Monday, November 5, 2012

Birthday Happenings....Thrift Score!

Laid Back Weekend

As you may know from Friday's post, yesterday was my birthday.  I do my best to extend the celebrations for as long as possible. I mean, celebrating life should be done right.  I don't sweat the age thing. Never have. Maybe I will someday but for now, I'm always happy to blessed to be here. You either get older or you don't. Know what I mean?

Friday afternoon, I did play hooky as planned. I was off to Salvation Army and Goodwill for a little inexpensive thrifting fun.  As always, I came away with some new treasures. Some I will sell in our Etsy shop, Bates Mercantile Co., other's I've decided to keep.

Found this retro wall plaque. Was going to sell it, but now seeing it on my kitchen wall, I'm thinking I might keep it.

Check out these awesome signed pottery dishes.  These may stay too, because they will make a really nice grouping with the wall plaque, on my kitchen wall.  I still have to do a little research and get the magnifying glass out to see if I can identify the artist.

A charming little bone china saucer with violets. A steal of a deal.

Another little bone china dish with violets, and another steal.

While I'm dishin' my scores, how about this one? Can you even stand how cute this is with the little vintage characters?  Little kids off to milk their toy cows. Oh man. Cute factor of at least 100. I mean, look at the girl in the back carrying the milk stool on her head. How can this not make you giggle and smile?

Forget the dishes, check out this bowl.  Ultra cool. This one is signed Sierndof Austria. I found an artist Thomasch Sierndorf in Austria, but Sierndorf is also an area in Austria.  It has really beautiful coloring. Again, more research to do.

What? 25cents? As my mother would say, I couldn't leave it there for that.

It's plastic, but it's vintage and it's British according to the mark. By the weight of the backer board I'd say it might be from the 50s.  Love it the way it is, but thought it could be really nice with some gold gilting and a mirror insert.

I'm quite happy with my finds and I thoroughly enjoyed just wasting the time away thrifting.

Saturday I was running out to my hairdresser, who I hadn't seen in much too long, when my husband came in with these for me.  He often buys me roses, but has been branching out.  Now, not a lot of girls would be excited to say thir husband bought them cabbage for their birthday, but check these ornamentals out.

So pretty. Thanks Babe.

We were going to go to dinner on Saturday, but Gman spent the day working in the well and pump house again, so I gave him the out. Instead I cooked some beef burgundy and mashed potatoes, we found some John Wayne and chilled on the couch.

He made up for Saturday night by taking me to lunch yesterday. We were off to our favorite Irish local, RiRa.  Finally got a seat at a was packed....and was waited on by our favorite Irish waiter Michael. Met the new girl Jen too.  She was fresh off the boat from Gar's hometown of Dublin and loving our area so far.

We both went with the fish and chips and my husband's platter looked like an entire side of haddock. I am not joking. It was ridiculous.

I also took two naps. Yup, count them. TWO. I am a huge proponent of naps. Sister Di doesn't 'get naps', but thankfully my college roommate and I were on the same page. We were the nap queens. When my body says nap, I am happy to oblige. I curled up under the afghan by the stove and was all toasty and warm.  Heavenly.

The celebration continues tonight at my parent's for cocktail hour and big honkin' shrimp cocktail. 

Hey, I forewarned you that I work these birthdays for all they're worth.

What did you do this weekend? Craft fairs? Busy getting ready for the holidays? Anything special or something exciting like housework?

Happy Monday. Make it a good one and I'll do the same.

Ciao for now,


  1. Happy Birthday dearest woman!! May all of your dreams come true...........Xo, Ashley

    1. a girl always has her dreams..............thanks Ashley!

  2. Well a big happy B-Day to ya! Love your pics from the Friday post. Leaves still hanging on a bit longer. My weekend: Craft fair on Saturday, not a whopper of a success, but a decent first run for me. Then to the Art in Action exhibit in Londonderry at Shadyhill Greenhouses, and a drive to Hampton Beach and Petey's in Rye, NH for seafood! Great times!

    1. Thanks Kathy. Some leaves, even after Sandy, are still hanging on for dear life. There always seems to be a few that just won't give up the ghost. How did you craft fair go? hometown beach. Hope you enjoyed the salt air and the seafood at Petey's!

  3. Great finds! I love seeing other people's thrift store goodies!

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    1. Thanks was a good Bday! They all are, in my book. had too much fun thrifting.

  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! YAY!!! ... I'm with you a birthday should be celebrated for as long as possible. Mine is 6 days before Christmas I try to make a month worth of celebration!!

    Super finds!! The children on the farm plate is darling! xo C. (HHL)

    1. EXACTLY. oh, you're a sag, like the g man. he's the 11th. I love it...a month! I am SO adopting that approach celia.

  6. Happy, happy birthday! It looks like you had a fantastic weekend, and you look fantastic!

    1. we did have a good weekend. it was a little low key, but it's all good. wow, better keep you around for my ego. i thought I looked like i seriously need to hit the yoga mat and the step for some cal burn! course, i did go for the fish and chips regardless..........

  7. your dreams come true! Happy, happy birthday!

    1. thanks jana! so good to see you. hope all is well in your world.


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