Sunday, June 19, 2011

Yard Sale Pickin's

The pickin's were a little thin the last two weekends, but I'm still a happy hunter and my garage thanks me.  I know that everyone here is relieved when I don't come home with a truck load of treasures.  After all, I have been trying to concentrate on the small stuff only (yeah, right).

I'm always looking for pretty glass bottles to dress up and fill with shells or buttons; I found all three of these at the same sale.  I was so excited when I spotted this pretty pink metal lingerie hamper.  It only had a little bit of rust on the top and bottom rims, but I was able to get most of it off with some #0000 steel wool. You can't see from this picture, but it has sweet little round feet.

I couldn't resist adding a vintage rhinestone button to the lid.

The set of dictionaries from 1952 were free; can't do any better than that.  The little silver cup and necklace were only $2.00 for both.

This necklace will be good for several repurposing projects; it's 5 1/2 feet long.  Warning:  Do not display a long necklace on a piece of coral.  Not only does it bite, but it took me several minutes to free the necklace.  So much for using it as a display.
Last but not least....ten lovely rolls of crocheting thread.  I don't crochet, but I'm thinking they'll look good in a big glass jar that I have.

I'm linking up my Yard Sale Pickin's with:
Southern Hospitality for Today's Thrifty Treasures,
Apron Thrift Girl for Thrift Share Monday,
Her Library Adventures for Flea Market Finds,
Creating a House of Grace for Twice Owned Tuesday, and
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday


  1. I love the little bottles you found!

  2. I love the little hamper and the button you added! That's a great idea for the crochet thread! That's what I would do too, since I aahh, don't crochet either! :)
    The ginormous necklace is fab!

    Love the coral too but it does tend to tangle things and IS very sharp!

    Thanks for sharing your goodies!

  3. Nice finds, and free is always good. 5 1/2 ft. of bling to recreate - sounds good to me. :D I like the touch of bling you added to the hamper top.
    Enjoy your evening.

  4. I like the rhinestone on the hamper, nice touch.

  5. Betsy, I think you had a great weekend treasure hunt! The metal lingerie hamper is the first one that I have seen; I love it, and the button you added is great.

  6. OMGosh, I am rolling on the floor are so funny! Coral just doesn't mix with delicate jewelry :o :)!!!

    Love how conservative you are being lately...I am working on it too but I found some fun stuff at the thrift today....I really didn't mean to go....honest! Heehee!

    Love your finds and thanks for sharing.

  7. You got some great stuff! Thanks for the warning about the coral. When I first saw it I thought wow I should do that. LOL! You always have some awesome vintage jewelry. Love the blog :)

  8. Oh, wonderful finds!! LOVE the pink lingerie hamper!!!

    I found a few things this weekend too but nothing rusty or vintage :( like you did!!!


  9. Great finds and how cool will those spools of crochet yarn look in a container. great idea!

  10. The pink hamper is my favorite and the bling is perfect. Love the crochet thread also.

  11. you have the best ideas,, you should do a magazine,

  12. I'd say you did pretty well. finding the pink tin made it all worth it!


  13. Thanks for the tip on the coral. The crochet thread is a great find and I agree, it will look great in a jar!

  14. Steel wool on rust- what a great idea- why didn't I think of that? Great finds-love that crochet thread- the last time I had a bunch I put it in one of those big old pickle jars.

  15. Thank you Betsy for coming by and leaving a sweet comment on my blog. I can see by visiting here that we like the same kinds of things. I love to redo old jewelry too. I have sold a few on Etsy, but seems like just as soon as I come up with something new, I need a gift, or I like it so much I want to keep it. I really love anything vintage, and love to hit yard sales, flea markets, and thrift shops. You found some very lovely items on your last venture.

  16. I love all your finds! What a great idea to put all your threads into a big glass jar!

  17. Hello Betsy! I love the coral display and the vintage dictionary. And I have to laugh when you said that "everyone in your home is relieved when you don't come home with a lot of treasures."

  18. Great finds! Thanks again for posting my giveaway on your side bar.
    Have a great day!
    ~ Julie

  19. The jewelery is lovely!

    The Joyful thrifter

  20. Such lovely finds and vignettes, too! Beautiful photos ;)

  21. Sweet hamper, like the bottles too!

  22. That hamper brings back memories. I am your neighbor at Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays.

  23. You found some really unique vintage finds and the vignettes you created are so interesting!

  24. Hi Betsy, I would not have known what the pink box was for... duh!

    I learned something new today (as always I do from you).

    Your mind just cranks and I enjoy reading your creative thought process on the treasures you find.

    So fun. And your passion seeps through your blog.



  25. Wonderful finds! Love the yarn...display will look fabulous!

  26. That's a lingerie hamper??! I've seen those and had no idea what they were! Just walked by a pink one like that at my local thrift store and it had a matching little 'trinket' box. I think they had 10.00 for the set. Love all of your finds -- and what a great idea to put all of the crochet thread balls into a container!

  27. I love how you displayed with the coral, too bad it made a mess! The glass decanters are fab too!
    Cheers ~ Lara

  28. Wow! You have a great eye! I really like your blog. You may want to follow my friend, because she's doing a lot of the same stuff! Again, so impressed with your finds!
    Here's her blog:

  29. Just stopping by to say thanks for folling my blog! You got some great finds! Love your vintage look! I'm your newest follower:)

  30. Hey...I've never seen a lingerie hamper or if I have I didn't know what it was. Now I hope I find the rhinestone touch! Great find on the crochet thread...good idea to display in a jar!!!

  31. why is it I love looking at other peoples finds

  32. i gave you an award!

  33. You really hit the jackpot, and your vignettes are really creative, Betsy. I hope you can join in my Club G.W. with Charm Bracelet Diva Party starting next Tuesday!



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