thrifting on friday proved quite successful...my list (the written list that i could not find at the last moment, so i was required to use my brain power) went along the lines of
1. a wooden floor lamp
2. an old kitchen table for miss ethel to sit on in my studio (allowing me to give back the ikea number to our #1)
4. bits and bobs
5. a piece of old junk to paint 'mossy shed' on, so all would know when passing by that our house is called mossy shed
it was my friend Beth's birthday so a little group of us ladies went up to the 'country village' to see what treasures we could unearth...i had no luck with a floor lamp but i did find a little lamp that quite frankly made my heart skip a beat...it caught my eye tucked away on a 'high up' shelf...
"surely not" i said to myself... you know that feeling when you see something and can't quite believe that no one else has claimed it before you...yes, dear readers i picked up a little japanese wooden lamp in beautiful 'used' condition, i have no idea of age, nor do i care... even the electrical cord is a wonderful soft greeny blue. i checked the price, daring not to breath ("oh please let it be a bargain") the first price said $9, this was crossed out and next to it was $5 which soon turned out to be $3.75 as the vendor was having a sale. (even as i type this, my little heart is racing faster at the thought of my 'treasure' find)
next was some fabric, two pieces of it to be precise...the minute i laid eyes on it i knew this was the fabric destined to be my studio curtains...
then a lovely cream crocheted table cloth (excuse blurry pic)...
last but by no means least a lovely metal white side table which originally was for keeping records in (that's what i think, i don't know for sure but it sounds good...) now it houses my 'crafty' books just perfectly...so i am very happy indeed with the outcome.
i had no luck with a piece of junk, even looking through all this lot i couldn't find the right piece of 'decaying' something, so i shall just keep on looking...
i thought it might be interesting to let you know prices, i am always amazed at the items people find for very little cost. quite often when i come across 'lace' and 'doilies' in this neck of the woods i am staggered at the prices...it seems to vary so greatly from state to state and country to country. my friend laura on the east coast can pick up a great bargain when it comes to linens and slips for a lot less than me on the west coast. my mum across the pond does a fantastic job at sourcing great lace, at great prices and that is in 'pounds' not 'dollars'...
so here we go,
1.the japanese wooden lamp (did i mention it has the most perfect 'made in japan' stamp on the bottom) was $3.75, quite frankly i would have paid a lot more.. i put this lamp amongst some of my favorite things, heck i think it rides right up there next to mabel
2. the retro vintage fabric, one piece was 2 yards long and one was just under 2 yards. i paid $18 a piece, (yes that is correct "a piece") the vendor would not bargain and as the fabric was in prestine condition and the pattern perfect i went for it
3. the metal side table was $24, it fits perfectly in the space and once i got it home i was so glad i didn't pass it up
4. i also bought a 'vogue pattern' for $4 (i thought this a little pricey) could be wrong though
5. a linen tablecloth, with beautiful cut work and embroidered flowers, this was $22 which i thought was high as it had bad staining on it. however i planned to use it for the curtains in the studio, it was the right size so i went for it
6. crocheted tablecloth, no great age but in good clean condition, $15
there you have it, thought it might be interesting for you to 'cost' and 'compare' a little bit of thrifting...just one last thing before we go our seperate ways for today, you must excuse all 'spelling' forever and ever, or at least until i tell you..my 'spellcheck' is not liking me and refusing to co-operate...
she's working on her curtains and is very very happy with the outcome ~ Tif