.  I didn't realize I had picked up this much until I started this post.  It's just a few things here and there all summer long.  But, these are things I love for decorating this old farmhouse. 

Here goes.  My beautiful junk treasures:

The newest addition is this big old chunky lady. We found her in the bargain basement of a used furniture  store.  She's old and it shows but I love her antique pulls, mystery history and hoof feet.  She's perfect as a buffet with our reclaimed barnwood dining table.  It came with the mirror too which used to be attached .  It's very dull and streaky - just the way I like it!  The dining room is undergoing a mini-makeover (I just painted walls today).  I'm not sure if she'll receive cosmetic surgery or not.  For now, I love her 'as is':
(Yep, that's me hunched over, standing on a chair because I took the picture at night.  Trying to get an angle where the chandelier and flash aren't reflecting in the mirror.  Please ignore that and wow - that mirror looks to add a few pounds!  Of course, the lounge pants and sweatshirt aren't doing anything for my figure there.)
We snagged this chair which my daughter uses for the vanity in her bedroom for $7.  It was used as a photo prop this day:
This painting for her room too:

Pair of lamps $2.50 (here is one) for my daughter's room.  Still looking for shades.
My daughter spotted this $10 upholstered rocker in that bargain basement and had to have it for her room.  It usually collects clothes...
Old scale.  Perfect for our farmhouse kitchen transformation - coming fairly soon - it's hard work!!
Mr. DIY brews beer.  Empties used to be unorganized and on top of the fridge.  Now they have a spot all their own:
A mixing bowl:
2 of the 3 FREE wooden bowling pins:

Old books and one of a few little old wooden boxes:
An oscillating floor fan - amazing breeze!
Lots of old crates and an old milk jug:
 $5 glass lamp...
Blue ticking table cloth in use as a bed spread and $2 linen bed skirt for the guest room:

Tray basket and alarm clock (oops - blurry!):

One of many old windows.  Nothing like a picture to point out imperfections. Need to move the bed a little to the left or the picture a little to the right!
Painting for the guest room:
A little step ladder:
Chippy old frame:
Old carpenter's tool box:
 $3.98 for all 4 of these planters:

White dishes 25 cents each at Habitat Re-Store:
Leaf dish and 3 trivets 75 cents each:

 Another addiction, glass bottles and jars:

 $20 cart and crates.  I love rustic!
A rusty old baffle.  Baffled?  Me too but it's interesting!

7 peg hook coat racks.  Here is one.  The others are going in a closet.  Makeover in the works!
$1 shelf:


$1 camp chair (post makeover):

More old windows:
$15 Bistro set before:

Bistro set after:
My BEST finds:

3 light/pot rack fixture - $5 at Habitat yard sale:
$1 side table!  It was already this pretty color.  I just added an Anthropologie knob.  Vintage fan is also a yard sale find:

Do you love shopping at flea markets, thrift stores, yard and estate sales, Habitat and Craig's List as much has I do?  What have you found?  I'm linking to The Lettered Cottage - linky party for your summer yard sale finds. And to Southern Hospitality Blog. places for some thrifty treasures inspiration.

Now, about my addiction.  You may think I have a problem, but I'm thinking I'd make Sue Whitney of JunkMarket Style proud.  Regardless...I better get busy with my self help:

And if you've got a Fall related post - I'd love to see it linked up to the DIY Show Off Fall Festival.  Please!  I need all the help with accepting fall, cooler weather, shorter days and approaching winter that I can get.  Let's see your Fall warmth!


AmericKim said...

Love your finds.So many neat things and such great prices. You make a garage sale junkie proud.

Teri said...

Your "baffle" goes on an old coal/wood stove. It's one of the damper things. If Husband where home he could say exactly how it was used. (We have one from his family homestead farm in ND). said...

Wow! Roeshel! SO much stuff! But, you have implemented it and used it all in such a welcoming way! You really have a knack for decorating... me... not so much! :)
It all looks really pretty.
I'll be back for that giveaway for sure!

Shelia said...

Lovely finds and this makes me want to grab a paint brush!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kris {The Freestyle Mom} said...

So awesome! That dancing picture is wonderful. It's just the sort of "princess" I'm willing to do for my daughter who is dying for a princess room!

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

Awesome finds, they look great in your house! said...

I am in love....I too cannot pass up bargains, freebies or any great "old junk" as hubby calls it all..I have a huge stash in the attic as well as stuff all over our house but I cant help myself, its really an illness I think so dont hold it against me ;)

The Nest on the Hill said...

Wow, what a great change on that bistro set - I love the seats!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Amazing finds, amazing prices, I love all of it!
And you have created such beautiful rooms too.

theLENNOXX said...

Roeshel you are like the queen of flea market finds! I think you found some amazing stuff, and I love how you styled every image =D So inspirational! I love flea marketing and second hand shopping too, it's like going on a treasure hunt. PS: your daughter is gorgeous!

xo Linda

Lyndsey said...

I agree with Teri, the "baffle" is a stove's pipe damper. The round metal part goes inside the round stove pipe, and the handle part is outside the stove pipe to open or close the damper. You have some great finds here.

Nutbird said...

So what's the problem? You have a large house with lots of rooms and blank walls, plus you have a large property with lots of sitting areas. You need things to fill it up, or it will look like a monastery. All brand new things cost a lot of money. (How am I doing?) Since you have a decorating blog, many of these items could be deemed business expenses. You need "content", so you have to have photographable (is that a word?) pieces and vingettes. Most of these items can be sold again, so you are just investing in bargains.
I love that piece in your dining room. Don't paint it, okay? This lady near DC buys wood furniture and revitalizes them with lemon oil and 4 ought or 5 ought steel wool. She then resells them and they look really good. Her blog is something like Fabulous Finds.
Your blog is in my top five. It is always informative and inspiring. I do like your own projects the best. Your quilt like bathroom floor is one of the best projects I've ever seen. Don't worry about acquiring stuff, it could be worse, you could be collecting Franklin Mint stuff, or all those commemorative plates. Ann

Norwegian Phoenix said...

I just found your blog the other day and am having fun looking at some of your past projects and wonderful finds!

Have a great weekend!

Reenie said...

WOW! Lots of great stuff. Love the buffett ~ and the painting for your daughter's room.

Love your blog ~ it's great!!

Becky said...

WOW you got some amazing stuff!!!!

Missy said...

Wow we sure have the same taste. We couldnt go garage saling together we would fight over the same stuff LOL LOL. Love your blog. So glad I found it!

cushycottage said...

you picked up so many wonderful treasures. i love the old scale, crate, fan.....everything in your posts ;)

Amber @ Two Nuts in a Shell said...

That dresser is to die for! Leave it just the way she is! Bee-you-tee-ful!

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

That was the longest junk post ever! And I loved every second of it!! Let me know when you open your basement store...I'm a'comin' shoppin'! :)


Ray* said...

Roeshel! Your finds are NOT junk. One man's junk is another DIYer's treasure! I love the Glass Lamp, Bistro Set and Tray Basket. Good stuff!

SmallTownLife said...

Like Teri said, the baffle is a stove damper. We have an old "trash burner" stove, the kind that is cylindrical and tall that you load through a small door in the top, and this particular kind of damper goes in the stove pipe about two feet up. You control air flow by turning it flat (closed) or sideways allowing air to go around it. You can purchase them new at specialty fireplace stores but I have never seen them in big-box stores. We typically replace ours every year or two since the heat from the fire tends to warp the handle portion slightly so it doesn't function properly. Great antiquey decorative piece, I've never thought to use them this way!

shannon i olson said...

fantastic finds!! wow so many things I want! JEALOUS

Melanie {The Tiny Tudor} said...

What great finds! I wish I would have found that side table- so cute! I love seeing pictures of your house.

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