Treasuring The Journey

Treasuring the journey through life, one footstep at a time.

Kosta Boda at the Salvation Army October 12, 2011

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Kosta who?  Boda what?  Yeah, me either.  Thank goodness for Google to answer all of our questions.  Kosta Boda is a Swedish glassmaking company and has been making decorative glass for over 260 years.  Why does this matter you ask?  Well, keep reading…


During my lunch today, I visited the Salvation Army.  I was digging in the shopping cart of items that had not been priced yet and came across two lovely cobalt blue swirled glass candle holder lovelies.  Yes, I am one of those people who has little to no shame when I thrift store shop. Don’t be afraid to dig away in those carts – it will be one less thing for the employees to have put on the shelves and it is one of those situations of go ahead and do it and ask for forgiveness later kinda scenarios, at least it is in my book.


Kosta Boda Blue Swirl Glass Atoll Votive Bowl Cobalt Candle Holder Signed




These are Kosta Boda votive candle holders in the Atoll pattern.  They are BEAUTIFUL!  More information can be found here: 


Knowing I had found a treasure, I scooped them up and asked for the price. Drumroll please….$1 for BOTH!  So, yes, they definitely came home with me today.  Woo Hoo!  I found them online at and on Ebay in the range of $25.99 – 29.95 each.  TeeHeeHee.  You can buy them from Kosta Boda as well normally $50, but on special for $30. 


These pictures do not do these glass beauties justice.  I tried to capture the swirl look as well, but overcast skies do not make for great indoor pictures! 







Found any good treasures lately?




I heart 50% off at thrift stores! July 9, 2011

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Friday was a good day at St. Vincent de Paul thrift store.  50% off everything in the store.  I was practically skipping to get my shopping cart! I came across a lovely aluminum water pitcher.  I picked up the pitcher for $4!  It is a World Hand Forged aluminum pitcher.  Here are two pictures I found online of it.  The pics I took were not so hot due to lighting issues. Prices I found online for this piece are approximately $35.  We have several aluminum server ware pieces we received for wedding gifts so this piece will fit in nicely with the collection.


Pitcher - side profile



The handle is the coolest feature.


Pitcher - handle





I found these 2 lovely sea life pillow shams as well.  They were a steal at $1.50 each.  You can order them online here for $29.99 EACH!  I think not!  LOL!  These are probably going to my cousin, Linda, for her beach house we will be visiting in October. 


sea life pillow shams



When Cason is older, I hope he enjoys doing some of these science experiments outlined in this book. “How Science Works” by Judith Hann.  It has 100 ways parents and kids can share the secrets of science.  It looks like fun!  Great purchase for $.50.  The sticker on the back was $14.99.  I like my price better!




I also got these books for Cason.  I am hoping it will help Pete and I teach him life lessons.  “Help Me Be Good” book set by Joy Barry.  I had never heard of these books before.  I was able to purchase 18 books out of the 29 book set.  I will be on the lookout for the remaining 11 that I need.  The 18 books I purchased were $.50 each, so $9 total.  There is a full-set for sale on eBay for $42 with the bid going up as I type!  I am hoping to finish out the set for under $15 dollars. 


Help Me Be Good Books



I also got a cute pair of wedge sandals.  Yellow with white polka dots! How fun for summer!  I paid $2 and they are brand new, still with all the original stickers!  If you want some of your own, you can buy a pair on eBay here.


Yellow with White polka dot sandals



I got a slew of other stuff, but these items are the highlights.  Have you found any great thrifty treasures lately?  Don’t you just     L-O-V-E 50% days!


Happy Saturday,




Thrifty Finds @ the Salvation Army Store June 29, 2011

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I have been on a thrift store hiatus for the month of June.  I was trying to last all month without going to a thrift store, but today I caved.  After my yoga class this morning, I decided to make a quick run to Salvation Army.  I swear I felt a strong urge to go there!  I came away with some great loot in my opinion!  Woo Hoo!


Linen-N-Things Bedspread with 2 Shams – fits our queen-sized bed perfectly!  It has one small tear on one square of the spread, but I can easily fix it with a needle/thread.  I love the prints and the blue, turquoise, and green!  Awesome look for summer!  

Linen-N-Things Bedspread & 2 Shams

And the underside of the bedspread if we wanted to go with a not-so-flowery look is small stripes.

Underside of Bedspread

Next came something for Pete and I to use to carry our bundle of boy, Cason.  An Evenflo baby backpack carrier.  It needs some cleaning, but nothing a little OxyClean won’t handle!  Score!  Pete liked it too!  His word was AWESOME!

Evenflo Baby Backpack Carrier

A cute pair of crocheted slippers for me.

Brown and Blue crocheted slippers

A little newborn onesie outfit for my niece who will arrive sometime in November! 

Newborn Onesie

A Build-A-Frame kit.  I bought 4 of them, but they don’t have all the pieces.  I have enough for two frames, measuring roughly 12×14.  I have a small, ok, not so small, collection of picture frames I am gathering for a future gallery wall when we move to our other house. 

Build-A-Frame Kit

A warm, soft, and cuddly blanket, still in the package!  $40 retail price!  Love the color too!

Cuddly Crocheted Blanket - BRAND NEW!

And lastly, a dancing dress for my Momma.  I think she will like it, I hope it fits!  I love the sparkleness (yes I made that word up!) on the top of the dress and jacket.

Dancing Dress       Close-Up of Dancing Dress Jacket

So for my tally:

Bedspread & 2 Shams:  $3

Backpack Carrier:  $5

Slippers:  $1.00

Onesie Outfit: $0.50

Build-A-Frames:  $2

Blanket:  $5

Dress:  $3.50


So what do you think, good loot?  Have you found any great thrifty finds lately?  I would love to hear about them! 




Dresser Facelift – Part 1 December 4, 2010

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are having a fabulous Saturday. Pete and I had a bit of slow start to our Saturday, but finally kicked into gear around 3pm today. We gathered our painting and prep supplies and started the process of a dresser facelift. This is our first DIY makeover project together and he was following my lead since I have been reading a ton of blogs lately on refinishing and painting furniture. Some of the blogs/posts I have read for inspiration include Bower Power, Centsational Girl, and Thrift Decor Chick. These ladies ROCK at fixing up thrift store furniture in need of some love and TLC!

A few weeks back I came across this lovely dresser with a little bit of distressed look at my local Habitat Re-Store. I make at least a weekly trip to the Re-Store and eyed the piece for two weeks.

I finally decided to bite the bullet and ask if they could wiggle on the price. I purchased this dandy dresser for $45, they originally wanted $70. I love the clean lines on this dresser and think it will look great in our nursery for Baby Peanut. As you can see from the picture above it is missing one of its handles and in the picture below you can see some of the icky sticky stuff on the top of it.

Pete and I set out today to get the sanding done, handles removed, and wood filler applied. Tomorrow we will paint on a little oil-based primer. Here I am sanding the side of the dresser. Pete started on the drawer fronts. The picture is grainy due to the dust/sand debris flying in the air.

I used 120 grit sandpaper for sanding on my Black and Decker orbital sander. I must brag on Pete for a minute regarding the sander. He knew I was itching to start refinishing furniture and had heard me mention a few times some projects I had in mind. A few weeks back, Pete came across the Black and Decker sander at a yardsale for $5! It came with its carrying case and a plethora of sand paper refills of various grits. WAY TO GO HUBBY! The previous owners had added a handle to the sander to add a little more control to the sander. It works perfectly!

So here is the dresser after Part 1.

We have sanded the dresser and drawer fronts, removed the handles, and filled in the holes. To fill in the holes, we used Elmer’s Wood Filler, like the one pictured below. It is paintable and stainable and should work great. We purchased the wood filler from Lowe’s, the 32 ounce size for $7.19. I opted for the larger size since I know we will be using this as I have many furniture and picture frame projects up my sleeve. We used a tad bit of mineral spirits on the top of the dresser to remove the icky sticky stuff. Worked like a charm!

So that is our progress for Day 1. Tomorrow is another round of sanding to get a nice smooth surface where the wood filler was applied, a good wipe down to remove all the dust particles, and then at least one coat of oil-based primer. We had to call it quits for the evening – it is football time. Go AUBURN!

I am thinking about painting the dresser white, but welcome input from my lovely readers. Let me know what you think. We are painting the nursery a green apple color and will have white gloss trim. I am also unsure of what drawer pulls I am going to use. Since we are missing one handle I will have to replace them. I am undecided if I should use one handle/pull per drawer in the middle or if I shoud use two pulls, one on each side. Let me know what you would do! More to come tomorrow!




Thrift Stores, Thrift Stores, Oh How I Love Thee November 18, 2010

Hello Thrifty Friends,

As usual I made my rounds this week to various thrift stores in my area: Habitat Re-Store, St. Vincent de Paul, Loaves and Fishes, and Salvation Army. Yes, I went to all 4 of them…I told you I was addicted. Well I went a little crazy, but as you know thrift stores can be hit or miss so when you are on a roll why stop? Here are a few (ok a lot) of pictures of the treasures I found this week.

First Baby Peanut stuff:

A few (ok more than a few) cute outfits. $1 each at Loaves & Fishes:




Two Baby Playmats $1 for the 1st one picture from Loaves & Fishes; $2 for the other one from Salvation Army

A Fisher Price Music Maker Toy (it works) $5 from St Vincent De Paul:


And my best Baby Peanut purchase this week:  Fisher Price Vibrating Chair (only missing the hanging toy monkey)…$3.  Yep, $3, and it works!


Next came a lot of pillows, fabrics, and linens:

2 Green Pillow covers (pillows included) pictured in the middle for $3/each and the yellow and green pillows on each end $.50 each.  These will be used in the Spring. 


4 Burgundy Pillow Covers – remember the green and yellow pillows – they are now in these lovely Burgundy pillow covers.  $2/cover.  $8 for new-to-me pillows!  We already had the brown/red pillows.  The brown throw on the right was also a $1 purchase this week.


Some more pillow covers:  2 White covers ($.50 each) and 2 cream linen covers $2 each).  I don’t have pillows to fit these…yet. 🙂


Now moving on to Bed Linens:

2 White Pillow Shams with matching Bedskit (full size).  $2 for ALL! 


2 Khaki Egyptian Cotton Pillow shams and one 1 multi-colored striped sham, $1 for each


Now for some window treatments.  2 long (I have not measured them yet) window treatment panels.  Not sure if I will use these, but they will serve as a great template for me if I decide to attempt to sew my own window panels one day.  $1 for each.  I also bought 4 window sheer curtains but did not photo those.  $.50 each.


And some fabric:  Lovely red wine color (silky type of fabric) and creamy white  (linen like fabric).  $2.50 per fabric roll.  Over 8 yards on each roll!




Now for some items for the kitchen and around the house:

I collect old canning jars, particularly the old blue/turquoise Ball Mason jars.  I have almost 40 of them.  I saw these old Atlas Fruit canning jars with the glass lids for the RIDICULOUSLY low price of $2.50 for all 5 of them.  Even though I normally don’t buy the clear ones, the price was too good to pass up! 


The basket will come in handy and the banana holder has been on my “keep an eye out for” list for a while.  $.50 for the basket and $.75 for the banana holder. 


Two lovely matching crystal lamps.  I will be painting the brass parts a lovely shade of white more than likely.  $15 for the pair!  Just need to look for some shades now!


I have a weakness for Blue & White china/pottery pieces.  When I see them from range in a thrift store it makes my heartbeat increase, and I have to all but run over to them to stake my claim.  I once left some blue and white china pieces on a shelf and headed to the front of the store to get a shopping cart only to go back and find they were gone!  #1 rule – always get the cart from the get-go and #2 if for some reason you end up cartless, load your arms up with your treasure then go find a cart or box or something to put them in.  Anyways, I digress.   I got these lovelies for $1 for each cup/saucer set and $1 for each side plate.  🙂 Score!



A new non-stick grill basket.  We have one of these already, but after a year or two of being used on the grill, it begins to get a bit icky.  Now we have a new one.  $.75.  These lovely grill baskets are normally are at least $5-$7 in stores.


Three more rectangular/square vases to add to my collection.  $1 each.  I now have 4 of each size.  4 square ones and 4 slender rectangle ones.  I like to group them together.  When I see these again I must remember that I really don’t need another one, but they are do darn cute and useful.


And last, I know you have got to be wondering what else could I possibly have bought!  I few items for me…clothes!   Exercise capri pants by Champion still with the tags on them $2.50; a lovely pink cardigan by Ann Taylor $1; a nice light blue sweather by New York Company $1; a green print maternity shirt from Target $1; a FILA exercise sports bra/top $1.


There are two other items that I purchased – one I cannot tell you about because it is a gift for my sister, Susanna, for Christmas.  The other item is HUGE and I could not fit it in the car.  We are picking it up tomorrow with the trailer.  I will post pictures of that purchase tomorrow!  It is BEAUTIFUL!  🙂 

So sorry if this post was insanely long, but this week was a good week at the thrift stores and I was on a roll.  If you are not a thrift store shopper I highly recommend you try it out.  There is a TON of good stuff there.  Oh and yes, I did take my required box of donation items…in fact I took 3 boxes. 

Find any good thrifty treasures this week?  I would love for you to share your findings with me! 




Look at what I got at Habitat Re-Store! November 14, 2010

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Hello Everyone!

Habitat Re-Store is one of my favorite thrift stores.  I am a frequent shopper to say the least.  LOL!  This past Friday I made my way down to Re-Store just before they closed at 4pm and came away with some great finds!  🙂  Check out my loot! 

A few more Autumn/Fall decorations.  All of my fall decorations have come from thrift stores and these fit in perfectly.


I LOVE St. Patrick’s Day and could not pass up this little sign to hang on the door. 

And check out the original price tag for the cute St. Patty’s Day decor.  $7.99 are you kidding me!!!  That is nuts! 

I am hoping to do a beach-theme in my soon-to-be office (I have a ton of large shells, coral, and other beach stuff already) and thought these three items would work perfectly.  I have eyed the seashell balls in the stores before, but never wanted to pay that much for one.   SCORE!

These baskets will come in handy either for holding magazines, incoming mail, and who knows what.  Baskets are your friend when it comes to organization! 

I am working on building my collection of picture frames.  I want to do a collage of pictures in our stairwell in our house we are renovating.  These will work perfectly in that space or in other areas of the house.  Several of these were still in plastic packaging = brand new!  🙂

Found 3 books that grabbed my attention:  one on Baby Sign Language, one on developing literacy in children, and last Pottery Barn Bedrooms book.   Woo Hoo! 

A look inside the Pottery Barn bedroom book.  The book was first printed in 2003.  It is missing the front cover, but has great content.  We are working on our blueprint plans for our house we are remodeling and we have decided to add a master suite.  This book will definitely come in handy!  Found it online new on Amazon from $4.24 – $48.29.  Steal of deal for me.

I have a hard time not buying decorative glassware and decanters are my weakness.  Pete has a weakness for them as well. 😉 I also picked up a Cocktail Recipe book.  Not that we are big drinkers, but Pete and I enjoy an occasional adult beverage.  Once Baby Peanut is here and I am able to enjoy an adult beverage again, I plan on finding a really interesting cocktail to celebrate. 

And the last 2 items…not all that snazzy, but they are definitely useful.  2 over-the-door hangers.  Perfect timing for my fall wreaths and upcoming Christmas decor. 

I know all of you want to know just how much I paid for all this fantastic stuff (well I think it is fantastic, you don’t have to agree).  Any guesses???   Drumroll please…

WOO HOO!  $10 for all that stuff!  LOVE IT!  And that is why Habitat Re-Store is one of my favs!  🙂  Have you been thrifting lately?  Have you visited your local Habitat Re-Store?  If not, what are you waiting for?!?!?  I hope you have found some great deals lately, too! 



Oh How I Love Thrift Stores! November 9, 2010

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Hello, my name is Iris, and I am a thrift store addict. I am shocked I am just now writing about my thrift store excursions on my blog! Thrift stores hold a special place in my heart.  I love the thrill of the hunt, the unexpected finds, the great deals!  I visit thrift stores in my area multiple times per week on my lunch break. I work from home so my lunch time is my time to escape and get out of the house for a little bit. We have several thrift stores in my area of northwest Alabama and I make my rounds. I have a rule of taking at least one donation box per week to a thrift store in a feeble attempt to keep control of the amount of stuff in our house. I also have a monthly consignment appointment to encourage me to continually purge and evaluate our possessions. Anyways, I wanted to share with you my finds from today’s thrift store excursion to St. Vincent De Paul’s thrift store.

First off I normally do not buy clothing from this thrift store as they tend to be extremely over-priced. $7 for a blouse, $7 for baby clothes, etc. Ridiculous. Ok, I won’t rant anymore on that one…I actually had to put some items back today. SVDP’s only takes cash and I had exactly $47. My total came to $46.11, a lot higher than what I normally spend, but I got some good loot treasures!

Today was a good day at SVDP! Here is what I found:

1. Leap Frog LeapStart Learning Gym: $10! Available new from $99.95! SCORE!!!

2. Cabin Creek Wool Coat: $10! I have been needing a new winter coat and really like the soft tan color of it.

3. Safari Prints for Baby Peanut’s Nursery: $5/each.  Pete had said the other night when we were discussing the nursery that he thought “animals” would be cute. I love the colors in these prints and think they will look GREAT in Peanut’s nursery! WOO HOO!

4. Wine Corks: $12.70 for 254 corks. This works out to $.05/cork and that is a great price. You can find comparable prices on eBay for corks, but then you have to pay shipping and have to purchase online, wait on it, etc. I have several crafty ideas for wine corks and could not resist buying these. 🙂  I will post later about my wine cork crafty ideas. 

5. Three Large Canvas Reusable Shopping Bags: $.50 each for $1.50 total. I strive very hard to use my reusable bags and would give myself a B+ grade on this. I have several reusable bags already, but some are on the small side and don’t hold a lot of groceries. The bags I bought are heavy-duty material, large, and have good handles.

I was going to buy Pete a pair of Vasque brand steel-toe hiking boots, but was not sure if he could fit into these and he is a little funny about buying shoes from thrift stores.  Last month I found a gently used pair of Merrell hiking/running shoes for $4 and he has been wearing them all the time.  I mentioned the Vasque boots to Pete and he decided to run down to SVDP and try them on for size.  $6 for hiking boots that can range from $140 – $210 new, you can’t beat that price!  I’ll let  you know later if he came home with them!

Have  you found any great deals on your recent thrift store rounds?  I would love to hear about your bargains!  🙂