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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Shopping The Thrift Stores

Check out this antique paper cutter.
I purchased it at the Goodwill for $7.99.
Here it is setting on a shelf in my art barn.
After finding it I had to Google it
and found one just like it on 
Ebay for $65.00.
I also purchased this shelf for $10.
See it in the corner painted blue.
It is perfect for all my
messy paint supplies :)
In between being busy around here,
I have managed a few hours this week
to steal away to the art barn 
to work on this quilt.

It has been one of those quiet weeks . . .
I love weeks when there is 
time to steal away and just enjoy 
the stillness of hand stitching.

Here's wishing you all time to do
the things you enjoy.
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Keep Smiling!
 ~~~~~ ***** ~~~~~
Your blogging sister,
Connie :)
 

58 comments:

  1. That paper cutter is wonderful = What a find!

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    1. I know! I couldn't believe it when I spied it on a shelf at the Goodwill :)

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  2. Great finds! Your art barn looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Zenia, thank you and thanks for stopping by to visit. By the way, I really love those totes that you and your sister made . . . sew pretty :)

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  3. Hi Connie - love your finds. The paper cutter is awesome and the little cabinet turned into a great storage unit. Great finds.

    Judy

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    1. Not bad for a day of spending less than $20, right :)

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  4. Wow! That paper cutter is awesome, Connie. How great that you found something so wonderful at the thrift store for such a ridiculously low price. The bookcase is exactly what I'm looking for right now to place in my workroom. Love the blue. Also I really love the blue and white toile skirt. So pretty. The quilt is beautiful. How lovely to have some time to "steal away". That's what I'm doing right now. LOL. Hugs my friend, Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, I know that you are having fun decorating and finding unique storage for your creative space. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with it. Your cottage is a true gem, everything the two of you have done and all of your hard work is certainly paying off in the creation of an amazing home. You have a lot to be proud of . . . take a bow:)

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  5. Good for you! The paper cutter is awesome. Great find!

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    1. I know . . . I was so surprised when I spied it and for only $7.99 :)

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  6. You got a great deal on that paper cutter. Will come in handy around Christmas time or it would for me. I have the worse time cutting paper. I think they are making it thinner.

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    1. Hi Betty, I was already thinking about that. I would love to find a large and pretty roll of all occasion wrapping paper to put on this cutter :) The other side is that I enjoy wrapping gifts in brown paper as well.

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  7. What a beautiful room for crafting in, a beautiful feast for the eyes. I loved the paper cutter what a great find.

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    1. Thank you so much . . . this is my special place to hide away and leave my project mess all spread out until finished. That in itself is a treat :)

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  8. I have wanted one of those vintage paper roll cutters forEVER. You are so lucky to have found one! And for such an amazing price! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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    1. Hi Teresa, I am going to remember this and if I ever decide to get rid of it . . . I will send you an email, but don't hold your breath . . . right now I'm very much in love with it:) I think that I will tape your name to the bottom, so I don't forget.

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  9. Hi Connie, Great paper cutter! Where will you be able to find the paper to put on it? Glad your getting a chance to quilt. I have started sewing a lap quilt together and hope to hand quilt it too. Our daughter brought me over part of a small quilting frame! She has to find the rest!!!!! LOL Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, I hope that she finds it . . . it's a great thing to have, especially in the winter when we don't have gardens and lawns to take up our time :) As for the paper, I really don't think it will be hard to find at all or to at least adapt any other roll to fit.

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  10. Love that painting of the adobe house and blue sky above it!

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    1. Thank you! I lived in Arizona for a while and every now then my love for that area shows up in my art :)

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  11. Oh wow! That paper cutter! I need to go thrifting with you. You do find the neatest things. The Goodwill store in our town if rather small. They never have any furniture or large items. At least we have a Goodwill. It opened about a year ago...I was so excited!

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    1. Hopefully it will become popular and then it will grow. Ours used to be quite small too, but it had so much business that they built a bigger one.

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  12. Great finds...and the quilt is going to be so lovely!

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    1. Hi Debby, thank you . . . you always say the sweetest things and build my self confidence. I'm still a new-bee when it comes to quilting, but I do enjoy it very much :)

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  13. Great finds! enjoy your stitching time.

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  14. I do love a bargain.

    I wonder if you can put paper on that? I can remember a store using this type of cutter to wrap gifts.

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    1. Hi Gail. It came with a roll of brown paper, but yes the rolls that you can buy are pretty much standard, or at least that's what I hear :)

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  15. Great finds Connie, love that paper cutter.......happy stitching....Claire xx

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    1. Hi Claire, thanks for the visit . . . I don't know how many times I go thrifting to come home empty-handed . . . this was just one of those lucky days :)

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  16. NO WAY! $7.99 for that paper cutter. What an awesome find. The shelves look great with their new coat of blue paint.

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    1. Hi Ann, it is always a surprise at what a coat of paint can go to spruce things up and take them from junk to useful :)

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  17. Score! I have always wanted a paper cutter but have never found one for that price, or one I was willing to pay. I wish my thrift had items like yours at great prices.

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    1. Hi Beth, as for our Goodwill, I think that they just let whoever takes something out from the backroom and into the store put a price on it, because there is no rhyme or reason for the way they price things. You will sometime see a great piece of furniture priced at $29 and one setting next to it that looks like rats have been living in it priced at $89. The fact that everything is donated, you never know what you might find, but that is part of the fun of the hunt, LOL. I got very excited about finding the paper cutter and didn't hesitate for a moment adding it to my shopping cart :)

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  18. Fun stuff... Love the quilt...

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    1. Thank you so much and thanks for stopping by to visit, too. I love getting company and reading comments :)

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  19. I must be an antique myself because that is exactly what I think that a paper cutter looks like. I love it.

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    1. Hi Connie, the newer ones, don't look a lot different in the way that they are made . . . but this one has been around for at least 60 or more years.

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  20. I love thrifting finds, especially when you find something that you know is expensive and you get it for a "song". Your quilt is absolutely beautiful.

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    1. There is a lot of pleasure in finding a bargain, especially when it is something you love. I'm very happy that you like the quilt, I've been working on it this week and almost have it ready to take off the frame and add the binding :)

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  21. Connie, you talk about me being busy...Girlfriend your week leave me in your dust!! I love that paper cutter what a great find! Your quilt is going to be wonderful, that is one craft i have never dabbled in...Good for you! Have a great weekend!

    Carol

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    1. Hi Carol, you would hardly be behind in my dust, LOL. I've only been quilting for the past two years. Well, I've tried it a couple of time before, but never got very far . . . it just wasn't my thing. Then two years ago I decided to give it another go and I guess that the old quilting bug bit me, because I have been hooked ever since :)

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  22. hi Connie, I have been away for a long time...I was so glad to find you still here. love finding the old and making it new again. Great Post. Mary

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    1. Hi Mary, it is great to see you here and welcome back to blog-land :)

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  23. The shelf looks great painted blue. Love the quilt your working on!!
    ~Cindy

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    1. Hi Cindy, it sometimes amazes me, at what a coat of paint can do :)

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  24. Your thrift shops seem so much better than ours. We don't very often get furniture offered in them as they are normally small shops. There are some bigger ones but we have to travel a fair way to get to them. I love what you do with your finds xxxx

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    1. Hi Fran, I guess I should do a post on all the things I find at the thrift shops that I wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole, LOL Believe me there are more things like that than what I find and bring home :)

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  25. Hi Connie, Is that a VW BUS I see on that quilt?? It's beautiful.......I love how you describe the wonderful quiet moments of quilting......precious~~~Blessings~~~Roxie

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    1. Hi Roxie, yes it is . . . I wanted to do a quilt that was pure happiness. It should be a fun thing to wrap up in on a clouding cold day and still feel the cheerfulness of a sunny summer day :) I've almost got it ready to add the blinding; then I'm starting on a Christmas quilt for my Steve :) Thanks for stopping by to visit, I've really been missing your posts, but I know that you have been very busy this last year. By the way, your cottage is beautiful, the two of you have been adding so much charm to it. I'm sure that your new neighbors are all excited that you moved to the neighborhood.

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  26. Hi Connie. You found some really great deals. Enjoy your quiet time and have a lovely week ahead... :)

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    1. Good Morning Dee, I love it when you drop by and thank you for the sweet wish for my weekend :)

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  27. Love both those finds! I could use a little shelf like that one. Love the color you painted it. I like to look up things I find as well to see how much they are worth. I have found a few diamonds in the rough and still ahve them. Some day I will open my Etsy so I can make some money on them! Not to mention get these boxes of stuff out of my house! I always found such great deals that I started buying to resale but never ended up opening a shop and now I have a few hundred items boxed up waiting to be listed for sale. Some day.....:) Have a lovely week!

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    1. Hi Vicky, I had that very thing in mind once, too. We used to have a little shop in town where you could rent a small space in the store for a booth, but it isn't here anymore and the ones that have open charge an arm and a leg . . . so i've just started enjoying some of my treasures and gifting others :)

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  28. Great deals, that paper cutter is cool, such a pretty, colorful quilt, I wish I had room somewhere to keep my quilts up, I might do more hand quilting of them, my first ones were all hand quilted but anymore I do them on the machine to save time and get them out of the way.

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    1. Hi Connie, I do both machine and hand quilting. I don't have one of those fancy quilting machines, but I do free-hand on my regular machine. I find it easiest if I do it with a quilt as you go. Then I don't have as much fabric to bunch up while sewing :)

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  29. I love to shop at thrift stores...you never know what you'll find. And lately I've been finding fabric remnants to use in making doll clothes. Your quilt is gorgeous! What a talented lady you are. Wish I was close by to learn how to quilt. Sweet hugs, Diane

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    1. Hi Diane, I wish that you were too :) It would be fun teaching you what I know, although I have only been quilting for two years . . . I'm still a new-bee :) What would be more fun is meeting you in person and getting to know you better. Have a lovely day and thank you for your kind words.

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