Thrifty Treasures

Last weekend Mama and I were in an antique shop in Staunton when I spied something that made my heart pitter patter just a bit – a Christmas themed punch sets from the 1950’s  for only $10.00!


The cups say “Egg Nog” on one side and “Jingle Bells” on the other.


This makes my third punch set so I guess I now officially have a collection.  I tucked this away and will have a happy surprise when I rediscover it in December.

I’m sharing with Rhoda’s Thrifty Treasures Party at Southern Hospitality.


  1. Blondie's Journal says:

    I love when the holidays come and I find something I bought over the year…it is a great surprise. These are darling! SO vintagy! How nice to have such a sweet day with your mother!


  2. Southern Lady says:

    Love the set! What a great find! Carla

  3. What a unique find. That will be so fun come Christmastime.

  4. That is the cutest set! I’ve never seen one like it; very neat!


  5. Adorable! What a great find and for only $10! Woo Hoo!! It will be a fun surprise in December.
    Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

  6. jennifer says:

    I cannot tell you how JEALOUS I am!!! I love it! I really adore that style of vintagey Christmas items. Green in GA!

  7. Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys says:

    What a fun find! They are vintage too! When you take them out at Christmas they will be like a gift to yourself again then too! 🙂

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  9. marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says:

    Your punch set is fabulous. I love it. Such a super find. I am sure it will get plenty of use for the holidays. I also hope you had a very special Mother’s day. Hugs, Marty

  10. What a sweet find, I just love it! Hope you have a wonderful week Paula!

  11. Paula what a find! How lucky to find set #3.

  12. FrouFrouBritches says:

    You find the best stuff! I love it! It looks like something my grandma would’ve used for her Christmas get together. Love it! Congrats on your find!

  13. lucky you! I love treasure hunts when I actually come up with something!

  14. Miss Char says:

    I hate to say it but I remember those types of sets but since you already know how old I am I guess it doesn’t matter!

  15. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    OMG!!! What an amazing find, Paula!! The girls and I went out yard saling on Saturday. The only thing I came home with was two oufits for Michaela Byrd, and wasn’t for lack of trying. There just wasn’t anything out there. :s You did great!!

  16. ThriftyAnnabella says:

    Very cute 🙂

  17. Randi~Dukes and Duchesses says:

    That’s such a neat set! Imagine all the fun you can have with that at Christmas … it’s perfect for entertaining or for a fun drink while decorating the tree. I love it!

  18. Karie's Chic Creations says:

    What a great find! Love that punch bowl set. So cute. Thanks for sharing. Karie

  19. The Little Red Shop says:

    Merry Christmas to you! What a sweet find! It is actually something that I’ve had on my wish list for years, but I’ve never seen a deal like that…I just have one wee little mug. Congratulations!

    : )

    Julie M.

  20. Rambling Girl says:

    Love your eggnog punch bowl. I love all things vintage for Christmas. Just makes me think of my childhood.

    Been catching up on your blog since I have been away…just haven’t had much time to blog surf. I have missed all your post but just got caught back up. Ok I am a stalker…full fledge!

    Loved seeing all the beautiful homes and gardens! I also just bought lots of plants and shrubs for our home.

    Cute easter decor…especially the little baskets. Those were adorable.

    Congrats on winning the hairbow…my Lexi loves bows, so we have been making a few lately.

    Oh and the bridal party next door looked like lots of fun…the flowers were beautiful!

    Last but not least…the five flavor pound cake…made a copy and plan on making this weekend…this looks divine!!! Can’t wait to taste it!

  21. the cape on the corner says:

    i could comment on everything i’ve just read-your double petunias are gorgeous (hopefully that’s not what the squirrels are going after), this kitschy set is adorable, and i LOVE cirque du soleil. watching open mouthed is pretty normal-i’ve been lucky enough to see O (the one with the water and diving) and love (the beatles one). i’d love to see more!

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Thrifty Treasures

These treasures actually are from two antique shops on the OBX and not from thrift shops.  There are bunches of great thrift shops on the OBX, but I didn’t get to visit any this trip.

I couldn’t pass up this bread box or these Santa boots. 

I like to use tins like this in my pantry for organization.  This one (rust and all) will most likely be used to organize cookie and cake decorating supplies.  Currently my supplies are in a smaller tin and two large lidded glass jars.  It would be nice to have them in one tin to take out of the pantry all together when it is decorating time.
I really like the design on this tin.  I did clean it up, it’s too bad that someone had it in an area that made it rust.
I’ve been collecting Santa boots for a good number of years.  I love displaying these at Christmas.  I don’t think that these are particularly old, but I still like them very much.
The prices for these goodies weren’t too bad.  The bread box was $12.00, the large boot was $6.00, and the small one was $3.00.  I’ll certainly get $21.00 of enjoyment out of these things.


  1. Two good ideas-one storage and one decorating. How do you display the boots?

  2. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    Love the idea of using the bread box for cake decorating supplies! Great way to use something old for some new stuff. 🙂

  3. What fun! I’m so glad you got away for the weekend.

    You should do a post about your pantry and show us all the fun containers you use. 🙂

  4. Southern Lady says:

    Good stuff! Carla

  5. Paula, I remember those Santa boots from when I lived at home. I think my mama must have had a collection of them.

  6. Keetha Denise Broyles says:

    Paula, when I was just packing up to move here, I gave a little red ceramic boot very similar to the smaller one you show here to the mission to be sold in their store.

    Only thing – – – my name was printed boldly across the white fur. Wonder who will want to buy a “Keetha” Santa boot!!!!

  7. ShannonPinNOLA says:

    Great finds. We will definitely need a photo of the boot display!

  8. FrouFrouBritches says:

    Cool bread box! Love it! Good idea to use it for storage. The rust adds character.

    The santa boots are cute too!

  9. You know I love the rusty box. Santa shoes are a great find too.

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It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to go shopping other than to the grocery store.  I popped into an antique store in Appomattox this weekend and found three things that just had to come home with me.

I love the unique shape and color of this $5.00 planter.  I have one other orange planter and the two of them will be perfect for fall decorating.


I almost passed by this $6.00 bowl, but I had to buy it when I saw the date and initials on the bottom.  Could it be handmade?  I don’t know for sure, but I like to think that it may be.

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I filled it with some faux fruit.  Love it!



I purchased this pretty floral picture for $9.50.  It looks perfect with a group of prints in my living room.


The bottom left picture and the top right picture belonged to my grandmother.  All of the other prints in the group were purchased in Appomattox.  We’ve done a lot of post bike antiquing out there!


I’m joining Rhoda at Southern Hospitality for her weekly Thrifty Treasures party.



  1. Hey, Paula, I love your wall grouping, that is so pretty. Thanks for joining the party today!

  2. Love your purchases!! And they are gorgeous in your home! xoxo

  3. Beth@The Stories of A2Z says:

    Looks like you found some fun things! Your bowl filled with fruit looks happy to be part of your vignette :). Have a great week!

  4. Jennifer@SweetSimplicity says:

    Hi Paula,

    This looks so lovely. I adore the way you put togther your wall grouping!

  5. Love that bowl! And the flower picture looks great with the rest of your pictures!

  6. Great finds Paula! I am such a sucker for vintage floral prints, love your grouping.

  7. Paula, your grouping looks fabulous. Doesn’t surprise me what great finds you have knowing what a good huntress you are when it comes to junkin.

  8. Rambling Girl says:

    Great finds, Paula! I love the flower print, reminds me of my grandmother also.

  9. KM @ This Plate is Full says:

    those are some good finds Paula!!
    I love that rounded frame!!

  10. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    LOVE that planter, Paula!!! 🙂

  11. I love the platter…and the faux poms 🙂

  12. Oooh I love the wood bowl! I have something similar and it has a million uses.

  13. Laurel @ Ducks in a Row says:

    How fun to find a picture to add to your wall that is so sentimental to you!

  14. Love that planter!

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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. Vintage Remixed says:

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

  2. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    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. Debra from Bungalow says:

    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. Maurie@GraciousInteriors.blogspot says:

    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. What great finds. You can never go wrong with Betty Crocker. The table cloth is sweet.

  7. 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.

  8. Love treasure hunting! The original way to shop “green.”

  9. GoodyGirlRed says:

    I use to bake with the Cooky book with my Grandma! Love that book.

  10. FrouFrouBritches says:

    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!

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

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Meesh1957 says:

    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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Monday is Thrifty Treasures day over at Rhoda’s blog, Southern Hospitality.  Be sure to visit Rhoda to see this week’s treasures.

I visited our local DAV a few weeks ago and found a few things that had to come home with me.  I collect planters and found two to add to my collection.  I never see these at Goodwill and was surprised to find them at DAV for an inexpensive price.

I love both the color and the pattern of this planter.  It was only $2.00! 


I don’t see orange in this type of planter very often and was so excited when I looked at the bottom and saw that it was only $1.00.



These candlesticks were $2.00 each.


I decided to paint them white for a summery look.


I feel like I really scored with my $7.00 total purchase.

I put my new planter on display in my kitchen.  The shelves on the corners of my cabinets are small but perfect for displaying treasures like these.


I displayed some of my white planters on the opposite side of the room.


I am using another planter to hold my kitchen sponge.


A larger one is adorning my kitchen table right now.  Soon I’ll gather some green Osage Orange balls to fill it.


Sometimes I group my planters to make a display.



I love collecting planters because the designs and colors are interesting and they are useful.  They also are pretty cheap in antique stores and are something that can be found most everywhere.

Be sure to head over to Southern Hospitality to see everyone’s treasures for this week!


  1. what a deal, i love all your planters, they look so good displayed like that.

  2. I love all the planters! They look great!!

    And those candlesticks, too. 🙂

  3. Melanie Elissa says:

    I love all of your planters!! I love the orange vintage McCoy one the best!!

  4. Blondie's Journal says:

    Great deals you got there, Paula!! I love ceramic planters, don’t see too much of them anymore and you do have them grouped together nicely. I also love those candlesticks! They look great painted white!


  5. Elizabeth says:

    I like how you have grouped your planters together!

  6. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    Paula, you have AWESOME taste. 🙂 I really like the way you’ve displayed your planters, and I love the new additions. I am waiting on an update on your mama’s place. 😉

  7. Great deals! I love your collection of planters!

  8. Great finds! I love your collection and how you display them!

    We didn’t have many garage sales offered this weekend. After school starts again there should be more to choose from…yeah!

  9. jskell911 says:

    I love how you have all of the planters displayed! They look so cohesive! Great collection

  10. Hi Paula! I just love all of your treasures and the way you have them displayed. Such great inspiration!
    Thanks! Kim

  11. Donna@designson47thstreet says:

    Paula, your collection is such fun! I don’t remember you telling us about these before! I’m always on the lookout for them too, but instead of keeping and collecting, I use them for floral arranging. Maybe I should rethink this! 🙂 I love how you have them displayed. Your collection is very impressive. I really like the new orange one.
    Thanks for coming by today. I have really been adding to my napkin and napkin rings supply partially due to blogging! It’s so fun to have and use.

  12. Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria says:

    Love your planters and the way you display then all…Thanks for sharing…Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  13. Hi Paula, I love your planters and the way you have displayed them. Growing up in the ’60’s these were so popular and it seems every housewife had at least one in the kitchen. It brings back fond memories of Mama’s kithen shelves.

  14. Oh my gosh…I am loving your orange and yellow finds and am a bit jealous too. 😉

  15. just found your blog from Rhoda – i was wondering the planter with the four feet you have on the far left side of the last two pictures did it use to be reddish orangey brown and glass – if so I have the same one that I just received from my grandmother last weekend from her china cabinet.

  16. Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful says:

    You have some gorgeous pieces! I love how you display them grouped together.


  17. Beth Dunn says:

    I love the planter-so pretty xoxo

  18. Vintage Amethyst says:

    Love the candlesticks.

  19. Those planters also make great desk organizers. The square ones hold envelopes and note pads. The small ones are great for paper clips and binder clips. The flower pot ones make great pen & pencil holders.
    I love the color palette you have put together – Lorrie

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