Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Decorating with a few dollars


Above are the silk sunflowers I found at the first garage sale I went to this spring. They were a whopping $3.00 (but still had the $29.99 price tag on them).


I stopped by another garage sale this past Saturday and purchased the lovely cut glass lamp for $2.00. The silk flowers were a 99 cent find at Goodwill about a month ago.



At the same garage sale, I purchased the lovely violet "jewelry" for a silver candlestick. There are actually two of them but I thought they added just the right sparkle to this scene so I used one and stored the second. Perhaps I'll use them on my other matching silver candlesticks someday ($1.00 at a garage sale because the lady was tired of polishing the silver).

The silk lavender and vase came from a garage sale last summer (hmmm... either $1.00 or $2.00), as did the little birdie thingy. The sewing machine which I absolutely love... a piece of domestic sculpture... was free. It belonged to my mother-in-law. Since it could not be repaired, I cut it out of the cabinet in which it originally belonged and it has found a new home sitting here ever since.


Last... but certainly not least... I took everything out of my "winter" purse (my favorite black leather shoulder bag, also from a garage sale) and put it in my spring/summer bag... a $1.99 real Vera Bradley from Goodwill.

Other than the fact Sasha is waiting for me to stop taking pictures so she can snooze again... life is good. :)

One doesn't have to have money to have beauty.

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11 comments:

Nanny said...

I just wanted to come out of hiding and let you know that I've enjoyed your blog so much in the last few weeks!

I love to get bargains and Sasha is a cutie, even though she looks a tad disgruntled...

Have a blessed day!

Heather said...

Yeah - what lovely finds! You have a wonderful eye for beauty! I haven't been yard sale shopping yet, but maybe this weekend!

Kristina said...

Wow....you go girl with that VERA! Awesome find!!!!

Bren said...

Beautiful decor! It is how you place items that make them look appealing or not. You have the gift!

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

It's always fun to see your treasures displayed beautifully. You really are a thrifty gal! I love how you describe the old Singer as sculpture. It's true! Love the purse!

jane said...

What wonderful finds, Brenda! I especially like the Vera handbag, especially the price!

I emailed you. :o)

Jane

the feathered nest said...

I totally agree! Great purse!

Manuela

Adrienne said...

Brenda - Your new finds are just wonderful! I found myself saying, "Oh! oh!" more than once. I enjoyed seeing a bit of your home. ~Adrienne~

Karen Deborah said...

Luv the sewing machine, have had several in my lifetime but haven't hung on to them, they went in gargage sales. No telling what I've sold, can't remember. but the house is chuck full. you are right about findnig deals. we have this little junk shoppe down the road,... I try not to go in there.

fireflynights said...

$1.99 for the Vera Bradley bag? Good deal. I think it's a lot prettier than most of the current patterns.

Sandra said...

What a beautifully decorated home. You certainly have a gift and I so enjoy seeing pictures of your home.

I've purchased quite a few things for my home from yard sales and thrift shops. It's amazing what you can find for just a few dollars.