Hot Thrifty Buys!

Sunday we link up over at Rhoda’s Southern Hospitality with our Thrifty buys that we’ve found at Garage/Yard Sales or Thrift Shops. Thanks Rhoda!

I’m a consistent Thrift store shopper. Once in a while Dear and I will stop at a Garage Sale. This Saturday was really hot in Southern California…in the 100’s in a lot of spots. We stopped at a few sales but the heat just got us down. We were happy to stop our searches because at our very first spot we bought this beauty!


The vinyl is in such good shape. The metal can use some work, though.

This is a nostalgia piece for me. Do I have a spot for it?….no. Do I have a red kitchen?…no. But for $10.00 I wasn’t leaving it behind.

On our way to Oxnard to see if we could find garage sales by the ocean where it might be cooler we spotted a Spud Nuts Donut Shop! The car automatically drove into the parking lot and this lovely got eaten up by moi! A very light raised iced donut! I felt like I was 5 again.


We didn’t have any luck in Oxnard so we headed to Ventura. After stopping at a few more sales braving the beating hot sun we saw this hole in the wall spot that a lot of middle-aged and older people were stopping at. We knew it was probably a great spot for good Mexican food. Johnny’s Mexican Food on Ventura Ave. in Ventura.

Cars kept driving up and we asked people who had been coming here for 30 years what they were going to order. We took some recommendations and were not disappointed. We were still hot and now very thirsty so we headed down Main St. in Ventura for one of these…

A Pierpont IPA at Anacapa Brewing Company. Very refreshing on a hot summer day. We headed home via a produce stand and bought  fresh white corn to bbq for dinner along with lamb chops. But wait this is suppose to be about thrifty treasures not food even though the white corn was 5 ears for a $1.00!

Last Saturday when it was way cooler out we stopped at a church bazaar and I bought this pair of candlesticks for $2 and this wooden sign for $1.00


On Friday my bloggy friend Willow and I went  thrift store shopping in Oxnard, Ca. All my buys were linens.


The bright Veggie label design tablecloth was $1.95. The doilies were $1.95 for all 4. The sets of napkins were 1.95 for 6 of the blue bordered ones, 95 cents for the 4 off white with little green triangles and $2.00 for the 8 red ones.


I really liked this Americana table runner and it cost 95 cents.

I’m so happy my computer has been working ok for a day that I’m posting this way early and I hope my computer continues to behave and I’ll be able to get around to see everyones treasures. Have a great week everyone…

Photobucket is holding all my photos that I stored on their site from 2007-2015 hostage replacing them with ugly grey and black boxes and asking for a large ransom to retrieve them. It is a slow process to go through all my posts deleting the ugly boxes.

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

40 thoughts on “Hot Thrifty Buys!

  1. Yes, it’s hot here! I ventured out only as far as the farmers market and grocery store and went right back home and washed MY linen finds.

    Love those red candlesticks!

  2. It was 108 here today when got home from work(Saturday)! Blech!! I hate it when it is so hot like that.

    Your chair caught my eye. We have the same stool, but it is not red. Also ours has a back to it. And it was handed down to me from my godmother. Some of the metal is bent, but it still works! I guess I should post it for a Vintage Thingie Thursday post.

    Love all the other goodies you found too. You found some really neat things. And I love that flag table runner. Very cool!!

    Hope your computer keeps working okay for you.

  3. So many wonderful goodies…what treats and fun! That red, white & blue runner is gorgeously done! And I’m getting very sidertracked with the donut and beer…LOL! Happy weekend, Ellen :o) ((HUGS))

  4. Hello Ellen B.,

    It looks like you got all your tech frustrations out and what great finds!! I especially love that stool :-). If you didn’t like the red of the vinyl you could always replace it. Super easy one hour project…all you need is new fabric, a screw driver, and a staple gun…viola`!

    That pink drink looks yummy. What’s in it?

    xoxo Cori

  5. Your flag table runner was a great buy. Can’t complain about the heat hear in the land of cheese and beer, the high today is 68 degrees… It has been a very cold summer here.

  6. Hi Ellen! Love the stool! My friends had one at their house when I was a little girl! I loved your thrifting finds…but now I am craving Mexican food and a beer followed by a donut! How did that happen?? lol Happy week!…Debbie

  7. I’m with you… I’m further south in CA and it’s dang hot, but it didn’t keep me away from the yard sales! 🙂 Thank for sharing your finds. Thanks for reminding me about church bazaars- I’ll have to keep my eye out for those.

  8. Great finds, I have one of the little stools that a friend of mine gave to me, mine has a little back on it, I have used it in my laundry room, kitchen (a really good thing to have when your 5 feet tall, your always looking for a ladder). The candle holders were beautiful. Thanks for visiting.

  9. Also in Cali and not too far away. I’m in Bakersfield and it’s 105 outside right now! Wow! I love the red candlesticks, perfect for Christmas and Valentines day. I haven’t had a donut in ages and now I’m craving one. Take care and stay cool! Please stop by and say hello.

  10. Love the stool, my granny had one, I would eat lunch sitting on it at the bar in my granny’s kitchen…I am having a give a-way to celebrate my 1 month Blogoversary…. Please stop over.

  11. LOVE that red stool and LOOK at all those fabulous linens!!!! What great finds!! That donut is making me hungry and we can always go for Mexican food….love it!

  12. You found some great buys…I love the red stool. You’re post made me a little homesick for S. Ca. I lived in Ventura County from 1998-2001 and got to Oxnard and Ventura often! Now I’m a midwest girl who would love to see the ocean!

  13. What fun finds! I found your link on Southern Hospitality and popped over to check out your treasures! I live in AZ and have been fighting the heat too. Should be cooling off soon and then the fun will begin!

  14. Hi Ellen, We had a red step stool when I was growing up- ours had a chair back, though. Yours is just way too cool. I like your red glass candlesticks, also. As you may know, I love linens~ so I’m liking yours! Such pretty bright colors….
    🙂 Sue

  15. It sounds like you and Willow had a good time. The things you found are, of course, priceless! The red candlesticks are too cute!!
    The heat does get to be a bit much. Would you rather be too hot or too cold?

  16. I love your linen finds, especially the table runner! Those red candlesticks might look good with that …

    My granny had a stool like that except hers was green. I don’t know what happened to it …

  17. Sounds like a really fun day! I love that old red stool. My mother used to have one just like it (the kitchen was black, white, gray, and red). It’s probably still in the house. We don’t throw things away in my family … no, not ever!

    Bye for now,

  18. Thanks for stopping in to say hello yesterday! I love all of your fabulous finds, but the donut looked the best to me! Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful week ahead!

  19. I love those red candlesticks and the red stool. My Granny had a stool just like that! I would love to get a pint glass for my friend like yours. What a hoot!

  20. Great buys. I would love for you to join in Crock Pot Wednesdays at Mister Linky is up and ready for your entry. Thanks for posting.

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