In no particular order......
This great old wooden cupboard - handmade and heavy as heck. It's on the porch holding my vintage lawn sprinkler collection.
I scored this large lot of vintage padlocks this summer in Topeka on the Pickin' Event during my family reunion. The price tag said $25.00 for the lot, but when I asked how much to buy one or two, the lady told me I could have them all for $6.00. Bargain!
A wonderful and incredibly old gathering basket. Snatched up from the toy department at Goodwill - chock full of plastic fried chicken and plastic vegetables which I promptly unloaded and re-donated. This basket is a treasure.
This wonderful old photo of Aunt Marge and Uncle Bill. There is a local family that has sales and keeps selling off items that belonged to marge and/or Bill. I have rescued many of them, including Uncle Bill's purple heart and personal papers from the Army. When I spotted this photo at their last sale, I asked if they knew who it was...when I heard the names - I knew I needed to add them to my family since thier family obviously doesn't care about them.
High on my Thrifting Wishlist this year was a tin dollhouse. One Saturday morning I spent a couple hours looking at dollhouses on ebay, but decided the shipping was prohibitive for ordering one. I left the house, stumbled upon an Auction and scored this dollhouse for $2.00. It isn't perfect, but for $2.00 - it's good enough for me. :)
Another big wishlist item for years has been an old metal tin picnic basket. I finally found one this summer at the thrift for $2.00. It isn't perfect either, but that's kind of my thing, apparently.
I bought of this high priced glitter for 50¢ a tub with the intentions of repackaging it and putting it on Etsy. But, I really hadn't thought about the possibilities of having literally POUNDS of high grade glitter available to use any old time I want. Once I started using a bit here and a bit there, I knew it had to be MINE. All mine! I use this stuff on an almost daily basis.
Since I had found the dollhouse at the auction a couple months earlier, dollhouses were no longer on my radar. But, when I did spot this jewel of a PINK dollhouse at Goodwill a bit later - I freaked! Tin - vintage - PINK! OH my! It is pristine and only cost $5.00.
And now. The Holy Grail.
The. Pink. Evergleam Aluminum. Christmas. Tree. Ta-da.
A moment of silence to revel in it's loveliness.
I paid $45.00 for a grocery sack full of vintage ornaments, this pink tree and a silver aluminum tree. I resold the silver tree for $80.00, so the rest is gravy. I love this tree. I want to marry this tree. It is dreamy.
But, I have a confession. Don't hate me.
I didn't even use it this Christmas.
Can you believe it??????
I'm hoping to fall out of love with it and sell it since a similar one recently sold for over $600.00.
But, that seems pretty unlikely - the falling out of love with it part.
Time will tell......
My New Year's resolutions are to get back on budget, bring home less and organize what I do have already.
On the getting back on budget part - yesterday I ordered an Iphone and today I bought a new piece of furniture (at a retail store!).
But, the Iphone will help me look up things when I am out shopping rather than just buying them willy nilly. And now I have a mobile hotspot, so we can get Netflix on the TV, internet on the laptop and lots of other cool useful uses. (Plus, I just really wanted it!)
The piece of furniture will help me get organized.
As for the bringing less home - well, yesterday I bought thirty troll dolls at Goodwill. Whoops again. Better get them priced and OUT of here!
What did you find this year?