Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Yardsales & the Flea Market

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It was a fun weekend of yardsales and hitting the Birmingham Flea Market. As I mentioned, the flea market was a let-down, but we all managed to bring home a few goodies, especially me, since I started at a big neighborhood yardsale first. Glad I went ahead and bought. I have wanted a little CD/clock radio for my downstairs guestroom so I can listen to praise music in there when I feel like it and I found this almost brand new one for $5. Exactly what I wanted and it works perfect too! You never know about electronics, but I usually take their word for it that things work and they usually do. Tried out a little Kenny Loggins on it. :)

Bamboo shelf

Since I’m a sucker for bamboo things, I couldn’t pass up this cute little shelf for $4. I’m not sure where it’s going yet, still mulling that over.

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Cute caning detail.

Aqua planter

Aqua and ceramic planters, I love both so this was a shoe-in at $1 and it’s not small either.


An adorable little black and white shell box was $1.

green bottle

Cute little green bottle was 10 cents. I can see a clipped flower in here sitting in my window sill.


Can you believe I found another large soup tureen, this one for $2? It was a good day for me. So, then it was time to head to the flea market. We all met up for some browsing and stayed here quite a while…..


Checking out all the jewelry and stones. I love turquoise and pretty stones.


These necklaces were already strung and just needed the clasps added. I bought a lime green set that Sandi is fixing for me, both necklace and bracelet for $9. I’ll show you that later when I get it back. There really wasn’t that much at this flea market that was really interesting to me, but we did find a seller who had some great vintage things. Found out he also sells at Scott’s Antiques in Atlanta once a month. I can see why. He had the best space here!


Lots of vintage furniture pieces.


A chippy garden piece that I loved.


This old cabinet was really pretty.


Vintage armoire.

Vintage glider

And some old chippy gliders.

So, that’s my haul for the week, mostly from the yardsale. The granite is in process, house is torn up from moving everything out of the cabinets. Ran into a little problem with the backsplash. Where I thought there would be a gap between the back of the granite and the existing backsplash, the bottom of the tile backsplash will actually have to be trimmed off about 1/4” or so to allow the granite to slide into place. Didn’t see that one coming, so that’s an extra $350 I wasn’t planning to spend. :( Oh well, that’s the way projects go, have you noticed that? Everything won't be completed until Friday and then we'll be busy with Mother's Day weekend, so it will be next week before I can get that kitchen all cleaned up and take pics to show you, but I promise I will as soon as I can. I’m looking forward to the finish line!

Do you realize how dependent we are on our sinks? I have found that out this week.

Don’t forget our Garden Party tomorrow! I hope you’ll all come back and share what’s going on in YOUR yard. It finally stopped raining long enough for me to take some decent pics (and then started another downpour), so I have some pretty blooms to show you. I don't want to party alone!

Added to Leigh's Tales of Bloggeritaville Thrifty Thursday post.

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kathi said...

Hi Rhoda! I had a great time at the Flea on Saturday. Love the photos you took. I especially liked that red dresser! The price wasn't bad either ($195) but too much for me. I'm using it as inspiration for one of my pieces of furniture!

I remember doing dishes in my bathtub long ago when my kitchen was torn up! I know you're going to LOVE your new granite!

sarah ~ a beach cottage said...

Hi Rhoda

oh I would soooo love to come flea marketing with you, can you imagine how much fun we would have going from place to place...the excitement would be too much!!

that dresser is gorgeous, I would love to have bought that and the old cabinet

good luck with the kitchen, I'll be waiting to see the photos, I am sure it will as ever look fabbo - I remember doing the dishes in the bath too, oh and washing the Beach Cottage babbas in the kitchen sink when the bath was out, so it all goes around haha


Rue said...

It looked like a great yardsale Rhoda! The old cabinet and the gliders stole my heart ;)

Have a great week sweet friend. I'm on a bloggy break, just checking in to see what you're up to :)


Cindy said...

I'm especially keen on the flower pot and bamboo shelf. I have a covered deck and that's where those 2 things would go at my house! Thank you for the great pictures!

Blushing hostess said...

Well done. I love a great neutral tureen to go with any setting!

Linda said...

Rhoda, thanks for taking us shopping. Believe it or not, it was your blog that inspired me to do garage sales for the FIRST TIME on a weekly basis. You can usually find some nice things and occasionally you find several really outstanding items. It has been fun for me to also find some surprise bargains for my daughter and daughter-in-law at almost
"give away" prices. Thanks for your frugal inspiration! Linda (Oh, I'm a sucker for tureens - great find!)

Jennifer said...

I love the treasures you uncovered thrifting this weekend. It looks like you had a good time. The "antique" space you uncovered at the flea market looks like a grand space indeed. I love chippy garden stuff. I'm glad you all had a good time.
Looking forward to your garden party tomorrow!
Jennifer @ Fiddle Dee Dee

"Blossom" said...

All the items are beautiful. I wish I was installing granite this week........... That will have to wait until next year I hope.
Thanks, for sharing.

Carol said...

You really found some amazing, great finds. I can't believe what you find, actually. When we move back from England to Michigan, I think I'll become an avid flea market and garage saler. It pays in the end. You have such great taste, too.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

When I go to garage sales I usually don't think about anything specific. That's why I had to think about where that table was going to go before buying it, then the light bulb came on...thank goodness it was still there!
The specific item I was thinking about was a white soup tureen! No luck! I love the one you found!

I may have something for the garden party. I want to take some photos of what's going on in our yard and garden's if we don't have rain, today. We are also planting iris for J's Aunt Ruth, so I'll see about pictures from there.

susan said...

I have a niece in Homewood. I may just have to come for a visit--with ulterior motives! Really, all the flea market things around here is junk!--even with an open mind :)

niartist said...

They have the best garage sales in your neck of the woods, Rhoda! Love that aqua planter, and for just a $1!?!? That thing would go for $70 in a nursery around here. Great find!

Andi @ A Little Piece of Pink said...

I LOVE that little black and white shell box! I am currently redecorating my bathroom in green, blacks, and whites- that would look so perfect in there! ;)
I too love bamboo. I was just over at my grandparent's house last night- I was actually shopping their garage which is filled with treasures just waiting for me to make them over. They have a slim, but very tall bamboo/wicker looking bookshelf type of thing. I am thinking about stealing it and spray painting it black. I may send you a pic to see what you think. Congrats on your finds! Have fun placing them in your haouse! ;o) Andi

Sarah said...

Love your blog...and your finds! That shell box is to die for.

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

I have a bottle just like that one & what a great find that tureen was! It's been too long since I visited your blog...I enjoyed myself as always!

I'm looking forward to playing Today's Thrifted Treasure w/ y'all & have added your button to my blog. (I know how to do a permalink so no worries *grins*)

southerninspiration said...

It's tough on the back washing dishes in the bathtub!!! Been there, but it was so worth it! Hope all goes according to plan...looking forward to seeing the new kitchen!


Loved the soup tureen!

Lisa said...



julie & joe said...

I love the gliders. Wish I was closer so I could finally get one! Then I'd have to convince hubby that it was a great thing.

Doris the Great said...

Great yard sale items. I have to wait another week or 2 here because it's still a bit cool.

So -- the Garden Party tomorrow. What exactly do we do? And how do I send pictures?

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

Hi Rhoda, See you found another great tureen! I haven't been able to do much yardsaling yet and the weather has been so rainy lately.....I'm itchin to get out there.

You asked about the faucet in a previous post....I think you'll love it, my D has the same one and I really like it.
Sorry about your kitchen mess, but it's all worth it. Can't wait to see it finished!

An Accomplished Woman said...


I have not one soup tureen and you have found another one. I guess, I either need to come to you and yard sale with you. Or have you come to Knoxville and yard sale with me.

Love all your finds.


Vonda said...

Oh Rhoda, I sure do miss you girl. The most favorite Yard sale I ever remember is with you and Rhonda in Raleigh and that wonderful bookcase we got for such a great deal. Rhoda, can't wait to see you hopefully soon. We will be only 2 hours away from you in Columbus, MS as soon as mid June. Take care and I'll shoot you an email when we arrive in MS.

Farmgirl Paints said...

Oh how I love a good flea market. Loved that red dresser. You got some cute finds.

Kris said...

Hi Rhoda, Looks like you did very well at the yard sales. Great buys. I especially like the soup tureen and the ceramic planter for $1...wow!

Have a happy day

Susan Lang @ Designing Your Dream Home said...

Rhoda, you continue to amaze me with your finds at yard sales...and the prices! I love when you do these kinds of posts.

Joanna said...

There is an award for you on my blog!

Susan Lang @ Designing Your Dream Home said...

Rhoda, would you consider doing a post on how to shop a yard/garage sale. Do you barter? How do you find them? How do you decide which ones to visit? What is the best time of day to go? Do you ever go the day before even if they are not open for business? Will you share your secrets? (if you have already written such a post, forgive me for asking...as you know I am relatively new to the blog world).

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You got some great deals. I have only stopped at one sale so far this Spring.

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Sorry your having a countertop issue - but as you say, that's the way it goes sometimes!

Cute little black and white box! Well I've lots of roses blooming but it's rainy stormy constantly so everything is drooping!

Have a good week!


Missy said...

I haven't had counter tops, cooktop or either sink in 14 days... It was suppose to take about 4 to 5 days..It has been hard... hopefully by the end of the week...everything will be in... I can't wait to see your kitchen... Missy

PamperingBeki said...

What great finds!

I collect those little bottles and they look so great with a flower tucked inside.

the rusty cupboard said...

I purchased the same tureen with the ladle for $2.99 how funny! Great site enjoy reading everything.

HeathahLee said...

Love that glass front chest! I need one! : )

I know about the rain...we finally dried out yesterday, but the sun has been sporadic at best today.

By the way, come on over to enter a giveaway that ends today! It's a sweet birdie tassel!

Sandra said...

What awesome finds! I love the white tureen! And guess what? You inspired me to go to garage sales too. lol Hopefully, I'll find some good things this weeek. I'm taking my mother in law with me so she can have a relaxing day. :)
Happy Tuesday.

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

What great finds! LOVE that little green bottle and lovely soup tureen. Aren't those neighborhood slaes THE best? My neighborhood is having our annual one this SAt. I REALLY need to be participating, but I just could NOT stand to be able to SHOP my own neighborhood! I would LOVE to go thrifting with y'all some time, if you ever go back to the flea market or find snother one. I'm even willing to drive from Mississippi. I think it would be soooooo much fun to get together!


Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh I sense some wonderful transformation will soon occur to your terrific treasures.

Vanessa said...

Okay, I so need that aqua planter on my front porch!! I bought one the other day and realized it's a little more turquoise than aqua like the pillow I have. Oh well. It only cost $1.50, but it's not nearly as cute as yours and probably not as big either! Great find!

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

cant wait to see your necklace! I know it is beautiful!
Great garagse sale finds. I will post mine on Thursday for thrifty thusday, i invite you to play along, if you want.

Deb said...

you got some nice things...we have to wait for the rains to stop here before the garage sales start up again..hopefully soon

Sarah said...

Great finds Rhonda! I am thrilled to see the garage sale signs finally popping up here! I can't wait to see what you do with your new items!

Anonymous said...

Two section kitchen sink-the pipe under one was dripping. Plumber couldn't come for a while. Boy did I get tired of having the bread board over that sink-so it wouldn't be used/leak.
Don't you love finding things and repurposing them? Such wonderful treasures you found this past weekend!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Great finds!!! :)

Jenny said...

It looks like you had a great time! I am on the lookout for a twin headboard, so I can't wait to get to some garage sales soon.

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Oh what fun! There is nothing better than a thrifty treasure, unless of course you add shopping for them with a dear friend :)


Tammy said...

How fun! Sounds like you had some great finds. Lucky lady!
I love those old gliders.

TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo said...

Hi there,
You got some fantastic deals!
I love that aqua planter! Seriously, I probably would have thumb wrestled you for it! ;)
I went last Thursday and I got some fantastic deals as well. I posted them on Julia's Hooked on Fridays party last week. I hope to do a little reveal of my junking rehabs later this week. Isn't it fantastic to take something unloved and give it a good home?

Katy said...

Really neat things you found and AWESOME deals!!

KMfamily ;-) said...

Love that shell box!
What a great find for a great price!!!
Oh, & dont worry - I doubt this blog would ever party alone..hehe!

Thanks for a great post!

Puna said...

I never see such great finds when I go to a flea market! Tell me your secret! The little box is to die for!

Missy said...

You found some really great stuff. I have been drug to just about every fleamarket in the tri-county area - when I was younger, my dad would go to fleamarkets (and probably still does) trying to find pocketknives. I was younger but I know for a fact, I never saw any of these cute finds! I am near some of the same fleamarkets - I must go and visit them soon!

Alchemy said...

That red dresser is awesome and the vintage pation furniture is just to die for! Wow!! Great finds.

Valerie said...

I love that red vintage dresser. My grandparents had gliders out at the cottage that looked just like the pics you posted! What I wouldn't give to have those back! They were so much fun to stand and balance on as a kid! Sort of like surfing in Michigan!

Happy Thrifting Thursday,

Peggy. said...

Great finds! I love the little black and white box and the cabinets. You are on a soup tureen lucky streak!
We are going to hit one of the bigger flea markets in the area on Sunday for Mothers Day...hope it's a good one.
***there is an award for you over at my blog.

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Thanks for linking up Rhoda! I loved the garden party too! LOve that!

Kirby3131 said...

Goodness, I need to get out more! You got some FAB finds! Thanks for sharing.

Chandy said...

Love your finds! I love that aqua ceramic pot!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

How could I not be in love with a post with the headline, "Yardsales & the Flea Market"? :-)

First of all, I think you need to start another blog..."The Tureen Queen." :-) I've NEVER seen an all-white tureen at a yard/tag sale -- I think they find you! I probably would have picked up many of the same finds you have here. Brava!