Friday Finds

Hey friends! It’s Friday and it really feels like this week went  fast to me.  I came back from my visit to Jersey – still on my “Goodwill high” and needless to say I’m all “chaired up”  - from the ghost chair  I found while there to this exciting new one I’m showing you today.   The urge struck me to visit my favorite Goodwill in Columbia and as soon  as I stepped in the door ” BAM!!”  there she was…   !!!!!!   Scream with me please!!!


This was confirmation that the Goodwill Fairy does exist and has become my guardian thrift angel.  I immediately snatched that ticket off and ran to the register.  Ok.. here’s the “to die for” moment… the chair was tagged for $22.75.. I was freaking ecstatic – but when the  she said I can get a senior discount (my aunt – I haven’t quite reached the age limit yet) – get ready to pass out… because I was actually faint after she rang it up with the discount - $18.00 YES $18.00…     You’re probably like me – wondering what’s wrong with it…. well I’ll show you..


….a small wear on this arm – yea – whatever — really?? ..that is definitely a “no big deal”er .. See the name of the maker..  It’s the Mindy chair which retails brand new for $1099.00  which you can view here to see for yourself.

Ok… time to call Jamil with my frantastic -(no typo – frantic and fantastic) good news.  Why doesn’t he get excited like me – I’ll never know- but he was happy about it.

I took it to his place and was happy to see it matches his bedding perfectly


His bedroom is coming along… slowly but surely – piece by piece.  Once we get everything together.. I’ll show you his place.   Remember my motto… “Patience is a virtue”.

Oh and I also found this long bed pillow for $6.99  (4.00 after disct) which I added to his bed.  He’s not feeling it because it’s kinda girly .. but I disagree… but I figure I’ll show you..


Do you think it’s too girly???  We’re still battling with it..chuckles…  I told him..he’ll thank me later- because it’ll come in handy when he wants to sit up in bed.   Well – that’s it for this week’s Friday Finds .. I hope you have a Grandtastic weekend!   Ciao!!






Patience is a Virtue

Good morning all!  I hope you had a fantastic week.. It’s hump day and I’ve got something to show you.  You know how I keep joking there’s a thrift fairy that floats around me, but seriously….I’m really starting to believe it’s true.  Patience is truly a virtue.  I’ve been looking for a chair for my office space ever since I completed it (you can see the transformation here) I’d been contemplating recovering the chair I’m using but had to face it.. it was too big, however, since I had it around, I’ve been using it until the right one came along.   I needed a chair that wouldn’t eat alot of space and yet be comfortable.  I visited my sister in Jersey this past week and was itching to get to a Goodwill.  Well we chucked on down to one in Springfield on Route 22.. and guess what I found as soon as I walked in the door.  YES!!  The perfect chair.  Ok.. I didn’t take the picture at Goodwill (battery died) but got it home and here is my Goodwill find.


I researched it and discovered it’s an Ikea Tobias chair that retails for $100.00.

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The chair fits perfectly and it’s very comfortable.  It makes my cozy little office space feel more open.


Well the absolute best part of it.. I paid $14.99 for it!!!

Lol!!!  Yes!  So, as I say, patience is a virtue.. eventually you’ll find what you’re looking for at the right price.


A total score!!!






No More Lonely Table

Good afternoon lovies..!!  I hope you had a fan-tabulous weekend.  The weather was perfect here in SC and I visited my friend Elizabeth in Chester.   We decided to hit the indoor flea market just to see what we’ll find.  It’s so funny because on our way we saw this for sale.  Perfect Condition…what a beaut! (except the fabric -not my taste)

Wow!  The asking price  $125.00 was a steal of a deal.   I wish I had room for it or had a client who needs one – oh well..  :)    There’s so many hidden jewels of treasure shopping here, where you’ll find friendly folks happy to sell you their goods.   We made it to the market and  here are some of the other goodies I came across.  This pair of rattan end tables was just $30.00 – recently I’ve acquired a liking of rattan.  I just wish I had the space for them because I would have scooped them up.

I saw this dresser which was also in great condition.  It was only $75.00 – I may have to come back for this, because I really like it.  I could switch out the dresser in the spare bedroom (which I’ve been wanting to do).  I have a painting project I’ve been wanting to do and it would look perfect for this dresser.


I also saw this – I’ll have to see if my son likes this.. I think it would be perfect for his living room area as a tv stand.  It was $65.00


But what caught my eye was a pair of rattan chairs.  I’ve been looking for a pair to go with a table I had.  They were tucked behind a sofa.  I pulled them out and they were perfect.  I got them for $25.00.  The gentleman quoted $30.00 and I was happy to pay $30.00 but he said give me $25.00 – so cool.. $25.00 it’ll be.. Loaded them on the truck


now the table isn’t lonely anymore and now the hub and I can have dinner on the deck

I have to paint the table to match the chairs.  But all in all – I’m very pleased with my weekend find


Later on that day – the hubby and I capped our evening off at – guess where????? —    The Drive-In Movies..

How was your weekend.. Did you find any goodies?   I’d love to hear about it.   Have a wonderful week!!

God Bless

Happy July 4th to all my readers.  May God bless you and your family with safe travels, fun times, good food, and good health.   It wouldn’t be the 4th without me hearing one of the greatest singers ever lived to sing the national anthem.  I truly love how Whitney does it….

Your vintage girl has been busy with family visiting this week and just hadn’t taken the time to create a little “somethin’ somethin’” for the occasion – I know – shame on me.  However, I did see a cute fb picture posted by my newest community friend Judy.  Judy is a local artist who does fantastic paintings on – get this –  feathers — now you guys know how much I love feathers.

Well look at what she did with an old corn crate..

She dissembled it

And created this..   Kudos to Judy for being so creative…..

Of course I couldn’t end here without letting you see her feather paintings….Look at the beautiful pieces she created..


They say big things come in small packages— Our town may be small but like dynamite that comes in small’s big on talent.  If you’re interested (like me) in purchasing a hand-painted feather .. feel free to contact  Judy – send me an email and I’ll forward her the information.    I look forward to showing you what she made for me.. until then – Ta-Ta..   :)

Make Me Over Monday – Part 5

Hope you had a fantastic, happy dance weekend. I worked on another project for Jamil’s apartment. I had this old wine rack with a butler’s tray that’s been needing a bit of TLC. It was one of those “you never know purchases” from a yard sale ions ago. Can’t recall how much, but one thing for sure.. it wasn’t much.


I figured he could use it for his place….(better off there than in the garage collecting dust.. )  then I googled the cost of some them – wow.. I’m really saving him money..(but happy to do it)





Of course I used good ole spray paint to bring it back to life.  I chose antique gold as the color of choice.. besides it’ll go better in his apartment.

Added a stencil on top…

I’m passing his great-grandmother’s vintage shot glasses on to him.

along with the gold-dipped glasses I made a few months ago

Of course I had to start him off with a bottle of wine for his first toast … chuckles..

All in all….   He liked it

I’m happy I was able to move one more item out the building :).   Have a wonderful week my friends..










Friday Finds #4

Ok guys, you know your Thrifty Girl comes across some GREAT bargains.   I have to tell you … this week’s find by far is probably the greatest ever!!  (well except for the vanity mom found) but my insides were screaming with joy.  Goodwill is the BOMB!!  I’m officially hooked..  Ok.. I never – ever look at the electronics they have.. I always figure they’re broken – cheap- and a waste of time.  Well, as I walked past that section, from the corner of my eyes – it’s like the thrift angel spoke to me and whispered in my ear…”LOOK UP”  So I looked.. and guess what I found —–  OMG!!  KLIPSCH Box Speakers  – I ran through that store to get a cart.. raced back and scooped those bad boys up.. I was so excited I almost forgot to look at the rest of the stuff.  All I was thinking – please God let them work-


Guess how much these $140.00 a piece  speakers were ——– $5.75 ea ———–

If any of you are familiar with electronic name brands – you know Klipsch is pretty much top of the line – near Bose.  If not read about them here.   I asked the cashier if they were refundable if they didn’t work.  She said yes  - I had 24 hrs..  The hour drive home seemed like 2 hours – I was so excited to get them home.   I removed the cover and hoped the woofers were not damaged.. and look - nope..So I’m saying who in the world would donate Klipsch speakers.. they must be blown.

I hooked them up to my kitchen stereo and THEY WORK!!!!!!!   Ahhhhhhhh!!! My stereo never sound better.  All I can say is “Thank You Thrift Angel” .  Call me Snoopy – because this has been me ever since I found them..  doing happy dances.  :)



I feel like I should have “S” on my chest  for “SuperShopper”


I hope you all have a wonderful – happy dance weekend..  Smooches!

My Love of Dance

Pardon the interruption- but there are times when you want to stray off the beaten path – and this is that moment for me  :-)

Years ago, my secret desire was to be a dancer.  Ever since my first visit to see the world renowned Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre group, from that moment on I use to dream of being one.  I love how dancers convey music through movement.  But then reality hit.. Ok Kim, you’re 21 and too old to have ballerina thoughts.. But my twin and I did at least practice with the dancers – exercise that is.. WoW & OUCH!!! is all I could say and made me realize – I should have done that when I was a kid.  We completed a semester with the Gallman’s Dance Studio and enjoyed every aching moment.  But – time has long past and I remember to this day how mentally exciting it was to have at least experienced that just once.  My love of dance has never left and when I see performances such as this.. it only rejuvenates the excitement of wanting to dance.   My sister shared this video with me and I felt compelled to share it with you.  This  performance is done by Gallman’s Dance Theatre group.  As you watch and reflect – I’m sure you’ll see how the thrill of dance can encompass your spirit to make you want to move.  I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did.  Who knows – maybe a Dance Angel will be watching over you – and you’ll dance too…

Thank you Amina for sharing this with me and keeping that memory alive.  I love you Sis..

$2.00 Tuesday – What A Difference

I’m running a bit behind on a few posts, but, remember a few weeks back I had the house powerwashed?  I want to show you the before picture of my side porch.

I know.. YUCKKKKK!!!  See the big discoloration and dirty gray???

This is after the powerwash…  This is a big difference.. I still need to paint the steps… but that’s another project.. at least the porch looks cleaner and brighter.


I’m glad we had that done.. At least now I can continue to spruce up the side porch.  Remember the vintage rattan chair I picked up for $10.00 last year..( I know..I waited longer than I wanted to change that hideous fabric), this chair was a steal!  The average price of these suckers are about $199.99 (see here)I love the shape and look of it.


Since the porch is all clean, it’s time I update her look.  The cushion was recovered with an inexpensive outdoor fabric ($6.00).  A trip to Goodwill paid off because I snagged two pillows for $2.00 ea.  Washed the dust off and this is the new corner area for my side porch.

The Franco Albini rattan ottoman (circa 1950 was gifted to me) is the perfect match for this chair.


After digging deep it the basket barrels at Goodwill, I couldn’t believe I found these – in perfect condition- and they match!



Scrap fabric from the cushions here was used to make the ties for the seat cover



The corner now has a modern, yet, vintage charm – and I love it :)


This week – I hope to choose the right color to paint the swing and this side porch will be completed. Yayyyyy!!!


JMillz Place

My oldest son, Jamil, has officially moved into his new apartment and I’ve been searching for items for his bachelor pad.   As I reflect back on how time flies, he’s grown and on his own, a part of me was saddened, but the other part was happy.  He’s all excited about it and truth be told – I’m excited for him.

I’ve been challenged not to use “antiques”  chuckles..Oh boy ..  here we go… Jamil said “Mommy – no antiques..” okay, okay, okay… but it’s all good.. I’m having fun doing his place.  He knows I’m a thrifty shopper, so far I’ve gotten a couple things from a consignment store – like his dinette set – which was half off,  I got it for $198.00.  He loved it, in fact, had to give me a high five on that score.  It was perfect for his place with a contemporary look.

I also found a coffee table at the same place for $32.00 – He even liked that too!!  So now I’m getting a feel for his taste.

He needed something to hang on the wall where his dinette set would be.   I had the perfect item in mind. I’ve had this big round rattan object for the longest and just didn’t do anything with it.  It was given to me by a friend and she didn’t want it anymore.. it was lying around collecting dust.   So, you know I gladly took it..I knew eventually I’d use it for something..(that’s part of my hoarder syndrome :)  .

I really like how it was made  – it would make a really nice wall hanging.

So, I decided to make a mirror for him.  I bought a plain round mirror from Michael’s for $7.99.   To get rid of the “baskety look” I spray painted it a metallic bronze.  Attached the mirror with hot glue and edged it off with twine.  So here’s his finished mirror.


I’m liking it alot and since I’m so excited to show you.. I decided to hang it on a wall at my house to let you see it   :)



I was contemplating adding a few feathers on it (you know  how I love my feathers).. but I had to keep in mind (it’s for a guy) so I left them off (but boy – oh boy- was I tempted.

I’m like… hmmmmm… hey should I pass this up????  Chuckles..  I told him.. “I think you might be beat – because I’m digging it”  He laughed and said “Oh really” but of course I’m going to give it to him..  I can’t wait to see it hung at his place.  I’ll be showing you his “pad” in a few weeks.    I miss having him around, but when I go to see him, it makes me smile.

I hope you guys like the mirror I created.. He hasn’t seen it yet, so I hope he does too..    See ya!  Have a great weekend!!




A Quick Fix

It was a hot, hot, hot day and I decided to work on this “whatever thingy”  I  found a while ago.  It was a dumpster dive found item.  I’m guessing it was once a bar stool –  what do you think??


I figure…why let it go to the dumpster.. ???  It’s got good bones so I’ll give it a new look..  simple, quick & cheap.  So here it is with a new look as a new function.   Ohhhh the power of paint!!!!

Pretty simple and now I have another plant stand (for now)… Who knows what it will be later.. I love the triangular shape of the legs.   The tips received a dip in gold.

After painting it I added a pretty tile for the topper.  It’s not grouted yet. I found the tile at Lowe’s on the clearance rack for $2.50.  It was pretty enough to use.  I may grout it later, I just didn’t want to buy any grout for this small project and it sits around collecting dust – never to be used again.  But, in the mean time.. It’ll do just fine like this.


I’m sprucing up my porch and it sits perfect in the corner


I’m glad it didn’t make it to the dump. :).    Have you saved anything from the dumpster pile lately?  If so, share your story.  Until next time.. See Ya!

Summer Breeze

Hey there!  Today was an extremely “stay off my feet day” and do little as possible. The 49-mile two day yard sale we had was a great success and everyone looks forward to next year.   My twin sister, sister-n-law, and aunt came down for the for event and we had a wonderful time.. busy, but wonderful.  I’ll post pictures of some of the items we had for sell.   After everyone left,  as I sat back, kicked my feet up to relax in my “Rest Haven” I conjured up the desire to share my down time with you.  It was a beautiful day, the weather was perfect and made me think of the Isley Brothers -Summer Breeze when the sweet smell of jasmine passed through my senses as the wind blew gentle breezes to break the heat.  I thought back how my pallet project was well worth the sweat that day.  The summer chill-out spot went through a slight re-do.   Last year’s rainy weather made me realize I need to lift my set off the ground.  I searched for inspiration pictures and found this:

Of course having this type of flooring requires professional installation.. so I used the thrifty way to accomplish my look..  Pallets!! Free Pallets!! at that.   I laid them to fit the space, purchased a few luan boards and nailed them down to create a flat surface.

Got the boards hammered down and began to re-decorate the area.  It’s time to take a tour of my “She Rest Haven” … sit back , relax and enjoy it with me, while imagining the sweet smell of jasmine in your mind.

I found decorative  hanging tealight holders at Ross for $6.99 and they add a special bohemian touch to the space.

I painted the Rest Haven sign because I realized it just wasn’t feminine enough for me –  see it here.

Did a bit of re-arranging of the furniture

The palm tree plant gives it a more tropical feel.  The glass hurricane was a Goodwill find for $6.50 and the rose balls, I had for years, added the right pink palette touch to the table.


I used the last bit of seashells from the yard sale find to create my seashell “K”

Using scrap fabric to make accent pillows kept last year’s re-do very cost effective

I love mixing animal print with flowers

The bar cart is getting ready for drinks

The candle holder – a forgotten item packed away-was going to be sold at the yard sale.   I’m so glad I decided to keep it..  I wanted $8.00.. The person offered me $5.00 – I said for $5.00 I’ll keep it.. – so .. I kept it.. found my animal print candles for it and voila … love it..


A warm sunlight glow is always perfect



Ahhhhhh…….. do you feel the relaxation here????

The $0.50 painted wine glasses will be used to serve drinks outdoors

The raised floor really makes the space feel more like an outdoor room.  Just a few more touches to the surrounding area and this baby will be finished and ready for the Chillaxing to begin!

Thank you for tuning in to join me with my summer breeze – I hope you enjoyed it and look forward to your summer breeze moments..  See you soon   :)

Peace…  Love… and Bright Moments …

Make Me Over Monday -Part 4

Hello there!! I hope all is well with everyone…I’ve had a productive week and got quite a bit accomplished.  I’m in the midst of preparing for our town’s big 49-mile yard sale.. I hope the weather holds up because it’s going to be a lot to shop for.   So, if you’re interested.. by all means come pay us a visit.   Well, I have a fantastic makeover to show you today..I really like how it turned out..   I’ve had this bistro set for about 14 years.  I was going to sell it at the yard sale but decided not to – glad I didn’t.   Here is the table.. before

The chairs are equally bad.   The bad weather mixed with birds took its toll on them. The set is vintage wrought iron.  I adore scrolled wrought iron.. that’s what attracted me to the set.


I decide to paint the set and give it a whole new look.  I could’t make up my mind as to what color to paint so..I chose a two-tone color.

I was going to attempt to do the cushions myself, but I realize my short comings  and a seamstress - I am not- so I recruited my dear friend Sylvia, of  S&A Alterations, who happens to be the local seamstress.   She saw the fabric I chose and was excited about my selection.  She got right to working on them and by the end of the week she was calling to say she was finished.  She delivered them (talk about fantastic service ) and we both were excited how they came out.  All though she refused to take a picture.. I talked her into it.. Thank you Sylvia!!!   :-)    You’re the best!!

Got the cushions all screwed in and here is the finished new look!!  Get ready to get excited…    :)   I think you’e going to like it..  as for me… I LOVE IT!!!


So you see why I chose two-tone paint for the chairs…


I’m sooooooo glad I chose to keep it..

So… what’cha think????    Holla at your Thrifty Gal – If you like it, let me know it – clap your hands !!!  “CLAP, CLAP”