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May 31, 2007



I went browsing at the Second Hand Rose on Combee and saw plenty I wanted! I have been wanting to hit the Goodwill but havent had a chance to yet.


Ooooooh what great finds! I LOVE going thrifting! It's a new passion of mine. I discovered a new thrift shop the other day - actually my husband did and pointed it out to me - I can't wait to go there! My main scene in the spring and summer is garage sales. It's so much fun!

God bless :)


I want to thrift where you do -- with you!!!


Gotta get back to that Goodwill!!!!


$6? You're kidding me! You'll probably always remember what a great bargain this was :)


You found such lovely items. I don't know why I have such bad luck. Maybe you should go with me. I guess I'm not looking in the right places.


Very good thrifty finds, Kim! I love the tureen!

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I am so jealous of your *thrifting*! I finally, after reading about yours and Tina's fabulous purchases at Goodwill, checked ours out. I was soooooooo disappointed! I didn't buy one thing. Flea markets are awful around here. There is one resell (home stuff) shop around here that is very, very good - but the prices are high. We are big into antiquing, but around here it's antique shops for us - not thrift. Boo hoo!!

Love those dishes!



HUGE *sigh*.... How do you do it?? The best bargains - I'm going to visit your Goodwill. I think I'll take a run down to ours today, but it never seems to have the beautiful things yours does. I do hope to be surprised, though. Happy Friday!



I. Am. Sooooo. Jealous.

I just went and counted mine...I have 9 and I'm sure you are way ahead of that number. I started to "down-size" a few of mine recently, but stopped myself before I made a big mistake. I love them all displayed together but am out of room. The last one I bought at our thrift store was $19.98...time to stop collecting I guess.

It's all purdy, Kim!

Mrs G

Those are great finds & great prices! Our GW has gotten a little pricier...I guess whatever the market will bear :) but I think the days of finding 25 cents jadeite bowls has come & gone around here :)


Just look at what you found! Another wonderful armload of treasures! The casserole dishes are fabulous.


You've come away with some delightful treasures.

Susan Ramey Cleveland

You must have a wonderful goodwill store. I love white dishes. These are great.


Love it all but that white casserole is just wonderful! I know you will use it for serving AND displaying! Super for both! Perfect color too...for every season and holiday!
You always find the best things!



You always have the best stuff. You are a good treasure hunter. I hope I have good luck at the flea market on Sunday.
Maybe you should come with me.


If only I can find thrift stores that carry anything worthwhile...
Those treasures are just great!


Kim, those are all beautiful things. I'd love to score some of those white dishes covered pieces too, but I'm afraid I'm out of display space too. Your Goodwill must be cheaper than ours...I visited a couple, but they weren't that good on prices. I'll have to go back on 1/2 price day & see what they have.



Love, love your dishes. I'm so jealous. I'd be even more jealous if I hadn't found my own thrifted treasures today. So there.


Gorgeous, just gorgeous!!!!


Good heavens above! You find the most WONDERFUL things at your thrift stores! And of course -- those treasures will fit right into the decor at Daisy Cottage! You really do have a knack for finding treasures!

Jan x from a sticky day at Rosemary Cottage


Love, love, love the casserole dishes!! So pretty!


What beautiful casseroles. They're absolutely charming and I love the white against the red tablecloth.

Diane Duda

ONe of my favorite antique/thrift shops downtown is for sale. It's in a lovely old victorian house. So, I am going to go soon...not only to shop, but to imagine what I would need to do to turn that house into my home. I'm pretty sure they are asking more than $6, though.
I can dream can't I .

Oh yeah, love your finds! :)


I love the casserole dishes you found! After not having been in a thrift store for a couple years, I hit the Goodwill a few weeks back, only to be greatly disappointed. I will try again soon, but I'm a little bummed. How come everyone else gets so lucky? I bet they're all getting there just ahead of me! LOL!


If only my Goodwill had stuff like that, but the don't. I envy people that have a good Goodwill. :)

Daisy Cottage

Thank you everyone! Sometimes my Goodwill would have a $6 sticker price on something like the larger dish, but usually they are very fair and $3 is the norm. You just have to keep looking... and don't forget about your local thrift shops, Habitat for Humanity, and Salvation Army. Don't give up! Wish I could go thrifting with all of you!


I thought of you, "Dear Daisy"! At the thrift, I spotted one white soup tureen for $3.00, and a second huge one for $6.00!


What does one do with all the thrift it out with the old and in with the older?? Your cottage will be bursting at the seams soon.You just keep finding more little teasers at the thrift stores!hugs NG

Southern Heart

Kim, you did gooooood! :) I'm glad that you found some more creamy have a beautiful collection. That tablecloth is a pretty color, and I love ball fringe...I think it's fun. I wish that our goodwill had the selection that yours does. Maybe I just don't get to "haunt" mine enough, with working. But, after the kiddos get out of college, look out! ;)

I always enjoy seeing your treasures!



You have the best Goodwill and the best luck. My Goodwills around here just have pure junk. I am glad to see yours is different. I love your finds. They always make me smile inside.



Hi Kim,
I thought I would visit you and what a wonderful blog you have. Your home is so lovely and I love your banner photo.
Thanks for the invite..
Jane x


There certainly are treasures out there to be found but probably not such bargains as you have managed to snap up certainly not in the UK anyway.


$6.....are you kidding me! I need to come visit your Goodwill. I occasionally find some good things but they are always pricey!!

Have a lovely weekend.

Debbie in Florida

I love thrifting as well and I went this afternoon. I picked up a cache of my own. I always say, when you're looking for something in particular, you will almost always find it in a thrift store. You just have to keep going back.
I don't know how I found your blog but I've been visiting it regularly ever since I did. Thank you for sharing your home, your family and your ideas.

Debbie in Florida


Love your new treasures...I'm constantly in need of an antique fix, infact I'm heading out this afternoon for one and cant wait to see what treasures I come home with! :)

The Decorated House

You do find the most wonderful things. And of course you enticed me to go a few times to my Goodwill, but there is nothing like that and certainly not for the price.

So you keep shoppping and so we can all pay you to shop for us soon!


Wow! what wonderful finds, I am an avid fan of thrifting too. It is 'yard sale' season here in Nova Scotia, so every Saturday I get up with the birds, put on my comfy shoes and go prepared with plenty of small change!


What wonderful treasures! Those are awesome. I haven't been able to treasure hunt this week, because dh and I started carpooling to save on gas.


Love your thrift store finds. I wish I could find such wonderful things. Especially like the white dishes.


I looooove the red tablecloth! We share the same favorite color, you know. ;-)

Betty Jo

OMGoodness! What gorgeous finds and sooooo perfect for Daisy Cottage. I so want to go thrifting with you someday, looking over your shoulder to see just how you find such incredible goodies. xoxo

Betty Jo

Yippee! I can post now. It must have been some kind of technical fluke this morning. xoxo

RitasCottage are such a good thrifter. love those!

Kara Jones

this is so awesome! I would love to find that!


What great treasures you have found...there's nothing better than thrifting!

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