Monday, August 30, 2010

Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays No.27

With all the rain we had this weekend, there was no way that I was going thriftin...this old gal just doesn't like getting wet...she's so SWEET...she just might melt (ha ha). I thought this week I would answer some questions that I get about thriftin...hope this will be helpful to some of you out there that are new to this side of shopping. I also thought since I'm celebrating my one year blog anniversary this week, that I would share some oldies but goodies from the past...I know that some of you have seen these...so if that's the case...just keep on moving on and for you new gals...take a look at these NIFTY THRIFTY TREASURES!!! Thanks for coming and please come again!

Question~Do I always need to buy something at every sale?

Answer~Sellers don’t {shouldn't} get their feelings hurt if there’s nothing you need that they are selling. You don’t owe it to them to stand around for at least 10 minutes loitering and acting like you might buy something. Your time is limited, get in, give it a good look and get out if you don’t see anything. A quick “thank you” is always nice. Always remember, that every minute you spend taking your sweet time is a minute someone else somewhere is buying exactly what you are looking for at a killer price.

Question~How Do I Find Good Stuff?

Answer~Be willing to go to lots of sales and see lots of junk. I only buy something at 20% of the sales I go to. You have to be the kind of person who’s committed to spend the morning finding mostly nothing in order to be rewarded with one amazing find. Some days are better than others and I come home with a boatload of treasures from maybe as many as 75% of the sales that I went to...you just keep on going and you learn as you go!

Question~When Is The Best Time Of The Year To Hit The Sales?

Answer~The best times are Fall and Spring...the weather is much better during these seasons and more people are having sales. Neighborhood sales are awesome...you can park your car and hit several within a few minutes. Most neighborhoods hold their sales during the Fall and Spring...so keep this in mind.



We found enough TRAVERTINE TUMBLED TILES for our kitchen backsplash...for pennies! Five boxes for...$25.00!!!! Yes...I did a little happy dance right there at the sale!




This is just what we wanted...I really could not believe that we had just saved hundreds of dollars...I guess it was our lucky day!


Small White Ironstone Pitcher...$1.50!

Old soup tureen...found this at a estate sale for only .50 cents!



****Please everyone, follow these guidelines!****
1. Be sure to refer back to my blog so everyone can see who is participating today, include the NTT button in your post (copy and paste the html code under the button…the button is located on my sidebar). Please make sure that you have put my NTT button or my blog name with a link on your post. I have seen that some of you have forgot to do this…so this is just a sweet reminder.
2. This party is for sharing thrifty finds from garage sales, thrift stores, consignment shops, craigslist and even those awesome deals that you find at any retail store. Please do not link to an Etsy shop or something similar (I will delete the link). If I see that your post is not really on track with the NTT theme and also if you don't link back, I'll delete your link...please don't make me do this. It's common courtesy to link back to the person having the party, so that all of your readers can find it too.
3. Please go and visit the other participates and leave a comment about their treasures and thrifty ideas…this is what makes the PAR-TAY so much FUN and what a great way to meet new friends.
I'm linking to the following parties...come along with me for a boatload of FUN!
Thrifty Thursday


40 comments:

the cape on the corner said...

oh my goodness, i am so thrilled for your backsplash find! that has got to be the best when you find something you were going to spend so much more money on, you know? can't wait to see the "after" of that find, too!

Olive Cooper said...

Hi, I am a dedicated thrifter just like you. I have an entire house decorated (90%) with second hand items. Thanks bunches for visiting me. hugs♥olive

Melanie @ The Tiny Tudor said...

Great thrifty Q&A. Thanks for hosting!

Blondie's Journal said...

I really needed these tips! I often feel uncomfortable if I don't act interested in what the seller has. And thanks for the reminder that now is a good time for hitting the garage sales. I'll have to get a newspaper this week!

Love the travertine tiles. What an incredible deal!

xoxo
Jane

Jennifer said...

you did really well Linda!!!

billiemonster said...

what a steal on that old soup tureen! :o)

Betsy said...

You sure were in the right place at the right time to find those tiles, what a fantastic buy.
I really enjoy looking at all the other treasures my fellow blogges find.

Blue Creek Home said...

I have only been to a couple of yard sales this summer, but as soon as the weather cools, I will definitely hit more. I don't melt in the rain, but boy, I am reduced to a mere puddle in our incredibly humid heat!!!
I wish I could find travertine tiles!!!

Marianne@Songbird said...

Hi Linda,
I just linked up a little project that is made up of old things I kind of thrifted in my own house and one that came from a thriftstore. I hope that is within the rules.
Thank you for the party. I will go and visit some of the other participants in the morning (must catch some zzz first).

Rene said...

You did find some neat things Linda. That tumbled tile is pretty special. Just so you know, my desk really isn't that neat :)

-Rene

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

That travertine is amazing! Can't wait to see your backsplash!! The white pieces are lovely too. GREAT finds!!

Always Nesting said...

Wow, great finds. I love that soup tureen. Thanks for having me. I've linked up my Doggie Painting.

Sherry said...

Wow! That was a fantastic find. How cool is that!
Sherry

Donna said...

You got a great deal on the backsplash tiles and I adore the soup tureen!
Hugs,
Donna

Linda @ A La Carte said...

You have to be willing to look at a lot of junk to find the treasures!! The more you do it (look) I think your eye gets better at picking out the good stuff!!

The Lazy Peacock said...

what an amazingly lucky find with the tiles! i love when things work out like that.

Happy Nester said...

Thanks for hosting. I can not believe the deal you got on that tile. Great find!
Monica

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Linda, Congrats on finding your travertine tiles...and at a bargain too. Love the little pitcher. Thanks so much for hosting each week.
Hugs, Sherry

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

Wow you totally scored on those travetine tiles! Congrats on that and on you blogs 1yr anniversary!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Linda...Yes, I remember those tiles...fabulous find! The old soup tureen is wonderful! I hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

AntiqueChase said...

I have those tiles!! You will love them!!! So easy to live with!!

Diann said...

Hi Linda!

I took off last week from thrifting. But, fortunately, I always have some past thrift finds to share. LOL Love that tile!
Hope you have a wonderful week!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Congrats on your new backsplash, that will be great!

Cindy said...

So many great finds....I have nothing to share as I'm trying to declutter for a bit, but I'll live vicariously thru all this other goodness :)

Keep Calm and Decorate said...

Great job Linda! Awesome job on the back splash, you just can't pass up a deal like that. I hope you are having a great week!

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

The travertine is an absolute steal. Thanks for hosting, Linda!

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Your travertine tile deal is amazing! I love to thrift too. We just bought a summer place at the beach and are decorating it cottage style from thrift stores, flea markets or our own "treasures" from our attic.Thanks for sharing your shopping tips and for hosting! Annette

dogsmom said...

Happy Blogiversary! Hope to share thriftin' tales with you for many many more years.

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Happy Blogaversary!!! I am a huge thrifter too. My sister was here over the weekend and I think we hit just about every thrift store in my town. Such fun looking for treasures. I got some great stuff. I am trying make some things for a Christmas sale, so I have been looking for items to "re-do". Love & blessings from NC!

Gail said...

Happy Blogiversary! I'm celebrating mine as well...in fact I think it's today! Thanks for hosting.

Have a wonderful day.

Gail

Jeanne said...

Hi Linda, congratulations on your Blog anniversary. a big day for we Bloggers. smile! Thrifting is about the only kind of shopping I do. You gotta love it!
Have a wonderful day.
Hugs, Jeanne

Diane said...

Congrats on finding the tiles and at such a great bargain, It was your lucky day. Love that little white pitcher Ü

Cass @ That Old House said...

Backsplash tiles? An AMAZING buy. One man's trash truly IS another man's treasure. Ain't it great?

Love your yard sale advice -- so true!
I'm looking forward to a Fall season full of bargains.
Cass

Beach House Living said...

Those tiles are an amazing find.

kathie said...

Thanks for having me, I'm your newest follower! LOVE the tiles, what a steal :)

Erin A said...

My first time at your link party, love it!!! Such gorgeous stuff!

Thanks for hosting!!

Erin
Lemon Tree Creations

Rebecca said...

Hi Linda
Thanks so much for all your encouragment! My first day home and I hope to get a lot done today and maybe catch up on a little blogging. Your thrifty Tuesdays look so fun... right now I am all about getting rid of, which isn't near as much fun.
Blessings
Rebecca

Jenni said...

Hurrah for your find with the tiles for your backsplash! That is wonderful, and for such an amazing price, too! I also love the ironstone pitcher and the sweet soup tureen! :)

Thank you also for stopping by and entering the giveaway, and for posting this on your sidebar! :)

I hope you have a beautiful day!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Wow! What a great deal on the tiles!
Enjoy your holiday weekend.

Kimberly and Ashley @ Everyday Expressions said...

LOVE that travertine! Can't believe what a good deal you got. So jealous :) I would love to put travertine in my kitchen and all my bathrooms for that matter. I turn into a puddle of mush over travertine.

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