"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

2 bargains and a cake



I told you that I would share some of my purchases from this weekend.  Today I'm showing 2 of my yard sale finds. I love going to antique stores.  But, I don't love shopping at antique stores.  They are just where I do some of my research.  After I remind myself how expensive the things I love are, I have a better idea of what I'm looking for at yard sales, estate sales and thrift stores.




These .50 cent vintage bark cloth pillow covers, I like!  They will keep me cozy when I'm lazing in my tree swing.  They will be stuffed with 2 feather pillows that I will make from a brand new one purchased for $2.00. Had I bought something similar at the antique store it would have been the equivalent in cash to at least 2 days food for my family.  I just wouldn't do it.






This is the .50 cent apron that jumped into my hands at the first sale as we were leaving town.  Cute huh?








It's a good thing I grabbed it because this afternoon Audrey needed to protect her clothes when she decided to make and decorate a cake for prayer meeting.  I'll share more finds from the weekend later!

Blessings, Debbie    

30 comments:

  1. Very pretty Debbie. I love browsing the expensive stores and then seeing what I can find at a decent price or else trying to make it myself. The apron you found is something I would love to try my hand at doing and of course I need a cake too! xx

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  2. You ARE a good bargain finder, Debbie! The cake is lovely, too!

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  3. Love your swing finds!!!! Looks perfect for fall and enjoying the day outside! Okay, I remember MAKING an apron like that! Oh, my. That puts vintage right on me. =/

    Audrey's cake is beautiful! I am sure it was enjoyed and appreciated.

    have a great day, Debbie!
    blessings ~ tanna

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  4. I love that apron!

    And the cake looks delicious :)

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  5. What lovely treasures you have found. I am so happy you like the planting guide:)
    Warmly
    Linda

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  6. Love your finds and the cake looks yummy:@)

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  7. I do the same as you. I scout the stores and find ways to do it without breaking the bank~it is more fun that way :)

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  8. What a delicious bargain, that apron. Fifty cents!! It is adorable.
    And I will have to assume that the cake is delicious too...it is certainly beautiful! Kudos to Audrey!
    (Love the boy/girl story that you shared in my comments!)

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  9. Hey, I made an apron like that in Home Ec in junior high school...guess I'm vintage, too!

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  10. Ha! Ha! I "research" at antique stores, too! What great finds - the bark cloth pillow covers. I buy bark cloth ANYthing with an eye to repurposing. Speaking of which, it's about time I get TO it (repurposing)!

    I would have sprung for that apron in a jiffy! And I can't wait to hear the rest of the story about the cake. I'm ♥ing it already.

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  11. What fantastic bargains, Debbie! I collect barkcloth too. That cake looks sweet, in more than one way!

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  12. hi debbie
    i love the apron!!!!!! great find
    and the cake looks delicious!
    have a nice day,
    regina

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  13. I love, love, love bark cloth. And CUTE is not even the WORD for that apron! :)
    The cake looks yummy and beautiful too! Happy day to you!!!!

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  14. Love the bark cloth!!! You hurry and get those made for yourself.....and enjoy every moment laying on them!!!! :)
    Aprons are always on my radar....I really like vintage, but I use them so much they get really thin....I am considering making a few for myself out of vintage terry cloth table cloths (which I always pick since we use them on the seats in our pontoon-so we don't stick to the vinyl seats).

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  15. Very nice cake! I really like seeing the things you find at yard sales. I like the apron too.

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  16. I'm with you on this completely. I love my vintage stuff, but I want it at thrift prices.

    And the apron? Too cute! I'm an apron gal so I love to see other apron wearers as well.

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  17. Can I just admit that I'm kinda jealous of both the pillowcases and that apron? I love them both.

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  18. Clever lady - but I do the same thing. Always hoping to find the FIND at a yard sale for 50 cents that I saw at an antique shop for $50! Once in a while I get the treasure. Always a triumph! Looks like you are doing some fist pumping with that pillow!
    Joy!
    Kathy

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  19. I need to shop where you do...I looked at a vintage table cloth...over $20!
    The cake looks fun and I am sure it tasted great.

    Oh your comment on swinging...loved it, I think making our kids laugh is the best thing..and you know what, I got a little motion sickness when I was swinging and kept thinking "why does this make me sick"....Hugs

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  20. Apron and yellow -- fun find indeed..

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  21. Ohhh what SWEET finds you found! I love those pillow cases and what cute apron indeed.

    Blessings and ((HUGS))
    -Mary

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  22. What great finds! I love the apron, it's so sweet! And the cake looks delicious. ☺

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  23. Love the bark cloth AND the chicken scratch apron! I made an embroidered chicken scratch apron last year (I think) and it's fun to do.

    The cake is pretty and I'll bet yummy too.

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  24. I like her cake! Very cute!

    Your finds were sweet too. Really smart to scout the shops then find stuff at yard sales, etc...

    Deanna

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  25. What a nifty idea, doing your research in antique shops! I so love it when I make that find! Little dance of joy. Perfect for what you need and only pennies. Not the same effect, at all, if it is "want" instead of "need".

    The cake looks yummy. Audrey has so much patience.

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  26. What a pretty cake - and what good finds!

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  27. The apron is a treasure. I love how they would cross stitch designs on gingham fabric. I have taught Charlotte how to cross stitch in that manner.

    The cake's icing color is perfect! The message too.

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  28. Great finds. LOVE the barkcloth!! Clarice

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  29. So nicely iced, A! Let the church say, "Amen!"

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