Saturday, July 13, 2013

Time to Revive the Blog - THRIFTING

It has been well over a year since my last post. I felt I needed a break from blogging and from my creative endeavours. Then last fall, the creative energies started to flow again but in a different direction. I began to redecorate the house and see what I could accomplish on a small budget. My main purchases were from local thrift stores. After visiting the stores weekly over a ten month period, I was able to acquire some nice furniture and pretty bone china, crystal, silver, bedding, candles, paintings, and I could go on and on....

I achieved a whole different look in my house for very little money. Perhaps it's positive karma because I have rarely sold items I no longer wanted. I have always donated them. If I see something in the thrift shops that I like better than what I already have, I replace it and donate the old item back to the thrift shop.

There will be much to share on this blog over the next few months.  So today I am starting with the thrift store finds from this morning.

How about these stunning crystal champagne flutes for 50 cents each.  There were only three available but on those celebratory occasions when we open up a bottle of the bubbly, I never seem to have enough of the proper glasses to go around.  
Another find is this lovely valance which hangs on the wall separating the parlour from the main or great room.  Ever since the redecorating began, the living room is now known as the parlour.  I bought four panels of this sheer fabric with "embroidered" lace attached to it.  Quite a bargain at $2.50 a panel.

And later in the day, a friend surprised me with the above Royal Albert Centennial Rose bone china teacup and saucer.  She is in the process of clearing out her deceased parents' house, which is where this teacup came from.  She knows how much I love floral teacups and very generously gave me this beauty.

That's it for today.  Next post will be about a gorgeous china cabinet hubby and I found and how it really came to life with a makeover with chalk paint.

 The Shabby Nest

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