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Monday, July 30, 2012

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

What a time I had last weekend!  On Sunday, I was walking to my car to go to Goodwill and Wal-Mart, minding my own business, when my husband asked, "Need some lamps?"  Across the street our neighbor had 3 table lamps, 2 floor lamps and 2 of those little round 3 legged glass top occassional tables in the yard.
 I went over and asked the price. The table lamps were $5.00 each or all 3 for $10.00.  I chose the lamp I wanted and carried it home to get $5.00.  Then my husband asked, is there anything wrong with the lamp on the right?  So, I took $10.00 and bought all 3.  Two are pretty as they are but need different shades. The other one will have to be painted.  It's mauve.  So, I carried home the other 2 lamps and the crown on one of my very back teeth fell off.  Darn.

Then I went to Goodwill and Wal-Mart.  I came home with my 4 treasures from Goodwill and my purchases from Wal-Mart and told my husband they had a table at Goodwill I wanted but it wouldn't fit in the SUV.  He said if you want it, I'll go with you and take the truck.  We walked outside and the same neighbor had a chest of drawers out with the tables and floor lamps.  It must be my lucky day!  I said I would like to have the chest but felt funny about going over again.  But, it was just $20.00 so I checked it out and my husband got the dolly out of the garage and came over and rolled it back to our house.
Nice looking chest of drawers!

  Corkie likes it.  I love my sweet little Corkie.
  So, then we went to Goodwill and bought the table.  I was really nervous that it would be gone.  Now we have a dining table in the living room and a chest of drawers in the living room and I need a new crown on my tooth.  Fortunately my Goodwill and neighborhood purchases only came to $69.00 because my crown will probably cost a kazillion dollars!  I dread it so much!  It has been only about five years since this one was put on.  It never fit right and I remember the whole thing too vividly.  I just need to focus on the good deals I got today!  Focus, focus, focus, focus, focus, focus, focus........
When I got home, I checked out the chest of drawers.  It was so wobbly we laid it on its back to keep it from falling over if we bumped against it or the cat jumped on it.  Yes, it was that bad.  The back was just that hard cardboard-like stuff and it wasn't even connected right.  It looks brand new, even the drawers look like they've never had anything in them.  I think it is one of those you have to assemble at home.  I bet they bought it and after putting it together it was so wobbly they didn't want it.  My husband took the drawers out, the back off, put stablizing wood bars across the back top and bottom, then put the back on correctly.  Now it is strong, sturdy and nice!  We put it in one of the guest bedrooms.  So, now we only have a spare dining table in the living room.
This is the table.  It's solid wood with turned legs and curved corners.  Unfortunately the leaf was no longer with it.  I can't wait to paint this baby!
Then I took a good look at the lamps.  They were soooo dirty!  He must have stored them in the shed.  I apologize for the poor quality of these photos.  I didn't realize the flash didn't work.  The lamps were on the table beneath a light which prevented the flash and the shades blocked the overhead light.  When I was editing the photos I almost deleted them because they were totally black.  I thought they didn't take!  I decided to try adjusting the brightness, low and behold there they were! 
        I love the lamp with the hand painted flowers and curved handles.  The  metal base has carved designs in it .  This one is beautiful and classical.

               This solid white lamp has beautiful curves.  It reminds me of a 1920's dress.
There must have been something on the top of the shade.  Notice the dirt line! 
 This is the mauve lamp.  It's big and heavy and will be beautiful again after it's painted.  I loved mauve twenty years ago.  Done that- moved on.  I put the shade in the garbage can before I even brought the lamp into the house.  Then I had a thought to remove the cover and make a new one with the same frame so I ran out and snatched it out of the garbage can!

Not where I want to see rust.....         

Oh, yes! My other Goodwill purchases! 

I love this clear glass water pitcher.  It has some pretty unique features though.  Take a look.           
I'm no gourmet chef but even I don't need a recipe for ice water!

I really like this blue stemmed wine glass too.

And my favorite purchase of the day..........

This beautiful gravy boat!
I haven't found any history on this yet.  All I found was furniture but I will investigate more.

Oh, and first thing Monday morning I called my dentist and got an appointment for Tuesday morning.  He did the drilling with a jack hammer and pounded around with a sledge hammer and dug in with a pick axe.  That has now been five days ago and it still hurts.  He prescribed pain meds which made me sleep most of the week and made me very sick.  It was a bad week!  But! 
I spent the entire day thrifting with 7 of the most fun fabulous women whom I have ever met.
I will tell all (well, most all) about it tomorrow!
Love ya!
bye bye 



  1. I'll be reading to see just how much you tell :). Can't wait for the thrifting Post!

    Great find on that gravy boat!


    1. Thanks, Kim! That will be a fun one!!! STAY TUNED IN! :)

  2. I love your finds! Especially the chest of drawers and the table.

    1. Thank you, Ashley. They turned out to be better than I thought! Especially the table. I thought it was just a light weight cheap table when I bought it. My husband and the man who loaded it into the truck would not agree! :) Sometimes I find a really great large item like those and sometimes I just find a little item that I fall in love with. The hunt is always fun!

    2. Good finds! I especially like the floral lamp & the gravy boat!

    3. Thanks, P.j.! Yes, those two are definately your style!

  3. whoa! that's a long post... I think I should have taken notes so I don't forget anything that I wanted to comment on.

    Love your sense of humor about the dentist. that's exactly how I feel... I go tomorrow for routine cleaning, LOVE that! :(

    great finds, funny you picked from your own garbage.

    gotta love how that lamp will turn around with some paint.

    corkie is cute!

    ps thanks for the great comments on my blog. I answer my comments via email, but you're a noreply comment blogger so I can't respond. :(

    1. Hi, Gail. Yes, it's a long post but I wanted it all together for continuity of the story. Good luck tomorrow at the dentist. It's one of those wierd things that we PAY someone to inflict pain on us. Have you heard of a company called Dress A Shade: Slip Covers for Lamp Shades? She commented on my facebook page about these lamps and I looked at her page. It is such a wonderful idea. I love them. Some people are so smart! I'll change the no reply thing on mine. I set it that way because I don't like getting an email for every comment on the other person's post and not just those who comment on my comment. I can't have it both ways unfortunately, but I don't want to miss your reply! Oh, and thanks about Corkie. She's my 13 year old kitten. She was very sick as a kitten and never got very big. She's my baby. I'll tell her you think she's cute.

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    1. LOL!!! They get me every time too! I'm glad you enjoyed! :)

  5. I have that same pitcher with 'water' and 'ice' printed on it. It came with my new ice tea maker. (I got it for mother's day) It is very pretty on the table. Enjoy.

    1. Ah! An iced tea maker! That explains it. Thank you for letting me know. Yes, it IS very pretty. I love it.

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