Saturday, February 7, 2009

A Thrifty Time

This past Monday Diane from Lavender Dreams and I went thrifting! We had such a wonderful time. We live in the same town and have met through our blogs. Diane brought me to a few thrift stores I didn't even know about! Click on the pictures to enlarge for detail.
Here is Diane in the picture above. See that birdcage behind her? She is going to do something wonderful with it and I can't wait to see it when it is done and placed in the perfect spot in her home.
Here is a shot of part of the first store we went to. I LOVED the huge worn table in the front of this picture. I could just see it in the middle of my dream French Country kitchen.

This is what I purchased at the store. A big pile of vintage blue willow dishes. The smaller ones were $1 each and the larger dinner plates were $2 each. You know I will be making something special with these at Lavender Hill Studio!

I wanted to thank everyone for your participation in the poll. I enjoyed listening to your comments about what you like to read about on my blog too. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

P.S. I have a new post up on the Home Goods Blog. Please stop by there and leave a comment too, if you have time. Thanks!
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  1. Hi Penny, You certainly got a good price on those lovely blue dishes.. I get so excited checking out a new places that I haven't gone to yet. It looks like you really had a great time.

  2. Those dishes are beautiful! I can't wait to see what lovely things you do with these babies! The birdcage that your friend purchased looks lovely, too!

  3. Looks like a fun place and a fun time. :)

  4. Oh my goodness Penny. What a deal on the Blue Willow. Looks like a great shop!

  5. Oh I bet you had tons of fun! I will waiting to see what beautiful spot those dishes wind up on.

    :-) Rosie

  6. Oh good heavens! You're the "Penny" that Lavender Dreamer's been pushing around! ROFL!

    What a good price on those dishes. This just further proves what I've learned about our local flea market...overpriced! No plate is priced lower than $12. Ridiculous!

  7. Hi Penny -
    It sounds like you had fun! I love thrifting with someone else who enjoys it as much as I do. You got a good deal on those plates. Can't wait to see what you do with them.

  8. Oh so glad you had fun. I dearly love going thrifting with daughter or a friend (or both)..we nearly always find something great and ALWAYS find a great spot to eat. :O)
    I love the blue dishes and know they are gonna knock our sox off when you have them into one of your great creations...
    Have a good, restful weekend...
    love, bj

  9. Love the Blue Willow dishes you picked up. I love it when I can get something fabulous and save money too! Great find. Have a great weekend Penny. Amy :)

  10. Hi Penny,
    How fun to have a new friend who enjoys such similar things! What a fun day the two of you must have had together!
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

  11. Wow, great deal on the dishes and there is nothing better than meeting a new friend AND finding new thrift stores:>) I tried leaving a comment at the home goods post but I just got an error message.

  12. OH, Isn't that table amazing?! I've always wanted one of those old, worn, heavy wood tables. It'd be so lovely out in the yard covered with flowers and watering cans. But then, it would get ruined and waste such a lovely table. Maybe I can talk hubby into believing that we NEED a table like that - lol!

    Hope you have been well lately. I've visited over at Home Goods a couple of times. We've been busy launching our new site but I hope to get around to visit everyone again soon. Blessings... Polly

  13. Penny
    That was a great find with those dishes. I know that whatever you make with them will be gorgeous.
    It is so sweet that you two met through blogging!
    Lee Laurie

  14. You both found some great treasures.. Sure wish we had a great thrift store like this close..I'm off to the other spot.. hugs ~lynne~

  15. Hi Penny....great find with the Blue Willow dishs...everyone is finding such great things at thrift stores...I suggested to Manuela that we meet for lunch one day since we live close to each other..I should see if she could teach me some of her thrift store secrets...

  16. It sounds like you both had a great time. I'm ready for a little fun myself.

  17. Hi Penny! Oh what a great time you must have had with your friend. That looks like a great store! I love the big ole table too! Now I love the Blue Willow dishes and I know you're going to smash them up! lol
    Be a sweetie and thanks for the visit,
    Shelia :)

  18. We had SO much fun! And I'm so happy to have someone with good taste and style to help me with choosing treasures! I'll be posting some pics soon, too!

  19. Hi Penny, I'm sure the plates will be even more beautiful than they are now once you throw your talent and creativity at them.

    What a fun day. The store looks like my kind of hang out.

    Have a happy day


  20. That looks wonderful and what is better then shopping with friends.
    Can't wait to see the beautiful things you'll make in the color blue.

    Smiles, Suzy

  21. Molto bello anche questo tuo blog.

  22. Happy Sunday! I posted a few pictures that I took that day! Hope you will stop by for a visit!

  23. Hi Penny,

    Oh gracious - what a fabulous thrift shop! Looks like they have lots of great treasures. The blue and white dishes are beautiful and what a good price! Love the bird cage your friend bought - I will have to jump over to her blog to see what she does with it.
    Have a beautiful creative week.

  24. It's always fun to shop with friends -- that is a nice thrift shop and those dishes were such a bargain -- WOW!

    Have a good week Penny!

    Hugs, Pat

  25. What a fun shopping excursion y'all had, Penny. Great deal on the Blue Willow plates.

  26. Wow, what a deal, Penny!!! I have Blue Willow, and love it!
    I'll bet you make something beautiful out of it!!
    And how fun to have a thrifing friend!


  27. Penny, I'll stay here forever on your blog if I can listen to Glenn Miller's Moonlight Serenade! Oh! How I love that era of music! *sigh*

  28. Hi Penny
    What a great find with the Willow dishes..great price. I can't wait to see what you make out of them.

    Its great that you've actually met someone who you've met here while blogging. Thats special.

    It sounds like you had a nice thrifting trip.
    Do you know I've MOVED to a new home at Blogspot? come by and visit...

    have a nice evening

  29. That table is a great find. There is nothing like a big farm style table. It looks like you had a fun trip thrifting. Have a wonderful week!

  30. Oh what fun! I love that table too. Those dishes are beautiful! I went to the Goodwill today and found a few more good finds....for a total of $7.00! I love it when I don't have to spend a lot of money. :)

  31. It is fun to get together w/ a fellow blogger that shares your interests! I can't wait to see what you do w/ those pretty blue plates - I know it will be beautiful!

  32. What a fun day …

    Looks like a great thrift store, love the table but really love that green right behind it….
    Not that I would ever buy it, but it’s one of those fun to look at things….
    Lime green makes me smile…


  33. Hi Penny,

    I love that big country table! What a neat store. I can't wait to see what you do with those pretty dishes :)


  34. how fun!!! looks like a wonderful day and keep us posted on what you create with the dishes!!! :)

  35. Hi Penny,
    Diane is such a sweet lady. Looks like you two had a great time. Wish I could find plates at those prices.

  36. What a wonderful way to spend the day...out antiquing with a friend. :-) And those blue and white dishes are lovely...of course, we can't wait to see what you do with them. They were a great find...and a really nice deal too!

  37. Lovely that Diane was able to show you some new treasure palaces! Those blue willow dishes were a steal!!!!

  38. I cannot believe you bought those dishes for such a wonderful price!! You can't possibly live in California! :)
    As Mary says "those dishes were a steal! WOW!

  39. Hi Penny:
    That's a thrift store, did I read that right? Wow that looks like a neat place to shop. And what a buy on the blue dishes. Can't ever find any bargains like that where I live.
    I like that birdcage too...

  40. hi
    you are so lucky to be able to shop and such shops... I just love blue crockery and dont seem to find much in India....
    You have a great great blog very inspirational and warm makes me feel like visiting in over and over again.
    here you will find that i have written about the plates that i have.