Monday, June 2, 2008

Yardsales, they were good

A newly thrifted linen skirt (from yardsale) and blouse (from Salvation Army), total cost $7. Skirt from J. Crew, blouse Gap. Not a great pic, but you get the idea. They were ironed, but you know how linen is. I wore this to church yesterday.
Here's the cute little cotton/linen skirt from J. Crew I was wearing in the pic closeup. Perfect for summer and perfect with my turquoise necklace & earrings.
Of course, I hit another yardsale on Friday a.m. and Sat. a.m. and brought home a few more things. This 25 cents little clock will be painted red and added to our new patio area.

I couldn't pass up this pretty yellow tiered basket for $4. And now it has a new home on my kitchen cupboard. I already had all this faux fruit, so now it can be seen even better. And all the faux fruit came from various yardsales. I love the detail on this little thing. I may move it eventually, but it works here for now.

A very soft, golden yellow throw was $4. It will be added to the den. It's a very nice quality too.
Striped square linen/cotton tablecloth was $2 and will be perfect on the new patio table. I might even iron it!
As will this hanging candle holder for $5. I'll hang this from one of my porch posts and it will be great for an outdoor party.
Someone asked about the patio project and yes, it's coming along great. I'll share some of that very soon. The table and chairs are cleaned up, I just need to put some teak oil on them. They are not perfect, but I'm happy with them. I'll be working on that patio project a little more and will share that as soon as I get more to show you! I knew that I would be able to find things to add out there from yardsales and have not been disappointed. In fact, we ate dinner on the table last week for the first time and it was so enjoyable.


And here's my best find of the week: You may remember this oil painting I have in my livingroom. I actually got this at a house sale many years ago in Atlanta for $20 (unframed), along with several other paintings that I have in my house to this day. This is a standard 24x36 frame and I had always thought I'd like to change it out eventually to something nicer. We have several nice oil painting galleries around Birmingham and I've looked in several of them. Of course, oil paintings are not cheap, so I passed them on by and figured I'd run across a deal eventually. And as is usual for me, I found the deal at a yardsale, no less! This was just about the same situation as before when I bought the other paintings. Some individual had purchased a gallery of paintings from a friend and was trying to resell them cheap, or so the story goes.
I looked through the stack and came up with 2 that I really liked and eventually chose this one, a Venice scene. I've been to Venice, so it's extra special for me and I love European architecture too. This is a shot with a little more light coming in and the next one is natural light, no flash.
It has very pretty colors and I love the tones in it. I know it's not a masterpiece, but it works for me and the price was great at $25. The reds and golds look great in the livingroom.
All I had to do was pop out the first frame and put this one in. This is further back. It's hard to get an accurate pic of my wall color. It's actually more gold than this shows.
And you can see how it works with the whole room. I just love it and it really changes the whole look in here! So you see once again, you just never know what you will find at a yardsale.

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Melissa Lewis - Off The Wall said...

I love that yellow tiered basket. I have been looking for one myself, but haven't seen any like that... and for that price!

Fran said...

I love the painting! I immediately recognized that it was Venice before even reading it since we were there back in March. Everything you found yard saleing was exciting!

Fran

Tracy said...

I also love the yellow tiered basket, too cute! You just find the neatest stuff! I haven't even gone to any yardsales or thrift stores in so long, been so tied up with other things. :-(
Tracy

Susie Harris said...

Oh how I wish we were neighbors! Susie H

Brown-Eyes said...

I so enjoy perusing your blog! It's always filled with nice surprises to see and some yummy morsels too...I haven't tried the pineapple strawberry shortcake as of yet, but I will...my question to you is....How do you stay the size of a "cricket" with such goodie to eat? It must be you've learned the trick of portion control or you have the metabolism of a gnat...LOL... All the best to you, Brown-Eyes

Beverly said...

I believe we are going to have to crown you queen of yard sales. You can don your tiara each day you go.

You found great things again this week.

Songbirdtiff said...

I wanted so badly to go yard sale shopping, but it was rainy this weekend. You got some great finds!

imquilternity said...

Thank you for your camera advice. I'm still researching, but appreciate the time you took to write me about it.

You do seem to have incredible yard sales in your area. Either that or you have incredible LUCK! :)) Either way, I love what you've done with everything! Thanks so much for sharing.

Judy said...

Hey Rhoda! Hopefully I'll be picking up the little bug this afternoon. I am planning on driving it to B'ham right now but since we haven't tested it on the road yet, I might be bringing the ole' gas guzzler! Don't want to break down on the interstate in an unfamiliar car!

I'm so excited about Friday! I'll be e-mailing or calling you later this week but the plans are the same...meet at your house about 10:30!

Judy

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Thanks for stopping by, girls!

Brown-Eyes, you made me laugh out loud with that comment! I probably do have an extra-fast metabolism, since I've been working out for over 25 years. I started exercising when I was young, just so I could try to stay in shape as I got older AND so I could eat what I wanted to. So far, it's working pretty well! And I'm still exercising about 4-5 days a week. So that's my secret. Oh, and I don't eat all those sweets every day (even though I'd love to!). I have a huge sweet-tooth and if it was around the house, I'd eat them all the time, so I try to just do those sweets every so often & for special occasions.

Most days, I do try to eat and cook fairly healthy, but other days I pig out with the best of them...and keep on sweatin' & burnin the calories as best I can.

Thanks for a good laugh,
Rhoda

justabeachkat said...

Lots of good finds! I especially love the yellow tiered basket and the skirt.

Hugs!
Kat

Adrienne said...

Wow! You found some good things this time out. I love the yellow fruit basket. Your big picture is fantastic. Perfect! ~Adrienne~

Rosie's Whimsy said...

I love how you thrift, girl! Fab outfit for summer and that tiered yellow basket is to die for!

:-) Rosie

joan said...

Hi Rhoda,

I need to go shopping with you. You always find the nicest things. Love it all but since Venice is one of my very favorite places I especially love the painting. Great finds. Been catching up on your Fla. posts and I love the beach homes, that bright pink one is cool. Hope you have a great week.

Tara said...

Ok, Rhondi, that's it! Come up to New York and estate sale shop with me, please?? I need your eye for a good thing! All here..great!

Dana said...

YOU are the Yardsale Queen, for certain! I am so envious of your yellow tiered basket (looks like I'm not the only one ;-) I also enjoy seeing your finds! Thanks for sharing!

Donna Kay said...

I am so jealous....I think it would be worth it to drive to B'ham just for the garage sales. I love, love that yellow tiered basket!!
and thanks for that incredible cake recipe!!!!

Glenda~Many Fond Memories said...

I just love everything you found. Wow, I guess you go to some really good ones. I have not been to a garage sale in years. I just don't think of doing it.

Again great finds.

Ciao
Glenda

Nancy said...

Hi Rhoda, I love that painting!!! I recieved my treasures from your give a way on Saturday. I love them all, I have even found a couple of mins to look at the Ethan Alan Book. My life has been sooo busy the past few days with Alex's graduation. I will find places for Rhoda Treasures this week and will post pics later also. Thank you so much for the give away, that was so nice of you, I will have to pay it forward, so keep watching...Nancy

Wanita said...

You found some great bargains! Like so many others, I love the yellow tiered basket.

Have a wonderful week!

Kellan said...

Ooooooh, I love yard sales and thrift stores!! You found some great things and they look lovely in your beautiful home. I love the paintings and the wire basket - so pretty!! You are quite the decorator, as well - your things look really pretty!!!

Nice to meet you Rhoda! I saw the posts Kat did where she mentioned how you all got to meet recently and spend some time together. I enjoyed reading about your visit and I am so glad to meet you. Thanks or coming by. Hope to see you soon - Kellan

Cena @ Unexpected Necessities said...

I rec'd all of my goodies last week. Thanks so much! I've enjoyed looking thru the EA book, and discovering all of the decorating styles. Fun yardsale finds, too!

Holly said...

I love the teired basket. What a good price you got on everything!

Reynie said...

Gosh you find the best stuff! Taht painting is amazing!!!

Susie Q said...

Always such perfect finds...and I never fail to love how you use them!
That tiered basket is wonderful!

Love,
Sue

Jessica said...

I love the painting so much in your living room! The colors just pop! I like the yellow basket too!
You did good!
I went to yard sales too.....will have to post some pics...

BittersweetPunkin said...

Oh Rhoda..what great finds!! I have not started yard saleing yet..school will be out soon and so will I...lurking in the trees on Friday and Saturday mornings..LOL!!
Blessings,
Robin

Mary Isabella said...

I really like that little yellow basket. It reminds me of one in our dinning area when I was growing up....Mary

Diane said...

Great blog...I found it through a link to another blog. I love flea markets, auctions and garage sales too! The yellow basket is adorable, and what a great idea with the clock.
Diane from MS.
http://diane1876.blogspot.com

Sandy said...

It's so fun to see into your house... my favorite? The yellow tiered basket!

Happy Day, Rhoda!

Leigh said...

Oh! My! Gosh! Rhonda!!
I am so glad that you stopped by my blog and commented. I adore your blog! Adore! I am so adding it to my list of "distractions".
So, did you find that green basket at a yard sale? You are so good. The sales I hit always are junky, but I love a good sale.
I have been telling nester she needs to come to my house to put my stuff in it's place. I think she would if we were closer. I just do not know how to "stage". You have that gift too. And it is a gift! Great buys!

SO happy to meet you! I will be back.

Jessica said...

Thank you for stopping by and the encouragement for us regarding our dear "mickey." I visit often and will have to comment when I do!
Have a blessed day!

Sandi McBride said...

Lovely Rhoda...I'm serious, I'm packing and coming to go shopping with you! And for glorious shots of Venice, please please go visit Merisi (I adore her) at http://merisi.blogspot.com her blog is Vienna for Beginners...you will love this site, I promise!
hugs
Sandi

Mrs. B said...

Hi Rhoda! What great deals you found. I love that yellow tiered basket. What great bargains!

PAT said...

I'm catching up today and probably tomorrow too! I'm moving sort of slow, after the extended weekend.

I love the yellow tiered stand!

Pat

proudgrits11 said...

Very nice!!! Lovely outfit, too! I love a bargain!! You have such a gorgeous home...I'm gettin' there!!

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Great finds there Rhoda. I'm especially fond of the skirt. Lovely shade.

Blessings,

Sher

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Rhoda,

You did good! Love the skirt and that yellow tiered basket is so so so cute! What a fabulous find!

Hugs,
Dena

parTea lady said...

What great things you found and so many. I felt lucky to find just one good item the last time I hit some yard sales. It was a McCormick teapot with infuser in a lovely deep pink color for $2. Like so many of your other readers, I love the yellow tiered basket.

Sandi McBride said...

Rhoda, if you go to http://merisi.blogspot.com/ and look to the right you'll find her archives...you won't be sorry...it's Mac's family that is from Alabama...Selma actually...his sisters live in Daphne...
Sandi

Mind Your Manors said...

I L-O-V-E the yellow baskets!! That was a great buy! Ok...so I have to know...what time do you get up to "yardsale"? You are too cute!

Brenda said...

Man wish I had time to yard sale. I have been checking in and you guys found some great things.
you really did good.

Handmade Housewife... said...

You definately have the best luck at yardsales! So envious of that yellow basket...very cute. I saw an almost identical clock in Lowes yesterday in the garden section for $29! You did great on that one. Love all your ideas, can't wait to see pics of the patio area.

KJ said...

You do have an eye for treasures! I am always amazed at what you pick up. Sometime, you should post your yardsale tips.

By the way... Thanks so much for my new little treasure. I received it today is perfect condition!

HUGE HUGS, KJ

Katrina Chambers said...

Great finds!

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

Love all your great finds! The yellow basket looks great in the kitchen & the painting is just beautiful! The blues really pop now.
Hugs, DebraK

Christy said...

Great finds! I love them all. Love the three tiered basket. I could spend my life looking around in thrift stores and garage sales. It's amazing what people are willing to throw away. Their loss, your find.

Donna Lynn said...

Oh Rhoda,
I almost needed a drool bib...that yellow chippy basket is fabulous! If you are ever even remotely tempted to get rid of it, you call me first thing, I will take it off your hands no problem! :)
Good finds, I enjoyed your new church outfit too...
XO,
DL

Rue said...

You have to be one of the luckiest yard-sale hunters ever! The yellow tiered basket is especially wonderful :)

hugs,
rue

Southern Lady said...

Hi, Rhoda ...

I just discovered your lovely blog and enjoyed reading about your yard sale treasures, especially that gorgeous painting! I know you were so excited when you saw it. I love your yellow basket, too. What fun!

I have a story on my "Southern Lagniappe" blog that you might enjoy. It's called "My Favorite Flea Market Finds," and there are two different posts about them.

I'm so glad I found you and will check back again soon.

Sincerely,
Janie