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March 19, 2012

Treasure Hunting Report: A Nightstand Clutter Solution

This weekend yielded uninspiring estate sales.  However, courtesy of my treasure-finding Mom and a sweet online classifieds score, I have goodies to report.


I fell in love with a green Beauce Canada pottery dish at the most elegant mid-century shop in town about a year ago and, despite the steep price, bought it on the spot.  (For local Ottawa folks, the shop is White Monkey).  Every now and then, I feel it pays to splurge on an item I love instead of nickle and dime-ing myself with thrifty finds I only like.  So out came the wallet, home came the pottery, and it has lived on my nightstand since.  It has been so handy for corralling things like my cellphone and glasses at night.


Hubby liked it too, and we engaged in a pottery tug of war until my Mom recently found an identical piece at her local Salvation Army, in a different glaze, for a fraction of what I paid.  So thrifting does pay off, but I'm still happy I splurged because now we have two.  We each have a lovely place to stash our random bits of life.




If you're thrifting, keep an eye out for this logo because some Beauce Pottery can collect a pretty penny at the antique shops. 


My thrifty score came from the "free" section of the online classifieds (kijiji.ca).  I found a listing for a FREE, unopened gallon of latex paint and I actually emailed before anyone else, so I scored have a lovely can of minty green paint, waiting to be used.  The woman who gave it to me was moving and gave me her paint supplies too, including unused rollers, brushes and a paint tray much nicer than any of mine.



I just can't decide if  I want to use this colour as an accent wall in the basement, or save it for a project.  Either way, it saved me a good chunk of change and is a colour I like.

Did you score any fun, thrifty finds this weekend?
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  1. I am distracted from your catchall by the fabulous lamp shades....

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    1. Thanks!! Hubby & I agonized over lamps because there are so few things in the bedroom, so we wanted each piece to be special, but also not take too much attention away from the headboard. Finally we settled on the Robert Abbey lamps you see because they were crisp and versatile, worked with the headboard and . . . have a light in the base, too. They were pricey, but the headboard, nightstands and art all DIY, so we thought we'd splurge.

      Here's a website that selling this lamp online: http://www.lampsplus.com/products/robert-abbey-white-frosted-glass-with-black-trim-shade-lamp__h6940.html

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  2. I have decided to transform my kitchen countertops. I had taken home some samples of the "Countertop Transformations" kit from Rustoleum from our local HH. When I returned to place my order I was told it was on sale this week. $50 off! Yay me.

    I love Beauce. Pretty penny indeed but so lovely.

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    1. Yay! That's awesome. I was JUST looking at that stuff and was curious how it turns out.

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  3. Hey! The paint matches the new minty background of your blog!

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    1. It does! I guess I'm on a minty kick right now ;)

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  4. Well you had a good weekend didn't you??? I love the pottery so I'll be keeping an eye out for that name in my thrift store jaunts. I never even thought about giving away paint when moving. I'm usually struggling to find a home but I"ll remember this next time.

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  5. Love the new bowl. It's similar in shape to one of the Russel Wright American Modern bowls. I've bought several of my lamps from Lamps Plus too. Their price range and their selection is really good.

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    1. I actually bought my lamp locally, but that doesn't help many of my blog friends, so I added a link for Lamps Plus because I have heard good things. It is the same lamp, though.

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  6. thrifty finds, you bet i did! holy smokes!

    today i bought two glass candle holders (rather short, squat and bulbous & quite large), two small glass pale pink candle holders (same idea, short and squat), a set of 6 pure white mugs (for my future white kitchen), a few little white accessory bowls (i don't know what for...salsa, maybe? dips? nuts?)

    and i bought a pitch black, glossy vase that is super nice.

    then i went out and got the mother load of paint swatches, all in different shades of white. holy smokes, i got SO many, i don't even know where to start!

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    1. Sweet deals!! Good luck picking a paint colour - I can't wait to see what white you settle on. You know how much I love white walls ;)

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  8. Oh! Now I'll be on the lookout! I love searching!! I'm off to California this afternoon, and hopefully I'll find some vintage goodness in some funky little stores! :)

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  9. I love finding amazing bargains while thrifting :) There is this great feeling about it , isn't it ? :)

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  10. I love that your husband is just as stylish as you are! Great piece and they look stunning on the nightstands!

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  11. Hey Tanya...loved all the transformation and the bowls are awesome!!

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