July 30, 2011

Frugal Friday

It's Frugal Friday!!!

I had such a great week. I got the most comfy new sandals ever. Might not sound like much to you, but with feet like mine it's a miracle. I wish I could say they were part of frugal friday, LOL. They definately were not frugal. Some things are worth paying more for and happy feet are one of them. Maybe not the cutest sandals I ever had, but these were more comfy on the first time out than my broke in Brooks running shoes.
The hot steamy weather has returned for the weekend. Five glorious hours spent in the pool today. I guess that could be a frugal moment since I swam in an $80 swimsuit I got for $24.00. I saw it at $80 but I held out and hope and prayed and it paid off. Yeah! Now if only the suit looked like that on me. Too much ice cream on my hips, and thighs, and backside. Oh well, not exactly a primitive subject anyway.
 In re-sale I got a lovely light blue tablecloth that looks like new for $1.50. A nice spring color for Easter Sunday or Mother's Day. I also got a little mini prim basket for .25 cents and a little tin watering can for .25 cents. I hang these baskets on one of my x-mas tree's and the watering can's and mini garden tools go on my easter tree with my chocolate molds. No pics though. not exciting enough to bother.  ;o)

Those things were hardly worth a mention after my spree yesterday though. I have to say it was a bitter sweet day. Sharon of Saltbox farm was having a bit of a fire sale. Her beautiful shop burned last month. Everything she could salvage and then some was being stored in her barn and needed to be cleared out so she could do a remodel in there. Perhaps this is where she is relocating her store to? Anyway, she had some amazing deals and steals and I did my very best to help her clear it out.
First up, I had admired this beautiful little stenciled chest on a couple of my visits to her shop. I was beside myself when I saw it. There wasn't a tag on it and when Sharon told me $25.00  I think my jaw hit the ground. "SOLD!!!!" I say.
I bought a couple woven placemats by American Heritage. One in navy and another in brown. Just $5 each. I just can't get enough of their stuff and the placemats are great for putting baskets and trenchers and bowls.

Now here's proof I love American Heritage. Or maybe it's proof the price was too good to resist. I bought 3 brown woven swag valances for my livingroom. Maybe I should mention here that I have a huge hideous window in there that these swags will not work on at all. But someday, when I finally do get new windows (3 double hungs) I will be ready!!! Regular $45 a swag, they were priced just  $10 each. I think I have scabs on my chin from my mouth hanging open and dragging as I shopped. These are the folded swags with a pile of votives and melting tarts I bought for .50 ea. The house smells like hot buttered rum at the moment. Mmmmm...... Hubby came home from work and thought I was baking something.
I also bought 2 punched tin tart burners to use with the tarts. Regular $20 and $24 for $10 each. The small lantern here is the one I put in the bathroom. The larger lantern is a prior saltbox purchase. It was in a clearance bin and it was mustard.

And here's the second tart burner on my new table/chest along with 5 packages of 1803 flameless candles. Regular (I think) was $6, sale priced $2 ea.

I've wanted one of these spikey iron hangers for my mantle forever. Now I just need to figure out where my mantle hooks got put away at. It's going to be perfect hanging next to the lantern I bought at her Summer Fest 2 weeks ago.
And finally, the one thing I had in mind I HAD TO HAVE when I drove the 50 miles to the sale, a bundle of twigs. I had seen this at her summer faire and didn't want to carry it around. I had planned to grab one when I was done browsing. Well, half way home (25 miles away) I realized my blunder and that I forgot to grab it. Ugh! So yesterday I was lucky enough to get one of the few remaining. It's the coolest thing. Each twig is held together with a series of tiny nails. It all pulls out and spreads (kinda like those old accordian cup racks). When it pulls out in a continuous circle it becomes a perfect holder for a big bowl for a bird bath. Now I just need a big bowl, LOL. Regular $5 for $4.00.
After I spent more than I knew hubby would approve (because I've been spending a LOT lately) I took my camera and toured the beautiful gardens there. Wow! Sharon has so many wonderful ideas in her prim garden. The visit before, my aunt and I just walked and oooo'd and ahhhh'd and wished we had a camera. So this trip was a wonderful opportunity to get some pics. Here's just a couple of my favorites.

The picture above is genious! That little flower pot is holding a little sprinkler head up. Looks cute as can be, makes it easy to find the heads, and keeps the lookyloo's like myself from stepping on them. Genius I tell ya!!!!
Here's the Saltbox Farm Picture trail link to see some of Sharon's own photo's -

So here it is once again, after 1:00 am. No longer Friday. Perhaps if I had spent less time in the pool? Nah............ Better late than never.

PS - I already have Mondays make-over complete and photographed so I might actually be on time with my Monday posting. Till then..............


TheCrankyCrow said...

Inquiring minds want to know Missy Mary - are you all prune-skinned about now? ;o) Seriously, girl - NOBODY does frugal like you!! Holy cow!! I wanna go shopping with you!!! 'Cept something tells me we'd be squabbling all over the place 'cuz we'd be wanting the same things...I LOVE that chest you stole. That is an absolutely RIDICULOUSLY great price! And Heirloom Weavers is my fav...Funny - I drove to "tent" sale at one my favorite prim shops yesterday (an hour and a half away) - I bought a curtain valance for a window I don't have either!! (And it wasn't $10 either!!! I just wanted it! [Actually, thinking about trying to modify it to make some a shelf cover-up...hmmmm...we'll see....]) Beautiful, beautiful, garden photos....Think I could live there...Have a great week ahead....Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Whispering Hills Studio said...

I love your stenciled chest!! What a bargain!! You sure do get the best deals!!

Saltbox Farm said...

I'm so happy to see you enjoyed the big sale here at the Farm, Mary...although like you say, bittersweet, it had to be done. Now we are on our way to remaking the front of the Barn...into something!!! Your words are so kind in regards to Saltbox Farm, the gardens etc....thank you so much. Now....I need to get some new pics up on that PictureTrail link you were so kind to share ")
Take care,