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?




Bag o’ Clothes July 13, 2011

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I am a frequent shopper at Salvation Army thrift stores.  They reward me for my patronage.  I wish other thrift stores would do the same.  At the Salvation Army stores in my area, they offer a Super Shopper Club card.  Basics of the card are for every 10 dollars you spend, you get 1 stamp on your card.  Collect 10 stamps and you can redeem your card for a $5 bag full of clothes. 


Super shopper


I have been holding onto my full card for several weeks now.  The past few times I have gone to the Salvation Army, I have not found many clothing items, at least not enough to justify the $5 bag.  I did not want to waste my card!  Today my patience paid off.  I stuffed all of the following items into one plastic shopping bag, normal size. 


Gifts for Others:

– 1 shirt for my cousin, Wendy

– 2 shirts for my cousin, Bess

– 1 blouse for my Mom

– 1 blouse for my friend, Katie

– 3 dresses, 3 bibs, 1 hat, 4 bloomers, 5 pants, and 11 onesie outfits for my future niece


Clothing for Pete:

– 2 t-shirts


Clothing for Cason:

– 1 pair of shorts

– 2 onesie outfits


Clothing for Me:

– 2 tank tops for exercise/work-outs

– 7 short-sleeve blouses

– 1 pair cargo shorts

– 1 skirt


All of those clothes for $5!  Awesome!  If you have a Salvation Army thrift store in your area, find out if they have a Super Shopper card program.  If you are in the Florence, Alabama area, the locations in Florence and Sheffield both honor the cards.  I love the fact they have some type of frequent shopper program and I wish other thrift stores would do the same.


I went to the Blue Door Thrift Store on Tuesday.  I do not frequent this thrift store that often (it is on the other side of town), but I try to stop in about once a month.  I bought several items, but the best one was for my baby, Cason.  I have been looking for a walker/bouncer exerciser for him for the past few weeks.  I have seen many, but most have been very dirty and/or missing several pieces.  I came across a Graco Lights and Sound Walker and it was in fabulous condition.  There was a mommy-to-be looking it over as I spotted it from a distance.  She took a few steps past it and I calmly walked swooped in for it.  $15 and it was in great condition!  Yes, I was giddy with excitement and could not wait to get in home, clean it, sanitize it, and try it out with Cason. 


He L-O-V-E-D it!!!  Check out a few of his pics in his new apparatus. 



Found anything good at the thrift stores lately?  I would love to hear about it if you have! 






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! 




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!