Friday, September 11, 2009

Thrift Store Finds!

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I've been hitting A LOT of thrift stores lately looking for more silver trays to turn into chalk boards to sell but unfortunately I'm not finding trays but I am finding some other nice things for myself! Here I am...trying to make money and I end up spending money! Oh well!
I found this silver champagne bucket for $9.99. It was very tarnished but nothing a little Wrights Silver Cream couldn't handle. I already had a silver champagne bucket but it was very cheap-looking and plain so it's nice to upgrade to a nicer one with more ornate handles.
After I found the bucket I kept picturing it loaded with large shells but I didn't have enough big ones to make it look nice! I kept thinking how much I wanted a big conch shell...well you will never believe it, I walked into a thrift store on Monday and found this huge beautiful shell for $11.00!!! It's over 7" long! If that wasn't the law of attraction at work I don't know what is. (if you haven't read the book The Secret, you should...it works!)
So here it is all full of shells! For a different look I filled it with dried hydrangeas...
Of course I could always use it for what it was intended...
I also found this Pfaltzgraff sugar and creamer set. The sugar bowl was $1.50 and the creamer $1.00. I couldn't pass them up for that price! I used to have these many years ago, this my very first dish pattern when I was just 18 years old!
9/11/2001.....We will never forget!

50 comments:

Cottage Rose said...

Hi Cindy; Wow I love you silver bucket... you sure did make is shine... and then to find that beautiful conk shell to boot... it all looks so lovely all the displays you made... have a wonderful weekend

Hugs;
Alaura

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

Great finds! Even here in FL, that shell would cost way more than $11.00! Gotta tell you...you have no idea how much I loved clicking on your blog today and seeing SHELLS! I feel like I'm the only one in Blogland who isn't showing fall decor. My pastel colors, pink roses, floral prints, and the couple beachy rooms I have in my home make it so hard to decorate for fall. It's really bumming me out that I have no seasonal decor to share. I know you have said in the past you are somewhat in the same boat with your color scheme so I guess I'm in great company. :)

Lou Cinda said...

That silver bucket shined up so beautifully!! The shells in it are so stunning!!!

Have a great weekend!

Lou Cinda

Colibri tejedor said...

que creatividad... se ve preciosos con las conchas, y bueno cumpliendo su función para la champaña se ve muy elegannte... me encantan las hortencias, tengo en mi casa.... son una flores muy nobles...
que tengas un lindo fin de semana.

Elise said...

Oh WOW, this is a great post & you have the most gorgeously beautiful site here. I had to stop by to leave this comment for you – and to say hello of course ! Your posts are creative and original and you have interesting pictures. It's all perfect ! Thank you for sharing your site and best wishes... Happy weekend....

Really Rainey said...

What a great find Cindy! Really beautiful... I have been using Tarnex on the silver and have never been totally happy with the results... but looking at your silver bucket and how badly it was tarnished I think I will switch to Wrights!
Yes, I have read the secret and its fantastic!
Have a good week end!
Rainey

Miss Mustard Seed said...

I love silver of all sorts, especially champaign buckets. They remind me of trophies (which are always so expensive!) I've been able to find 2 very lovely ones in thrift stores as well. I think most people hate polishing them. Great find!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

The bucket looks great all spiffed up, Cindy! I love that shell and it does fit in there perfectly!

There is that saying, "you have to spend money to make money"!

glimpse of my world said...

no doubt the secret works!! i love that book- i can not tell you how many times in the last year it has worked for me professionally, financially and junking finds!! Have a great weekend!

Charmaine said...

Oh my goodness! You always find the most beautiful things! I wish our thriftstores had such secret treasures! I love coming to you blog, Thanks for sharing!
Blessings,
Charmaine

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

Love the silver bucket!

Lynn said...

Love the silver bucket with hydrangeas. Different look that really speaks to me. Enjoy your weekend, but stay away from McDonald's. We will never forget!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Love the bucket with the shells.

The White House of Parkville said...

Cindy, Love your silver bucket it is fab-o with the shells!!! I just found 2 magnificent silver buckets and they are tarnished, but I had to buy the price was right! So I'm going to use the creme you suggest to clean my up. I will post them on my blog this weekend and maybe you can give me some ideas on how to use them. I think they are going to be fabulous this holiday season for tabletop decor. Your blog is always inspiring. Thanks Rhonda

Elsie said...

Good job Cindy.How long will it stay shiny with Wrights? It all
looks very nice,you are as always very creative and that is why HGTV
likes you>:)

Linda Q said...

Great finds Cindy! And of course you always display them so well.
I recently found a silver bucket too, a nice one and had been wanting one but you beat me on price. I got mine for $14.99 but still good.
Enjoy your finds!
The shell is cool too.
Linda

Becky from Tennessee said...

Oh Cindy, you have such good
luck thrifting. I need to go
shopping with you because you
always find such pretty things.

I love the silver bucket. It
looks so pretty all "shined"
up! Love the shell, too. I
love shells but don't have any
because I'm afraid one of our
pets will decide to chew on
them.....not a good thing! Of
course, in middle Tennessee we
don't have THAT many shells! LOL

You always make everything look
so pretty!

Have a great weekend!
Becky

Jeannine said...

The ice bucket is beautiful. I think my mother has/had one similar. Thanks for sharing your finds

Lisa @ On Cloud Pink said...

Cindy,

Did you sneak into my garage and take my silver bucket? I've been looking high and low for mine w/o success ;) Cindy, I love your creativity with the shells...small and big. I would have never thought to put them in a bucket like that. Thanks for sharing. Another idea in my inspiration files.

Toodles.

KarenSue said...

Good find! I just came home from the thrift-nothing. That's ok, next time.
Have a fun weekend

Love the Decor! said...

Cindy love the conch shell. We went to Grand Cayman a few years ago and My hubby actually dived down far enough to get one (live) for me. It is quite an ugly creature that lives in there, but we cleaned it all up and it is a beautiful shell. :)

Grandma Nina said...

The silver champagne bucket is beautiful. It was worth the silver polish. I especially liked it with the hydrangeas.
Also love your Carmel pictures. Lucky you that you can visit there often. I've been there twice but have to travel clear across the country to get there. My favorite place in the U.S.

Sandra said...

Hi Cindy. Great finds! I think the silver bucket is so pretty.
Blessings,
Sandra

Diva Kreszl said...

Great finds!!! I have recently picked up a few silver pieces I was drawn to...let's hope I don't get tired of polishing them!

Amber said...

Just yesterday I was thinking that I needed to do a search on your blog to find out what kind of silver cream you use because I have a piece I need to clean up. I got lucky and saw just what I needed when I read your post today!

Melanie said...

i have that exact champagne bucket!!! i gave it to my husband for a wedding gift. i, too, found mine in a thrift store (although here in wisconsin, we call them junk shops). i think mine was in about the same condition too. how funny! it looks beautiful!

~Melanie

Kim said...

You did not find that !!!! Gorgeous. I'm planning on thrifting a bit tommorow...you're giving me inspiration.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

What great finds, Cindy! The champagne bucket cleaned up well and the shell was a bonus find!~Patti

Karin said...

Lovely finds, Cindy. I like both looks for the wine bucket.
The Secret is so inspiring ~ I'm still trying to get more consistent at it, but it sure is amazing how fast it works at times.

Lisa said...

I love it! You know I think my grandmother got rid of my grandfather's golf trophies that would be perfect for this!!! Oh well just more stuff I'd have no room for! hehe Love yours! and your table!
Hugs, Lisa

passion4pink said...

You are sooooo lucky, I wish I could find some of this stuff. I have read The Secret too & so has my daughters. When we are feeling a bit down and out we remind each other of the book and boost each other back into the land of the living. Just this morning I was complaining about my job and saying how unstable I feel there at the moment & she reminded me to be careful of my thoughts & start to think positively etc.Have a great weekend, I know I will
Cheers
vicki

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Wow Cindy, the bucket turned out just beautiful. I used to have several sets like your creamer and sugar and sold it years ago at a garage sale. Makes me sick now.

Penny For Your Thoughts said...

Dear Cindy, Thank you first of all, for acknowledging 9/11/01. It's amazing how many people have put it so far out of their memories, the mention of the date doesn't even trigger any sort of response. Out of 8 newspapers we sell at our market, only 2 felt it was noteworthy to give creedence to the memory of 9/11... or some sort of mention of what horrible things happened 8 years ago. I still cannot believe it. I know that life goes on... but, really, without remembering the past, we are destined to repeat it. I have heard that so many times.

Thanks for Carmel. Beautiful. Some of those homes made my heart go pitter-patter. And, might I say, I could never, never, ever just "drive by" a beach. However, that is because I don't live anywhere's near the beach. I remember as a young girl going to the beaches in New Hampshire, Maine, or New Jersey, and I could always tell when we were getting close... the land would get flat, and the air would take on this certain and specific scent... and no matter where we were staying, we would always just pull over somewhere, we'd get out of the car and just go stick our toes/legs in the water. We couldn't wait! You are so fortunate!

I really like your champange chiller, and I was just wondering if there is anything on the bottom that let you know for sure that you could get it clean? I've seen some pretty pieces in thrift stores too, but I'm not sure I can get it clean. There's silver, there's silverplate, and then what? And if there's no mark.... how do you decide?

Hugs, and thanks again for another wonderful "staycataion" from PA to CA! Penny Sue

mythoughtsmyvoice said...

YOu really made it shine! :-) I like where you places shells and starfish on the bucket the best :-)

Cindy said...

Wonderful finds, I love all of them. I have been keeping an eye for white ironstone and anything silver. They are both so beautiful! And I love, love, love that shell! Hugs, Cindy
s.

Shabbee Chick said...

I love those kinds of finds!!! Beautiful!

Marilyn said...

Cindy,

The bucket is fabulous, and I love how you so creatively change its appearance with the addition of different decorative items! I've said it before, I'll say it again...your vision is impeccable!!

My fav. has got to be the hydrangeas. Love that flower and it looks stunning in the silver bucket.

I'm still drooling over your pictures of Carmel. I've always wanted to tour the area, and your pictures are the next best thing.

Marilyn (in Dallas)

Rebecca @ Belle Blog said...

you made some great finds Cindy!! I can't decide which I like better in the bucket...the hydrangeas, or the pretty shells.
♥ Rebecca

Kathleen Grace said...

Such a beautiful bicket, and the shells are perfect in it! I know some people love the look of tarnished silver, but I love it polished up too. In this case I think it is so much prettier shiny:>)

Cheryl said...

I still use those very same Pfaltzgraff dishes. They are wonderful. They can be dressed up with a simple charger or very casual/clean looking set by themselves :-)

I picked up a champagne bucket with a stand recently for $2-- It just never got shiny enough for me, so its been stuck in with my "pirate props" for our yearly pirate party!

Meta said...

What great finds! Love that oversized shell combined with the silver - so elegant!

Meta :)

Connie from Big Bear Lake California said...

Luv the Champange Bucket!! Great find!! Connie

Line Cathrin said...

;Mu cpomputer have been sick so I have been without comunication possibilities for ages it feels like. Have missed so much on your blogg.
First. Carmel is such a beautiful place. So man y pretty detailes everywhere.
Your cars sign is awesome so fun.=))
Your silve champagne holder did come out great. Really like the way you decorated it with shells and moss. Well done=))
Have a wonderful day!

Dreams and Decor said...

You always find such great bargains! I love all your new treasures! Patti

Dena said...

I had to giggle Cindy, I always buy things at thrift stores thinking, oh I could sell that...then I can't part with it! I dream of opening a little shop some day and uhm..I'll have plenty of things to sell if that day ever comes!

Hugs,
Dena

Charlene said...

That looks wonderful!!!!!! LOVE IT! And that HUGE SHELL is such the lucky find. I would love to have one too!!! I will need to check out your book suggestion. Have a great week.

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

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Judi said...

Hi Cindy
You did so well with your thrift finds...wow. I really like the bucket and it cleaned up so well...that conch was just what you needed. It looks great!
Thrifting is so fun eh?
have a great day
Judi

Jen said...

I love your silver bucket, you are the luckiest thirft store shopper ever!

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