Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tea Inspired Garage Sale Purchase

I have a soft spot for teacups and teapots, but also anything that resembles them.
I found this pincushion at a garage sale last Friday and had to get it.
Didn't matter that it wasn't even a very good pincushion.
(The "cushion" part is Styrofoam.)
It was a cheapy little jimcrack from the 1970s that called my name.
They wanted 10 cents for it(!)
How could I not buy it?!
It was practically free!

At the same garage sale, I found this refrigerator dish full of old buttons.
It was priced only 50 cents!
I had died and gone to heaven!
My friend, Liz, and I found ridiculous bargains like that all morning.
I found her a hand pieced quilt top for 25 cents.
When I questioned the price, "Is this really 25 cents?", the lady explained, as if apologizing, that although she pieced, she didn't quilt.  She figured an unfinished quilt did not have much value.
I could have fainted!
So here's to bargains at garage sales.
(raising cup of black tea with milk and honey)
They still exist!
Happy Tea Tuesday!
For more tea posts, visit Kimmie's blog.


Linda said...

I'll drink to that! You find the best stuff. You can totally cover that styrofoam pin cushion!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Wow! You did get some great things at such cheap prices. That little teacup pincushion is rather sweet. I've wanted to make some of my own but haven't done so yet. All these plans and ideas in my head, but they don't all come to fruition. :/ Have a great rest of the week. Tammy

Yvonne said...

Great finds. Yes, there are still great deals out there to be found. Wonderful little items and I loved your 'jimcrack' statement. Happy tea day. Oh, I posted about thrift store and estate sale tea items btw. Drop in when you can.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Yep, you find the BEST bargains. Even your thrift store is insane, since where I shop even a cup with no saucer goes for at least a dollar. I found some addition and subtraction flash cards a few weeks ago (not even full packs) and the price tag was $3.98 for them (each pack). I could almost buy them cheaper online.

And those buttons would have sold for over $5.00 (or more) at a garage sale. May I PLEASE come and shop with you for a week (grin)??

Anonymous said...

Wow, Nathalie! You do know how to shop, don't you?!?! I'm hosting a pretty awesome giveaway at my blog, if you wish to stop by!
Have a blessed day, my friend!

~*~Patty S said...

I'll raise my cup to that!!!
I saw somewhere where they sewed some lace trim around a quilt top and made a fab table cover out of it...so many possibilities

I adore your tea pot pin cushion...it would be nothing to punch some wool to make a nice topper for it!

Happy T today Missy!

~*~Patty S said...

AND those buttons too of course ;)

Halle said...

WOW!! Those were some bargains! I need to garage sale with you...although I fear we may fight over the goodies. :)

kimmie said...

OMG call me next time ... I'm coming too :)
I love your word "jimcrack"
I never heard that before
I thought of you a couple of weeks ago when I picked up 2 vintage watercolor paint sets that were marked 50 cents each - the guy was real apologetic and let me have them both for 50 cents. That sort of thing never happens to me!

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

I am seriously jealous over that teapot pin cushion... it might even motivate me to sew... might... loved finding your blog through Kimmie...xx

Jill said...

Great bargains! And, a great new word for me, a jimcrack. I just sent it to my 20 y/o daughter as the word of the day.