Thursday, February 11, 2010

Very Thrifty Extra Nifty Finds

I've decided to join my first blog parties. I hope I am doing this right. I am learning more and more everyday about blogging. Now if only I could figure out picture posting, I'd be one happy lady.

I have joined up with:
Vintage Thingies Thursdays with the very kind Suzanne aka Coloradolady.
And in the same vein I joined Leigh's party at Tales from Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursday.

There are fantastic things to see at both. I have included their buttons below and in my sidebar. I love seeing everyone's treasures. We all find such a different assortment at our different regional thrifts or whatnots. Please go and enjoy the finds at Vintage Thingies Thursdays.

Anyhow, here is a look at some of my nifty thrifty finds...

I don't really get into Valentine's Day in a romantic way BUT my mom always gave us a lil something on Valentine's Day to remind us she loved us. It's a wonderful opportunity to remind my children and even Mr. Nifty of how important family and loved ones really are.

So anyhow...on a recent treck to my local Habitat store I spotted this here lil basket. I assume someone not too long ago made this with a generic crafting basket. I can't tell if this someone used real vintage Valentines to decoupage or reprints. I can't find dates, only made in the USA on some of them. I shall assume they are not vintage. The buttons decorating the handles do look vintage though. It was charming and I paid a whopping 50 cents for it. :)

My 5 year old daughter claimed it. Can you blame her?
It had a surprise matching box tucked inside and also had a coaster size doily too.

Next nifty find is my chippy lil Shriner planter. Isn't he a handsome ol' bloke? His paint has obviously seen better days, but strangely enough his face is handsome as ever. Frankly his man-makeup is more artfully applied than my own :) He needs a name, but I am drawing a blank...any ideas?

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My absolute favorite thrift store find EVER, looks vintage to me and squeaks like an oldie, but don't know how to tell exactly. Do you?

The reasons I am left to wonder: there are no markings that I can find. I think it did say USA on one of the metal pieces, but no labels or companies. Secondly the distressing on the back seems a bit off to me. It seems to all be concentrated in the back. Is that normal? What do you think? I know reproductions are made, so if anyone knows the difference please drop me a line. Either ways she is beautiful and I certainly wasn't robbed. I declare her the niftiest find yet.

After the pics I'll tell ya what I paid for her...and yes, she is most definitely a girl cuz she is so perty :)

(That's my 125lb Neapolitan Mastiff getting a tan in the background :)

Isn't she glorious? The desk chair I was using was an embarrassment. My cats made a scratching post of my old chair. It was literally dropping stuffing everywhere courtesy of those evil furballs. The thrifting gods were kind and sent me this divine intervention. Hopefully the cats won't find a way to claw this one though I wouldn't put it past them.

PS...she was $4.99. How's that for a bargain?
Anyhow thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again :)
~Brightest blessings~

Karina aka thasnifty


  1. Glad to see ya back posting ~ I loved your auction story ~ I'm sure you did the right thing by walking away, it's easy to get caught up. The Valentine box is adorable too. Judi

  2. That's a pretty chair but I would rather have something soft and quiet to use.

  3. Ooh, nice chair! Yes, I agree the shriner needs a name--how about Mr. SunShrine? What, too corny? :) Cheers!

  4. I absolutelly adore the little basket. I's to die for.
    Tin and sparkle

  5. I think the adorable basket is covered with vintage cards. But with reprints its hard to tell as you say. The chair is a beauty too, a great find. It was fun how you kept us guessing with the photos.

  6. What wonderful vintage items! Thanks for sharing!

    Blessings, Grace

  7. Great vintage items, I just loved that little basket, that is so cute...and your chair, I am looking for something like that and have been for a luck! It is glorious!!! Have a great VTT!

  8. Welcome to VTT. I can not believe you only paid 4.99 for that chair! It is beautiful.

  9. I agree with Bea, $4.99 for that chair is a steal of a deal. Well done. I like your little basket too.

  10. Hi!

    Thank you for the warm welcome, especially so that I could come out and find your blog home. I do love adventures - don't all cats?! Your blog design and colors are wonderfully beautiful!! Reminds me of a summer day....who could resist a visit to a site like this?!?!

    Great finds! And I agree with the others, you just about stole that chair ;) I don't think you'll have a problem with the "evil furballs", we prefer soft ripping fabric and rough wood. Bummer - wonder what they'll find a use for instead ;)

    The only name I could think of for your shriner was Frank. So much for originality, but at first glance my thought was Frank Sinatra.

    Again, thanks for allowing this old cat and "her" to stop by for a visit! We will certainly return!


My favorite things

  • comfy shoes
  • Looking at snowflakes up close
  • Nativity sets
  • Christmas
  • Rescuing a goodie from a landfill
  • Thrift stores
  • Crafts
  • Goodnight kisses
  • Cuddles
  • My hubby sportin a few greys in his beard
  • Chips and nicks
  • Old ceramics
  • scary Santas :)
  • Miniatures
  • Dollhouses