Thursday, September 4, 2008

Yard Sale and Thrift Store Finds

I am participating in Kelli's of There's No Place Like Home Friday Show and Tell. {Click on this link to read more about it.}
Show and Tell

Last Saturday, I met up with Rhoda of Southern Hospitality and we went yard selling. Man she is GREAT to go with. She does not dilly dally or dig through junk that is out there b/c no one wants it. She is like me. Walks around it, sniffs around, gets back to the car and moves on. My kinda woman. And she knows stuff!

She may not have found anything, but I did find a few things. :D One is my pearl. I did pay about $10 too much considering there is no foot petal, plug or accessories outside of a couple of bobbins.
This is a ~1927~ era Singer Sewing Machine. One of the first table top electrics. It is the daddy to the Featherweight. I bought strictly for a decorative piece. It's daddy looks just like it, but is a hand crank. If I had seen that, I would have passed out on that man's driveway. Then I would have had to pay asking price or walk away empty handed.

Needless to say, I was thrilled with my find. The hardest thing was to not look too excited. Then they know they have you. Rhoda is a good coach. She did not know anything about vintage sewing machines, but she did help me come up with a good dickering price. And not look too excited. :D I was so happy with my find!!!!

I also found a couple of pashminas (new still in packages) and a couple of plant stands for bargains while we were out. The pashminas will be handy for winter scarves and one I plan to use as a should wrap with a black dress for a dinner I will be going to next month. Plant stands are great! (Rhoda, I hope your car did not hatch a bunch of spiders!) As soon as these hurricanes and all this humidity passes, I plan on painting them.

Now on to Thrift Store Finds.... I have discovered a little thrift store that takes donations and profits (after expenses are paid) are donated to several ministries about town. Two of their ministries are dear and near to my heart. So, I plan on sending most of my future discards to them and shopping them every chance I get.

I found this nice willow basket. It will be saved for a perch and potty for Zoey. Zoey is 'perched' trained. She will not go in her cage, and rarely on a person. We have to keep a perch (willow basket) next to her cage (or where ever she is) for her to climb onto to potty.... Occassionaly she chews them and tears them up, so... If I can find one for $4.25 cents, I get it! :-)

BTW, we usually put a layer of rocks in the bottom of the basket and line it with news paper. We change out the news paper frequently.

I do have a weakness for nice linens. This is a table topper. It is a fine hankerchief linen with machine embroidery and hemstitching. The crochet lace is all by hand. Very nice and mint condition. It was $4. I need to wash and iron it.... ;-)

Those were my finds! And my Friday Show and Tell. Make sure you go by Kelli's to see other Show and Tells for this week as well!

I hope y'all have a blessed day!

34 comments:

Strawberry Blonde said...

Fun finds Melissa. If I get a free Saturday (which is not likely to happen anytime soon) I'd love to meet up with you two to see what treasures I can find.

I think your sewing machine is lovely. Great find and how wonderful to have your own shopping coach! :)

-- Brandi

Deb said...

Hi Melissa, you did great! Where are you going to display the sewing machine. I've often run across a few sewing machine tables and have bought a few but I never see any machines. Deb

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

Melissa, Great finds! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your Singer sewing machine! The cabinet alone is beautiful! ~Rhonda :)

Nancy said...

Those are great finds! I might get to do a little yard saling this sat.:) Blessings, Nancy

ceekay said...

Great finds. The sewing machine is wonderful. BTW, I like your background paper. Very vintage looking!!

Kalianne@BygoneBeauty said...

The 1920's singer sewing machine is a wonderful find!! It will make a gorgeous decorative piece. Lucky you! The linen is gorgeous too - so delicate and pretty. Thanks for sharing!
~Kalianne

Carla said...

Cool! And in such great shape! How neat your bird is perch trained! Bet that keeps the cage clean-my friend had a bird that would line it up and shoot poop out the bars of its cage-on the wall, floor, anywhere but in the cage! "Basket" training sounds like the way to go.

Hootin' Anni said...

The sewing machine is almost like the one I learned on...tho my mom's was a treadle machine. Fabulous find.

My show n tell is all about Fall. Starting with the fireplace! Stop by if you can find time. Hot mulled Apple Cider is being served!

Melissa Wertz said...

A bird that projectiles the poo would not make it long in my world. Her Majesty is much too dainty for that. She does not want it near her or her little feet to touch it. She is not the brightest bulb in the box, but when it comes to hygiene this bird is clean. LOL!

Rue said...

Good morning Melissa :)

Shopping with Rhoda must be a blast! How fun :)

Your found some great things, but that sewing machine has to be THE find of all time. Fantastic!

rue

A Hint of Home said...

You got some great buys there. Love the sewing machine, too bad it didn't have the hook-ups.

nikkicrumpet said...

Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comments. Your finds are making me miss my grandmother. She had a sewing machine just like that...and she still used it decades after nicer machines were available. She also used to tat her own lace. I wish she had passed down that talent to me...but alas I am terrible when it comes to stuff like that. Your thrift store finds are marvelous!

Penless Thoughts said...

Great finds indeed!!
Susan

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

Shopping with Rhoda sounds wonderful, she's an amazing woman :). You have some wonderful finds, enjoy them!

Have a Fantastic Friday!
Kathi :)

Sandra said...

Oh you got great finds :)

My Show and Tell

Shannon said...

Great finds!!!

Thanks for entering the giveaway!

Charlotte said...

Great finds. I was especially interested in seeing the vintage sewing machine since I've been sewing forever. Thank you for visiting my blog and for the nice comments about my dolls.

Chez Nous said...

Great finds! The sewing machine is beautiful and I love the linen table topper. I can't believe you found pashminas still in the packages! You and Rhoda are a great team.

carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

I love that sewing machine and I would have bought it too! It is beautiful! Your other finds are great too!

Picket said...

Hey girl..you got a sure nuff treasure with little sewing machine...I love that! Wow You got to go around with Rhoda! Oh and you had me laughing talking about your little bird....I have never in all my born days heard of a bird being perched trained to use the potty in a basket...lol lol oh my word that is amazing! Hope you have a great weekend girl!

Kelli said...

How fun to go thrifting with a friend! The sewing machine is beautiful and I love the basket and linen...just gorgeous!
~Kelli

Lisa Ann said...

Those are great finds. That sewing machine brings back memories of my grandmas old Singer.

Gattina said...

Wow ! that sewing machine was certainly a bargain ! My grandma had a Singer too but it was manual, I didn't even know that there were electric once so early !

Tammy said...

Oh my...I would have loved going bargain hunting with you two!

That sewing machine is incredible! My grandma actually had one that might have been exactly like it...but when she passed away, another relative snatched it up without our knowing even though my grandma lived at our house.
Oh well...so glad you found such a beauty and for a great price, too! :)
Blessings,
~Tammy

JanMary said...

Wow - you are very good at discovering great things.

I am going to share my old Singer sewing machine some week on Show & Tell, but I must try to date it first.

Thanks for sharing.

Linda said...

Hi Missy,

Thank you for visiting leaving such a nice comment. I love your post - it sure is fun to go thrifting with a friend. You have some wonderful treasures - love the sewing machine. I also like your photography blog - wonderful photos! I'll stop by often. Have a great weekend.

Beverly said...

Thanks for stopping by Pink Saturday for a visit.

You got great buys on your outing. Rhoda is an amazing shopper. It sounds as if you both had a great time.

Jeanne said...

Melissa I am impressed with your sewing machine knowledge. That is a great find. Also your basket and fine hankerchief. The hand work is lovely. I admire Rhoda's talent for decorating so much. Good choice for a shopping partner. Smile

Hugs, Jeanne

Flip Flop Floozie said...

Great buy!! I remember that my mother sewed on a pedal machine for years and years. She would love having this buy too. I love it when I find something that is so neat like you did...how fun...Thanks for stopping by my humble blog..come back any time..Sandy

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Hi Melissa,
Love the look of your blog.... glad you popped over to mine....loved your story about your emborider....great finds.... the sewing machine is just a beauty
HUgs
Linda

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hey, Melissa, glad you are enjoying that sewing machine. I went out to Mt. Laurel this a.m. in the rain & scored a few good things. It was worth it!

We'll have to do it again sometime!

Rhoda

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Wow Melissa...you got to go with Rhoda...lucky duck! I love your sewing machine.....so sweet. cherry

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

I love the lace table topper and I think we are all a little envious that you got to go yard saling with Rhoda!

ivoryspring said...

Such neat finds -- I love the table topper.