Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Playing hooky

I played hooky from work yesterday, well actually it was a vacation day... and I asked for it off so maybe that really doesn't count as playing hooky.

My mom and I went to a local thrift store were the proceeds go to the humane society.  Every year, they save all of their Christmas donations and put them out at the same time.  That time was yesterday, at 9:30 am on the dot.  We had a great time and I found all sorts of treasures.  Most items were .25, .75, or $1.00.  A few items were of the more expensive variety, they might set you back $5.00 or $7.50.

I love the Shiny Brite boxes, just for their graphics... and they were all FULL of ornaments.  Five of the boxes were .75 cents each and the other two boxes were $1.00 each.

These remind me of my childhood.  My mom gave me her set of little pastel angels a few years ago, she used to put them out by her manager scene for the holidays.  Now I have some more to add to my collection.

This cute little... angel?? elf?? choir person?? was one whole dollar, but I couldn't resist... he or she was "made in Japan".

This cute fabric stocking, complete with fabulous Santa face, $2.00.

This fabulous apron was $4.00.

A wonderful old tablecloth for $1.00!!

Can't pass up a winking Santa mug.

A bunch of cool old Christmas cards, unused.

Some vintage gift tags, .25 cents.

Tree toppers, at $1.00, $2.00 and $3.00 respectively.

Some miscellaneous items, not really sure what I'll do with these but the bag was only .25 cents.

An old light up wreath, complete with box... it came out of the expensive case... it was $4.00.

And the ultimate, these two little dioramas... both "made in Japan"... they were $2.00, each.  I gotta say I love the little toadstools on the one to the right!

Obviously I have a "thing" for vintagey Christmas items... I guess now I'll have to stay out of the antique, junk, thrift stores until after the holidays.  I may have some storage issues with my newest Christmas acquisitions, but the money went to a good cause.

And speaking of Christmas, be sure to check out Lisa over at Suburban Retreat.  She's having a fabulous, Christmas holiday giveaway!  She's a wonderful, thoughtful person with a very charming blog!  Check it out.

And "thanks" to Cindy of Cottage Instincts... for Red Gate Farm's being in the Top Ten for last weeks "Make it 4 Monday"!  I'll have to figure out how to "grab the button"!

Enjoying my short work week,
Chris at Red Gate Farm


  1. You lucky dog! I love those ornaments...they cost a small fortune whenever I've come across them.

    And grabbing the button just means copying and pasting the code into an HTML/JAVA 'gadget' on your sidebar. :)

  2. You sure hit the jackpot! my favourite was the little elf and the tree toppers! All that still cost way less than buying new! Have fun with your treasures.

  3. I always wonder why anyone buys new stuff..there are so many fantastic vintage finds out there for the price of sales tax at stores! I have those little winking Santa mugs...love them!

  4. I love all of those. I would have been the crazy lady fighting you for those goodies!!

  5. Your vintage treasures take me right back to my childhood! Some of those items are so familiar to me as I grew up with them too! You got a great haul for an even GREATER cause! What a fun way to spend a 'vacation' day! I'm off on one too this Friday and I'm attending a very large country christmas decorating show with my Mom. We go together every year! I'll be posting pictures. Thanks for the plug! xox

  6. Chris, I swear we grew up in the same house. My Mom and Mamaw always put the little pastel angles next to the manger scene in our house too. I just love them. I saw the picture before I read the post and immediately thought of our manger scenes. I love the bulbs and toppers--what a deal. You did great!

  7. I spent the day in Bellingham...at the mall...home depot...various other stores...and ended the day at Haggen (the best part!), but if I'd known about that sale I would have gone!!!!! Maybe next year! You got some wonderful things!!!!

    My mom had a set of those santa mugs and I lOVEd to use them during the holidays!!!!


  8. Great vintage Christmas finds. Lots of the items are so familiar, and bring back good memories.

  9. Okay...I am green with ENVY!!!! What a find on the ornaments and WHAT A PRICE! Lucky you!

  10. I love all of your treasures. I have been collecting vintage ornaments for years but have not found anything like your haul in a very long time..I'm a bit jealous.

    I saw your comment over at Pink Satin Sashes and since you are in the area I had to stop by and say Hi.

  11. Oh my goodness, I'd die if I found that stash, at any price! Followed you hear from Meadowbrook Farm... We make that jello/crushed pretzels recipe you mentioned in her comments with strawberries! Big potluck dish here. :)

  12. Wow, wow, wow! The Shiny Brites and tree toppers are making me green with envy. You got some fabulous deals, girl!


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