Tuesday, June 15, 2010


We have a big problem here. I wrote my post It's All Too Much and I have been doing too much acquiring and not enough purging since writing about my issues. I have found some very good deals lately. Too good to pass up! Here are just a few of the goodies that I have found at a bargain.
I found this cute little end table with a built in magazine rack at an antique store, very reasonably priced. I love the storage with this piece and it is solid maple.

Here's a picture of the storage area.

I also happened upon a garage sale this weekend and a few things caught my eye. Like these.

Yep, only $2.00 a piece for solid wood Queen Anne end tables. A little beat up, but then you know that they aren't going to stay this way anyhow. The best part, a matching coffee table. Only $2.00! Yes, you read correctly. These three tables for only $6.00 total.
On Friday I was at a thrift store in Phoenix where they were offering furniture at 25% off. I bought a bedroom set which included a long dresser with matching mirror and two nightstands for such a deal. The set is a little beat up, but not too bad considering what a steal I got them for. I found a similar, but smaller dresser and nightstand that sold at Metro Retro in Texas and I know they didn't sell them cheap. Here is one of my mid century style nightstands. Notice the very interesting, almost ethnic carved wooden handles. What would you do with this set? As pretty and interesting as they are, there is some damage to the top of the dresser so I'm thinking maybe an interesting paint treatment on the modern side?
I also bought a very pretty end table/entry table that I will save and show you another day. I made a trip to one of my local Goodwill stores. I have had my eye out for a  glass cloche because I love the posts on them, but I was not willing to pay big bucks. I just knew if I was patient the right one would come along. I found one at another GW that was part of a cheese set, but it wasn't quite right and it was $2.99 for the set and I didn't like the base. Well, yesterday was the day. I found another one that probably was a cheese dome in another life originally $1.99, but I got it half off for $0.99.

This dome did not come with a base so I found the perfect silver tray to fit it, half off for only $1.99. I love my new set for a total of $2.98!!! Now I just have to decide the perfect thing to display in it. Here's the pretty silver tray by itself.

My big find was new dining room chairs. I bought 8 chairs for $49.00 each that includes refinishing and reupholstery. Yes, you heard right and I will not give up my source on these chairs. They are very sturdy and do not need any regluing, just some surface TLC.
I will provide the fabric and the gimp for the chairs. I purchased this fabric for $5.99 a yard and I think it will look fabulous on these chairs.

I don't know if you remember my crewel I bought for $2.00 a yard. Here it is as a reminder. This crewel will be made into panels in my L-shaped living room/dining room and I think it will look great with the chair stripe.

I love my dining room table, but I have been wanting a square table that seats eight. I just might have to bite the bullet and buy something new since large square tables are hard to find. Here's my current table and chairs that only seat six and doesn't expand.

Here is a close up of the table leg and apron detail on this table. I would keep it in a heart beat if it seated eight.

My skirted Parsons chairs have nail head trim too. I love this detailing, but as much as I love them it is time for something new. I have been thinking that I will consign them rather that Craig's List. Does anyone have experience as to which way usually yields the best return? I would love to hear your experiences. I consigned some beautiful furniture not too long ago and was disappointed on my return once the consignment store took their cut.

I leave on Thursday to go back to Indiana for my high school reunion. When I return I have so many furniture makeovers and projects to get started on. Well, now you know the whole story. Is an intervention in order???

I'm linking up to the following parties:
Thrifty Treasures Party at Southern Hospitality


  1. Wish we could pick up the same great finds you have in Australia for the same price - almost impossible. Our thrift stores are getting more and more expensive as they realize it's not just the needy shopping for bargains. Can't wait to see what you do with everything. Michelle

  2. Wow, what a haul. I absolutely LOVE the dining room chairs!! I wanted to comment because I just purchased the exact same Queen Anne style coffee and side table from craigslist about 1 month ago. I stripped the varnish and started to sand, and low and behold, they are not solid wood and I thought. Couldn't believe it, but they are the best veneer job I've ever seen. I was going to restain the tops but now I'm in the process of painting the entire set a creamy white. I can't wait to see what you turn them into.

  3. I don't know if intervention is necessary but it looks exciting to me! A bargain is VERY hard to pass up!!! I love the chairs you found and that end table with the storage would be perfect for my in-laws!

  4. Girl, if an intervention is in order, then sign me up too! lol I loveeeeeeeeeeeee your fabric choices, those are going to look great together!! :) Thanks for linking up to gettin' crafty on hump day!

  5. Wow! Great finds! If you'd like, check out my free garage sale tray and let me know what you think I should do with it for a chance to win a prize! envirocraft.blogspot.com


  6. Ok, what thrift store was this? I want to go. :)

  7. Wow! You really got some great stuff! The dining room chairs are amazing and look very high end! Thanks for sharing these with us! Rory

  8. Great finds and I joined your blog hop :o)

  9. You have found some amazing deals and are working with your treasures so well. Perfect!

  10. GREAT finds at at a great price. The fabric is stunning.
    Thanks for dropping by today !~

  11. What great finds!! Love the fabrics! Hope you had fun at your reunion : )

  12. Great finds on everything, esp. those chairs! I love your fabrics, that will be a gorgeous look in your DR. I would go with Craiglist rather than consignment. I just think you'll do better than having to split it with someone.

  13. Great finds...can't wait to see the chairs reupholstered in that gorgeous fabric. They will go so nicely with the panels you will be doing.

  14. This must have been cloche weekend at Goodwill! I found one, too {finally}! Also on a 50% off day, so it was a steal. Love the chairs and I think your fabrics are great.

  15. I think your chairs are going to look great with that crewel. Pretty jewel colors!

  16. Amazing deal on the chairs!!! I am dying over that one!