Friday, February 26, 2010

It's happy dance time...

It's Frugal Friday over at The Shabby Nest. Love Frugal Friday. If you love to create and decorate (especially on the cheap) go check it out. Seriously you must. It's guaranteed to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

I decided to join in today with my own, "why I think yard sales are the greatest invention ever" edition.

I L-O-V-E yard sales! So much so that my dear husband took me to some on our anniversary weekend away together. The man loves me. I told you in my previous post that I have an old suitcase and trunk fetish (I really do) and this first lucky find did not disappoint.

I came across these old trunks at the yard sale of an elderly war veteran. I was afraid to ask how much he wanted at first because I didn't want to spend a lot of money so when he said five dollars each it took all of my restraint not to do a major happy dance right there on his driveway. And when he told me that the green trunk was issued to him during the Korean war, a great gush of giddiness danced up my spine. I L-O-V-E owning a piece of history as much as I L-O-V-E yard sales. And because I feel such gratitude and respect for all those who so selflessly serve our country, I must tell you that a tear inducing lump of patriotism rises in my throat every time I look at it. FABULOUS.

This next find is not quite as amazing as the first, but because it gets these old quilts (one, the first quilt that my husband's grandma ever made and another, his favorite baby blanket also made by grandma) out of the closet to be displayed and enjoyed, I L-O-V-E it too.

I guess this third, awesome doll house, find doesn't really have much to do with frugal decorating unless you consider that the interior is quite outdated and in need of a makeover of its own.

Of course the funk-o-licious retro prints and carpet colors are the very thing that made me fall in love with it in the first place. They instantly took me back to my childhood and I HAD TO HAVE IT!
Is there anything better than a yard sale?
I think not.


Lene said...

The trunks are an amazing find.

Marcie said...

Love the trunk. We have an old box/trunk out in the garage that is from Ryan's grandpa. You've inspired me to pull it out and do SOMETHING with it.

Amanda said...

I love anything vintage - I collect glassware, old aprons, and all kinds of other stuff, I've got a few posts about my items on my blog!!! Love the green trunk!

blogrock said...

its been so long since i been sale-ing. love your lucky finds.

Chrissy MacCEO said...

Amazing finds! You did a great job restoring these pieces!!
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Jessica B said...

Lucky!! What great finds!! I too love the suitcase & trunks - I can just see you trying not to do your victory dance in the middle of the driveway.

The Little Red Shop said...

Not much in my book (better than a great garage sale, that is). I have an old army mess trunk on my sofa table...and use a larger wooden army trunk to hold some of my games. Oh, and that doll house is wonderful!

: )

Julie M.

4boyzmdmom said...

You have a real talent--I am not good at seeing how to decorate with old things (or new things, for that matter)! Those things look fabulous in your house. And I LOVE the dollhouse. I need one of those! I used to have an awesome dollhouse that my dad made, but Amy has it now because she has girls. I told my mom that was backwards--I should have got the dollhouse since I don't have anyone to buy one for! (But I'm glad my nieces got to enjoy it.)

Anonymous said...

I like what you did with all your great yard sale finds. The trunks are my favorite too and you displayed them so well. That's my girl!