Thrifty Thursday

My first Kewpie Doll

My first Kewpie Doll

I already showed y’all the first Kewpie Doll I found. She sits on the shelf in the kitchen next to my Big Green Bowl that my sister gave me. I found another one, just as cute, a couple of weeks ago at a different thrift shop.

The new Kewpie Doll

The new Kewpie Doll

 I put the new Kewpie Doll on the other side of the same shelf. They are too cute up there. This Kewpie is a little bit bigger than the first one, and seems to be sucking her thumb. My granddaughter says she is creepy looking. What do you think? 

Plastic Elephant Watering Can

Plastic Elephant Watering Can

Who would be able to walk past this red elephant watering can? I couldn’t. It is just so cute sitting on the shelf on the front porch, or on the work table on the back porch. And when you water plants with it, the water comes out of it’s trunk. Too dang cute!

Spotted Froggy

Spotted Froggy

Fabgrandpa found this spotted frog ceramic figurine last weekend at an antique shop in  Oxford, Alabama. As soon as he got it home, he planted a succulent in it. It makes it look like Froggy is sticking his tongue out to catch a fly! He just told me he paid $10 for it!!! He did also say that he paid way too much for it. That, my friends, is the difference in a thrift shop and an antique shop, LOL. 

Little Pitcher

Little Pitcher

This is a really good find for us. It is a piece of Meaders Pottery, and we found it in a junk store in Cleveland, Georgia a few months ago. It is only about 6″ tall, but has a lot of detail in the decoration. I think we paid $25 for it, but it was well worth that price. Sometimes you just have to do it. 

Tiny Ceramic Iron

Tiny Ceramic Iron

The last thing I have to show you this week is a tiny ceramic iron I found for $1 at a thrift shop. I put it in the shelf in my sewing room.  That’s it for this week. What did you find? Any real treasures? Did you pay way too much for something just because you liked it? 

 

Thrifty Thursday

The Ugly Bird

The Ugly Bird

We have been thrifting several times, but I haven’t gotten around to posting the things we found. Fabgrandpa has been collecting birds, and is planting succulents in them. This one was just so ugly that it was cute, and he had to have it. What do you think?

This

One salt shaker

One salt shaker

This little birdie is one half of a salt and pepper shaker set. There was no sign of the other half when we came upon him in the thrift store. It was too cute to leave in the store. 

Blue Jay on a log

Blue Jay on a log

The Blue Jay on a log is one of the more ornate, and bigger, bird figurines we have found while poking around in the thrift shops near us. I think it was $2.  Do you think that was a bargain or a rip off?

Hecho en Mexico

Hecho en Mexico

This Mexican bird had a note taped to it that said “broken”, and sure enough, it is missing a foot. We felt sorry for it and brought it home. Beside, it’s from Mexico. How could you NOT get that one?

Egg Cup

Egg Cup

And while it is not a bird, the last one IS an EGG. So, the old question of “Which came first, the bird or the egg?” begs to be answered. It doesn’t have a plant in it yet, but will soon.

That is all for this week. What have you found in thrift shops where you live? Any really good bargains?

Bringing Wooden Deck Furniture Back to Life

Teak patio furniture

Teak patio furniture

Despite the winter cold weather and almost constant rain, it’s time to be thinking of how to bring your deck furniture back to life for spring.  Most of us tend to leave our deck furniture outside in all the elements to take the pounding of the suns powerful UV rays, and anything else mother nature can throw at it.

This has a detrimental effect on the life span of your precious deck furniture, yet we can do so much to help protect it, and bring it back to life.

Yes, it will require some elbow grease, but as spring is right around the corner, it is going to be so much easier than trying to attempt this in the hot weather of summer in a few months.  Make sure you have a free half day to do this. It would be fun make the job more pleasant to invite a friend to help,  or make it family project with the help of your kids or partner.  This is a great team building exercise, and you will be surprised at the end results.

I normally recommend to plan ahead and to make a list of what materials you will need for this small project.  I assume here that we are working with solid teak furniture that has been outside for a couple of years, and is looking a little worse for wear.  The colour is fading, the varnish is peeling and the heat marks and stains from food are showing much more than when new.

Before you begin the manual labour, give your furniture a deep wash, with warm soapy water, to remove any debris or grease build up on the surface.  Leave this to drive in the open for at least 12 hours (overnight is usually satisfactory).

Once the wood surface is fully dried, take an electric sander (or sanding block) to take off the top layers of varnish and to expose the beautiful raw teak laying under the surface. 

Use a fine grit sandpaper, but remember to keep in the direction of the grain, otherwise you run the risk of damaging the wood permanently. 

Once you have exposed the raw teak, gently brush (or vacuum) the dust away from the surfaces, being sure to get into those little nooks and crannies!

I always recommend using a high quality yacht varnish for outdoor teak furniture, as it is made for all conditions at sea, and produces one of the most robust surfaces you will encounter. This should be done undercover. Use your garage, garden shed or somewhere protected from the elements while applying varnish.

Yacht varnish leaves a tough, long lasting and completely water and weather proof finish, and will be the envy of all your friends and neighbors!

Apply the varnish to your outdoor furniture with a soft bristle brush. Allow each coat to dry thoroughly before applying additional coats.  It is best to leave it 24 hours before each coat, and remember you can apply as many coats of varnish as you like, the more you apply, the longer lasting the protection. 

Between each coat, use a wet and dry sandpaper to etch the surface in readiness for the additional coat of varnish.

Once the surfaces have dried properly, then your furniture is ready to be placed outdoors into the elements once again. This time you will know the protection and shine will last a lot longer than previously.  It is always advisable to store your furniture out of the elements, or when not in use for long periods of time.

If you are looking to buy high quality outdoor deck furniture why not take a look at the incredible bargains online. Save hundreds of dollars by buying used or discounted. Improve or add the finishing touches yourself to a neglected piece of second hand outdoor furniture.

 

Thrifty Thursday

I haven’t posted a Thrifty Thursday in a long time, but on Monday Fabgrandpa and I went thrift shopping. He has revived a long time interest in growing succulents indoors, and he is always looking for containers to use for potting them. He did find one cute little pitcher, but I found something I have been thinking about for a while!

I had been pricing the materials it would take to build a potting bench on my front porch, where I can work with flowers and vegetable plants without having to bend over. The materials were adding up to around   $250. That price was for a counter height cabinet with doors underneath for storing potting soil and various gardening equipment, and a sink with a faucet for watering things as I planted them in pots. 

My new potting cabinet.

My new potting cabinet.

When we went into the thrift shop in Cedartown, Our House, I found this 50″ wide cabinet that has shelves behind both sets of doors, a drawer, and a deep sink. The price on it was only $50! I put a hold on it so I could find someone with a truck who could go pick it up for me. I paid my neighbor $25 for gas and his time to go get it. I think I got a bargain! I am so thrilled with this and can’t wait until spring when I can try it out. My neighbor is going to hook up water to the faucet so that I can just turn it on right there on the porch. It will drain out on the side of the porch and water my hydrangeas. It needs a little bit of fixing up, but overall it is in very good condition. 

recycled cabinet used as a potting bench

Look at that sink!

Look at that sink! It is worth $50 all by itself. I feel like I got a nifty Christmas present. Can you tell I’m excited about this?

Loving the new old potting bench

Loving the new old potting bench

I am also happy that this can double as a place to put stuff when I am cooking out on my little charcoal grill. I can use the smaller grill that sits on a table, and put it on the counter here. It can fit inside the door when not in use. I still have lots of room on the porch for the chairs, table and plants we’ll put out there soon. 

So, what do you think? Did I get a good deal or not?

Thrifty Thursday

The sign on the road.

The sign on the road.

This week we happened to be in the Dallas, Georgia area, and had a little bit of time to kill. We have been wanting to stop at the Blue Chicken Auction and Thrift Store ever since we saw the first time two years ago but have never had time before.

The Blue Chicken Thrift Store in Dallas, GA

The Blue Chicken Thrift Store in Dallas, GA

Their sign by the road is funny. This thrift shop is huge! It was several rooms and an upstairs.

the blue chicken thrift store dallas georgia

The second building that we didn’t get to this time.

There were lots of things to see,  but it was hot in some of the rooms so we need to go back when the weather cools off, and there has been time for the collection of stuff has had a chance to turn over.

the blue chicken thrift store

This is just a small part of the main building that the store occupies.

I saw a lot of things I liked or thought were unique. I absolutely loved this sign:

junk and disorderly

Love it! I am going to make one for myself.

I saw this vintage sewing machine as soon as I walked in the door. I really wish I had a place to put it.

vintage sewing machine at the blue chicken thrift store.

Vintage sewing machine, $14.98! I wish I had a place to put it.

Apparently there was an instrumental band called The Harmonicats in 1947. I wish I had bought that album now. It’s just a bit of Americana.

harmonicats album

This album called Harmonicats was interesting.

I walked away from this pretty mirror twice, but wound up buying to use in the bedroom. I think it’s pretty.$12: deal or not?

blue chicken thrift store

I did buy this mirror.

We left this at the shop. It’s another thing I wish I had gone ahead and bought. I could have framed it and hung over by Fabgrandpa’s computer desk.

blue chicken thrift store

Frank Zappa Chunga’s Revenge

It has been a long long time since I saw a real pogo stick. I think this was the most dangerous toy ever made.

Blue chicken thrift store dallas ga

A pogo stick

I had some troll dolls when I was a child, in the early 1960’s. One of these almost came home with me, but I changed my mind. If I were to buy one, it would be one of the smaller ones if I ever see one.

troll dolls

I had some of these in the early 1960’s.

I love this little chicken salt shaker, but the mate to it was missing. It was  made in Japan, so it is probably from the early 1940’s I would guess. It’s just so cute to me.

blue chicken thrift store, dallas ga

A chicken salt shaker. The pepper shaker was no where to be found.

Fabgrandpa found two things he liked. The first one was this travel alarm clock. It folds into a small size.  He used to have one similar to it for years, but it finally quit working. $2.88 Deal or not?

Timex Travel Alarm Clock

Fabgrandpa bought this Timex Travel Alarm Clock.

This cute ceramic bird from Mexico had a tag with the price written on it, and the words “hurt foot”. It does indeed have a broken foot, but Fabgrandpa loved it enough to bring it home and let it live on the kitchen windowsill. $2.00 Deal or not?

Ceramic bird from Mexico

This cute bird had a tag that said “hurt foot.”

The last thing I got was this metal wall sculpture of a grape vine in a pot. It is going on the wall in the kitchen. I have been looking at things like this online and they are very expensive, at least the ones I like are. The new ones I have seen are in the $80 and up range. I paid $15 for this one. Deal or not?

metal wall sculpture of grape vine in a vase

I love this metal wall sculpture. It is a green-black color that will fit in very well with my kitchen colors.

Did  you go thrifting this week? What treasures did you find? If you love going to thrift shops and junk stores, here is a website with a forum  you might like: ThriftShopper.com.

Thrifty Thursday

We had a little work done on the car, so we decided to drive it down the road to a thrift store operated as a fund raiser for a drug rehabilitation center in Waco, Georgia. No Longer Bound inhabits an old school building. The thrift store had a lot of the usual stuff, like clothing, pots and pans, kitchen ware, books. They also had a lot of used furniture. I found a great deal on an old desk, that I decided to put in my sewing room. I have needed a work surface, and this baby sure has it. Can you believe it was only $15 plus $20 to deliver it? I was surprised when they said they deliver because most thrift stores don’t.

My new old desk, $15

My new old desk, $15

What do you find this week?