26 July 2009

Today's Thrifty Treasures

My garage sale-ing this week was a total flop. I managed to make it to at least 8 sales on Saturday morning (without my kids...heaven!!!) and picked up exactly 1 thing. That's just how it goes though...Some thrifting days are better than others.

But the good news is that I got some awesome bargains earlier in the week in a couple of unexpected locations. It just goes to show you that you never know where you'll find a fabulous bargain.

My first bargain was these beautiful outdoor rugs from the Garden Center at Lowes! I saw these two beauties laying off to the side by themselves which made me curious. When I turned them over, I saw this price tag!

$20 each! Regularly $130! Woohooooo!!! I snapped those babies up so fast! Actually, I ran (in my high-heel sandals) to find a flat bed cart and prayed that no one else would discover my treasure before I got back. I was a woman-possessed!

I think that they were the rugs used in the in-store display which means that they're probably pretty dirty. But the great thing about these outdoor rugs is that you can wash them off with a hose so easily. If that doesn't get off all the dirt, then a scrub brush and some OxyClean will finish the job. For $20, I'm willing to put in a little elbow grease. One will go on my back porch and I haven't decided about the other one.

This pretty metal basket was my one garage sale find this weekend. For $2.00, I decided to grab it even though I don't know what I'm doing with it yet.

And finally, one of my favorite finds ever! This huge painting was $4.00! It's actually a real (unsigned) painting. I'm guessing that painting was someone's hobby and somehow it ended up at Goodwill.

I know. I know. You think it's scary ugly with it's 1970's frame and all. I agree. Sorta. Click here to see how it's already been transformed! I am totally in LOVE now!!!!

Do you want to see some other Thrifty Treasures? Check out Southern Hospitality to see what other people found this week. PS - My friend Rhoda had moved her wonderful blog to a new address, so make sure you update your links. Congratulations Rhoda!

37 comments {Click here to leave a comment}:

Rebecca@Harmony and Home said...

What a great find...those rugs! I can't wait to hear how they turn out and also see your painting transformation!

Anna See said...

you won't regret snatching up those rugs as fast as you could! what a find!

Darlene said...

Oh MY gosh!!!!!! I would have been dragging those rugs with me to make sure no one else got them! What a fabulous price!!!!!

Elizabeth said...

You totally scored on the rugs! Feel guilty?! LOL

Blue Creek Home said...

For a possessed person, you faired well. What a deal on those rugs.
Rhonda

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You got a great deal on the rugs.
Glenda

Carmen said...

4 bucks for the frame, good work can't wait to see what you do to it.

Older and Wisor said...

Lowes is having a great clearance on kids curtains right now too - I just scored a grommet topped valance for $3.99!

Maybe it's just me, but if the frame on the painting were black, I think it'd be pretty funky. Good funky that is.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

It was meant to be, you and the rug! Great bargain! :) I am interested to see what you do with the painting. If you have a chance to stop by my blog this week, I have my 200th post Giveaway today with my Thrifty Treasures. :)

Chelle said...

And we all run to Lowes... :)

duchess said...

I'm trying not to be jealous of the rugs & I'm hoping that lovely picture will turn into something that has to do with chalkboard & spray paint.

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

Amazing deal! I was just at Lowes tonight but no rugs, hmph. They did have some curtains for a steal, when I looked closer there was a sign saying take an extra 50% off the lowest price. $25 curtains for $3!!

LOVE the painting!
~Michelle

Lisa said...

Oooh, I can't wait to see the rugs, and the picture transformation.

Lindsay@ THAT'S SO CUEGLY said...

hee hee! I loved the vision in heels on a mission!
Love your finds!

Stephanie @ A Fine House said...

I love that you found rugs, and based on your pic, they look huge! Can't beat a great rug sale. I scored one this past week at the Frontgate Outlet. I paid just $32.50, and it looks great in my Foyer.

Amy Lynne said...

Great job on the rugs! I would have been running for a cart too!

Deidra said...

I got a similar bargain on one of those outdoor rugs at HD last year the end of the season. It's wonderful! I've used it in my kitchen, on my patio, and now it's in my daughter's bedroom. When it needs to be cleaned I just take a hose to it on the patio.

tales from an oc cottage said...

Holy cow! What a deal on those rugs!!!
Awesome!

m ^..^

Brittney said...

ooooo AMAZING!!! What a steal on those rugs. Congratulations :). A good bargain is WAY TOO MUCH FUN. :)

Jill said...

good finds on the rugs! i totally felt that way about a side table i found at a thrift store this week for THREE dollars! I wanted it so bad, basically because it was a good deal, not because i know what i'm going to do with it! i may fix it up and sell it. i swear my heart was beating a mile a minute and the adrenaline kicked in, as i hurried to pay for it and get it to the back door before the other gal who was looking at it could buy it!

Rhonda said...

Love the outdoor rugs! Great price and find!

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

That is an unbelievable great find on those rugs!! And now I am very curious as to what you do with that painting!

Sandra said...

I know what you can do with that other rug...give it to me! ;)

What a GREAT deal!!! I wish I had found it.

Muthering Heights and Other Senseless Sensibility said...

Wow, you found some great things!

Carmen said...

Gotta love Lowes clearance! You never know what you'll find!

I need a wire basket/bowl just like that for my dining room table. I like that painting and I don't think it's scary at all. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

Tiina of LiviaConcept said...

I agree with @Older and Wisor and most of the people, the painting is quite funky! the rugs are really nice,and I would pray paint the basket in metal pink I quess (I just saw the specific color yesterday in a paint shop, an am dying to find something to paint with that!)
have a lovely monday!
Tiina

Embellished Bayou said...

What a steal on those rugs! And I can't wait to see the painting transformed, thanks for sharing!

janet said...

morning Kimba...if you like bargain hunting you should definitely check out my Wed Salvation Army finds http://theemptynest-janet.blogspot.com/ you will appreciate the fab finds! Love your painting !

Astrid said...

Those rugs were a steal! I'll have to check out our Lowe's.

I can't wait to see what you do with that painting!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Kimba, score on the rugs!! Those are great finds. And I think that painting is pretty cute, I clicked the link but it goes back to this post. Now I wanna see what you did to it. I love old oils like that.

Thanks for joining the party & for mentioning my move. I hear you are next in line! :) I think you'll love it too. I'm happy to have my own name now.

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

Love the rugs, so jealous of them! Love that basket and painting too! Can't wait to see it! Awesome finds!

ThriftyAnnabella said...

Great buy on the rugs!

Life is good! said...

i do believe i need one of those rugs, dangit!
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grannyann said...

You sure got a deal on the rugs. Also I liked what you did with the painting.

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

OMG! That's an incredible price break! I love the wire basket too...

I so wish I had a buddy to go treasure hunting with me. Not that my 6yo son isn't fun to hang with, but he constantly wants me to buy him things...

Marie said...

Hello Kimba - great finds! Love the rugs and what a steal of a deal you got. And the painting is so neat!

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

~~Carol~~ said...

Holy guacamole! $20 for those rugs? They're huge too! Incredible deal, and I like that painting alot. The before was pretty great, but the after is awesome!