Saturday, March 26, 2011

Nifty Thrifty: The Most Ugliest Table/Chair Set You Could Ever Imagine and a Tip

I know I didn’t post Nifty Thrifty yesterday, but that’s because I only made it to one Thrift Store last week. GASP! I know! The only things I found was a MacMillan Early Skills Program Kit (I didn’t take a picture of it though) that I’ll wait to list until summer and a Starbucks Mug.

Starbucks Square Mug

I saw a pair of these mugs sell on eBay for $14.99. I’ll either wait to find another one or I’ll list this one next week. I’m not sure what I’ll do just yet. Yep, not to good on the Thrift Store. Hopefully I’ll have better luck next week.

I went to a garage sale this morning and found a package of unfinished wooden wood pieces with finial type things for $1. Great for projects:
Wood Finials $1

Then I came upon these:
Tabel Set $10 002

Isn’t this the most ugliest set you’ve ever seen? Okay, so the table isn’t that bad, but those chairs, I mean really? But look what I paid:
Tabel Set $10 003

That’s right! Ten smackaroos for all three pieces! Good thing I’m crafty (well, somewhat anyway)! I have plans for these babies and can’t wait to get them done! Once finished, they will sit on our deck. In fact, that’s where they are now and what I have my laptop on while I’m typing this post! SWEET!

Now for a tip:
I learned this the hard way, but when you go to thrift stores, garage sales, flea markets, whatever, and you’re not one of the lucky ones to own a van, truck, trailer, whatever, don’t let the size of your car discourage you from buying small furniture. All you have to do is bring an electric drill. If you don’t have a drill, just bring a screwdriver, well, a flat-head AND a philips. And if you have one, an allen wrench (I think that’s what they’re called). I actually keep all three of these in my purse (in case I forget my drill).

You see, I had to take the table apart with my drill to fit it in the trunk. I stuffed the chairs in the front seat (pushing it all the way back). Remember the table/cart thing I bought for my kitchenette? It wouldn’t fit in my trunk, so I had to borrow an allen wrench from the Goodwill. If you find something you really want, you just have to figure out how to make it fit. Now of course I know I’ll never be able to fit a China Hutch or armoire in my car, but at least I can get the smaller furniture in.

I’ll be back on Monday to show you what we got last night (and hopefully if we find anything tomorrow)! Haave a great weekend!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Nifty Thrifty: Vintage Recipe Cards, Milk Glass Vases, Magazines & More

Good Morning! I hope everybody had a great week! We didn’t get to do any garage selling this weekend and I didn’t make it to any Thrift Stores last week either. We had to go back to Nebraska to my dad’s funeral, but I am glad we made it back safely. What a looooonnnnggg trip when you have two little ones! Thursday night, London decided to mess around and roll off the hotel bed, then she hit her head on the corner of the metal safe and ended up with a huge gash above her eye. We ended up having to go to the emergency room. I’m happy to report that instead of stitches, the doctor glued her shut! And as for a scar, it shouldn’t be noticeable when her eyebrows fully grow in. Whew! Although it’s been a tough week, I did get to see a lot of relatives I haven’t seen in twenty years or more! I just wished it were under better circumstances.

Anyway, enough about my week. Since I didn’t get to post about last weekend’s finds, I’m going to share with you today what we bought!

Betty Crocker Recipes 1

I had found this Betty Crocker Recipe Library Card Pack for $0.25 people! That’s right! A whole quarter! I was thrilled when I found this! I’ve always wanted one. However, I’m going to sell this one. I’m actually looking for a red one. What is it they say? “Great things will come for those who wait”! I’m a-waitin’!

Betty Crocker Recipes 2
This box is from the early 70’s. It has 24 Categories with over 700 recipe cards. Plus the index book! I went through every card and found out two things. 1.) There is one card missing. It could’ve been worse, there could’ve been a hundred or two gone, but only one! Sweet! And 2.) Out of all the cards in there, I’d really only make about five of the recipes! HAHAHA! But, this would go great in my kitchen, if it were red that is!

Milk Glass Vases
At the same garage sale, I found 6 milk glass vases. I love these things, but then again, to eBay they will go. Aren’t these neat? I thought so anyway!

Vintage Texan Cups
At another garage sale, I found these vintage Texan cups. I remember drinking out of similar cups growing up. I can’t wait until I’m able to open an Etsy shop. Looking at these vintage items makes me so excited! But until then, I’m using eBay. One day though, just watch!

Rolling Stones Mag
I found a huge box of Rolling Stone Magazines for $20! These date from 1972-1974. There was a total of 64 magazines in the box! Woo-hoo! We almost didn’t buy them, but I talked Jeff into it. I was crossing my fingers that I was right about this lot, otherwise, he may have banned me from going garage selling! LOL! There are a couple in there that will definitely give us a good profit. Pretty happy about this find! (And so was Jeff, needless to say!)

Star Wars Belt Buckle
Of course, one none vintage-y thing I just had to buy was this Star Wars Belt Buckle. It was $1. Jeff wants me to list it, I wanted to alter it. These don’t sell to well, let me take that back, if this was from the ‘70s it would sell fine, but there’s not much profit for the 2005 ones. Maybe I’ll get to alter it after all!

There was a plethora of other things we bought too, but these were the most exciting ones. I bought four Pyrex glass dessert bowls (I actually wanted to show you these, but I forgot to take a picture), A new Chinese brush painting book that has never been open, some Far Side Books, a Starbucks 32 oz mug, a Free Beer sign, and that’s about all I can remember at the moment. I think we did pretty good. I just know I’m going to start itching to go next week! I’m excited and can’t wait to see what it brings us!

Before I go, I have to share something else with you. We bought this jersey for $0.50:

Nashville Destroyers Jersey - 50c
I listed it on eBay last night at 9:30. When I checked eBay half an hour later, it had sold for $44.95! I love when I score!

I hope you have a great day today! Next time I’ll show you the scarf I made! I love it!

This post is being linked to Apron Thrift Girl

Monday, March 14, 2011

Proud to Call Him My Dad

I was planning on posting my Garage Sale finds today when I got a call this morning from my cousin Teri, from Lincoln. She told me my father passed away this morning. Although, our relationship in the past was pretty much non-existent, it was only in the last few months that we had contacted each other.

It seems as though the time wasn’t long enough for us to get to know each other, but I’m thankful he got to meet his only two grandchildren. I’m thankful that all the anger and pain I had felt towards him had diminished to nothingness after we saw each other. I’m thankful he wanted to be a part of my and my family’s lives. I only wish we could’ve seen each other one last time so that I could tell him those three precious words that should only be said with true meaning, “I LOVE YOU!”

Rest in peace Ivan, for I am proud to call you my Dad!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Nifty Thrifty: Thrift Stores

J. Burnett Painting

I didn’t get this posted yesterday because London was sick. Now that she’s all better, I’m finally able to get this up!

This week at the thrift stores hasn’t been to good. I went on Jeff’s day off and we went to three different places. All we found was the above painting. I haven’t been able to do much research on it yet. All we know is, it’s signed by a J. Burnett. Of course “J” could be anybody…John…Jim…Jacob. The list of names could go on. The painting itself is on canvas. I don’t know what kind of paint was used (I’m so not an artist!) but it kind of looks like acrylic. The details are amazing and the colors used to create the details are very intricate. It’s a great piece!

I’ll eventually put this on eBay, but for now, it will hang on our bedroom wall. I hope you’ve had better luck at the thrift stores lately.

I can’t wait to show you what I picked up at a garage sale today! Hopefully I’ll have some good luck tomorrow too. See you on Monday and have a wonderful and safe weekend!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Did I Win the Bet?

Franklin President Set 004

I know I told you that I love thrifting with Jeff! He really does have an eye for some valuable things, so he knows what to look for. He does spend a lot of time watching Pawn Stars, American Pickers (which I got him started on, thankyouverymuch!), and Storage Wars. Those shows do come in handy!

Franklin President Set 001

When we went to a garage sale a couple of weeks ago, one was on our list, but it really didn’t look to promising. Since Jeff can only go on Sundays, we’re very limited to what’s out there. There are a very few that are Sunday Only’s and then there are some that are Saturday & Sundays. This one was the latter, so most of the stuff was already gone. Jeff wanted to stop anyway, so he took Taevyn with him, while I stayed in the car with London.

Franklin President Set 003

Lo and behold, Jeff finds in a box a Franklin Mint Presidential Commemorative Coin set. This had to be from the 60’s because the last President was LBJ. Some of the coins were a little tarnished, but overall, they were in pretty neat condition. The front cover had come off, but it did come with the original case. Jeff bought this for $5. Apparently this was in a box of a relative of the garage sale owner.

Franklin President Set 002

When we got home, Jeff looked on eBay to see if they had any value. Sure enough, they were going for anywhere from $175-$200. But, it wasn’t because it was Franklin Mint. It was because they were silver! He ended up taking them to a coin shop and sold them for $200. I don’t know about you, but turning $5 into $200 is my idea of turning a profit!

Austrian-Hungarian Medals - 20

Then there were these. When he bought them, they were actually in a frame. We knew they were old because the tape in the back was dirty, falling apart, and just plain cruddy. He took them out and took them to the coin shop. Guess what? I WON THE BET!!!! To me, they just didn’t feel like silver, not that I know what silver feels like, but comparing them to the presidential coins, it just felt…well, different!

Now I get to watch him put a dress on and dance down the street!!!That will teach him to mess with me! LOL! Just kidding! I would never make him do that, but I don’t have to worry about supper for the rest of the week! I’d take that favor any day!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Nifty Thrifty: Garage & Estate Sale Finds

Hi and welcome to the new Nifty Thrifty! I decided that my Nifty Thrifty’s will be on Mondays and Fridays. Mondays I will showcase my finds from garage and estate sales I’ve been to during the weekend. Nifty Thrifty Fridays will feature my finds from Thrift Stores I’ve been to throughout the week.

Before I show you my finds, I have to tell you how much fun it is to go garage selling with Jeff. I guess it never occurred to me that he liked to go to yard sales until we went a few weeks ago. He also has a pretty good eye for finding valuable things. Huh. Who knew? I’m just glad I have a great partner to go thrifting with. I just never knew we lived under the same house!

Let’s get started with this last weekend. It’s funny that I start this now since I didn’t go on Saturday. It was windy and a little cold in the morning and I didn’t want to drag Taevyn out since he’s been battling a cough. Yesterday, however, we went to our first estate sale that was actually inside a house. A few weeks ago, we went to one that had everything outside. Everything was a little to pricey for my blood. Like the Raggedy Anne Doll they wanted $25 for. It would’ve been fine except for the fact it was made in China. Okay, so on to the finds for this week.

Armitron Watch - 2.50
The first place we went to was the Estate sale. I found this watch made by Armitron which I paid $2.50. What drew me to it was the face. It says “United States of America” on the top, underneath that looks like a bar code, then the words “In God We Trust”. Then it has the symbol you’d find in the back of a $20 bill. On the bottom it says “Twenty”. I just thought this was a neat watch. I checked on eBay to how well this watch would sell. Armitron seems to sell okay, but I didn’t see a watch like this one. I guess we’ll find out when I list it.

Austrian-Hungarian Medals - 20
Jeff found these medals and paid $20. All we know is that they are Austrian-Hungarian medals. Some of them have a silhouette of D. Kaiser. I’m still researching these. Jeff seems to think they are silver, I think they are made of some aluminum alloy. I guess we’ll find out who wins the bet tomorrow when he takes them to a coin shop. (I think he’s wishing he didn’t buy them now! HA!)

Desktop Train Set - 5
Jeff found this desktop locomotive train set. He paid $5. Personally, I would’ve saved my five bucks for something a little more interesting. While we were there, he was trying to find out where it was made. I wasn’t around at the time to help him look. When I got to the car, I asked him if he knew this was from Kohl’s. He said “Crap!” Yeah, it was made in China. Not that that’s a bad thing. He just thought it was made in the USA. For some reason, he thought maybe it was older, that’s all. If it doesn’t sell on eBay, we’ll just give it to Taevyn.

Vintage V-day Cards - 50c ea
I also found these vintage Valentine Cards. I have been looking for these for ages. Jeff has this crazy idea in his head that I should sell EVERYTHING we buy! Um…nooooo! Actually, I am going to sell these. Except for the torn one. I didn’t realize it was torn until I got home. I was so full of excitement when I found these, I didn’t inspect them well enough. I paid $0.50 for each of these.

Vintage V-day Card - 50c
Then there’s this one. I also paid $0.50 for this. It’s special because when I searched on eBay, this particular one sold last week for $24.49! I probably won’t get as much for it, but I will definitely list it!

Avon Charisma Cologne - 3 ea
I found these in a bathroom. They are Avon’s Charisma Cologne. I thought these were so adorable. I couldn’t pass them up for $3/each. I may keep one for my Master Bath, then sell the other one on eBay. I haven’t found this particular one anywhere on eBay, Etsy, or online in general. I just love the picture of the girl. Plus, look at the ornate detail to emulate a frame. Awesome!

Sewing Notions - 2
I also bought this bag full of sewing notions for $2. It has a bunch of neat things. See those big round metal things? Those are those “Cover Your Own Buttons”. Those will go great for some projects I have in mind. There is also some binding, needles, buttons and other things. Great deal for two bucks.

I also bought three canvas bags ($1/each), an 11x14 canvas (unopened, $1), and a crate of all three years to the Star Trek Magazine. Yes, I’m somewhat of a little Trekky. Don’t laugh…too hard! Jeff wants me to sell them. They really don’t sell. He wants me to at least sell the three issues that do sell separately. I don’t know what I’ll do with them yet.

Onto the garage sales:

Nashville Destroyers Jersey - 50c
ECKO Unltd Sweater - Free
The first garage sale we hit didn’t have much. However, we did find these. The first picture is a Darcy Hordichuk’s Nashville Predators Jersey. It sells around $45 on eBay. Pretty good for $0.50 I think. The second one is an ECKO Unltd Jacket. ECKO sells okay. But whatever we make off of it will be pure profit. Yeah, the lady gave it to us for free since we have to wash it ourselves. It was her offer, not ours. In fact, we told her we’d give her $0.50 for it, but she wouldn’t take it. I’m thinking she just wanted to get rid of it. There’s nothing really wrong with it, except for the fact it needs to be cleaned.

Charlie Cello - 5 set
Charlie Clarinet - 5 set
Paymaster X-550 - 3
Guillotine - 1
The next garage sale we went to, Jeff found this cool art set. The lady who sold it said a friend gave them to her and she doesn’t know where he got it. All she knows was her friend didn’t paint it. The only other thing we know is it has a name on it that says Charlie. We paid $5 for both. Wouldn’t they look neat in a New Orleans's-style jazz bar? She also sold me the Paymaster X-550 for $3. They don’t sell really well on eBay it looks like. I may save it for when I open my Etsy store this summer. Then I bought this guillotine for $1. I’ve been looking for one for a few years. It will be so much easier to cut multiple paper instead of using my paper cutter. (Which I still love and will continue to use.)

Buttons - 3
At the last garage sale, I found this huge bin of buttons. I paid $3 for the box. What a score. They also had a box of thread for $2, but somebody already bought it, darn it! I’m thinking this whole box weighs about 4 lbs. I might pick a few buttons out and sell the rest as a lot. A lot of buttons seem to go anywhere from under$5 to $35. Maybe I’ll sell smaller lots for around $5. I’m not sure yet.

Well, that was my Sunday. I had to make up for Saturday though. Overall, I think it was a great weekend. Thanks for looking!

Linking to Thrift Share Monday

Friday, March 4, 2011

Goals And Success!

I was really thinking about this blog. What I want to do with it and where I want to go. I decided to take it in a whole different direction. It’s no longer going to be a craft blog. Don’t get me wrong. I'll still make things every once in awhile, but after our move, my life just doesn’t seem to be able to take that route right now. Every once in awhile I’ll still do a post or two about the stuff I make, because after all, it is one of my passions. Plus, I still want to make my outfits and accessories for our trip.

So, where am I going with this? I have been thinking about my goals and bucket list. (Yes, I made one after seeing the movie! HAHA!) I have a lot on it. They all cost money. I love to shop, well, thrift anyway. It costs money. So, I started selling some of my finds on eBay. Right now I’m just testing the waters to see if it’s something I really want to do. If it works out, I eventually want to turn it into a business. But actually, I want to open an Etsy shop selling vintage items and down the road, I want to alter clothing into art and sell that too.

So, my blog will now turn North. Expect to see more Nifty Thrifty’s and hopefully in time, my altered clothing…art…things. HA!

Before I leave you, I do want to share a story about one of my first sales.

Caboodle Both

Remember owning a Caboodle in the 80’s? Well I had one and I loved it. Whatever happened to it, I don’t know. Anyway, I found this at a Thrift Store for $1! When I rescued it, it was dirty. Powdered make-up dusted all over the trays and on the bottom, the smell! Oh My! I cleaned her up really good (used a lot of baking soda to get rid of the smell, yeah, it was that bad!), and listed her on eBay. It sold the next day for $19.95 as a Buy It Now (BIN)! Wow what a profit! Anyway, I just wanted to let you know how my “test” is going and I’m thrilled!

Have a good weekend and if you go “shopping”, let me know how you did! I’d love to hear about it!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A Trip of a Life Time!

I’ve been to almost half of the States. I’ve never been to the East, except Florida, and the states we had to drive through to get there (yes, I count those since I was able to stop and see the sites). So, in June, we’re taking our vacation to California and Vegas! Although I’ve been to both places (a couple of times each), I have never been so thrilled in my life to actually go in June! You see, Jeff and I never got to take a vacation with just the two of us. Unless you want to count the time we took a trip spontaneously to Kansas City one weekend.  So, when we go, it’s going to be sans kiddos! That’s right! Jeff’s parents are so graciously going to watch our little ones while we get to go and have the time of our lives…for the First. Time. Ever!!! Not that we’re not having the time of our lives as a family now, but it will be just the two of us and we get to know each other all over again! I’m thrilled!

As I’ve been excitedly thinking about this trip, I realized I need a whole new wardrobe. But, I don’t want to spend to much money, so what better way than to make and/or refashion. Over the next couple of months, I’ll show you my inspiration and final products. Today, we’ll start with dresses.

This first dress is so cute. Can’t you see me wearing this at one of the casinos in Vegas? (Not that I gamble, I’ll literally sit at a penny or nickel machine all night with $5.) I found this pattern at Your Style Rocks.
Celebrate Summer

This second dress I found at Burda Style and it was made by member Squidinc-1. This is the cutest refashion ever and I see myself shopping in California in the Fabric District wearing something like this. Although there isn’t a tutorial, I’ll be using it as inspiration to do my own refashion. The great thing is, I’ll be able to use one of Jeff’s shirts, so it shouldn’t cost me a thing!
Ellis shirt dress

What do you think? They’re so me, aren’t they? I can’t wait to get started. Once I get done, I’ll be sure to show you the final products!