Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Treasure "Hunter"

Didn't expect to buy a GUN! YEP. Never bought a gun before!

It all started when I was planning my trip to a RePurpose Estate sale and I was showing my dad the online photos of the items up for sale. (you can preview upcoming estate sales in your area at www.estatesales.net) He was drawn to the photo of a gun because he collects them. He has said to me many times "you could buy me a gun for my birthday." Yeah right Dad, really... I never see guns at garage sales.

Now this was an estate sale! 
I was IMPRESSED with the amount of OLD, OLD items. Antiques everywhere! I scooped up picture frames and skeleton keys.  

There was so much to look at but I didn't see the gun. Maybe it was gone already. So I asked if the gun was still available. Well YES it was!! Cari told me that it is a Civil War era boot pistol. 
(Turns out that it could be rare and hard to find.) 

His love of guns started early, here he is (on the far right) in 1961 where he is proudly carrying his new gun that he received for Christmas. 

I couldn't believe it was real. It looked like a toy! I just knew I had to get it. I felt it.
I couldn't set it down. 
I couldn't believe I just bought a gun. (no bullets, of course).
Happy Birthday Dad. I bet you didn't think I would find you a gun.
It is priceless because he is going to love it!

Can you guess what this TREASURE HUNTER paid?
You will just have to watch 'Cash and Cari' on HGTV this summer to see!

Friday, May 27, 2011

friday favorites!

brand new HUGE umbrella $5 ! 

A friend of mine told me she was looking for old musical instruments, to use in decorating her walls for a themed room. Maybe I could keep my eyes open for a horn, etc. It was only two days later that I found this.
The man told me that he played it in high school.
She adores it and the price. YAY! happy customers! 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

more treasures

A few of my favorite new treasures I found last week. 

This LARGE frame was $2. It fits a 18x14 picture. I am so addicted to frames! 

I LOVE this printer drawer for $10 ! 

These treasures are for my 3 year old daughter's birthday in 2 months. She adores FROSTY. I got this FROSTY pillow for $3 and the bucket for 25 cents. She loves to watch Curious George in the morning. And I got this stuffed George for $2

On Saturday, everything was half off at this sale. So this $5 chair was only $2.50 !! 

And we found the cutest little girl selling lemonade and cookies! We spent $4 on sweet treats!  
That was the best part of the day! 

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Fabulous Friday Finds!

The plan for yesterday was: 
6 garage sales. $65. 9am-noon. my mom, my daughter & one large Pepsi!

Here are JUST SOME of the treasures we found.
Game. Brand new. $1
for my girls to share

golf gloves. brand new. one womens, one mens.
$1 each
I get to go golfing this summer!

large Mickey Mouse serving tray. $3

my daughter got to pick out toys. cute phone 50 cents ! 

adorable step stool $3

$1 curtain rod brackets

trimmers $5 

glass dome $3
check out a GREAT tutorial on how to use this dome for a DIY cloche  from Thrifty Decor Chick ! 

my mom found 
the best deal of the week:
this large cube shelf INCLUDING the 4 colorful bins

$5 (seriously!)

Friday, May 20, 2011

Garage sale here today.

This gorgeous old home was having a garage sale today. Some nice old arched windows and doors for sale.   
We stopped to admire the fountain. 
It was a beautiful day to be out! 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I am so in love with this Activity Wall!

I am so impressed with this project! ♥ I just had to share it with you. 

It was designed and created by Girl in Air @ girlinair.blogspot.com

It is a magnetic, chalkboard, dry erase with sliding ladder WALL!
Her blog is filled with WONDERFUL tutorials! I am inspired by her creations! 
You can find the steps on how it was created on her website.

I want to have this in my house! The girls would LOVE it! 

Monday, May 16, 2011

I found FROSTY!

What a great week! Found lots of nice things for the girls. Already stocking up the Christmas gifts. (storing them away in a suitcase)
Children's Place striped dress, Gap striped dress and polka dot shirt 50 cents each
Abercrombie shirt $1
Boggle Jr $1
Fancy Nancy Game $1
How to Draw Animals $2
total = $6.50

oak desk chair $15

$75 brand new Obermeyer snowpants for $10
books 50 cents each (perfect condition = Christmas gifts)
AND a FROSTY puzzle!! My 3 year old talks about FROSTY everyday. She is obsessed. This is for her birthday in August! 25 cents! 
total = $13.25

each pack of cards = 25 cents each
total = $1.50 !
we are not ready for Division, Subtraction or Multiplication yet, but it was a great deal! each package is marked $2.50 retail. 
My oldest just turned 6 and is headed into 1st grade in the fall! 

Friday, May 13, 2011

One of my favorite finds TODAY!!


I am going to put my Mother's Day pansies in here right now!!!!


Our dog just found this turtle crawling through the yard. 

And we have a bird making a nest in our front porch light.

And now there is a snake in the yard. yikes! 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

My treasures last week!

My favorite Salvation Army find this week is this adorable Life Is Good® canvas tote for $2.99. I threw it in the washer and it is as good as new! 

I got these items at a garage sale all for $2.00 !
50 cents each for the books, 25 cents for the Sequence game and 25 cents for the Golden Book. This one was printed in 1967. I like to find the "vintage" Golden Books but I don't plan on making a dress out of them like this designer did. WOW!

All of this was $7.50. I have a thing for measuring cups, spoons. 
And my 3 year old is OBSESSED with Frosty. (Her birthday is in August and she wants a Frosty bathing suit. Do they even make such a thing?)  I got her a new Frosty ornament for 25 cents! The blue organizer tray was a steal for 25 cents! too cute! 

I am ready to find more treasures this week!!! 

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


1. I love to find treasures to decorate our home. There are so many things I find at garage sales that I have never even seen before. I like to fill our home with meaningful items.

2. I love finding items that can be completely transformed with just a bit of paint! (even chalkboard paint)

3. I love to find wonderful, quality toys and clothes for my girls!

4. I love a fun day out, shopping with friends, meeting new people and snacking on sweet treats. The best garage sales have lemonade and cookies. I ALWAYS buy treats from the kiddos!

5. I love finding things I had when I was growing up or things my grandparents once had.

  "make your home interesting and not perfect" 
Emily Hendersen of HGTV, Secrets of a Stylist.
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