Treasures found in Florida and a Sisters trip to {IKEA}

Last week I tagged along with my hubby on a business trip….

…..one of his clients was close to my sister’s home, also where my mom lives.

My sister took a couple of days off from her busy shop. Thanks to my other sister filling in for her.

We scoured the local antique shops and thrift stores….and this is some of what I found.

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Hello my pretty…she was waiting for me on the shelf of my sister’s church thrift store…

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Score!!…Wedgwood ironstone small covered dish for $3.00…

…..I couldn’t pick that little pretty up fast enough!!

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It has a blip or two…but barely noticeable…and who cares for $3.00!!!

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I love the pretty lid…

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And the wonderful crazing…

As I move things about in my kitchen this week…

…..waiting for something to be delivered before I do a post….

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For now..this pretty will find a home here…

At the same thrift store … I found this beauty…

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Do you know what it is?…Well, other than the obvious…

I saw this and had my sister turn the chair around to verify it….

…..and my suspicions were right!!

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It’s a Hitchcock signed chair…for $17.00. Score…twice!!…

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I am not sure where this will land…but I have an idea…

On Saturday…the “four sisters” went shopping….to Ikea in Orlando…

…..it has been YEARS since all four of us went shopping together.

Ikea was never the same!!

My sister eyed this beauty and placed one in her cart.

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This pretty tray…for $9.99..

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It is a very light cream color….I picked it up…then thought about where I would use it…

…..I stood there….thinking….(I always do that!)….then I put it back….

……….thinking that it wouldn’t work in the area that I wanted to use it…

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Then I saw it displayed in another area..and saw how pretty it was…so while my sister babysat my cart…

…..I raced back to get it!…and I am glad that I did.

We all had a great time at Ikea getting great things at great prices…

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Like many pretty faux plants like this one (still practicing with my macro lens!)…

…..we headed to Cheesecake Factory at the Millenia Mall and like Ikea…the place will never be the same!

And I cannot believe that I did not have a picture taken of us!!…Having too much fun….uuggh!

I will end this post with another bargain…found at a major chain thrift store, The Salvation Army….

My sister and I looked at this item…thought it was a fantastic price at $195.00…but did not buy it.

When we went to the cashier, I discovered a sign that said, “Red tag items 50% off”…

Now, wait a minute, that piece had a red tag…we raced back…and my sister bought it for my mom!

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A Baldwin Fun Machine Organ…for $100.00….scored again!

My mom played the organ as a child in Japan…she was so excited to be able to play again…

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She stands proudly along side the organ…

She will be celebrating a birthday soon…88…which is a milestone birthday in the Japanese culture…

…..meaning double infinity!…she can still run circles around us…it is her happy attitude on life!

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My brother in law had to pick up the organ the next day with his truck…

…..and in the meantime, my sister and I had to do some furniture and painting rearranging…

……….that post to come later.

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And mom will be enjoying many hours playing…and relearning her tunes…

…..a good thing for “the brain and dexterity”…

Then my sister remembered that she had an antique metronome…go figure…and we placed it on the organ.

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In the meantime…mom is always having fun…she opened her Valentine’s Day gift from my brother and sister in law..

…..they sent her Shari’s Berries…oh yumm…glad I was there when they arrived!

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She immediately took off the ribbon/bow and put it on her head…she is such a goof!!..but goofy is good!

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Peace!

So my sister and I had a great thrifting day…and my mom was happy too!!

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More to come on my Florida adventures…and my new adventure that I am soon to embark upon…

…..with the support and encouragement of family and friends, I am going to do something I have always wanted to do!

Stay tuned :)

Have a wonderful day and thanks for visiting!!!

I am joining:

From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday

Southern Bloggers Conference Highlights

I am back from the Southern Bloggers Conference!…I can honestly say that is was amazing…

…..from the fabulous speakers:

Rhoda of Southern Hospitality

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KariAnne of Thistlewood Farm

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Kelly of Eclectically Vintage

Kelly at Southern Bloggers Conference

Heather of At The Picket Fence

Heather of At the Picket Fence/Southern Bloggers Conference

Brittany of Pretty Handy Girl
…telling us that “we can do it”…

Brittany of aka Pretty Handy Girl

And then we have our wonderful demonstration portion of the conference:

Kristen of Sophia’s Decor and Amy of Atta Girl Says..
…..demonstrating furniture painting techniques using Milk Paint from Miss Mustard Seed

Kristen and Amy Demonstrating Milk Painting Techniques

Kristen of Sophia’s Decor

Kristen of Sophia's Decor

Amy of Atta Girl Says

Amy of Atta Girl Says

Annie Omar of Maison Blanche Paint
…..demonstating the various techniques using chalk paint.

Annie Omar, owner/creator of Maison Blanche Chalk Paint

And a wonderful demonstration from My Memories (mymemories.com)

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We had a wonderful lunch, courtesy of Hometalk!

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Laura and Barbara enjoying the lunch!

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The room where we greeted the attendees….promoted vendors…and showcased the Fall Decor Contest!
Kristen from Sophia’s Decor and her wonderful mom, set up a gorgeous display of items for sale.

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On Sunday, Brittany coordinated a wonderful antiquing/thrifting adventure…

…..here she is at NoFo in Raleigh, where we had brunch..

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Here is one of the pics I took at SuzAnna’s Antiques …one of the great hostesses of the day…

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Bloggers enjoying lunch catered in at SuzAnna’s from Relish Cafe in Raleigh.
They were lunching amongst the architectural salvage!

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By this time, I was taking photos with my iPhone..my camera was getting in the way of shopping!!

There are more posts and pictures to come of the conference..just wanted to show you some highlights for now…

And I end this post with a pic of a very happy Kristen of Sophia’s Decor who found a great clock!!…

She was a happy camper!

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Stay tuned for more from the Southern Bloggers Conference!!