Monday, March 15, 2010

Thrift Finds

Last Friday my girlfriend Mandy and I decided to check out a Yard Sale.  We LOVE when they start them on Thursday or Friday because we go and check them out on our lunch hour.

Now, last Friday was a rainy, yucky day and we knew that the possibility existed that they may have opted not to have the yard sale because of the rain, but we decided to chance it!

When we got there, we didn’t see any signs, and then we spotted a little bitty sign on a car at the end of the driveway!  It was ON!

First I found this print, which is a companion print to two larger ones I have in my den by C. Rowan that I had ordered off of  I love these prints…


I am going to get another frame for it….but it was just $1.00.

These are the two other ones I already had….



The glare is terrible on this one…

Then I got these lamps…





I got two of the table lamps and one floor lamp for $10.00!  I love the wrought iron and the twist in the middle.  They did not have shades and this one I covered and am not finished with it yet.

On another note, I made a bedskirt for my bed using an idea that I saw on a blog some time ago.  I wish I could remember whose it was!

And let’s ignore this hideous carpet, it is getting replaced next week!  It looks like a putting green to me….hate it….

Okay, on to the bedskirt…



I bought the fabric and a board 2” wide and 6 feet long.  I cut my fabric to the correct width and used the raw edge on the bottom so I would not have to hem it.  I am SO NOT good at sewing!  I stapled the fabric onto the board adding pleats as I went.  Then I just slid the board between the mattress and box springs.  It took me all of about 20 minutes to finish!  SO EASY!!  (Listen to me giving a mini-tutorial)…


Another shot of the lampshade.  The fabric on the lampshade is the same fabric as the bedskirt.  I have not done the finishing trims on the lampshade and still have to get that done.

All in all it was a very good day at the yard sale!  I also got a comforter set for Cameron’s room and I am in the process of doing a facelift in there, so more on that later.

I am linking up with Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday!  I am so excited that I FINALLY found some Thrifty Finds to share!

Please check out Linda’s wonderful blog, she is so talented and SO sweet and kind!  Also all the other participants of her party!!

Thank you so much for stopping by!



  1. Such GREAT finds! I LOVE that picture! And look at you making that fantastic dust ruffle! LOVE IT!


    Robin :o)

  2. You really cashed in on those lamps! That print is beautiful. And great job on the dust ruffle.

  3. Hi LouCinda! Oh, you did good at the yard sale! The print is so pretty and how wonderful it goes with your other ones. The lamps are so pretty and I love it that you've recoved the shade! The way you made the bed skirt sounds amazing! Where did you get a board that size?
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  4. Lou Cinda,
    I'm so happy to see you at my NTT PAR-TAY!!! Love that beautiful print...$1.00 well spent! Your lamps were a great deal too...I'm sooooo happy that it's YARD SALE time again:)


  5. Girl you done hit the MOTHERLODE on those lamps girl WOW!! I'm having envy here big time now...and how clever is that bed skirt that you did...Love seeing all your pretties...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  6. How lucky to find a print to match the two you had! I love the colors in the prints.
    Your bedskirt looks fabulous....and you gave an awesome mini-tutorial! Love the lamp too. Looks like it was a worthwhile garage sale.

  7. Excellent idea for the bedskirt ~ Don't ya just love how creativity flows when you get get something you've just gotta use! Well done ~ Judi

  8. Great finds! I have seen those prints before and always liked them. Love the lamps and the shades!

  9. wow you got some really good buys, such cool finds, lucky to find such a great lamp and I adore the pictures, all of them soooo perfect this time of year, the pots and tools, love that....Phyllis

  10. Oh Lou Cinda Sweetie...
    What a great way to spend a lunch hour, a great diet and you get to buy great stuff in it's place. I love these lamps. Are they not the cutest darn things? I love the initial on the lampshade. The fabric that you added to the short lamp and made a bedskirt out of, oh my gosh I love it.

    Don't you just love those deals when you find something to match what you already have? I love the geranium pictures. So beautiful. That black frame you have your other print in is just gorgeous. Love it.

    Thanks so much for sharing your lovely finds with me this evening. I am so thrilled.

    Have a beautiful Tuesday. Country hugs sweetie...Sherry

  11. Oh I love those prints. I am so happy you found another one! The lamps are a steal!!!!

  12. Wonderful finds...everything is beautiful.

  13. So cute...what fun! I'm as excited for you as I'd be if I had found!
    love love thrifting...neat bed skirt idea too!

  14. What great finds! I love me a good old fashion yard sale better than anything. Be blessed. Cindy

  15. Well, that's neat, Lou Cinda! Great idea to use the board! I'm thinking of trying a bed skirt out of drop cloth but I'm not sure yet how I want it to look or how I'm going to put it together.

  16. I am so much a yard saler, too! I love a bargain.

    Thanks for visiting me today, and I agree, Traci is the sweetest thing ever!

    Nice to meet you!

  17. OMG!
    I cannot believe you found a print like the ones you collect...isn't that fantastic?
    Now tell me the truth Lou Cinda...did you scream out loud? ;)

    Beautiful lamps and cool bedskirt idea! You girls are so thrifty! One day, I want to play in Linda's Thrifty Tuesday...I can never have my posts done on time! Silly me.

    Love your did good!
    Hope you do it all over again next weekend~

  18. Wow~great finds! What a great idea for the bedskirt too!
    Thanks for sharing,

  19. I love all those prints! So springy!!

  20. Wow how cool! Love the mini tut! That was a really good idea!
    smiles, alice

  21. I love love love the picutres!!! And the bedskirt...amazing!!! You are so talented!!! What a great idea. Oh just thought I would tell you my baseball schedule for Saturday just got totally complicated. R1 has a tourney and won't know his schedule till Wednesday and R2 has opening day game at 11AM and if they win they play at 2. HELP!!!

  22. What a deal on those lamps! My friend and I love yard sales on Friday, too! We go during our lunch hour. You never know what you'll find!

  23. Lou Cinda, thank you for leaving me such a sweet message, I was truly overwhelmed at the kindness and love from my blogging family!!!!
    Love your gorgeous prints! The two bicycles on the wall are so cute!!!
    Margaret B

  24. Your room looks so very pretty and I love you bedding- I am terrible at bedding for some silly reason! I liked the tutorial too!

  25. Great finds! I can't wait until it's warm enough to have yardsales in our area every weekend. The should start springing up in the next couple of weeks.

  26. Thanks for the tip on the bedskirt, gotta love garage sales.

  27. The sun must have been shining on you...great stuff!
    I love the bedskirt idea and I'm gonna be stealing, I mean borrowing that one. Even I could handle a project like this!

  28. LouCinda,

    What a fantastic way to make a bed skirt! I have sewn for 50 years and had not thought about making one this way...thank you...

    I really like all your yard sale finds. You really scored big!


  29. Hey there Lou Cinda ~

    Great post and great finds. I too love the bed skirt idea. Your home looks wonderful.

    Smiles ~ Ramona

  30. Wow, I love that print with the geraniums, too! And the lamps are great. But the bed sirt - you are too clever! Linda

  31. Lou Cinda,
    Love your prints!! They are so soft, and for reds that is unusual.

    And great job on your bed skirt. Love how you found a simple way to do it, and thanks for passing on the "how to's".

    Always appreciate your visits at my place. =)

    Oh, Is this a new header and background? A sweet change.

    Blessings on your day.

    barbara jean

  32. Love the yard sale finds and I will have to remember the easy bedskirt trick. Thanks for stopping by this week and for the nice comment. Come back soon.

  33. What great yard sale finds! How lucky that you found a companion to prints you already owned, and they are all so pretty. Your new lamps are great, and that bedskirt idea is excellent! laurie

  34. Love that picture...what a steal..and a buzz!!!Hope your doing well my friend! x0

  35. The prints are them! And Shut up!!!!! Love that bed skirt tutorial, I'm totally stealing that

  36. Wow! You really scored big time. Aren't you glad you didn't let a little rain deter you? You did a great job on the bedskirt. I absolutely love geraniums and your print is great. How lucky. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I always appreciate that. Have a great week!

  37. Sweet finds! I lovvvvvve those prints and your bed skirt...I just may have to try that idea. My sewing skills are not top notch if you know what I mean...ha!

  38. Hi Lou Cinda,
    I got your e-mail today. I'm glad the snowmen arrived safe and sound. So happy you liked them!

  39. I love the print you found to match the ones you have! Beautiful work on the bedskirt. The colors you decorate with are so pretty :)

  40. Thank you so much for the info about dyeing paper, but i can't even get her blog to open up. Are you finding blogger VERY slow this morning? Or is just me? I can't even get on the blogger forum to find out anything. Only part of my sidebar is loading!

    You are the first person i am asking about this. Are you having any problem with slow loading. Your own blog or other blogger blogs?

    xo Joan@anythinggoeshere

  41. You got some fantastic finds at the garage sale. I can't believe you got those lamps--they are great! Love the print too. Thanks for sharing the bedskirt technique. Sounds so easy.

  42. Hello :)

    Such great finds!! I love lamps and they are great. Beautiful print too.
    Have a great weekend :)


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