Thrifty Treasures!

I had a fabulous weekend with my girlfriends in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.  We went to several thrift shops and most of us found a treasure or two to take home.

I found this tablecloth for $5.00.  Someone put a lot of work into making this.  It just barely fits my table!  I will be perfect this fall with my Autumn Harvest dishes.

Here’s a closer look at the detail:
I bought this vase at Salvation Army for $2.00.  I have one that is exactly like it and though that I might have an occasion where it would useful to have two that match.
This 1963 cookie cookbook was $1.00.  I liked the pictures and graphics in it so much that I had to buy it.  Hopefully it will have good recipes, too.
I debated buying these plastic 1973 wall decorations but there’s something about them that makes me think that they have the potential to be a part of something great.  They were only $1.25 each, so if I never get an inspiration for how to use them, I didn’t waste much money.
I’m thinking that the holly one might somehow be incorporated into a Christmas wreath or some other Christmas decoration. 
Any suggestions?
I’m sharing my thrifty finds with Rhoda’s weekly Thrifty Treasures party.


  1. You found some great vintage treasures this week. Love the milkglass vase. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. LOVE the Cooky book…I think my Nannie might have that one!! You found some cool stuff this week, Paula. 🙂

  3. Like your treasures. I couldn’t help but notice on the cookie cookbook the lemon cookies used as the roof on the gingerbread house-I loved those cookies by Nabisco and they do not make them any more. They were crisp and had just the right taste of lemon.

    The tablecloth is a nice find. Look forward to your autumn tablescape. Someone put a lot of hours in the counted cross stitch work.

  4. That’s a beautiful old tablecloth. You found some great treasures. Hope you can think up a use for the old wall plaques! Maybe paint them red or lime green for a fun retro look!

  5. Those gingerbread cookie ideas were worth the whole weekend. Just this past weekend, I used an old, old Bundt cake recipe, adding Bing cherries–quartered and pitted. I guess old, but good, recipes bear repeating. I love Virginia’s Blue Ridge mountains!

  6. I use that cookie book ALL the time! It has my favorite sugar cookie recipe on page 79. I know the page by heart. Add a little more flour, though.

  7. I love that tablecloth! That looks like something Hubby’s grandmother would’ve made. I bet you’ll discover some good recipes in that cookie cookbook!

  8. What a great tablecloth! Love the milkglass, too. I bet those floral things would look good spraypainted!

  9. Found your blog by way of the Pioneer Woman, and her link to Rhoda’s blog…
    I had a copy of the Betty Crocker Cookie Book when I was a young…then, a couple years ago while waiting in a doctor’s waiting area with my sweet Father in law…he was looking at a dog-eared paper-back 1979 copy that someone had left there. I asked the receptionists about it and they said I could have it, that it had been laying around for a long time, and they were about to trash it! I was SO thrilled to have a copy again! It does have some good recipes and also brings back happy memories!

  10. This was my family’s favorite cookie book growing up! Here are our favorites: russian teacakes page 25, dark pfeffernusse page 45, lebkuchen page 52, banana spice cookies page 67, ginger creams page 141 (heaven in your mouth!), and molasses crinkles page 143. Betty Crocker reissued this a few years ago and I bought my own copy. I think I should get one for each of my sisters for Christmas! It holds a special place in our hearts!

  11. Cooky book- SUCH A FIND! Russian teacakes were a tradition in my house every year at Christmas, so yummy. I want some right now!!

    All your finds are pretty awesome. I love the tablecloth, and I know for sure you will find something to do with the wall plaques.

  12. You found some great bargains and the wall decoration with holly has Christmas potential. I hope you have a brilliant idea on how to use it. The tablecloth is very pretty.

  13. Just a thought about the holly plastic thing. You could spray paint it whatever color works best for you, paint the berries red. Wire box wood or another hardy green (lemon leaf) arount the outside fresh add a bow that works for you. If you don’t want to use it with dried greens, wait and use seasonal greens (holly… :)) and hang it on the front door.

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