We have to make our trips count. If we have to go to town, we try to accomplish several things, not just one. It's a habit for country people; if we need gas for the tractor we're going to wait until we need milk or something else. Then we'll add in a stop at the library and whatever else we can to make the most of the money we're spending on gas. I bet most of you do the same thing.
He dropped me off at a big thrift shop--and he was gone 2 hours! Do you know what kind of damage I can do in two hours? I combed that place pretty thoroughly, I can tell you. Lots of finds, a couple mistakes (do you ever do that? Something looks great but when you get home you find the chip or the stain or it's not what you thought), but overall it was a worthwhile stop.
When he picked me up we headed to another small church-run shop. There I found some good vintage linens and some vintage dishes (Daisy by Indiana Glass--5 grill plates). Then we headed to ReStore. We looked through windows but then I saw the sliding glass doors. The windows were just too pricey, but the doors--not full doors but individual panels--were just what we needed. We could get 3 foot by 7 foot door panels for $15-20 each. It doesn't take many of those to make a wall of glass. We also bought a good storm door with a sliding screen for the entrance, and an antique interior door for the log cabin room we're building. That door had the neatest hardware, a handle with little flowers all over it and old hammered hinges.
There must be some story behind all those tins ending up at the ReStore--as there is a story behind every thing they get. I was enchanted with a fireplace gas heater that I could just see in the room we are building. Larry wasn't as enchanted with it so we came home with it.
When I got home I found inside one of the drawers of the pink cabinet a very pretty cameo and silverplate box. The hinge pin is missing but I'm sure I can fix that.
We ended up with 6 glass panels, the interior door, storm door, and the other things for $137.00. We have all the glass we need for the greenhouse now except for the roof, and just need one more door. The greenhouse will be built against the garage so we only need three sides. Larry is going to build a block foundation for it, then we'll build frames and slide the glass panels in, caulk them along the seams, and trim them with wood so they look good on the outside. The roof will be partly glass, and I'd like to use something that will open for a vent. Still working on that part. For this year the roof may just be plastic sheeting until we find what we want.
We were tired when we came home but we worked on the used washing machine we'd got the night before and after a lot of fiddling around, got the loose part back in place and hooked up the washer. It works like a champ and look new inside and out. I have a lot of wash to catch up on today!
As you can imagine, we were late getting up today and I am moving slow. It's a good day for resting, cloudy and drizzling. So I am working on the grant applications, packing a few eBay things and taking the day as it comes, one thing at a time.
I hope you had some good finds yesterday. Be sure to check out Colorado Lady's blog to see what others found!
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