Things I Have Purchased For Under $1

Friday, December 19, 2008

I am an avid thrift shop shopper. I love the thrill of a deal and the idea that I am reusing an item that is already on the planet. I hope by living like this, I am helping to keep my use of mass produced items at a minimum. Don't get me wrong, I love to treat myself to a little something at Anthropologie now and again. I just get a thrill from finding a great item for under $1. Here are some photos of recent finds. Due to 50% off sales at the thrift stores, I grabbed a few great items!

I am always on the lookout for vintage ornaments in good condition. I love finding unique styles and colors. The Christmas Tree ornament is iridescent blue with white and black trees and one sprig of a tall grass. Silly, but so lovely. The white snowy one with a red center also has a blue spot and a hanging red tongue at the bottom. The photo does not do it justice. It looks very much like a UFO. I love it! 
The framed cross stitch was handmade by Viola. It was a Christmas present to her friend Stella in 1962. Or so says the inscription on the back. All of the linens were half off, this vintage tablecloth is faded in just the right way. I have been throwing it over my bed, I am still swooning over the perfection of the color.

I made Oatmeal Cookies with almonds, cranberries and dark chocolate, they are sitting atop one of two linens that were purchased together. After using them in the kitchen for a few days, I actually think they will be better used as bathroom hand towels. So sweet, they are both hand embroidered. Really, really lovely. 

I am swimming in the sweetness of my finds, my home feels cozy and filled with items made lovingly by hand, or handed down, until they have found me. I promise to care for them with glee.  


Liz said...

Mmmm... loved this post. You are a woman after my own heart.

Thanks for all the support, and the comment yesterday. It was much needed.