ic Kathe With an E: New Year, Same Habit

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year, Same Habit

Happy New Year everyone!  
I hope you all survived the holidays in one piece. 

We had a snowstorm the Thursday before so we had a white Christmas!
The weather on Christmas day was just beautiful!
We enjoyed abundant sunshine and warm temperatures.
Mr. B's parents traveled from their home in the mountains
and we spent the afternoon talking, laughing and, of course, eating.

We spent New Years Eve as we like to do.
Nothing fancy, a light dinner and a movie.
In bed by 9:30. 
Yeah, that's how we roll, ha!

My resolution for 2012 is the same one
I have each year.
I try to be a better, kinder person (some people make it hard!) and to 
eliminate the word hate from my vocabulary.
I may dislike something or someone but hate is just to harsh of a word, in my opinion.

One resolution I will not make is to
quit thrift shopping!
That is one resolution I would be destined to fail within the first week!
In fact...
I spent several hours on New Year's Eve stopping into several thrift stores!
To be honest, I was on a mission.
Once all of the Christmas decor had been put away 
I changed up the china cabinet in the kitchen eating area and had a plan
for a vignette on the top of it.
It just needs one more "thing".

I, of course, shopped the house first but, "it" was not to be found.
Off I went.

My first stop was our neighborhood Arc Thrift Store.  
It was my lucky day!
Nearly all color tags were 50% off!

Up and down each aisle I went, on the hunt for that perfect "thing"!
Then, I got distracted.
By this
A goblet etched with pine cones!
And, there were 6 of them. 
One of them still had the store tag on it. 
Crate & Barrel!
I would imagine these would have sold in the store for much more
than the $1.50 each I paid!

Then, out of the corner of my eye, I spied this!
A Candlewick sherbet dish! 
Only .50!
Did I need another Candlewick sherbet dish? 
Probably not.
Did I want another Candlewick sherbet dish?
Heck yes I did!  
Into the cart it went along with
the pine cone goblets!

I then calmed myself down, a bit, and began anew my search for "it".
Then I saw these! 
Sweet ceramic flower napkin rings, with flowers! Don't they subtly just scream Spring?
$1.50 for all four.
They have a pedestal so that they stand up!  

I finally realized that this store did not have the "thing" I need for the china hutch 
and decided to try another store.

In fact, I tried two other thrifts but walked out empty handed.

I decided to try just one more thrift store for the day.

I went to a Goodwill not too far from home.

Surprisingly, the shelves were pretty bare.
I found no dishes, I found no glasses, I found no "thing"!

Buuutttt, I did find this,
It's a wooden crate for wine bottles. 
The inserts can be removed
It could be used for storing anything!
It was only $2.99!
Now, I am not sure if the plain wood works for me.
I am thinking of staining it slightly darker.
What do you think?
Stain it or leave it?

I also fell in love with this simple print at $3.99.
It has found a new home on the wall at our entryway.

So, four hours later I came home, laden with thrifty goodies, and was greeted by the poor china hutch.
It is still missing that "thing", that perfect "thing" that will complete the vision I have in my mind for it.
Oh well, there's always next week, right ;) ?


  1. Great finds! I love the pine cone goblets! Beautiful.

  2. Oh wow! What fabulous finds! Love the goblets and that wine crate! Lucky you!!:)

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  3. So fun! I love thrifting and I LOVE that crate. I'd leave it as is or paint it a fun color.

  4. Love the pine cone goblets, but the candlewick sherbert dish was a great score. I have been avoiding the thrift stores lately, I really need to box up some stuff to donate. Oh well maybe one day this week I will suffer cabin fever and go check out the 4 that are all in one block near me. Need to look for just the right "things" vs. isn't that cute "things". Unless it is an item that can go in the garden. I have an antique floor lamp to paint for yard art after seeing one in garden magazine made into a plant hanger.

  5. It would be extremely hard to quit thrifting lol.... I just LOVE it!! I love your pinecomb stemware! Those napkin rings are PERFECT for spring!!

    Blessings to you and your family in 2012!

  6. I absolutely love thrifting..love your finds!

  7. Hi Kathe! Happy New Year, I've awarded you the Blog On Fire Award. Take a look............Katie http://sweetgirlexpressions.blogspot.com/2012/01/im-blog-on-fire-my-picks.html

  8. great find kath..
    I love thrifting- especially when I find pretty new treasures for cheap prices, just like you did.
    Thats it- its like a treasure hunt- where, shopping is just well , shopping lol.

  9. Makes me want to go to Goodwill - my all time favorite store! You found some great goodies even if you didn't find what you were looking for - isn't that how it usually works though?

  10. lucky you! great finds! The price makes it even better! I am your newest follower.pls follow back if you can!

  11. It's always awesome for us to reinforce our good habits each year and this post is a great reflection of you and your life. You sure found some treasures, especially that box.

  12. Love the wine box. I stained a couple (without sanding or trying to make them too finished looking), and I liked the way a little stain made the burned-in motif stand out. Just a hint, though: use a brush and have plenty of stain on hand, as they are rough and porous.

    I stacked mine as a table, as I don't like to store things in opaque boxes that I don't want to ruin with a label.

  13. oh how i love sales and thrifting you found some beautiful items thanks for sharing come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

  14. Yeah for thrifting and sales - I have an itch to go out shopping and your post made me REALLY want to go! Happy New Year!!


  15. I love, love, love that print!! I've scored a few cheap pieces of wonderful art myself at thrift stores and garage sales. Your heart must have skipped a beat <3

  16. I really, really, REEEEEAAAALLLYYY need those pine cone giblets to go with my pine cone dishes that I am planning a tablescape around!!!! What a great find. Love all your other treasures too! Have a great week and hope you find that THING!!!!! XO, Pinky

  17. Those are some very special finds! The wooden crate is my favorite... and for $2.99! Wow! :)

  18. Looks like I could step into the picture to simpler days...


  19. Your really scored girl. I want that Luce wine box, now alone was a great score. Likey the pine cones glasses, you did really good. Thanks for sharing you "finds" over at Sunday's Best!

  20. I'm not giving up thrifting either!!! I love the pine cone goblets!

  21. My favorites of your finds are the Luce box and the print!!

  22. Kathe, wouldn't wanna ever have to make THAT resolution either!

    Fab goblets!

    Thanks for sharing :)
    Visiting from LadyBirdLn linky party.
    ~Suzanne in NW Illinois at WHYCUZICAN

  23. Great finds, don't give up thrift shopping (reminds me of the time when I tried to give up caffine - not pretty). Enjoy your treasures.

  24. You found the best stuff! I usually only find fabric... Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday.


  25. I think that thrift shopping is the perfect way to ring in the New Year! :) You got some great stuff. Love your pine cone crystal.


    P.S. I'm following you now... hope you will come by and say hi.

  26. Great finds, Kathe! Thank you for linking this lovely post to Potpourri Friday!

  27. Kathe, you snatched up some wonderful thrift finds! The pinecone goblets are gorgeous and I love the ceramic napkin holders! It was funny reading about the word "hate". We grew up with that word almost treated like a swear word as kids. My mom did not allow us to use it and she didn't either. She told us that it was one of the most powerful words in the English language and she be used rarely. To this day, I rarely use it. I think in the past 12 years, I have used the word maybe 3 times and each time I did, Troy stopped what he was doing and looked at me knowing that whatever I was saying, it was serious. Thank you for sharing at this week's TTF! I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

  28. Sounds like you had the perfect New Year's Eve!!! Loving the goblets! Thanks for sharing at the Tuesday To Do Party!

  29. Wow fabulous finds!!!!
    Happy new year and thanks for linking!

  30. Kathe, I think your resolutions are perfectly wonderful!

    Wishing you continued joy, happiness, and good finds in the New Year!

    Thank you so much for being a part of the creative spirit and camaraderie on "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday at Rook No. 17. I hope you'll feel inspired to join in again this week!

    Warmest wishes,

  31. Those are great finds! I'm so glad you linked up this week!

  32. Hi Kathe....I just discovered your blog through the linky on Shabby Creek Cottage! I love your thrifty finds....especially the Crate & Barrel goblets! Gorgeous. I would love for you to stop by and visit me.....we share a love of thrifty shopping. I am going tomorrow and hope to have lots of treasures to share when I return! I'll definitely be back to visit!

    Life On Willie Mae Lane


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