Tuesday, June 2, 2009

{thrifty kitchen treasures}

Oh, How I Just LOVE a Bargain!!!
I'm repeating myself, I know!
But I never tire of saying it, or finding those one of kind inexpensive treasures that add a little pleasure to my life.
The white ironstone pitcher above, characterized with sweet, aged grazing, was a recent yard sale find for a couple of dollars.
It sits on my kitchen table, filled with fragrant gardenias from my yard that smell heavenly!
Also in my breakfast nook area,
the three plates below have looked kind of lonely for quite awhile.
But, I haven't been able to find just the right plates to add to the collection.

However, at a local thrift store last week, I stumbled across these two Bordallo/Portugal plates, for $1.99 each.

....just what I have been looking for!
Below, the old pitcher sits on the kitchen table.

Yep, love a bargain! It's those simple, thrifty treasures that make my heart sing! :)
For more thrifty treasures,
visit Diane, at A picture is worth a thousand words, ..... and Leigh on Thursday, at
Tales of Bloggeritaville.
~Rhonda :)

28 comments:

bj said...

O, Scooter...you found just the PERFECT plates to add to your others. And, great ones for such a low price. Not sure if you might know but old ironstone is a passion of mine, too. That magnificent pitcher would have cost high dollars in an antiques store or even on Ebay. You did get a fabulous buy! And it looks like a million dollars with those lovely flowers in it...
GOOD JOB, SCOOTER GIRL...
XO bj

Picket said...

Oh my word Scooter..that pitcher is glorious!!!! I can't find that stuff down here nowhere..I look thru the antique malls and nothing...not once piece...it must have been banned n the South! lol lol I love it though and those plates ...oh my word they are perfect!!!!!!! That was a squeal opportunity for sure! lol Thanks for coming by sweetie...I hope all is well on your side of the mountain and that you have a glorious week!

Shelia said...

Oh, Rhonda! I love that olden vase and love the agedness of it! It is such a beautiful shape! What a great find on those plates! Just love how you've hung them on your wall!
Nice to hear from you always!
be a sweetie,
Shelia :0

ellen b said...

Oh how I understand the joy of finding treasures for little money. You really found some lovelies. I have a weakness for old pitchers and this one looks so great with those beautiful flowers!! happy 2nd time around...

onlymehere said...

Those plates absolutely were meant to be put together!! I absolutely adore that vase. I swear all our thrift stores just carry junk. I can't ever find anything this nice. As for Ashley's first name, if you told me I forgot but I think I would have remembered where she got it from! LOL! I love it. Life has spun out of control around here, that's for sure. It's only a little over three weeks until the wedding. I'm so excited for them. Now that he's moved out I don't see him too much but I do get a call almost every day and that's a good thing. Jill has absolutely made his life complete and I'll love her forever for that. Thanks sooooo much for stopping by. I'm glad to see you around more!

imjacobsmom said...

It was your day - those plates were meant to be! I would arm wrestle you for that pitcher - LOL! ~ Robyn

Chandy said...

Rhonda, those are amazing finds! I'd just be happy if I can grow gardenias in a big pot! Any suggestions? Please send some my way, ok? Thanks!

Karen Valentine said...

Hi Rhonda! I just love your ironstone pitcher. It has such a wonderful patina. And the plates are fabulous. I collect plates as well. I have them all over my house!! I look forward to meeting you again on many more Tuesdays!!

Karen
My Desert Cottage

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, Rhonda! You hit the jackpot on these, and look how great the plates look on the walls as a group!!! And the pitcher looks fab with your gardenias. Love it. Good going, girlfriend!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Rhonda, love that pitcher and the plates. Great finds.I like the way you arranged the plates.

Amelia said...

So wonderful in finding those plates - also the pitcher. Finding treasures like this just makes the whole day brighter...just think of the money saved...can do more shopping another day.

Enjoy the week!

Susan said...

You have that "eye" and talent. I love the aroma of gardenias.
Susan

Kitty Scraps said...

Good Morning Miz Rhonda,
I took your advice and put up a post for 2nd Time Around *smiles* Thanks for reminding me of Miz Diane's weekly party.

What a beautiful pitcher! Wow! It's so lovely, I'm developing my own little addiction to the creamware pieces. And your plates are just as beautiful. What a lucky find and they look great displayed with your other ones. Your whole dining area is simply beautiful how you have it all decorated. I love your style *smiles*

KayC. said...

Your plates are great, adding the two made you display just right. I love your white pitcher...and the flowers! I bet their scent is throughout your home....

salmagundi said...

Great treasure hunting! I'm envious of those gardenias - my favorite flower. But, they don't grow in Colorado. However, I can smell yours from here!!! Sally

Monogram Queen said...

You always inspire me with your prettiness!!!!

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Hey Rhonda!

I cannot get over those plates! WOW! You did gooooooooood! And they look beautiful in your home. As if they were meant to be. Thanks for joining in Thrifty Thursday! Dont forget to link up tomorrow evening!
Happy Summer, my friend!

Leigh
Tales from Bloggeritaville
www.lbratina.blogspot.com

Cass @ That Old House said...

Well I am a sucker for old white ironstone pitchers, even when their white is a little less than pristine-- love that pitcher you feature, and oh MY --- gardenias from your garden! Gorgeous.
Thanks! Cass

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

Question: Do you use those plate hanger thingies or do you have a secret trick? I'm going to be hanging some in my kitchen and would love to know. Thanks!

Deb said...

Beautiful breakfast area! Gorgeous ironstone pitcher of flowers and plates.

Stacey said...

I love your pitcher and the plates. The crackly finish on the pitcher is neat. I have some plates that have done that over time. Your plates on the wall look fantastic!

Lady Katherine said...

The plates look just wonderful! I can smell your flower, Oh, I forgot I have some in a vase! lol

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Those plates are absolutely perfect with your others! How lucky! And your ironstone is charming filled with flowers. laurie

Kat said...

Wonderful finds. The pitcher is absolutely gorgeous and the plates are perfect with the others.

Things are settling down a bit for me so I'm having fun tonight catching up with my blogging buddies.

Sincerely Yours said...

Morning Rhonda! Great bargains! Love pitcher and plates! What could be better; that molding comes to mind!!lol I just love all the molding in this room! So beautiful and fresh looking! The plates look great up there too! Hope you have a great weekend - Jeannette

anythinggoeshere said...

I love ironstone. What a great find and it looks so pretty on your table. xo Joan

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Rhonda,
How did I miss this post? I LOVE your beautiful new leaf plates and how you hung them in your kitchen like an accent going across. How pretty everything is! Lovely white pitcher too and all the flowers are gorgeous.

Congrats on your magazine win! It looks like a fun read with lots of colorful photos. How nice of her.

Thanks for your super kind words on my hubby and our office space.
I always appreciate your sweet visits.

Have a wonderful week.
~Melissa :)

Miss G said...

Rhonda, thanks for coming over to my blog and for your comment. I do have a very thoughtful husband. This pitcher with the gardenias in it looks delightful. I love the way gardenias smell and hope to grow some in my yard someday when we have a house. Kelly