Adventures in Thrifting

Over the past few weeks I’ve found some great items while out thrifting. The items are now all over the house just waiting for their makeovers. Take a look at what I picked up and let me know what your favorites are. Any ideas for these thrifty finds? Have you made something fun with flour sacks that I should try? What color should I paint that asparagus thingy?

This ottoman has been sitting in the garage for a few weeks. I was so excited to find it, it will be redone with the red fabric to match my red chair. Yahoo!

These pieces are from two different thrift stores. The lamp which matches perfectly to the lamp I got a few weeks back. Awesome, now I have a pair. One time I found a lamp that matched another I had and I thought it was the most rare thing in the world. I mean what are the chances I’d find a lamp that matches? In another thrift store no less. Pretty good I guess 🙂

This bronze vase was so fall-like I had to get it. And I won’t even paint it. Yet. At least I don’t think.

Do you like my white sun hat hanging on the chair 🙂

Just yesterday I picked up these flour sacks at a garage sale. I never thought I’d find any. Only $2.50 each. I got 4 which are all the same. And I know just what I’m going to do with them.

Lastly here is a small but exciting group of thrifty finds. Four hooks for $.99 each, a glass dome cover and this gray colored asparagus thingy. What is that? I’d love to paint it a fun color and put it up on the mantel.

So, what did you find this week? Asparagus mantel pieces, burlap for reupholstery, an amazing piece you’ve been looking for all summer?

Don’t forget to visit Rhonda’s Thrifty Treasurers at Southern Hospitality. There are some great finds over there. It will inspire you to go to the thrift store tonight 🙂


  1. Love ottoman! Haven’t found much lately, but over the past month or so I’ve hit the jackpot.

  2. LOL you got some great things! Is it an asparagus or artichoke thingy? Just paint it whatever color goes with you stuff! 🙂

  3. You found some great things. I love the burlap flour sacks. There is so much that can be done with them. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Wow, they are all great finds! That ottoman is fantastic, and those flour sacks are awesome. They’d make really great throw pillows! Can’t wait to see what you do with them!

  5. I love the colors in the flour sacks, looking forward to seeing what you have in store for them 🙂

  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your nice comment! I love your finds this week (especially the ottoman).

  7. Love those sacks! I have seen people paint that articoke thing white or a pretty blue!


  8. I love the flour sacks and I have the exact same ottoman. I bought it at a yard sale about a year ago and slipcovered it.

  9. Great finds! Looks like you have lots of projects in the works!!

  10. Great ottoman…also love the urn and artichoke finial.

  11. Hi Jessica –
    So happy to see that you had stopped by for a visit. I love your ottoman. You picked up some great finds this week. Excited to see your ottoman when it’s finished.
    Have a great week,

  12. I’m going to venture that the “artichoke thing” is actually supposed to be a pineapple – used in decor for well over a hundred years to represent “welcome.” You’ll often see fancy carved stair railings with one of these carved in the bottom in victorian style homes. You may also see “prickly” versions of these- meant to represent a pomagranate. Hope that helps!

  13. Hey! Yep, I call those artichokes & I Have one too, a big one that’s a creamy color. I actually like yours the color it is, gray is a great color for accent, so you might just leave it.

    Thanks for joining the party!

  14. Beth, thanks for the great info on the artichoke finial. Don’t know if I’ll paint it yet or leave it.

    Thanks all for visiting and your nice comments 🙂



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