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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Thrifty Finds

There was only one garage sale in town, an unadvertised special, two blocks away. I didn't find anything that made me all giddy, but that's ok. Not every sale can be a winner, otherwise my house would be overflowing! Here's what I got: Some vintage BLING.

Do you like my fancy backdrop? It's a paper napkin! This next item is vintage perfume samples....

that are in glass vials. It looks like drugs, doesn't it?! You're supposed to snap the end off and rub it on your wrist. I would love to know what White Lilac and Shocking and Evening In Paris smell like, but call me crazy, I don't want to risk slicing my fingers open to do it! Then rubbing that jagged edge on? I don't think so!

I've seen the infomercials for the Dean Martin Roasts so many times, and I've been really tempted to pick up the phone and order, but at $1 a piece, I like these better! I love all the old comedians on here, like Lucy, Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, and George Burns. Those were the good old days! Oh gosh, I just sounded so old! I can't wait to watch these.

Last but not least, an old Brachs candy jar, for 10 cents, and an old Santa mug, made in Japan, for 25 cents. I've got three so far, so it's officially a collection! I hope you found a few treasures this weekend, amid all the celebrating! It you would like to see more thrifty finds, head over to Southern Hospitality.

45 comments:

Olive Rue said...

Hi Carol,

Yes, I agree. That beadboard wallpaper is so much cheaper than the real thing and a lot easier to install. Love your finds. Gotta love Dean Martin!

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

I remember those little perfume vials. We thought as kids that it was pretty cool because they were glass...kind of dangerous. You are right, if every sale was wonderful we would be buried under a MOUNTAIN of stuff. Yikes.

Angela said...

You don't sound old, you sound like you have excellent taste. I LOVE the oldies, all those types of shows that have those actors that you mentioned in them. I LOVE all the old music..love the clothing, the jewelery. I keep saying I'm a wanna be 50's woman!!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Carol, you just took me WAY back! I totally remember those little vials of perfume that you snap off the ends. Oh my! How fun & great little vintage finds.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You got some goodies! Vintage bling - love that stuff, as I repurpose vintage/old jewelry. I remember the vials - forget Evening in Paris. :) Believe me - there have been great improvements in fragrances available. . Thanks for stopping by.
Glenda

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Forgot to add - The piece is resin.
Glenda

Keetha Broyles said...

I had forgotten all about those little vial perfume samples!!!!! But now that you showed some, I REMEMBER them.

I love the vintage bling. Very blingy.

Brenda Eason said...

I would say you did great. I collect old pins. i have one of the leaf ones you bought with all the stones. Great job.

Blue Creek Home said...

I am as old as dirt, but I don't remember those glass perfume vials. Maybe we were too far out in the country!!!
You got lots of neat things.
Rhonda

Kammy said...

Hi Carol !
You did find some unique finds - that perfume is a hoot - don't think it is worth cutting your wrist for, LOL ! The other buys were so cheap !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Hi! Visiting from Rhoda's party. :) That Brach's candy jar is too cool! I like the shape of it. :)

Ms Jackie's Junque said...

Very nice finds! Love everything, especially the candy jar!

Nice background napking too! :)

Sue said...

Gee Carol, Why would we even think about people stealing our yard ornaments? LOL, I actually might have done something funny with them as a kid....

In fact, I actually DID think about teenagers doing something on a dare had I had put them in the front bed- they would be right there for the taking... I don't think kids would really think they were doing something wrong, just something funny. I guess I was a bad girl way back in the day. We didn't do anything malicious, just silly stuff like soaping car windows, throwing eggs, etc. Yeah, I guess I was baaaad!

Back to you.... I remember perfume vials, heck, even AVON gave them out. I loved getting my mom's cast-offs! What will you be doing with the jewelry?

It was a slow week in most places, I'd say. Here's to next weekend when I hit some stores in hubby's home town in Iowa. Have a great week!
:-) Sue

Lisa said...

Oh what great stuff!! I love the candy jar!!
Hugs, Lisa

Jennifer said...

Oh my, I love those perfumes! I've never seen those before. You got some really neat stuff! Thanks for stopping by chester and donkey!

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

Oooooh, count me in as another "old" person who remembers those perfume vials! I had totally forgotten perfume samples used to come that way! Thanks for a walk down Memory Lane.

Carrie said...

Unique vintage finds!

Cindy said...

Love your Vintage bling and the perfume vials! Looks like you did well, to me.:)

Cindy said...

Hey...love your finds! So! That's what I have, an old Brach's candy jar.

Cindy said...

Hey...love your finds! So! That's what I have, an old Brach's candy jar.

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Great find on the perfume vials! So seldom see those! Love the vintage bling! I've seen a couple of the Dean Martin Roasts on the retro channels, some are very funny! Cute Santa mug!

Thanks for sharing!

Tina

The Stylish House said...

Hi Carol,
You picked up some great vintage bling and I love that candy jar! The snap apart perfume bottles are a first for me, but I fondly remember Dean! I enjoyed your comment about Rhoda & myself thrift shopping for some of our pieces. I love the thrill of the hunt and definitely like getting a good value. Besides it is such great fun!
Cathy

Linda said...

I remember Evening in Paris and it smelled good! You have some fun finds there! Linda

carolyn@primitive~devotion said...

Hey there! Thanks for visiting me. You asked a specific question and I hope I can answer it in a way that will help you.
I started blogging about a year ago. I posted lots of family photos and talked about my family a lot, as well as decorating. It was all good, until one day I got a very ugly comment. Someone made a "disgusting" about my little grandaughter. I really can't say much more about it, but I will never post family photos in a public place again.
As fun as the world wide web is, just keep in mind that there are dangers too. Never tell anyone where you live and be very selective of the photos you decide to post. Just be careful and you will be okay.
Be blessed!

CHER said...

Carol, I love your finds, I love your blog, I love the comments you leave me. You are just a wonderful person. Did you know you were putting a big smile on others faces? Have a blessed day!!!! cher

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

Love your finds! That vintage perfume is so neat! LOVE the old brachs candy jar!

Bonnie said...

Great finds! I love the bling and the santa mug. (I had one when I was little....a looong time ago)

Bonnie said...

Ooops, I forgot, Rudy says hi right back!

soanywaytoday said...

Thanks for stopping by and visiting. Love some of the bling you found this past weekend.

Have a great week!

Fine Linen said...

Love the bling you found, and the candy jar is darling.

Thanks for commenting and visiting my blog.

Have a lovely day.
Blessings

Sharing with Sherri said...

Hi Carol,
Thanks so much for stopping by to visit me, and leaving such sweet comments!

You really found some great treasures, I especially love the vintage bling!!

Your home is so cute, and I love how you did your patriotic porch too!

Have a wonderful day! It was so nice to meet you!
Sherri:)

Jadehollow said...

Oh wow at those vintage perfume samples.. I wouldn't dare pop em either. Great Finds!

Kelli said...

LOVE the vintage jewelry!! Excellent things!

Kerry said...

Carol, I agree about the perfume bottles. I'm not sure that's the brightest promotional idea I've heard of, after all its a good thing when your customers can come back and purchase the perfume! LOL!
Kerry

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

I think you did great...the old set of perfume vials is something that I've never seen before...Loved these finds...

FOR THE SAKE OF TIME said...

I remember Evening in Paris when I was a child. Does that mean I'm old??? Maybe just aged to perfection! Thanks for visiting my blog and thanks for sharing. I love you blog and I will be back again.

Charla

the cottage child said...

Carol, hey! I love the theme of your blog, and the content, and am so excited to meet you! Thanks for your visit and sweet comment at The Cottage Child. Your Dean Martin find is terrific...love!

Helen Joy said...

Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog:-) I love the little monogrammed key bling:-) I have never in my life heard about perfume samples like that, how interesting!

Phillips Phamily Mama said...

How fun to find something you wanted from an infomercial! Great finds!

Christina said...

Love your new found vintage bling. I particularly like the rectangle pin.

Love the Santa mug too. I try to pick those up when I see them too.

Toni said...

Carol, thanks so much for commenting on my blog yesterday about my Thrifty Treasures! We love the Paris map and the painted picture. We have another one painted by DH's grandfather on the opposite wall in the dining room. They are really special!

Love your vintage blingy jewelry! And I agree - I would be afraid to open those perfume vials. I would probably be in the ER! Have a great week!

Kendra @ Domestic Princess in Training said...

Great finds. I love the costume jewelry and the Santa mug made me think of my childhood. I have one just like it that I have been drinking hot coco out of since I was a little girl. I have it around here somewhere.

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

That Brach's candy jar is seriously cool. Great finds!

Jewelgirl said...

Wonderful collectibles!

Miss G said...

That vintage bling is really fun and the candy jar and Santa mug are good buys at great prices! Kelly