Friday, February 20, 2009


Do you ever go to the thrift stores, not really looking for anything in particular, only to find something you absolutely adore? Well, that happened to me the other day.

Sitting on the shelf, shoved way to the back, I noticed this darling cookbook holder. It was red with a bit of black added to make it look Shabby Chic.

As soon as I pulled it out, I knew it would be coming home with me. I looked it over hoping that it was in OK condition and if something was wrong I could at least fix it.

Well it turned out to be in perfect, brand new condition. Even in the color that goes with my red/black/white kitchen colors.

I was so excited I almost stopped looking, so I could run up and pay for it and take it home. I loved it so much that I would have gladly paid full price for this. But, it only cost $3.00! Well, $2.99 to be precise.

I was sure happy I decided to keep looking around because I came across these breathtaking lace napkins!

Again, in perfect, brand new condition. Still in the sealed package with the original price still on them.

They were originally $129! Yikes! Way out of my price range. But wait! I turned the package over and it said $4.99. What! Could that be possible?

There were two packages there. I grabbed both of them. If the price was right I was getting them. If not, oh well, I could put them back.

It turned out that I did get them for that price. Both packages! I almost fainted.

There were 12 per package. So I got 24 of these lovely lace napkins for less then $10.

Maybe I can use them at the baby shower I'm planning. I'm not sure how many people there will be but if there is 24 or less I'll use them.

The last thing I found was the great vintage table cloth. I love vintage table cloths and I collect them but I have to say I don't think I've ever found one at a thrift store in this condition.

It looked like someone had just had it packed away and never used it.

The colors were still bright, no holes or wear at all.

Boy, it sure was my lucky day! I left there on cloud nine! I wish every thrift shopping day turned out this good.

I guess that's what makes thrift shopping so fun. You never know what you will find!


Anonymous said...

Boy, you hit the jackpot. I like the cookbook holder too.


Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Joanne!

LOVE all your finds! Each one is spectacular in itself!! The napkins are just gorgeous! Hope you have enough for your shower. If not you could always alternate with some plain ones. Great cookbook holder! You will get alot of use out of it.

Your post about robin eggs was darling. We have always had robins build nests in the trumpet vines the weave in out of our front porch lattice. I always enjoy watching them. It appears to me that the Mom AND Dad take care of them. When it's time for them to leave the nest, the Mom stops bringing them food. Mom and Dad sit in the grass chirping at them until they finally get hungry and fly out towards Mom and Dad. I love the whole cycle. They will build nests on top of old nest too. Before you have a chance to pull the old nest out they've built another. One time Wes pulled a stack of 4 nests out, it looked like a highrise condo!! LOL So fun!


Hope you're having fun with Glenda!

Big hugs, Sherry

simple~needs said...

hi, i came across your blog while surfing around.
i love the napkins, you got an amzing deal!!

Unknown said...

Girl, you've got to take me with you sometime! I get so jealous of your fabulous finds!
Hugs, Susan

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Joanne, I was RIGHT there with you on that trip! I had the same experience a week ago..and again this past Saturday. My find this morning was a bookcase...and like you I am cloud nine.
My colors are the same as yours..and how I love the warmth they have. I am off to read more of your blog.. :) I am so happy for you. Be sure and take pictures as you put that little cookbook holder into use. I would love to see..and the napkins..oh..and the tablecloth as well!

DEB said...

What great finds! love the vintage tablecloth, and those knapkins, what a deal! I especially love the cookbook holder,adorable.

Wanita said...

What great finds! The napkins and tablecloth are beautiful.

Have a lovely weekend.


Michele said...

Oh Joanne ~ I'm so definitely hit the jackpot! I love those napkins...just gorgeous!

Have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

Love all of your thrift finds. I just went thrifting yesterday and also found a few items, however, I think your finds are just fab.

Hugs :)


Kim's Cottage said...

Oh my gosh, you got the most incredible deals! Especially on those napkins. Wow. I can't get over it! You lucky duck, you!


Anonymous said...


what a lucky day!
What treasures! Sometimes it's just like the sun is shinig on just you and you find treasures like you have and as you sad you float around on clouds.
I love all your treasures and I can feel the happiness all the way here.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Shara said...

LOVE that tablecloth. Perfection!

Mimi Sue said...

You really hit the jackpot. LOVE those napkins. And the cookbook holder is great. Mimi

Donna @ Party Wishes said...

WOW! Those are AMAZING finds! Can I borrow those napkins? You might not get them back...heehee.

Esther said...

It's great when you hit the jackpot and for little money too. I love, love your recipe holder. I would have snatche that one right up too.

Christina said...

Wonderful finds! I would have picked up the cookbook stand too. Great price.

Just found your blog from Diane's. Look forward to looking around.

Harbor Hon said...

What great finds! I would have bought everything you found too. I love that cookbook stand. I used to have one in green, but it was plastic and broke a few years ago. I still miss using it. xxoo

Erin said...

Awesome finds! i have the same cookbook holder but I paid a little more for mine :)