A patched together lifestyle of thrift and charm...

Jun 22, 2017

Shopping Online for Free! - Thrifty Thursday

I'm not a big online shopper.  Generally speaking - I feel I do 
much better with local discounts and hitting thrift shops, 
discount grocery stores and yard sales.


But - there is the occasional product that I use that is specific
 enough that I won't find it at a discounted price anywhere.
These items are worth checking out online.   
I checked Amazon for a supplement that I take and discovered
 some thrifty tips...

1.  Thanks so all the product promos that Amazon includes for
 anything you search for - I found another brand of my product that
 checked out to be just as good (easy enough to do online research)
 for much less monies.  


2.  I paid with my Discover card.  Turns out Amazon has the option
 of using your Cash Back Bonus monies at check-out.   Really?
  Awesome!  That is 'free' money to me... so thank you!


Of course there are many other ways to save with Amazon.   
Most of them I do not find to be really saving for me personally 
(in other words - I'd be shopping more than my normal - just to 'save').
But click this link for some truly good ways to save with Amazon.


And just a few more general 'shopping' thrifty tips...

3.  Always pay for purchases w/ a 'cash back' credit card when you can.  
Or use anairline mileage card if travel is a big happening in your life.

4.  As alluded to already - clubs and memberships are generally not
 the best savings and typically have you spending more than you 
would have without the 'plan'.   There are ways to shop cheaper!
  They may (but not necessarily) take more time though - and if time
truly equals money stress to you - then consider that.  

5.  Stress (see #4) can equal money!... it takes a toll on our health.

So check out the little extras Amazon has to offer.  (As always - 
I'm not getting any kickbacks - this is a non-money making blog!)
  Happy Savings!  ~Joyce

Jun 17, 2017

A Friend's Garden - Saturday Sightings...

 It is local garden tour time.   What a fun Saturday morning outing!
  But on this particular tour - my favorite garden was a 
friend's garden - not on the tour except for us!  

The idea for these little chicken wire succulent planters came to 
her in the middle of the night.  Aren't they neat?

Her covered patio area is filled with blue and white pottery, 
planters and baskets of all kinds...

Planters en masse make a statement for sure!

And a few other shots from the morning...


Now this coming week I will be out in my own gardens playing.
  Happy weekend everyone!  ~Joyce 

Jun 16, 2017

Thrifty Thursday & Friday Finds In One Post...

Today's thrifty tip? (from yesterday but never happened...)
Visit a book sale!  Better yet - volunteer at one...
Getting ready for library book sale

I unexpectedly found myself part of a sorting crew the day before
 our community library book sale.  (Boxes of books are heavy!)  

I found it interesting to see the genre section that was largest. 
Can you guess?
Library at Mount Gretna, PA

Mystery and thriller!  This surprised me as it's the last thing I'd read.
I'd rather sleep at night :)

My favorite section was this one - 
all things crafty and home decor (it was a smaller section)...

Which brings me to my thrifty tip. Turns out when you volunteer - 
it may give an opportunity to buy a cheap book or 2 ahead of the actual sale!  
I found this one - right up my alley - for $1.
But attending a book sale will garner you some good cheap books too.

Now for a few other finds from my week...(it was slim).
Seems I'm continually adding to my greeting card stash...  
and at 5/$1 - why not?
The seahorse paperweight is available here and 
a sailboat butter stamp is available here.


Life has been full - but also very good.  We're enjoying the prospects

of some new things in our lives - and are so thankful to the Lord.
  Hope you are all doing well too!  ~Joyce

Jun 2, 2017

Some Local History, Garden Things and Great Friday Finds Haul...

I feel like I've been traveling far and wide lately to get goods - 
and its not always been worth the jaunt.  Yesterday was one of those 
'high mileage/low goods' days.  But I did pick up 4 old receipt tablets (right).  
They are for a local business that no longer exists - so I inquired.

Turns out Grove's Meat Market was owned by the garage sale
 lady's father.  I asked where it had been and she steered me in the
 direction of this building - built in the 50s.  I pass this place often
 and never knew it was once a meat market!  
Love little tidbits like that.  They help make up for the mileage thing.

But today was a great haul day.  First - I found several really
 cheaply priced garden things. These 4-packs of alyssum were 50 cents.  
And a climbing bean plant - been wanting one of those - was 25 cents.
(She even put them in this nice basket for me - no charge!)

And perfect for that bean plant - this trellis was 50 cents!

And one more garden thing... a large planter for this corner of 
my yard - also just 50 cents!

My vintage-goods haul looks like this and cost $29... 

It includes a whole pile of 'L' monogram linens, some early button-
 close shams and a lovely fringe edged candlewyck runner...

This composition Japan bobblehead caught my eye - 
so I'll give it a whirl on Etsy and see what happens... 

The chicken graphics cards are actually ink blotters.

I spent a little more than my norm to get 3 old ledgers - 
in excellent condition with old script writing... 

 Some porcelain things (Noritake and Limoges), an old tin game board 
and even some ruby glass & silver made it to my stash today.

I just love Fridays!  Thanks for following along ~Joyce





Jun 1, 2017

Roadside Stands - Thrifty Thursday...

If there is one thing that stands out as a warm weather 'perk' - 
it is roadside markets.  I love these little outdoor 'shops' that grace
 front yards and the end of farm lanes.  
Often they are a bargain hunter's paradise for produce and plants.

Several years ago - this little stand popped up a few miles down our road.  
I never got around to stopping till this week of this year.

  This sign caught my eye.  
A 4-pack of begonias for just $1?  Yes please!

 Cute huh?

At home I happily filled in some barren areas...

...along my front walk.

And I filled an old bucket which leaks.   
The iron hangers were a freebie from a neighbor years ago.

So several thrifty tips today...

1.  Visit roadside markets - there may be a bargain (or 2 or 3...)
2.  Leaky buckets (and pans and canners, etc) make great planters
3.  Welcome cast offs from others - and find a use for them.

How I love Thrifty Thursdays.
And I'm loving that the sun is out again.  It does a spirit good!
  ~Joyce


May 31, 2017

5 Vignettes - Vessels and Red & White Retro Kitchen...

Behold... some of my thrift shop displays from today...

This 3 tiered piece has been hanging around a while.  
The shelves are a little wobbly (it collapses) - so that may be why.

Do you notice the same vessels in these groupings?  These have
 been in the shop a while too.  They came in with their still new and
very pricey tags on.   And while we repriced them - 
they still seem high-priced to me & probably others.
I keep trying to make them look good so someone can't resist them...

And here's another of those vessels (really cool actually)...

Nothing overly special here in this grouping - just sweet and simple - 
trying to work around that tall bouquet which also isn't selling...

And I had room to do a whole new display today... 
so I pulled together a red and white vintage kitchen theme.  
(There's even more on the back side which I didn't capture.) 

 Red and white kitchen stuff is always a hit and I can't wait 
to see till next week if most of it sold.

Thanks for perusing with me...   ~Joyce

May 30, 2017

This Selling Thing - a Circle of Blessing...

I am feeling wonderfully blessed.  My weekend was full of this...

...lots of wares-selling at our sweet summer cottage during 
the community's annual porch sales.

Yard sales (or porch sales in this case) are LOTS of work.  Even more so 
when you're trying to keep track of inventory to keep Uncle Sam happy.  
But a day of meeting wonderful folks and getting tired merchandise
 off my hands is so worth it and a favorite event of mine.  
It was a delightful day!  

And now its back to the real world - with lots of this... 
Orders are headed out today from the Etsy shop. 
 Selling online can be lots of work too.  But wrapping all of the
 parcels is a favorite part of the process for me.  

Thanks to each of you who came out in person on Saturday and who are 
buying treasures online from Etsy.  You bless me!  Know that I 
take seriously the responsibility to in turn bless others.  
What a privilege.  ~Joyce




May 26, 2017

Mount Gretna, PA Porch Sales...

No feature Thrifty Thurs, Friday Finds or Saturday Sightings post
s this week.  All extra time has been spent getting ready for the
 annual Mount Gretna community Porch Sales.   
Stop on by if you're local or passing through.  
Details:  tomorrow  - Saturday May 27th - 8-2 (or a little longer).  
Porch sales Memorial Day weekend

Sales will be throughout the wooded campmeeting grove.  
Stroll and enjoy!  (Many 'streets' are walking paths only.) 
We're on 7th street - but all streets are participating. 

Be sure to say 'hi'!  ~Joyce


May 22, 2017

Wedding Backdrop Idea...

Yesterday we happened upon a wedding that was about to begin. The setting?  Under the woods in this 250 year old open air tabernacle.
wedding back drop

It's all situated in the campmeeting grounds of our beloved Mt. Gretna, PA.  
But let's look closer - quick before the people start arriving...
wedding

 Look at that back drop!  It's so simple and yet jaw dropping gorgeous.  
Why can't I think of stuff like this?  All ya need is 15 old windows!
  (yeah - I know - who has 15 windows?)  
Apparently this couple scrounged them up somewhere...
hand made; magnolia wreath

 I'm  just smitten!  
Let's see...lots and lots of white fabric (I could manage that part), 
windows (I could maybe find 3 or 4 - but 15?  hmmm...)  
and a huge handmade (I'm assuming) magnolia leaves wreath.
  Well maybe the florist made the wreath.  :)

At any rate - loved this sneak peek into surely a beautiful wedding.
  And if such a day ever rolls around in our lives (as in our daughter)
I hope that God gives us some creative inspiration. 
Guess it doesn't hurt to start saving ideas...  ~Joyce

May 20, 2017

Time In a Cemetery - Saturday Sightings...

The passage of time - we're all caught in it.  But today - 
time stopped for a bit as we said good-bye to a beloved aunt.  
The sweet service was held in the church of my childhood...

  
With a cemetery just a short walk up the hill away...

Out of 17 siblings - about half remain.  Most of these were 
present today to honor her.  It was a time of precious memories.
  She lived life to the full... enjoying crafting, laughing, and people.
  
We know that her soul's been carried to heaven - 
but today we committed her body to the earth

 My uncle (in the hat) was perhaps the brother dearest to her.  
He has cared for her in countless ways over these last years.  
I love how my cousin is keeping an eye of care on him during this sacred moment..

There is much to reflect on in a cemetery.  
One day these bodies will rise again upon Christ's return. 

Before leaving - a final stop to the grave of my parents.

I ached for them to be there today...  So much I wanted to say.
But when I see them again - much of that won't matter as 
we'll be in the presence of Jesus and in the glory of heaven.   

My friends - please make sure you are ready to join us there.  
In addition to knowing Jesus - we must also be following Him - 
in full surrender - to His will and Word.
I promise any sacrifice will be more than worth it.  ~Joyce

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