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    Thinking of adding this small sign I made to the kitchen. Problem is, I don't want to drill into the marble because I'll probably change my mind later on and don't want to leave holes. This measures 12 by 25 inches and isn't too heavy. Think command strips could hold this in place? "Mom always said, don't play ball in the house." said in my best whiny Bobby Brady voice. Hope your start to this Friday is better than cleaning up broken, spilled plants. Only up from here! Our weather has finally caught up with the season change. Fall weather calls for homemade roasted tomato basil soup with a Parmesan crisp and toasty garlic bread. Yum! Ben thought I was crazy baking cheese on a cookie sheet, but I stand by that decision 100 percent. What are you having for dinner?

Thrifty Finds

Happy Friday, friends!  Hope you all have had a great week.  Ben’s brother, sister-in-law, and niece visited this week.  We hadn’t seen them in over a year.  Long overdue.  When us girls get together, we like to do some shopping.  Mostly at thrift stores, and there’s a great consignment shop in town that her family owns.  Of course we had to go.  Twice.  So many great things, so little time to see everything.  So here are my favorites and a few items that I brought home.

Look at this cool vintage chess set.  79 bucks, but so pretty and detailed.

Marketplace Favorites Chess Set

And a beautiful giant jug.  Seriously giant, about 18 inches in diameter at the largest point.

Marketplace Favorites Large Jug

Or these cool horse heads.  The kids obsessed over them almost as much as I did.

Marketplace Favorites Giant Horse Heads

I’ve never seen this style champagne flute.  Brass bottom and stainless top.

Marketplace Favorites Brass and Stainless Flutes


Speaking of brass, how about a brass cowboy boot and horse?

Ben even found something.  A denim cowboy hat.  Luckily he didn’t go home with it.

Marketplace Favorites Denim Hat

But a few pretties came home with me.  A set of marble horse head bookends for 8 bucks and a brass squirrel nutcracker for $6.

Marketplace Finds

I’ve seen similar sets of bookends for $20 or more.  They’re not an exact match, but I like that.

Marketplace Finds  Horse Head

Marketplace Finds Horse Head 2

We don’t have a nutcracker, so I had to pop, American Picker style, on this one.

Marketplace Finds Squirrel Nutcracker

Brass, vintage, squirrel, and useful.

Marketplace Finds Squirrel Detail

We had a great time visiting, laughing (a lot), eating (a lot!), shopping, and hanging out.  Too bad it couldn’t last longer.  Now we’re back to our same old routine and ready for the weekend.  And maybe get some projects done.  What are your weekend plans?  Found anything great at a thrift store recently?

P.S.  We saw a familiar face on American Idol last night.  Ben’s adorable, sweet, and talented (!) cousin Isabelle.  She and Keith Urban sang Baby, It’s Cold Outside.  We’re so happy for her!

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  1. I’d jump on the squirrel too. That is so cute. :)

  2. That glass jar made me drop my jaw. I’ve been searching for one for ages! And those big horse bookends are gorgeous too. Fun finds!

  3. Dawn

     /  January 21, 2013

    Love the bookends! And we have those champagne flutes but they are brass and silver – very heavy!


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