Tuesday, March 24

Great weekend and some thrift shop fun!

Well, I've returned from my visit with my mother and it was a very busy weekend. It will take me every day this week to tell you about our weekend. I was planning to post last night but I was too tired.

I left Friday morning and it was a beautiful day. And so, what did I find on my way to Iowa? Well, the scenery wasn't much at this time of year because everything is so brown and blah. The snow has melted and the sun was shining and it was warm so in just a few weeks it will be green and lovely when I make my next trip. When I take 169 south, I have all these favorite places that I pass. Are you like that on a trip? Do you watch for some certain old barn or pretty valley that you pass through? I sure do. I think if my car were a horse, it would know the way by heart as we have traveled this route for so many years. I have stopped many times to take pictures of favorite barns or cows, even corn in the field!! But since there was no scenery for picture taking, I thought you might like to see what I found at the thrift shop. I stopped at The Country Peddler, just north of Algona, Iowa. I knew I needed to get out and stretch and what better place to do it than there? I was looking for wool items (skirts, sweaters, etc.) to felt and use in penny rugs. Didn't find a single thing but I found these..........














When I saw these little reproduction clothespin bags, I thought "how cute"!! When I saw the price, I thought "they're mine!" They are homemade, very nicely done, and were only $3.00 each!!! The one on the left is for me and I gave the one on the right to my mom. She likes chickens and roosters and loved this one!
I found a few other things that you can see in the photo below.................



I rummaged through the fabrics and trims and came up with these treasures. And then I found that lovely strand of pearls. They are gorgeous! The clasp says "Japan" on it and the tag said $3.00. Yep, they're mine! ;-)


I also found these three teacups for just 50 cents each. The fabric is from Hobby Lobby. That's where my mom and I went shortly after I arrived at her place. We visited a bit and then left to go do some shopping and get groceries for her. We both love Hobby Lobby!!! And since I can't resist fabric, I just had to have some of it! I think it will make a pretty table runner.

I also found this cupcake fabric at Hobby Lobby. I picked up the magazine at the grocery store as the fabric is almost identical to what I found at HL. I think it'll be great for a little project for a birthday cake mat. :-)

There's more to tell about our shopping adventure at Hobby Lobby but that's all for now.
Sandi

Emma block update.......received three more 12 1/2" blocks and twenty 6 1/2" blocks. Will take photos tomorrow.

12 comments:

Pat said...

Glad your trip was a good one and I enjoyed looking at the photos posted here today. (Weird that one of them wouldn't enlarge but all the others did...never can figure that out on blogger!) I noticed an article in that magazine about fusible paper dolls...might have to get that magazine and check that one out for the little granddaughter. Will be awaiting your other posts this week about the trip! And YES...I also have various things along the way on frequently-traveled routes that I enjoy seeing...makes the trip go faster for me, I think!

Kaye said...

Bless you and all your energy. I sometimes think my get up and go, got up and went!!!! LOL. I am sure your Mom loves your visits and eagerly waits for them. I hate a long ride. I measure time and trip by landmarks. ex: 1 hr to Pkway, next hr to exit 60a etc. Most times I fall a sleep. DH tells me I am such good company on a trip

Crispy said...

It's sounding like you had a wonderful time with your mother. I love long road trips and I usually do the driving. It seems that I never get tired because I love looking at the sites along the way.

You obviously know just exactly where you need to stop to stretch your legs LOL.

Crispy

W. Latane Barton said...

You made some real finds. And, then you had a special time with your mom. That can't be beat.

pdudgeon said...

looks like a wonderful haul. so glad that you enjoyed the trip and got to spend time with your mom.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I love thrift store shopping. There are always treasures to be found. We don't have a Hobby Lobby in our area, but I love the cupcake fabric. So cute!

xashee's corner said...

i LOVE your thriftstore finds and fabrics too!! when we first moved to California a few years bag, i went to look for a clothespin bag and it was almost impossible to find! i did finally find one but it surely wasn't as CUTE as those you found! hehe Thank you so much for sharing your trip! :) Have an AWESOME day!

Mary Grace McNamara said...

Sounds like a wonderful time with your mother! You are so lucky to have her close enough to visit.

Love the cupcake fabric!

MGM

Mary L. said...

Great shopping finds. Where in Iowa did you visit? I spent the weekend wishing I was in Iowa helping to celebrate a great-aunt's 96th birthday. But alas, I was still stuck here in Kansas!

JuliaB said...

Lovely finds Sandi! I should be posting a block or two to you this week. x

Joy said...

Thrift shops are such fun!! I've been stalking my local one for old bed sheets as I'm making a rag rug. I know I should be using my old sheets but we used them all to cover the furniture when we decorated, so now they're all paint spattered!!! Hmmm, on 2nd thoughts, maybe that would add character LOL.
Hugs,
Joy :o)

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

The clothes pin bags take me back. Didn't everyone have one of those? My mom did laundry in our basement and carried it up 2 flights of stairs to hang out on our back porch. I think of that now and can't believe she did that!

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