Monday, April 25, 2011

2nd Time Around: Bargains That Make Me Smile



Welcome to 2nd Time Around. Please join us by linking a post that features something that is a 2nd Time Around to you…something from a garage sale, flea market, thrift store, estate sale, etc. Please link your post rather than your blog, and link back to this blog. Thank you for participating.


I’m at the stage in life where I need to ‘downsize’ rather than buying more stuff. Problem is I love shopping for bargains, and I can’t stop buying for my booths! It seems that I sell small items alot more than bigger ones, and small items add up! Here are a few of my favorite smalls picked up recently at yard sales or estate sales!

I got this little flower cart really cheap at a neighborhood yard sale. It was one of those things that got pushed to the back burner and I finally got around to giving it a face lift with spray paint. Sorry there are no before pictures but picture it gold! LOL  This pic was made before Easter…guess I’ll have to pack the bunnies up!



I found this cute bird house at an estate sale in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I have shopped there quite a bit this semester since I have 5 student teachers there! I’m also lucky enough to have a friend that lives there, so I spend the night with her. This last time what started out being a one night stay turned into three! She asked me to stay an extra night since there were several estate sales listed, so I did. When it was time to go home on Friday  a line of storms which included tornados came through right when I started to leave and I ended up staying a third night!


I’ve had this cute little plaque so long I can’t remember where I got it! And it is priced CHEAP! Guess the right buyer hasn’t come along yet!


And one of my personal favorites-this cute vintage owl planter filled with Swedish Ivy! I bought this at a store called Ann’s Tiques. I always try to stop in there while in Tuscaloosa. She is a retired teacher and buys stuff for her store at garage sales, estate sales, etc. and has great prices! This little guy makes me smile! She planted it with the Swedish Ivy and told me how to root it, so I may try planting some of my vintage containers with it and see if they’ll sell!


So, have you found anything lately that makes you smile? Bargains always make me smile! :) Thanks for stopping by and please join us by linking below.


bj said...

These are all so cute..think that little owl planter is my fav.
Do you just pinch off a little of the ivy and root it in water? That's what I do with my regular ivy.
Thanks, girl, for hosting.
xo bj

Southern Lady said...

I love all of your treasures, Diane, but since I find it very hard to resist garden carts, I would have to pick it as my favorite. I love your iron fence, too!

deb said...

Love love love the flower cart! You chose the perfect color for it ♥

Jeanne said...

Hi Diane, I love your antique finds and all the treasures you share each week. I can't resist a bargain either. I was lucky to sell most of my leftovers from a few years ago at the recent sale I did in Atlanta. It paid for my trip to CA and my trip to Canada in July to see Claudie.

I missed joining in your meme yesterday. I arrived home around 1:00 pm. The time change(3hrs.)really got to me.

Your plant cart is very cute and I LOVE the birdhouse. The plaque is cute too and I love ivy in the owl planter. It is a treasure. Owls seem to be making a comeback.

Your shopping trip in Tuscaloosa sounds like a fun time. The weather has been crazy all around the country.

Have fun finding those great buys.
Hugs, Jeanne

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Diane

I love the plant stand and the color you painted it! I know what you mean about downsizing. I have so much I need to sort through after living in the same house 34 years!

I heard about the tornadoes in Tuscaloosa sad! I hope and your family stay safe from all these terrible storms!

Hope you also had a joyful Easter!

Hugs, Pat

Jeanne said...

Diane, I have been thinking of you and your friend in Tuscaloosa. I hope she is alright and that you didn't get any of those terrible storms. I pray all is well for her and you.
Love, Jeanne

Anonymous said...

The little card is so adorable!! Love the birdhouse too! Hopefully the yard sales will get going soon here though we don't have alot as it is such a little town.

Sherrie said...

So many great finds! I love the birdhouse :0)

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I love the owl!