I’m very excited about this weeks friday finds. One glorious item was given to me, and the others were bought new, but at a bargain price. I try not to buy new wherever possible, but when I love the item, and the price is right I just can’t say no.
My Dad got this map from work years ago. I remember it as a child, and I’ve always loved it. So, when I asked him if I could hang it in my house, I was thrilled when he said yes. I love the colours, I love the heavy canvas fabric, I love everything about it. I’ve looked for maps for years in thrift stores without success, so this is a treat.
The lidded jar on the left was on sale at a department store. I loved it and after agonising over whether I should buy a new item, I decided to just do it! At $12 It wasn’t breaking the bank. The jar on the right was $3 from a discount store. They look great together, and at $3, I may have to go back and buy more.
I’ve been searching for scrabble tiles for ages but thrift stores just don’t seem to have them. I finally got onto Ebay and found 100 tiles for $13. They arrived yesterday and I’m very pleased with them.
And finally the most exciting find of all. As you may know I love typography, and I adore printer’s blocks. Unfortunately they are really expensive, and the only store I’ve ever seen them in had them at $5 each for the small, up to $12 for the larger ones. Now it would be ok if I only wanted one, but I wanted a stack, so that was way out of my budget. Yesterday I was having a peek inside one of my favourite stores (Typo) and I found these printer’s blocks on sale for only 50 cents each. I did a little victory dance on the spot!
So, what did I do with this little collection of lovelies?
Easy. Map on the wall, scrabble tiles in one jar, printer’s blocks in the other. Walnuts in my large glass jar (because I like to display things in clusters of three). Very effective I think.
Of course if you want a bit of colour, this vintage bottle holds a little branch of flowers I picked from the thrift store car park. I may not have found anything in the store today, but I still managed to find some flowers.
Even if I haven’t spent a cent, I rarely come home empty handed.