Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Serendipity as in a "happy accident" or "pleasant surprise".  Specifically, the accident of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it....

And that's the kind of day I had yesterday, a serendipitous one!

For the last 3 or 4 years I've been heading to a local thrift store that supports a chapter of the Humane Society.  They save all their holiday donations throughout the year and put them out mid-November... this year that date coincided with the Veteran's Day holiday.  We were there a bit early to wait in line for the 9:30 opening.  Of course, there was lots of peeking in the windows to see if a treasure or two could be spotted... and I found my share of treasures and it's time to show them off share them...

I found quite a few fabulous items... this string of vintage mercury glass beads for $2.00.

Two of these vintage mercury glass sprays for $3.00.  And they are in pristine condition!

The cutest little box of teeny-tiny mercury glass balls... for $1.00... and I'm not sure which I like more, the little balls or the box!

A slightly bigger box of mini balls... with another fabulous box, also $1.00.

And I couldn't pass up these little deer... a momma and babies.  I got 5 or 6 packages for $2.00.  Perhaps to use in a mason jar snow globe or two?

Some vintage balls, still wrapped in tissue... made in Japan.  And a bargain at $3.00.

Sugar bells... the cutest little ones... also made in Japan (see the label) and both of these were just $.50!

These funky little odds and ends... probably to use as package tie-ons or in corsages... were just $.50 for all three.

This box of small vintage ornaments was $6.00.... some of the ornaments are probably from World War II when the mercury glass/Shiney Brites were not "silvered".

And this matching set, still in it's box with a tree topper and all was just $7.00!

These little mercury glass candles were $2.00 each... my husband wasn't a believer when I showed these off but aren't they fabulous?  I can hardly wait to start decorating for Christmas....

And the best find of the day?  Why it was serendipitous?   While standing in line I meet this fellow blogger (Hi Holly!)!!  What a nice and unexpected start to a wonderful day... she even helped me find a couple must haves at the sale... obviously she's checked out Red Gate Farm a time or two because they all had "me" written all over it!

So, a great way to start a day and a short work week... a fun sale full of vintage holiday finds, a day with my mom and FINALLY meeting a blogger friend!

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  1. Sweet little deer. They are my favorites of all your find. Going to meet Holly now! :-)

  2. Lovely finds ! I like thrift stores especially ones that support animal shelters ! Have a good day !

  3. Wow you scored big time our thrift store never puts out a great collection like that , I usually have to frequent it often and find a little bit here and a little bit there! And yes I used old ribbon spools on my projects. Hugs, Diane

  4. Boy, you scored some wonderful vintage finds! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  5. What treasures! I'm happy they went to someone who will cherish them. I have 2 of the mercury candlesticks! I love them. Fragile. Will check back to see how you incorporate these finds into your holiday decor.

  6. It's so much fun to have a grand day with lots of treasures!

  7. Wow, what wonderful finds you lucky girl! I love them all! I never decorate my house before Thanksgiving, but I'm surely a bit tempted this year!

  8. Lovely finds, and how fun to run into a blogger.

  9. What Christmas goodies!! Love it all and can't wait to see what your create with them!! xo heather

  10. Oh, my gosh, you found some good stuff! I love those beads.

  11. Wonderful "finds" . . . looking forward to seeing your serendipitous Christmas decorating!

  12. I've been eagerly waiting for the Big Reveal!!!! Love everything you got, but my favorite is the box of red ornaments and tree topper...gorgeous! My mom had those little bells and gold sprays when I was a kid. Think I need to go and root around in the old attic!
    It was so fun to finally meet you and get to visit...twice even!
    Hope to get together soon for coffee!

    Have a great day, swooning about how you're going to implement all of these wonderful goodies!


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