Recent adventures in thriftiness

A few of my recent finds…

Lounge Chairs

Last weekend, I came across these lounge chairs at a flea market.

As soon as I saw them, I knew they were destined to make their home in Alex’s office out at the shop. At $20, I consider this pair quite the steal.

Now I need to find a small table to match them.

JELD-WEN sliding door

We found a new JELD-WEN sliding door on Craigslist for a great deal, as well. It has the cool mini-blinds between the panes of glass. We paid half of what they normally cost at a home improvement store.

Sewing patterns

And on the same day we picked up the sliding door, I picked up some sewing patterns for myself. Someone had listed sewing patterns for free in the same area on Craigslist. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for free patterns.

When I picked them up, the gal said that she had contemplated throwing them out. I couldn’t believe that anyone would throw these pieces of history away! I’m so glad I saved them.

There are some real gems in the bunch.

There are also a lot of really cute children’s patterns from the 60s. One day I’ll get to use them.

Free Bushel Basket

The other day I was looking through pallets in the business park where Alex’s shop is located, and I found this bushel/basket.

It’s not in the best shape, but I can still use it as a container for some plants (once I line it with plastic and drill a few more holes in the bottom.

Free Scissors
One other random free item that I found was a pair of scissors. Alex needed a pair of scissors out at the shop, so it was rather lucky that I happened to find some. I found them in the grass beside the road while out running, but decided to throw them back down and come back for them later (I had the “never run with scissors” rule engrained into me, and I didn’t want to set a bad example for any children I might pass ;)).

They cut well, and as you can see from the picture, they aren’t in bad shape (just a few bite marks from a dog or something).

Estate Sale Sewing Goodies

This weekend I went to an estate sale and found a few sewing books and patterns.

I may have to do a short blog series, sharing the lessons in the Singer Sewing Skills book (pictured below).

The little envelopes still have materials for the corresponding lessons in the book! I LOVE finding unique sewing items like this.

Vintage spice cabinet

I also found this unique spice cabinet at the estate sale.

One one side of the door there is a chart that shows which spices to use on which foods.

On the inside, there is a chart that shows which spices go together and lists the characteristics of different spices. It’s so cool!

Vintage pins and earrings to make necklaces

Finally, this Saturday I went to a different flea market and came away with some nesting stainless steel mixing bowls and a large Pyrex mixing bowl. I also found some vintage pins, a key and earrings, which I plan to make into necklaces.

I’ve had a successful couple of weeks on the thrifting and salvaging front. Has anyone else found anything fun recently that you’d like to share about?

  1. Mary

    April 1, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Score! I have been waiting for a free afternoon to visit various antique shops for jewelry. I love looking for fun brooches and necklaces. You really found some wonderful sewing patterns-the Stretch and Sew patterns are hard to find.

    1. Becca

      April 9, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      I too enjoy afternoons in search of treasures. ๐Ÿ™‚ I was pretty excited about those Stretch and Sew patterns, because I love to find unique sewing items.

  2. Laura

    April 1, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    WOW! You have really scored! Can’t wait to go “treasure hunting” with you too ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Becca

      April 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      I can’t wait either! Get better quickly. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Rebekah Key

    April 3, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Wow Becs. Some great finds! Looooove the spice cabinet and the jewelry. Super cute.

    1. Becca

      April 9, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      Yeah, the spice cabinet and jewelry pieces were probably my favorite finds.

  4. Bonnie Beaver

    January 21, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    I am interred in the spice rack you bought at the estate sale. I have one just like it
    What did you pay for it? I have never seen another one like it. Did you get an age.

    1. Becca

      February 25, 2014 at 9:14 am

      Umm, I don’t remember how much I paid for it. Less than $20, though. I never did get an age for it. I wasn’t able to find much information about it online. Sorry, I can’t be of more help.

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