I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Shopping Sprees!

Hi! Oh I've had fun shopping and thrifting the past couple days---I hardly know where to begin. The stores were packed, worse than Black Friday. I was very very surprised. There must have been forty people ahead of me in line at Marshall's yesterday.
Monday my friend Bea [B] came down to visit. As you know she is my thrift shop buddy, plus we often do the big Marshall's too. The thrift shop was busy and messy,

but I persevered and found many treasures. For a total of less than 25.oo, pretty awesome.
My stack of stuff!

B did not do a good job of talking me out of things! Like this beautiful blue heart shaped bowl.

I usually don't buy heart bowls because they're hard to store/nest.

It looks like Cambridge Pottery but there's no name; it does say dishwasher/ microwave safe so is obviously quite modern. [Also heart shaped bowls are almost always very recent, the early to mid-20th century makers were more practical.

It will probably be a yarn bowl...

And this adorable heart shaped stoneware muffin tray! Weighs about 5 pounds. I've been looking for a graniteware [tin] muffin tin for years, for sorting beads, buttons, and bobbins and sewing stuff.  B said, Oh for 2.99, take it! So I did.

Wonderful large tin for markers and colored pencils. By artist Marjolein Bastin, a favorite of ours. I've collected her cards for years. The sides are the four seasons:

Teeny tiny flat Mason Mason jar!

Half-cup? Good for Mo's special once a day ''calming'' treats, or for salt or sugar?

Tiny gold picture frame. I love tiny frames. I'll add a seashell painting, maybe a small gift or for myself.

Cooky cutter: Snowflake. Now I admit that---just like bowls---I almost never pass up a cooky cutter. This one is unashamedly modern, but I don't have a snowflake and I've wanted to do the all white decorated Christmas snowflakes for years.

Quilted pillow shams! Two blue batik-ish, one gingham patchwork.

Hearts for the gingham, or placemats.

sofa cushions for the blue floral.

All three shams have useful and attractive striped backings too.

And a thrift shop trip must include a few shirts!The dark shirt is for the Geese border of WTWGF; I am realizing I need either very light or very dark shirtings to set off the blue of the geese Vs.

And I have begun collection pastel shirts for this quilt: [screenshot from Pinterest, sorry].

I love the details and random traditional blocks, the pale casual air, the use of the labels, pockets, cuffs. The bits of Liberty lawn floral prints. I see it as a summer throw, for summer sky watching nights on the deck. A future project in the planning stage; I can pick up pastel checked shirts as I see them, a few each visit.

We got an early for us start, so we then had lots of time for the big Marshall's. More treasure! I found these very cool giant XXL Mason jars. It was very hard to choose, there was another pale blue color and they were only 5.99.

 I put a regular large 1 quart jar here with the new ones, see how big they are! Cool. An odd unauthentic size actually, as they are approx. 3/4 of a gallon, marked 2300 ml, I think.

The best part is they have the chicken wire mesh lids for tall flowers. I did get my forsythia and see how great the branches look! Thrilled.

The clear one will be for my beach pebble collection. Its container broke a few weeks ago.

And poor Mo, home alone all afternoon! I got him a present of two new food dishes at Marshall's. 3.99 each.. I like to use porcelain dishes so they can go in the dishwasher after each use.

Sad to say, B found nothing this time! But she's a good sport, already looking forward to Next Time. We ended our day at a new Thai restaurant in town. I'd heard it is very good and it was, though the funny part is, it's owned by the same young couple who own our usual Thai favorite spot. The food was good--same as always.
Marshall's also had really great spring/ summer shoes, just in. And very cute Easter decor.

I was too tired Monday to try on shoes, so on Tuesday my friend L and I went to a different Marshall's to try again. I found two pairs of my favorite low rise plain white leather summer sneakers! And L chose, for both of us, ballet flats with tiny bows on the back. We both got the ''nude'' and she also got black. Pierced suede, inexpensive. And I got fun St Paddy's Day gifts, especially for Mo, but those got put away til March.

Exhausted! Yes, but happy. Retail therapy is not just an urban myth, it really is very fun and cheering on a February day.
A fun link about forcing spring branches:HERE



gone to the beach....


  1. Lovely finds! I have to go out of town today so maybe I'll stop at the thrift store. I may go clip a few forsythia branches too! I'm seeing signs of spring, even if there is snow in the forecast.

  2. So many treasures. I love the heart muffin tin. I had to laugh when I saw the tiny mason jars. I have six of them. I think that's one of the few things that I have that have ever matched one of your finds. lol,

    I use mine for spices that I order online. The medium bag of loose spices fill up the little jars nicely.

    Take care I and I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week.


  3. Your day sounds like it was great! I love almost everything you got - the blue bowl, the snowflake cookie cutter (I think I have the same one!), the little mason jar. I like Hunter's idea for spices. I was going to say homemade hand cream or scrub. Lots of uses for small jars! I think the XXL jars are sweet, too, they worked out perfect for your branches and will hold long-stemmed flowers.

    What else...oh yes! I want to see your shoes!

    I'm glad you had two great days out, I always enjoy hearing what you're up to!

  4. Oh what a great shopping trip! I am due for one myself. But today I am off to Wally World for groceries. I love Marjolein Bastin! I have a few items of hers. I remember when she had a whole line of greeting cards and I bought tons. But I gave them all away!...LOL Have a great weekend! Kit

    1. With MB's cards I got smart and bought duplicates for myself.

  5. Yay! You got some forsythia!

    What fun things you bought. I especially like the tin, and good idea to use the muffin tray to store bits and pieces. The jars are a great find too. If you ever downsize, I'd like to be around for the yard sale ;)

    YES, shoe pic please.

    Thanks for letting us in on the fun.


    1. Hahaha, I d so love to have a yard sale. They are hard to manage here bec there is no parking....shoes show off on Monday!

  6. That was a whopper of a shopping day. Love the tiny Mason jar.


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