~Rockin’ Chairs, Lanterns & Such~

Thrifty Treasures

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It is Saturday afternoon; our 2 day subdivision garage sale wound down about an hour ago.  We pronounced ours a huge success. 

Our leftovers were donated to the local high school show choir, for their garage sale in August. Others will donate theirs to a church and/or local charity resale shops.

I found a few thrifty treasures, around the neighborhood, I think you will like.


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I saw this wicker rocking chair, a few days before the sale, at a home on the next street over.  We went by Thursday evening and asked if it was on the sale.  There was a little bit of pre-selling happening, that evening.

We bought the rocker for $20.  It is so comfortable.  It will get fresh paint and a new cushion, before we take it to the lake.

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A set of six snack trays with cups and a serving piece, in pottery, found at one of our neighbors, the first day of the sale, $5.

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Another neighbor sold new light fixtures, deeply discounted, from a local lighting store closing. 

We are going to try this lantern style hanging light on the back porch. Although it is an interior light, we believe it will be okay on the porch, because it is enclosed on three sides and has a roof.  This one was $50.

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I purchased the fixture, above, for over the table and chairs at the lake.  I’ve looked for a bargain in this style light for awhile.  The cost was $8.  The neighbor, selling the lights, bought two of our large rugs.  In other words, we traded even, for both lights.

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Eldest daughter brought this ottoman up for the sale. I grabbed it for the lake…no charge. 


garage sale1We brought J’s grandparents’ chairs up from his “lodge”, for comfy seating at the sale. 

Our patio fan was used to keep us cool, during Thursday, Friday and Saturday, in the garage.  It was nice having those rockers and ample glasses of iced tea, too.

Among the items, we sold, were three stand fans.  They were hot items, during these warm June days.

I’m linking to Rhoda’s Thrifty Treasures.


We are off on a little road trip.  I don’t know if we have internet, at the lake, at this time.  I guess we will find out when we get there.  If we do, I’ll be checking in from there.  If not, I may have to take a little trip to the bread company, for WiFi access.


Someone asked about the lens I used for this photo, in the Blue White Yellow post.

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Canon Lens EF 50mm 1:1.4.

I’m shopping for a new macro lens and have in mind what I want.

We have been so busy since Wednesday, I haven’t had time to check in at the Back Porch or other blogs. I’ll be back around soon, though.

Hope your weekend is going well and your week ahead is wonderful.


Marianne@Songbird said...

Sounds like you had a great weekend. Have fun at the lake!

kim said...

Great finds, Pat. Great light fixtures and you sure can't beat free for the ottoman.

Stephanie said...

Great finds, Pat! Those lantern fixtures are really popular right now and the price was unbeatable! And I have a wicker rocker too - what's better in the summer right?

Good luck on the lens - I'm always excited when someone gets new gear, even if it isn't me! I'm still dithering on which camera to get. My rebel's focusing system is "off", and I also rarely get the focus lights on in the viewfinder. The cost to repair it is half the cost of the camera, and I've had it for a few years, as well as outgrowing it's low light capabilities. And now I wrote a little novel! Sorry!
Enjoy the road trip!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Sounds like the sale was a success and you got some nice deals. Hot and humid here this weekend - no sales for me. :)

salmagundi said...

I'm especially enamored with the lantern light for the porch. That is one thing on my 'want' list - I really need to replace the ugly one on my back porch. Enjoy your trip. Sally

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Pat, sounds like you had a great sale and got some great goodies. Enjoy the lake! Linda

Cindy ~ Open Ended said...

Pat~You found some great treasures. I will look forward to seeing your rocker when you are all done sprucing it up!

Shelia said...

Hi Dear Pat! Glad your garage sale went well and look at the goodies you got. I love that pretty rocking chair! I just love to rock! :)
I've never seen any snack tray sets like that! I have oodles of the olden glass ones! I should do a post about them sometimes.
The ottoman looks brand new.
Have a wonderful trip. You two are so busy. I'll bet J just wants to drive that snazzy car! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

I've been so busy too, and trying to play catch up on blogs now. I love those old rockers. Would love to snag one of those babies one day. You'll enjoy that wicker one too! You sure do find some great things.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Sounds like the sale was a great success! Love the wicker chair!

Terri Steffes said...

You did good!

Did you get to do your JC tour?

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Great treasures, Pat! I always enjoy your blog...but I think you know that :)

Sandra said...

I'm a sucker for a good light fixture. I bought one at a thrift store today for $14.99. I hope it works. It's going over my dining room table...whenever I can get hubby in the notion to do it!

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Jealous I am not at the lake!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Pat, I love all of your bargains, especially the lantern you plan on hanging on the porch. What a steal that was... Have fun on your road trip, hugs ~lynne~

Allie and Pattie said...

Pat, you got some WONDERFUL buys! Those lights are beautiful! Have a great time, relax and refresh!
xoxo Pattie

Sailing Simply said...

I love those sales where everyone does alot of swapping! LOL! You got some really great deals, and I'm sure your neighbors did too! Sounds like a great time!

W.C.Camp said...

The rocking chair seems to be a particularly AWESOME find. Once you do your magic touches, I am sure we will see some great up close pictures! W.C.C.

Cherrie said...

Sounds like it was a great weekend for buying and selling! I love the free ottoman and the pretty dishes!

Sue said...

Oh my, but I am in serious envy over the light fixtures and the rocker! Absolutely fantastic buys! I need to ask my neighbors if they want to do a swap sale! LOL I know they have some goodies I'd like to have. Hope you enjoy your trip and have decent weather. It is hot and humid here in OH. Ick...
hugs, Sue

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Pat, you had some great finds there! That lantern is truly wonderful, and I can't wait to see it on the porch. I have been looking for one for our foyer, but they are all so high. Maybe I'll be blessed to find one as wonderful as yours.


Sheila :-)

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Great deals, Pat. Enjoy your trip to the lake.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Glad you had a good sale, Pat! & you really found some good stuff for yourself too. That lantern will look wonderful on the porch. Man, I wish I had been there to get one of your fans. My new deck/porch is finished (showing it Tues!), but oh my gosh, is it HOT out there. I have to get a fan. Trying to decide if I need a big one on a stand or just a smaller one to put up on a table.

xinex said...

I enjoy neighborhood yard sales but there's never any where we live now. You got some great buys. Enjoy your trip, Pat!...Christine

Jennifer said...

Great finds!!!!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hey, Pat, I found your other comment in my Spam folder this a.m. I don't know why sometimes WP will tag something as spam that is clearly NOT. I put it up too, so both of your comments are showing. just so you know, that's what happened, in case it happens again.

Vintage Sassy said...

Hi Pat,
I am new to your blog and so far what I have seen has been a delight. I love your photo. I have just recently let my short hair go silver/gray and I love it. Yours is beautiful. I hope mine will be as silver as yours. Also, you have a lake cottage??? That is my dream.

I would love for you to stop by sometime and say hello.


Van said...

FREE ottoman?! But that looks brand new, what a score! So many inspiring goodies- love 'em all. I'll be sure to follow for more inspiration :D

SmilingSally said...

You sure found the bargains, Pat, and some BLUE ones too!

ThriftyAnnabella said...

Love your wicker chair - it looks comfy.

Kathy@ Gone North said...

Oh My! Oh My! That rocker!! (I'll give you $25 for it :)
Fabulous finds!!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh My! I wish I could have come to that sale! What wonderful finds and what great prices! That rocker is a beauty, and those snack plates are so cute, but I'm telling you, all 3 of those light fixtures were a steal! That lantern will look so pretty on your porch. (Love J's grandparent's chairs too). Hope you're having a wonderful time at the lake. laurie

Welcome to Lolliworld said...

Beautiful those deals! And so love everything you selected! A big Texas Woo Hoo!


Southern Lady said...

Oh, what a wonderful old wicker rocker, Pat ... and for only $20!

I hope you enjoy your road trip. I'll look forward to seeing your pictures. Take care ...

vignette design said...

You have some great finds there! Check out the Tamron lens. I love it! It is the only lens you will ever need. Someone told me that, I bought it, and darn if they weren't right!

Manuela@TPOH said...

Wonderful light fixtures and love the wicker chair (can't have too many of those)! You did so good with everything!