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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

And the Winner is....

You'll find out in a minute but first I wanted to show you some of the fun things I've found at estate sales recently (these are not included in the prize package).  

This very cool wire frog to go with my utilitarian, aka "ugly" frog collection:
Aren't those wires coming out of the frog cool?
This was a quarter and some (Rob) might say I paid too much!

A pretty flower frog.  This is a little more contemporary in shape than I would normally be drawn to but for $5 it was a no brainer.

Here it is with some flowers from some bush in my yard stuck in it:

 This frame and map were marked $10 but on the last day of the sale, it was 1/2 off.
A great find for $5, if I can use it to frame a sampler.  
We'll see.  
If sampler friendly, $5 well spent.  
If not, $5 wasted.

Here's another frame.  This one was $5 to start so I got it for $2.50 (at the same sale as the one above).  
Again, same statements from above apply to this one. 

"I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. Demille."

I also found these sweet things in their original boxes.

The cake decorating kit didn't look like it had ever been used.
I gave it a good scrub, ran it thru the dishwasher and will use it to pipe in the filling for deviled eggs (because I make them so often - not!).  
It was $2.50. 

The little sewing machine I found on the first day of the sale but it was WAY overpriced at $75.  So, I held my breath and hoped it would be there the next day.
After doing a little research, I still thought $37.50 was a bit high so I offered them $25 and they said yes.
It is now happily residing in my craft room.
Don't you love the graphics on the box?  I just love it and all the bits and pieces (that's the table clamp in front) and directions were in there.

Love it.  
Not a scratch or rust spot on it.

I found these old tins in the basement of an old home.  
They were $1 each.  

The big tin on top I just loved with the three different shaped spaces.
This was probably a $1 wasted as I don't bake, but I couldn't pass it up.
The little one in front has great graphics and it is now being used as a stitching buddy:

The round looking tin is a perfect place to store ribbons. 
What do you think? 

I also found this cute, little tackle box, in a great blue green/teal color which now houses all my wrapping supplies and scissors which may be used to cut paper:


And finally, this little guy that I found at our local antique market in May.

Individual numbered stamps on a spinner.

How cute is that!?  

All of these things were easily $5 or less except for the sewing machine!

I have found a couple of things for which I've paid more than $5 or even more than $25, which I will show you another time.  There are two great bargains in particular that I am so thrilled with.

I know.  I can hear you all going, "Enough of the junque you buy, already.  Tell us who the winner of the drawing is."  
Okay, here you go.

I tried my best to get a picture of the random number generator thingy to post here but it wouldn't cooperate.   
So, you'll just have to trust me.

Okay, really, the winner is:


Were you an early entrant or a late entrant?  
Don't you always wonder if it's good luck or bad to be the first and/or last to comment on a giveaway?

Oh, yeah.  #21 is.....

Kathy A.

Congratulations, Kathy and thank you so much to all of you that entered.  There were 155 entries with one abstention.

It would appear that I am not alone in my inability to meet deadlines.
Today is an exception! 
Thank you all so much for joining me on this blogging journey.

Stay tuned - I have another giveaway coming.
A darling dress company asked if I'd like to give away a dress to one of my followers.
They didn't offer to give me one though.  
But hopefully, you'll like it.  
Stay tuned for details on that.

Until then, thank you all so much for participating.

Next time, I'll show you my progress on the 
Mystery Sampler by With Thy Needle and Thread
(it looks just like everyone else's)!



Andrea said...

What great treasures you found Terri! Love all of them!
Congrats to Kathy! What a great giveway you had. I didn't enter since I already had that chart.
Did the little thing I mailed to you ever show up? It's been a couple of weeks since I sent it, but wanted you to know that it was sent, lol!

Anonymous said...

Love, love, love your finds! That second frame is gorgeous! shop like I do. Can't pass up something cool. LOL

Thanks for sharing!

Peggy H.

Jenny said...

First off, big congrats to Kathy!

Wow - I just love this post!!! Love looking at all your finds and the clever ways you decided to use them! I love vintage baking and cooking items too, but I don't work often enough in the kitchen to "need" cute kitchen-related stuff. The last thing I bought was an old edition of the Betty Crocker cook-book solely because Charley Harper had made all the illustrations! Now I know how to excuse these type of finds & purchases; for stitch- and stash-organization! Wohooo! Have to go find my piggy bank and some good yard sales.....

natalysneedle said...

Terri, love all of your finds. They are treasures for sure. The sewing machine is my favorite. How cute is that.

Julie M said...

love all the thrifty finds! I envy you being able to go. Maybe after I heal up I can get back to doing some.

Congrats to Kathy!

Margaret said...

I love all the stuff you found -- good prices too! The best part is seeing how creative you are about using some of the pieces. The round tin for a ribbon holder -- fantastic! And the muffin tin for holding your sewing supplies -- great! My DH has an old metal toolbox like yours, different color, but still cool. I should steal it from him. lol! He uses it for ----- tools. lol! Boring! the sewing machine is definitely my favorite find though -- and a great price too! Congrats to the winner as well!

Deborah said...

Love all your finds. Your creativity in using them is wonderful. I will now look at baking dishes differently.

Brynwood Needleworks said...

You really scored at the garage sale! Of course, you know my favorite thing is the little sewing machine! Veerry Cool!

Congrats to Kathy. Lucky girl!

Happy Holiday Weekend.

Kathy A. said...

Wow, I feel so lucky. Thank you.
I need to go saling with you. You find the neatest things. I'm afraid I don't have an eye for things and bypass some wonderful finds. How much fun it would be to go with someone who knows what's up.
Address etc to follow.

Gabi said...

That'a a lot of Great treasures and fantastic prices though. Congrats.
Congrats also to Kathy :)

Theresa said...

Wow~~~ What amazing finds you got there!!!!!! You are a very good treasure hunter~~~ :-)

Congratulations for the lucky winner!!!!

doris said...

Congrats to Kathy A! I'll bet she's one happy girl.

aprilmecheelesdulllife said...

Great treasures Terri!!! I love yard selling. You had a great haul! Congrats to Kathy!!

Joy said...

I always love great finds at rummage sales and thrift stores. My last 2 great finds was a set of boomwhackers for $1.31 (they retail for $25, they're pitched plastic pipes that you can hit on things and play music) and a full latch hook kit with everything for $2.

Mouse said...

vongrats to kathy :)and oooo have really enjoyed browsing at your finds :) and love how you have used some of them too :)and hope the frames fit :) love mouse xxxx

Giovanna said...

What fun to see all your great finds and how you're putting them to use - thanks for sharing!

Bertie said...

OMG you have found some vintage treasures, they all look fabulous but my favorites are the boxes and the cute little sewing machine, great finds Terri:))
Have a great weekend.

Hazel said...

Fantastic finds. I love your baking tins idea. Congrats to the winner. x

jayne@~an eye for threads~ said...

love the tins, and the best is the sewing machine. Quite the find there girl. Congratulations to you and Kathy A.
Nice to see you are still hopping around to all of the sales and those frames,,, I am sure they will come to good use.
Have a great weekend Terri
Be always in stitches

Chris said...

Hi Terri
WOW! you found some amazing things. Can you say Jackpot!
I love the way you are using some of them to organize your supplies.
Congrats to Kathy.
I hope you have a great weekend and a happy 4th!

Siobhán said...

What fun treasures!!

Congratulations to Kathy! :)

Catherine said...

Fantastic finds! Love how you put some of them to use already!

Congrats to Kathy!!

Karoline said...

Great finds Terri, congratulations to Kathy!

Annie said...

Your are really part of the "one man's trash is another man's treasure" credo. Your really found some great things and you have such good ideas for re-purposing. I probably could never have resisted that little sewing machine either and you did a great job researching and negotiating the price!

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Carol said...

Yay for Kathy!! I'm so happy for her :)

You always have a knack for repurposing your estate sale finds in such fun ways, Terri--what wonderful finds!

Cari said... find the best treasures ever!! You also have such a unique way of using what you find...very clever. I'd shop and then stack the stuff in the garage and forget about it! LOL Have a simply fabulous 4th of July. Hugs dear friend...

Sally said...

Oh wow what fantastic finds!! I love them.

Congratulations to Kathy!

Lili said...

congratulations to Kathy!

Lovely finds!the frames are so beautiful!


BrendaS said...

You scored some great finds! Love the little sewing machine:))

Congratulations to Kathy!

Sherry :o) said...

I love, love all your finds. The muffin tin is so cool - and your idea for the small one is really clever! But I love the bigger one with the three types. Really like the cake decorator (I used mine once a year for deviled eggs too - lol). Does the sewing machine work? It is too cute. I can't wait to see your progress on the Mystery Sampler - I am awaiting my copy of the first two parts - I am a little behind in starting. I am doing mine in silks I think - are you doing yours in the recommended fibers?

Congratuations to Kathy - what a cool giveaway.

Hope all is going well with you!

Susan said...

Thanks for sharing all your finds, Terri. I like what you did with the muffin tin--what a clever idea!

Alice said...

I really love looking at all the 'junque' you find! I could easily be a packrat myself as I enjoy old and unique things... but as usual I have contradictory streaks in my nature and I hate clutter so I accumulate as little as possible. Thanks for letting me experience this cool stuff vicariously.

Edgar said...

Some great treasures - gotta love those estate sales!! Congrats to Kathy.

Deb said...

Congrats to Kathy! And you found some incredible finds. Just love those sales! That flower frog is definitely different, but what a conversation piece (and who cares if Rob doesn't think it was worth a quarter. Of course it is!!

Teresa Kline said...

great dh and I also like to go scavenger hunting.....we usually do not buy it just the moment and being together...hope your weekend is fabby!

enjoy *~*

Isa said...

Hello Trri!
All your finds are amazing, but my favorites are the round tin, the frames and the little sewing machine, it's so cute!!!

Congrats to the lucky winner!

Nancy said...

You like to keep the suspence going don't you! lol!! Congrats to Kathy! Love your finds especially the frames, hope they work for samplers!

Michelle said...

Congrats to Kathy! Lots of great finds too!!

Kathy said...

What awesome treasure you found. I am one of those who rarely find wonderful things like that when I have the chance to hit the estate sales. Lucky you. :)

Can't wait to see what you use the frames for. Great bargins all.

mdgtjulie said...

Congrats Kathy!!! Hope you enjoy your prize. Lots of good stuff there, Terri. You have some real treasures. Hope the frames are sampler friendly!!

Vinniey said...

Wow!! What fantastic finds! I love them all. Beautiful little vintage sewing machine and it's box. The second frame is gorgeous; hope it can be use to frame your work. :) Great idea to use muffin baking tray to hold your sewing supplies.

Charlene ♥ NC said...

This little tiny box will only hold one or two very short words per line...
I love seeing all your wonderful treasures, and especially when you show what you'll do with them! I'm a frame collector as well. Boxes of them that are either perfect, or a waste of $. Now if I'd only try some of them! Great post!

♥marylin♥ said...

Bravo à Kathy ....

bisous marylin

Mylene said...

What lovely treasures you've found, Terri!

Congrats to Kathy!

Have a happy weekend!

Lynn said...

Fantastic finds!! I love the baking tins and how you've chosen to use them. That little sewing maching is adorable! Thanks for sharing them with us.
Congrats to Kathy!

Kathy Ellen said...

You must have had a marvelous time finding all of your wonderful treasures. I especially love the antique but you are so clever about how you have put them to such unique uses for your craft supplies.

Congratulations to Kathy A. too!

It was so much fun reading your wonderful post!

Pam said...

You always find the best things! Hopefully, the frames that you bought will be "sampler friendly"!

Peonies & Magnolias said...

Wow, you sure made out good at the sales. Love all your new stuff, especially the little sewing machine. I hope you have a great week.


deb-bee said...

I love all of your great finds. I also love how you think "out side of the box" on how you use them to become your treasures.

with warm bee-hugs,

Olive said...

What great finds! It's been ages since I've gone to estate or garage sales, but it's always fun to find something unique that you can repurpose.

Michele B. said...

What a treat for the eyes all your finds are. I am going to steal the ribbon holder idea if I am ever lucky enough to find something like it. I hope the frames fit something - if not, no waste of money as you gave pleasure to your readers by posting the pictures!

Pumpkin said...

Those are some fabulous finds Terri! Love the little sewing machine :o)

Congratulations Kathy!

Sherry said...

Great finds! I love what you did with the muffin tin! Congratulations to Kathy!

marylin said...

Hello, I am back from vacation, I am going to walk on your blog kisses

Dani - tkdchick said...

What cool things you have picked up at a bargain price!

Congrats to your winners!

Ann @ Moonbeams & Fireflies said...

You found some exceptional treasures. I love the metal flower frog--I collect them. And, the child's sewing machine is very dear. I still have my own in its original box. It's very special to me. Love your blog. I'm following.

Patty C. said...

Congratulations Kathy
Fabulous finds Terri - Congrats ;)