I know you have seen this before but it is one of my favorite "re-do, re-use, and re-purpose" items. It was originally a hanging planter on my front porch. When I took the plant out... I found this beautiful ironwork. :)
The Charlie's Soap is in the cute container... of course.
The above picture is of a spur of the moment re-do that I love. My laundry area is in the garage and the shelf which held my "laundry stuff" was awful... more than ugly it was horrible. I suspect it was the original shelf from when the house was built.
I had talked to my husband about taking it down, buying another shelf, and figuring out how to put another up without removing everything around it. Instead, as I was looking at it one day, I remembered I had leftover shelf liner from when we moved into this house.
Hmmm... it was worth a try and within about twenty minutes... the shelf was transformed. No buying, no hard work, just using leftovers... more ideas than cash. :)
I remember Laine (Laine's Letters) writing about the importance of knowing good quality brand names for those times we find them in thrift shops (she knew the Cuisinart she purchased was a newer model in that particular letter).
I have found that to be true from collecting china tea cups and that knowledge was behind the purchase of two china "sets" over the years at Goodwill. You may recognize the place setting above from the Sunday Afternoon Tea pictures, I purchased it about five years ago.
I was going to just purchase a cup and saucer of this china when I looked at the bottom and saw it was Royal Albert's Lavender Rose pattern. I added it up (mentally, which is not easy for me) and realized I could get a service for eight... complete with serving pieces... for around $70.00. The real miracle is I had an extra $70.00 right then!
The silverware in the above picture is from a set of silver plated forks, knives, spoons, etc. I purchased at a garage sale about the same time.
Not too long ago, I came across the above china at Goodwill. It was beautiful and I knew from the look and feel it was expensive. Sure enough, as I looked at the stamp on the bottom, it was German Bavarian china (I later found out it is a vintage pattern from the 1930's-40's).
I did purchase just a teacup/saucer and I remember mentioning to God (Whom I talk to while thrifting) that I'd love to have the eight plates and six other teacups-saucers as I had no china that matched my teapot with blue flowers.
How amazing to return on Sr. Citizen Day, when those 55 and older get a huge discount, to find it still there. That almost never happens with china. As I told one of the workers I know at Goodwill... it was a sign from Heaven! So, for a little over a dollar a plate and a dollar per cup/saucer... I have, as my husband would say... even more china.
Did I need it, really? (I do need to find more of my "Thanksgiving" plates from Johnson Bros.).
No... but I had just received a gift from a friend to do something special and for the price of dinner out, I can set a pretty table for years to come. I also had a place to store it since I had recently given my sister, Bonnie, thrifted china plates that I knew she would love.
I truly believe God gives us our passions in life and once in awhile, enjoys fulfilling our godly desires. One of mine happens to be setting a pretty table and I love how He has led me to china, crystal, silver, teapots, teacups, linens, etc. that cost very little cash.
I don't have much room since we moved to our small-ish house in the country. For that reason, I rarely get tempted by going to garage sales (I didn't go to any this summer). So it is even more amazing to me how the Creator of the Universe leads and guides little old ME to be in a thrift shop at the right place and right time (and with "extra" cash)... to fulfill a desire of the heart.
He understands having more ideas than cash. :-)