Monday, July 9, 2012

Friends Help Friends Find Stuff!

The other night I got a text alert for this chair.  A friend walks the neighborhood streets on trash pickup eve and sends me text alerts for stuff she thinks I might like.  I look at the picture and evaluate whether I think it is worth putting on clothes and driving over to pick it up.  Sometimes the pictures aren't very good so it's always a gamble.  About half the time I don't feel like getting out and about half the time I go out I don't bother to pick up whatever it is.  I thought this was worth a do-over.  So it sits with my stash.  I'm glad to have it.   Free!


Then it was Friday - garage sale day.  I did some painting for a neighbor friend a few weeks ago and she wanted to take me out to a few sales - her treat!  Ummm yummy!
I had seen this little plant stand at a sale the night before and wanted to go back to see if it was still there.  It was, so I picked it up along with  a lot of the items you see below.  We were looking for some things to use for the front porch decorations for the 4th of July.  I love this plant stand - I think it would be way cool as a bedside table.  I don't think I have a spot for it in any of my bedrooms though so I'll have to think of another use for it.  It is probably a little too aged and delicate to leave outdoors year round. That tote bag got turned into a no-sew decorative pillow for the 4th of July.
I planted up one of the smaller buckets with red petunias.  I put the little Canada Dry sign in my planter dresser.  It has filled in nicely don't you think? Everyone should have one of these.  You won't regret it!  See how I did it here.
That wooden crate is an egg box!  I used it on the front porch along with the tea towels, blue dishes and the metal and wooden stars.  I was excited to find this little neon sign.  Of course it doesn't work.  I kind of blocked it in the picture - it says BIRD'S  It's pretty delicate so I think I will mount it on a board to keep it safe.
I found this mop bucket at an estate sale - in the basement of course.  The basement is my favorite room at estate sales.  I don't think it has ever been used.  The wooden ringer thingies are pretty pristine.  The jury is out as to whether I would have bought this without inspiration from one of my favorite blogger friends.
I like the bent up pewter vase.  It kind of reminds me of a trophy.  I'm not using the little ladder for anything yet.  I don't really like the blue so I guess I will paint it at least.  That box in the background is a work support - it is a tripod with an adjustable T-arm that works as a 3rd hand with long things like boards when you are sawing.  Ok so your not getting the vision....click here to see one.  I thought I got a good deal @ $6 but new ones cost less than $20 so maybe not.  But I have one now. I would never have thought to buy one - but I will be infinitely safer working with wood pieces and saws.

Seems like all this stuff combined was around $60.  I feel pretty happy with all of it.

Thanks friend Joan for a great day of shopping!

Make something wonderful today!

Karen

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10 comments:

miss flibbertigibbet said...

Holy smokes Karen!! Those are some great finds! I have a chair just like that first one in my garage awaiting the treatment! The seat cover is darling too....you could make it into a pillow! Good friend!! I am in love with the Canada Dry sign....adorable!

Cottage and Broome said...

Great finds, I love how you used the Canada Dry sign! And is it amazing what people throw out? If you get a chance stop by and see my trash pick dresser do over. Thanks for sharing, Laura

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Lots and lots of great items. Love the ladders, the buckets and the signage!

you do have a good friend to pick the trash for you!
Pat

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

That is some sweeet junk!! You have a great eye.

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

Forgot to mention I'm a new follower.

Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said...

What wonderful finds!!! I love the Canada Dry Sign! Hard to pick a favorite out of this awesome stash! :)

PS...Signed on as your newest follower!

Andrea said...

I AM DROOLING ver these jewels! lucky girl you are!

very nice picks, you rock!And thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment!!
Andrea
SCD

Bliss said...

I need a friend like that.

~Bliss~

Little Miss Maggie said...

What a super friend you have. I love that red glider. I'm sure you will think of something awsome for the ladder. Great stuff and I especially like the Canada Dry sign in your beautiful garden dresser planter. Boy, did that fill in beautifully.

cathywhatisoldisnew said...

This is my first visit to your blog. I found you when I linked (for the first time) to Miss Flibberitgibbet. It cracked me up because I do the same thing with friends. You really have a great pile of stuff! You may want to visit the great barn sale I attended this weekend.It was barn sale heaven!

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