Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Thrifty Thursday: Have Camera - Will Post

I'm Baaaaack! I can't tell you how much I've missed blogging. It has been killing me! And I can't even blame it on the fact that I haven't had a camera. It just seems like as soon as Summer hit, I got extremely busy. Which sounds backwards, I know, since usually the pace slows down in the Summer. I'll blame it on yardsales. The fact is, the more I yardsale, the more projects I accumulate. I've been on a real roll lately with the projects, but regrettably, I keep forgetting to take BEFORE pictures. I guess I'm still so new to blogging, that the instinct to snap a pic hasn't kicked in yet. It's not until I take a break to enjoy my finished product that I stand back, and say, "Gee, I can't wait to show this on my blog..........CRAP!" Does anyone else out there suffer from this absentmindedness??

Today was one of those days when I was SUPPOSED to take a break from all of the projects and take care of the mess that has become my living space. Having the kids home from school has truly taken its toll on my poor home. I'm trying desperately to let it roll off my back, but what with my OCD thing, it's kinda, well, hard. So today, I set aside the whole afternoon to do a total sweep of the entire house - a quick clean sweep. Just tidying up actually, the deep cleaning will have to wait until Back to School. I figure, why bother, I won't even get two seconds to enjoy the cleanliness before the whole house gets torn apart again. But herein lies another problem, and please let me know if you share in this dilemma. My quick, clean-sweep/10 second tidies are taking me HOURS!!!! What's up with THAT???????? Will someone please explain this to me?

Sorry, just had to vent. So as I was saying, I had the whole afternoon set aside I was having a smooth morning. Took my spin class, dropped Amy off at Art Lessons, grabbed a cup of coffee and read the paper while I waited for Art to get over, then went to the bank to get money to pay for said lesson, and that's when it started. There was a holdup at my bank. Scary, I know, but instead of being freaked out, I left the bank parking lot, which was surrounded by police, in an OCD inspired snit. So NOW, I had to find an ATM and the closest one was a little out of the way. SOOOOO, I had to take an alternate route to pick up Amy from her lesson. That's when I spotted it. A YARDSALE! Yup, you heard me right, a middle-of-the-week, hump-day, Wednesday Yard Sale. Well, putting everything into perspective, I quickly figured out that the bank robbers actually had ME in mind when they held up the bank! They knew I would NEVER have passed that yardsale had my ATM been available.

Now, these folks hosting the yardsale were Hurricane Katrina victims who relocated here after the tragedy. They had an overwhelming response of donations from the Goodwill and were wanting to give back to the community. They had so many treasures and these dear people just wanted to find new homes for them. They graciously let me make a pile of goodies and pick my price. I settled on these things for a mere $20. So, with a nod to Bonnie and Clyde, I share with you my mid-week bargains.

A small silver bowl I filled with vintage Trifari jewelry pieces.

A mystery piece of Nippon China. If anyone knows what this is called, please tell!

Sadly, this adorable white pitcher and creamer were without the sugar bowl. I searched in vain for it, but it was nowhere to be found.

The two vases in the background still had the Kohl's stickers on the bottom, I only wanted one, but she insisted I take the other one too. I'm glad she did, because I found the perfect home for them in my new/old hutch. Also, a large distressed green bowl, that is way heavier than it looks. And, of course, I couldn't resist more old books.

I saved the best for last. This sweet cherub lamp was the first thing I saw when I got there and I quickly snatched it up, not even knowing the cost. I just refinished an old vintage desk for Amy's room and it needed a new lamp, so this one was perfect.

It's great to be back. Thanks for checking in - I can't wait to read all of your wonderfully inspiring posts! And while I'm at it, I think I'll join in the Thrifty Thursday fun over at Leigh's from Tales From Bloggeritaville. Go check out Leigh's blog for other great thrifty finds and to listen to her great background music - seriously, it's awesome!!


Stacey said...

Way to go! It's a good thing that bank got robbed. :) You know I'm kidding.

TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo said...

Hi Kim!
Oh how I've missed you! I was just thinking of you today and was about to shoot you an e-mail. I'm glad to see that you are back. And with a camera. Yay!
The summer gets away from us sometimes, doesn't it? I too have a kajillion projects in the works, and unfortunately my house does often take a hit.
My motto is that life goes on. It changes and grows and moves so fast. Our children grow. If my house is not always organized (or super clean) my kids will probably not remember that. They will remember me being there though. That's what I tell myself to get over the guilt of a ridiculously messy house! ;) Whatever helps you sleep at night, right?! Ha ha!
I'm looking forward to catching up.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Girl I was getting ready to put your face on Milk Cartons ha ha!! Glad your back my friend...and wow did you hit pay dirt with all these great finds..and don't worry about the house until the kids go back to school..Trust me it will wait for you ha ha!! May you have a great week my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Nancy said...

Kim, It's good to have you back!!! You found some great things there!!!! I love the lamp and the vases!!!! Nancy

Nancy said...

Hi! Glad you're back! Oh, my! You found some really neat things! I love the lamp the best. That is so stinkin cute!


Glenda/MidSouth said...

You got some really good deals. Good thing you did not go to the bank earlier, you might have been there when it happened. Know what you mean about a clean sweep taking hours.

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi Kim!

Wow, yu got some nice things! I love the lamp. Good thing you weren't at the bank when it happened. Sometimes we are pleasantly suprised when things go differently than what we planned. I am participating in Vintage Thursday today, hosted by Colorado Lady. Come by and say hello!


Susie Q said...

I'm not so sure that leaving the bank in a snit due to a bank robbery is exactly OCD. I think it is more like the audacity of those idiots to be totally and completely inconsiderate of your time and oh, yardsale. Never mind ;D

Ali said...

great stuff! I love the pitcher & creamer, too bad about the sugar bowl. Maybe one will turn up somewhere ;-)

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Hey Kim! So glad to have you back. I have missed you and checked in periodically. I feel exactly like you, overwhelmed this summer, with whatnot. Nothing in particular, I just cannot seem to get "it" all done. I am glad you are ok. Dont be a stranger, ok?
I love your thrifty finds! That lamp is precious and will be adorable in her room. The vases-awesome. Love the Nippon. I too love old books. Gosh you found lots of goodies at a steal! Thanks for linking up, my friend! Glad you'e back!

Cheri Peoples said...

Just stopping by to see how all my lovely ladies are doing.

Come by for my GIVE-A-WAY this week by 10 pm Fri.
and then check out our newest addition.


Melissa Miller said...

~WOW! I LOVE the pitcher and creamer! ~Gorgeous finds. ;)

Sharlotte said...

Hi Kim,

I agree with you about Design Star. I too adore Candice - I love her style ~ and yes it's getting predictable ~ but I love recessed lighting! And Vern ~ I think he's got his heart in the right place. Genevieve? Well, I'm not sure about her yet {and yes, I remember her from Trading Spaces!}... Didn't like the pink geese at all.
I know exactly what you mean about kids and their "stuff". My oldest just got his things are mainly gone :( but my youngest has his things ~ basically he has the entire upstairs, his trail just keeps getting longer...I don't even like to venture up there! I always start cleaning, but it NEVER stays that way! Ughhh..
Great finds at your yard sale... I really like the pitcher too, perhaps you can find the missing piece soon.