May 13, 2011

Frugal Friday

 Frugal Friday 

I was truely blessed today with a warm sunny morning and some fabulous frugal finds on my first garage saling day of the season. The first sale of the day was the best. It turned out to be someone I use to babysit for 34 years ago. I could see her eyeing me and trying to figure out where she knew me from. She said "No way!!!! I thought it was you but then I thought you looked 20 years too young to be you". Well, that was it. I could have gone all morning and not bought a thing and been happy as a lark, LOL. Especially nice to hear as I turned the big five O this year. I ended up buying
an old weathered old porch post ($10) an old basket with the bottom rotted out ( .75 cents), and a crib quilt (.50 cents)from her - all for a mere $11.25. Then Pat pulled out an old bird house wind chime with the greatest rusty chimes and hardware and gave it to me so it would go to a good home.
This quilt is just appliqued and machine quilted but for .50 cents I thought it might be cute in my old cradle for a while.

Just as I was about to get to work planting my basket for pictures the thunder began to rumble. I love bottomless baskets for the garden. I just mound up some soil inside to keep the basket in place and plant some annuals into it. This basket just saved me the work of having to cut the bottom out.

The free weathered wind chime is going to hang in the lower limbs of the big pine we just limbed up by my hosta garden.

Unforetunately hubby took the trailer my post is in and covered it over with a load of cedar mulch. Men! The porch post is going to get a perfectly prim white bird house on top.

 I came up empty on the next 3 sales but then I found a great sale where all the proceeds were going to send the daughter to Haiti on a mission trip. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
an old quilt all hand stitched and in perfect condition - $4.00. I picture this over a wicker settee' in the pool house we are about to build.
I also got a dark red pendleton wool skirt for felting for $1
and another winter white wool skirt for .50 cents at the Haiti sale. The lady wasn't thrilled to hear I was going to felt and cut her beautiful skirts into worms for rug hooking, LOL.

To top off my fabulous morning of summer like temps and great garage sale finds, I managed to squeeze in a bit of gardening. It never looks like much when the annuals are first planted does it?  But so worth the wait for the colorful show they will provide in a few short weeks. This is just a sneak peek of one tiny little corner of the garden - hot pink, lemon yellow and some accents of bright orange this year. After the cold wet spring we've had I was ready for some hot hot colors.

I hope your Friday was as fabulous as mine!


Carla said...

That $4 quilt is beautiful! Looks like you had a great day!

TheCrankyCrow said...

Mary, Mary, Mary....You are my "make-over," "re-do," "garage-saling," "thrift-store" guru....! WOWSERS!!! Love those quilts! I could go to every garage sale in Nod and never come up with a find like those! Love the bottomless basket idea - I use many of old kettles and pans for planting, but never thought of an old rotted basket....Hmmm...Thanks for the tip! Have a warm & wonderful weekend! Smiles & Hugs, Robin (PS - making any punchneedle pouches for sweet little dresses lately??? :o)))

*Kountry*Porch*Primitives* said...

Hi Mary, just found your blog through Tammy of A Primitive Place. Love all the goodies! I look forward to yard sales here but the weather isn't quite there all your babies...human & sweet!! ~Kriss~