Monday, October 27, 2008

Thrifty Miss

Last week, I took a ride out to a cute little thrift store called Top of the Barn.  It's about 30-40 minutes from my house.  The weather was glorious, and the drive takes me through some beautiful old villages and farmland.

When I arrived, I was happy to find that they were having a 50% off sale.  So I got this beautiful old lamp for $2.  Yes, that's right, two dollars!!!  And it works, too.  Just needs a shade.  

Please reserve your applause till the end of the post.  ;)

This is the church which runs the thrift shop.  Isn't it charming?  I love that steeple, with it's gingerbread trim.  And those twin porches -- so pretty.

As I got out of my car, I could hear the honking sound of lots of geese.  There is a river directly across the street from the church, and these Canadian geese were enjoying the fine day.  There were actually lots more, but the rest were camera shy.

Downriver a little ways was this lovely little blue bridge.  So pretty shining in the sun!

So that was my little trip to the thrift store.  

Now you can applaud.


  1. Clapping quietly but enthusiastically here in Maryland. What a find!!

  2. I'm not only applauding, but also giving you a standing ovation. Bravo, Mary. Gorgeous photography - and fantastic shopping.

  3. Morning! Don't you just love a good trip to the thrift store? Isn't that just the best. May I tell you my personal favorite thrift story? My hubby and I were headed out for a day of antiqueing and I needed to make stop for the little girls room-we ended up finding a thrift store and I convinced my hubby to go in for just five minutes. Reluctantly, he came in with me. I headed for the dishes and things and he was looking at furniture or something. After my five minutes were up I started to look for him and found him standing beside some furniture with the most ghostly look on his face......he was standing beside a Hitchcock chest of drawers and hutch. I had had some Hitchcock furniture in my bedroom growing up and that furniture ended up getting burned along with my mom's house. I made up my mind I needed one, just one piece of it and went shopping only to find the prices prohibative. I walked out of the furniture store thinking -well this is not going to happen! A few years after this, the Hitchcock company when out of business so I totally flushed my dream and that was that. Until that day at the thrift store. The furniture was beautiful with tags still on. I love well made furniture and you just can't find it any more unless you pay huge prices and really travel to find it. I now have these pieces sitting in my den and marvel every day. You just never know what you're going to find at the thrift store.

    I am under the weather with the flu. And off and on all weekend, read your blog starting from the beginning. We have a lot in common. Your blog is a real pleasure to read and I thank you for sharing so much about yourself.
    I don't have a blog of my own. I wish I could share some pics with you sometime.

    Have a great morning! Thanks for listening to me post about my thrift shop adventure!

    signed, Mary from pa...another fifty something-only child-catholic school girl=-)

  4. What a quaint little place! I would have enjoyed that even if I had not found such a treasure!
    But happy that you did find something to take home! It's lovely!

    Have a great day!

  5. *Clap* *Yay* *Wow*

    How do you do it? I think that I must go looking for a thrift shop. I hope that you'll show us when it's placed with a new shade, too.

    Look at all those geese! They look so pretty...wonder if the locals welcome them or wish that they'd move on already.

  6. Morning, Mary! Oh, what a beautiful lamp base! You really got it for a steal, didn't you? I surely wish I could go for a drive and see beautiful scenes like you. Again, your photos are breathtaking.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  7. I think that is a cousin to a very expensive lamp, you might want to check that out. Great purchase. Beautiful and picturesque photos.

  8. Yea, clap, clap!! Which was more fun - the lamp or the drive? Sally

  9. i am green, but i am applauding! i miss that terrain so much! lovely, lovely photographs, mary!show us the lamp with shade in its new home, ok? jkj

  10. What a beautiful drive! And that Lamp is gorgeous! Weill you use it in the new Bedroom?

  11. Wow, Mary what a great find! the lamp and the store! Such a beautiful area too. Perfect day for thrifting.

  12. Phew -- I thought when you asked us to hold our applause, you were going to tell us that the lamp had an accident and broke or something!!!

    Lovely pictures of your trip. I love that steeple too!

  13. Great lamp...$2.00 better bargain....and you do love those Geese..I look forward everyday to seeing what beautiful pictures you post...Have a great week!! Sue.

  14. Hi Mary I have been away from Blogland for a while and had such fun catching up with your posts. Life just got in the way of blogland for a while.
    What a fabulous buy that lamp was.
    Love the photos at the river - such a pretty spot

  15. to Mary from PA -- welcome! What a terrific story! Email me pics if you can:

    to Allison -- welcome back! Your dad will be in my thoughts and prayers.


  16. How cute! Love the 'backdrop' of the store, too! We had fun Sunday at some tag & estate sales... gotta love 1/2 off time!
    Karla & Karrie

  17. Clap, clap, clap, clap. That lamp was a steal! and so pretty too. I love all you photographs, thanks for taking us along on your little drive.

  18. Applause?? How about a rousing standing ovation with stoming, screaming and yelling? 2 dollars is amazing! That is a beautiful lamp! I can just see you grabbing it and the little beads of sweat on your forehead popping nervous that this price was wrong...clammy hands, heart crept up to the counter and held your breath as they rang up the sale. Quietly, slowly you took your find and left the store only to get to your car, shut the door and sing at the top of your lungs, "Hallelujah! Hallelujah!"
    Okaym so this is probably not exactly how the sale went but IS lovely!


  19. You've been Boo-ed. Come to my site to see what you get and play along.

  20. What a lovely trip--even without the fabulous lamp, the pictures were worth it!

  21. Wow, what a gorgeous place to go thrift shopping. I love country drives.

  22. Hi Mary

    What a great time I had catching up here!I am back to to posting and in healing mode. Can't tell you how much your care and concern meant-- you're so special!


  23. Mary, as soon as my hubby and I get over the flu, I will send the pics!
    mary from pa

  24. Stomping feet and giving out a big whistle...2 bucks for that beautiful, that was a STEAL !!
    Beautiful photos, too...

  25. The geese are CANADA geese. Not as everyone calls them, Canadian. Most of them live here so they ain't canajuns!!!!! One of my pet peeves.....sorry to interupt.


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