Thrifting with my Bestie in Baldwin County, AL

I love thrifting with my bestie! She lives about 40 minutes away from me. Yes, in ways, that’s sad, but in others, it makes for great Beth Days as I so lovingly call them. After such a year, these days have become even more priceless. Just getting out of the house cheers the soul, but spending the day in the presence of pure sunshine is like a shot of vitamin C. That is what a day of thrifting with my bestie is like for me.

The day begins with a mission of keeping treasures out of a landfill. This can be accomplished by venturing out into neighboring counties, as well. I love going to Mobile, Pensacola and even Birmingham on some shopping trips. At some point, a quick stop at my favorite consignment shops, or any special clearance sales going on nearby, make for a great day of shopping.

Add to that the value of supporting local charities like Waterfront Mission and a delicious lunch at the end of it all, and you have the makings of a wonderful, Covid-conquering day. If you, like me need a day out, let me encourage you to call your bestie and go thrifting!

thrifting with my bestie

Items Found While Thrifting with my Bestie


Here are the 3 thrifted items that she helped me pick out this month, and a few others that I’ve had in my stash for a while. I love shopping with Beth because she has a really good eye, has no trouble helping me spend my thrifting dollars 😉 and it always turns into a day of laughter including a couple of really deep belly laughs.

1) The first find of the day was this pair of wooden shelves.

I can’t wait to paint these. I’m trying to decide at this point whether they will end up in my house or the booth. What do you think? Paint them white? Gray? Leave them as is?

wooden shelves


2) Small round table.

My goal for the day was to find a small piece of furniture to paint white – because everything I paint white flies out of the booth in a matter of days. I forgot to snap a picture before I started painting, but here it is in painting stages.

thrifting with my bestie

Here’s the table in progress.

small round table one coat paint

Why hasn’t this chair sold???

There’s only one exception to my white-painted items and I still can’t quite figure it out. If you have any suggestions please share. This is a cane-backed folding chair that just hasn’t sold as quickly as I thought it would. My thought when I purchased was that since it is cane-backed and it folds away for easy storage, that it would fly right out of the booth, like everything else. But it hasn’t. I did reupholster the seat in a neutral ticking pattern. Should I change that to something more colorful? It’s only $25!

white folding chair

small round painted side table

Here is the table

3) Collection of small pitchers and cups.

Some of these will go to the booth as is to use as a vase for flowers. The others will be home to my new candle line. Post to follow about this new venture.

small pitchers collection

4) Carved Wooden Vessel

wooden carved vessel

painting a carved wooden vessel

work station

White Painted Vessel

This little treasure ended up in my keeping room. I’m using it to store coasters for that morning cup of coffee or evening glass of sweet tea!

thrifted update

Thrifting can also be a great way to put together a great wedding gift by beginning with a fun picnic basket.This is one of my favorite diy gifts I’ve ever put together. And it was a big hit with my cousin. Wedding night snacks with a bottle of champagne, glasses, chocolates, nuts, chips, bottled water and some really pretty wedding napkins. Then, of course, the basket can be reused for anniversaries or just a fun summer day. Click on “picnic basket” above to see the transformation with a little paint.

Wedding Night Picnic

Yes, this was a great day thrifting with my bestie! How do you spend your days out of the house these days? Let me encourage you to go thrifting! Better yet, bring your bestie to see all the new finds in my booth!

Thanks Beth, for a great day out! Hugs!

Thoughtful Thursday #8

Coffee or Cocktail Table

Question: What do you call that table that sits in front of your sofa? Is it a coffee table or a cocktail table? Does it depend on the beverage you are serving?

For today’s 31 Days of Flipping Out, I am featuring a table you sit in front of your sofa. It is also another thrift score that cost only $15. When I told my sister it would be today’s feature, she agreed to share it, but added, “you know it’s not my favorite flip.” So, I’m letting you all know ahead of time…sometimes you stand back and admire your work and other times, well, you stand back and scratch your head.

Personally, I think she did a great job (just like she always does), but I also understand how some things just don’t sing to you. I’m also guessing that this coffee table may have been brand new during the same timeframe that leisure suits were popular, so any change would be a vast improvement!

Thrift Score Coffee Table

Here it is at it would have looked with a leisure suit pants leg propped on it.

Thrift Score Coffee Table

And here it is today. She painted it with Amy Howard Chalk Paint in Linen with dark wax.

Thrift Score Coffee Table

This is a cell phone picture, but isn’t it pretty with the leaves down? Now I ask you, would you want to sit here and have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine?  I think it could be either one. It all depends on what time of day it is.

Now on to our Thoughtful Thursday Link Party:

Link Party Thursday

My party is growing and I had a record number of links last week with 11 total links. Hehehe. I am excited to share with you the feature for the week. Thank you so much to everyone for sharing last week and I hope you’ll share again today!

Link Party Thursday

Patina Glasses by Martinel. These were so very pretty. I’m thinking a garden party with champagne and strawberries would be a great host to these glasses.

Patina Glasses

The patina glasses by Martinel were so unusual. Don’t you love the gold and patina mixed together? I can’t wait to see what you all share this week.

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Bookcase Thrift-score

Friends, here is another great thrifting score that went from drab to fab with the stroke of a paint brush. Another day of 31 Days of Flipping Out with my sister, Kristie. She has been hard at work again and today’s feature is a bookcase she found at a local thrift store for $8. Amy Howard Paint

After a thorough cleaning and a few adjustments on the backboard, she painted it with Annie Sloan Charm School chalk paint and applied dark wax.

Amy Howard Paint

Voila! Now it’s ready to hold literary greats, beautiful artifacts and lots of chotchkies – as I call accessories. Tell us about your great thrift scores!


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Staging with Thrift Scores

Day 12 of 31 Days of Flipping Out is another treat by my sister. Straight from a staging project with thrift store finds, today’s feature is a great chalk paint redux. She found a pair of twin headboards on CraigsList, complete with brand new mattresses and bed rails for only $125.

Twin Beds

 The mirror will be used elsewhere and the chest may be painted.  That’s undecided.

Twin Headboard

Headboard before painting.

Twin Headboard

She used Annie Sloan French Linen Paint with clear wax. The linens on the bed were purchased at Bed, Bath and Beyond and the pillows came from Target.

Twin Headboard

It’s beginning to look a lot like home…

Twin Beds

So, what’s your vote… leave the chest as is or paint?

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