Thursday, March 19, 2009

Some Thrifty Finds for My Mantel

We've been a little under the weather around here. Back among the living today and thought I would show off just a few thrift finds and a couple of other fun things.

About a month ago I found a vintage globe at a local antique mall. They had it priced at $14.95. I didn't think that price was too bad, but I wasn't willing to pay what they were asking when it wasn't something I needed anyway.

Fast forward to a lovely weekend trip with Victoria and our other sister Beth last weekend. We went to a Goodwill in another part of town and I found this lovely old dusty vintage globe for...

$1.91!!! Now that I was willing to pay. It is all grungy and has paper peeling off---I love it. The apothecary jar was a Ross find for $4.99. Add some of Chloe's rock collection, and it works just fine.

A .25 plate hung with burlap ribbon over a thrifted ceiling medallion that I found for a buck.

The old book is a little family treasure. It doesn't belong to me, but I have had if for a long, long time. It is my mom's and is very old and vintage yummy. Many of you --esp. you silhouette lovers-- would go bonkers to see the beautiful illustrations that abound. Oh such wonderfulness! This is a book about the poet James Whitcomb Riley. Here is the old swimmin' hole illustration

Here is his poem.

The Old Swimmin' Hole

Oh! the old swimmin'-hole! whare the crick so still and deep
Looked like a baby-river that was laying half asleep,
And the gurgle of the worter round the drift jest below
Sounded like the laugh of something we onc't ust to know
Before we could remember anything but the eyes
Of the angels lookin' out as we left Paradise;
But the merry days of youth is beyond our controle,
And it's hard to part ferever with the old swimmin'-hole.

Oh! the old swimmin'-hole! In the happy days of yore,
When I ust to lean above it on the old sickamore,
Oh! it showed me a face in its warm sunny tide
That gazed back at me so gay and glorified,
It made me love myself, as I leaped to caress
My shadder smilin' up at me with sich tenderness.
But them days is past and gone, and old Time's tuck his toll
From the old man come back to the old swimmin'-hole.

Oh! the old swimmin'-hole! In the long, lazy days
When the humdrum of school made so many run-a-ways,
How plesant was the jurney down the old dusty lane,
Whare the tracks of our bare feet was all printed so plane
You could tell by the dent of the heel and the sole
They was lots o' fun on hands at the old swimmin'-hole.
But the lost joys is past! Let your tears in sorrow roll
Like the rain that ust to dapple up the old swimmin'-hole.

Thare the bullrushes growed, and the cattails so tall,
And the sunshine and shadder fell over it all;
And it mottled the worter with amber and gold
Tel the glad lilies rocked in the ripples that rolled;
And the snake-feeder's four gauzy wings fluttered by
Like the ghost of a daisy dropped out of the sky,
Or a wownded apple-blossom in the breeze's controle
As it cut acrost some orchard to'rds the old swimmin'-hole.

Oh! the old swimmin'-hole! When I last saw the place,
The scenes was all changed, like the change in my face;
The bridge of the railroad now crosses the spot
Whare the old divin'-log lays sunk and fergot.
And I stray down the banks whare the trees ust to be --
But never again will theyr shade shelter me!
And I wish in my sorrow I could strip to the soul,
And dive off in my grave like the old swimmin'-hole.

James Whitcomb Riley

Mirror that you've seen before was $10.00 at a flea market we go to every year.
Starfish--Michaels with a coupon last year. My first apothecary jar-also a Ross find-with shells from Victoria's trip to the beach last year. Another candle stick, $1.21 at GW, a thrifted picture for a buck and old books that my hubby and I always pick up a yard sales and junk stores for a song finish up the mantel.

Hope you enjoyed my thrifty finds. Judging by the amount of allergy medicine making its way into my cabinet, spring has definitely sprung in GA.


Amelia said...

Loved this display...says (to me)obtaining knowledge can be fun.

The silhoutte in the book is outstanding...silhouttes are special to me...don't know why but just like them very much.

Have a grand weekend and give God the credit for the blessings.

Carrie said...

I love the globe it is great! The colors on your mantle make me want to go to the beach and that's a good thing!

Darlene said...

I absolutely LOVE everything about your display and thrift finds!! So much looks so vintage-y and lovely. The book with the poem looks neat!

C Maisy said...

You did an awesome job. Very creative!!

Empty Nest Full Life said...

What great finds! I hope to do a little yard saling this weekend. I have a couple marked, and then do some spring cleaning. Love all of the things you have on the mantel. Jackie

Victoria said...

Chris, the mantle looks great! Love how you put it all together. The colors are refreshing!

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Love your mantel display - I really like the colours together! Thanks for stopping by.

Meg said...

The color of the globe and small plate is the color I'm thinking of using in Ty's room above the white beadboard. I love it. I really like what you've done with the whole mantel. I can't believe what a good price you got that globe for compared to the other store.

melissa said...

Christina~ I love the globe you found. The whole mantle is just like a breath of spring. The burlap ribbon holding the plate has got to be my favorite~this one is going in my file! Have a great day~

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Oh my goodness...the treasures!!! You are one savvy bargain shopper. I love it all, especially the old globe and old books. : )

Katie said...

I wish I could join you all we have so much in common. I'm totally addicting to bargain and thrift shopping and decoraing. I need to chill out but guess what Yard sales are starting next.. (:

cindy said...

Awesome display. Love the use of the burlap to hang the plate. And what a great find on the globe, I love when I get a deal like that.


Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Mantel looks sooo pretty! Great colors!


Cherry's Jubilee said...

HOLY cow this is a smokin the punches of blue. I have that same old Dragonwyck book...which I read and it was a great book. I have seen the old movie as well. I covet that silouette book...I collect them. sighhhhhhhh cherry

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Don't know what I love more...the globe or the poem. :-) And the vignette you've put together is really, really lovely.

Thanks for pointing me to this post!

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