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

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

… 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.


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


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

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


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


I love the pretty lid…


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….


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

At the same thrift store … I found this beauty…


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!!


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


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

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

… 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.


This pretty tray…for $9.99..


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…


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…


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!


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…


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!


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.


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.



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!


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



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


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!!!

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  1. What a delightful post! Maybe it has something to do with your adorable Mom and what a thoughtful gift you were able to give her, but I love your blog even more now!

  2. Oh!!! Your Mom is ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How lucky you and your sisters are to have her, and living nearby! I love all of your finds but the organ for your Mom is SO special. You can see the JOY on her face. Thanks for sharing this. I am anxious to hear about your NEW adventure!! XO, pinky

  3. Sounds like you had such a wonderful trip, Shirley. And what scores you found. It was definitely your day! Barb and I both picked up some of those little faux plants at the Ikea in Charlotte on Friday. Those things were flying out the door. I’m so excited for the new adventure you’re embarking upon! It will be wonderful!
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  4. Oh Shirley thanx so much for sharing your special day at THT! I just loved seeing your mama. Love your new treasures which are major scores. Hope your day is going well!
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  5. Shirley, your family has a treasure in your Mom with her wonderful attitude!! Love your scores. My son is moving to San Diego in March and will be the GM for Red Envelope and one of the sister websites is Sherri Berries. I hate that family lives so far away, but glad you get to FL often to see yours!!! Have fun with your projects and I know with your creativity your new endeavor will be very successful!!

  6. Awwww….your mom is so cute! I can’t believe she is almost 88! She doesn’t look it at all! She looks like she’s in wonderful health too. Ikea is so much fun, isn’t it? I’d love to go back again some day. Looks like you found a nice tray. Love the white covered dish you found too. You can’t go wrong with white dishes! Wish I could hear your mom play her organ. My dad is muscial like that too. That was a thoughtful gift for her.
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  7. Glenda Niederhofer says

    Thank you for letting us “tag along” on your trip!! What great treasures you found….and your Mom looked so happy with her treasure, too. She looks remarkable for her age. Attitude is everything!!

    Hurry and tell us your plans….suspense is killing me!!

  8. Your “thrifty finds” were so great-love the covered dish! But your mom’s happiness over the organ was SO sweet! Thanks so much for sharing this!

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  9. Linda Miller says

    Glad you had great fun with your family and a little successful shopping to boot. Your Mom looks great and so happy. Can’t wait to hear the news!!

  10. Goofy is always good!! How wonderful that your Mom can still play the organ…and it’s great for eye/hand coordination to boot! Great pics…keep ’em coming! 😉

  11. Sounds like you had a great time, Shirley! Your Mom looks so cute sitting at that organ. I’m amazed that it worked and it looks in great condition.
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  12. Love that coved lid ironstone piece. I know you’ll have fun finding a new home for it. Your Mom is precious. Write down the menories she has of being in Japan and playing the organ–preserve your family history.

  13. I LOVE YOUR MOM!!!!!!!!! She is SO COOL!!! She just threw up her little peace sign and everything! How cool is that?!??!! It would be worth the trip to visit just to meet her!!!! SCORE x 3 on your thrift finds!!! Oh, Shirley…that organ is going to bring your Mom years of happiness and joy! The metronome is a great added touch!!! And WAY cool that it would come in her 88th year! My Mom will be celebrating a birthday very soon, too. 84 on March 22. It’s so great when we can help our parents to celebrate milestone birthdays! I’m TRYING to plan a ladies luncheon for her before I go in for my surgery. I can’t believe the deal you got on that chair! That is just crazy!!!!!!!!!!! Right place, right time, good eye! Congratulations on your new finds!!!!!!
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  14. Oh what fun. I always love hanging with mom and my sisters too!!! Sounds like you had a great day with your finds without spending a ton …until you got to the cheesecake factory. 🙂 I can not wait to hear about your new adventure…. do tell!!
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  15. Wow I’m enthused just reading about this! I saw that rocker and I knew what it was immediately! I picked up a night stand at a resale shop about a year ago for my guest room. It’s kind of a teal color. I didn’t know anything about Hitchcock until then. I didn’t get quite the value price that you did but I really like it. Your mom is adorable and I love that you got her that organ! What a fabulous toy for her! I have yet to be inside an Ikea store. I have no need for more but I know I’d find something! I’m guessing what you are up to…can’t wait to find out if I’m right!
    I’ll stay tuned! 🙂
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  16. You certainly did score with those thrift store finds. I am amazed at the chair. Looking forward to hearing about your new adventure. Good for you whatever it is!
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  17. Wow, what great finds. Love the ironstone dish. Never heard of a Hitchcock chair. I wanted to go to Ikea last weekend, but it was so bitterly cold I changed my mind. Your mom is so cute.
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  18. Nice finds! Great prices too. Your mom is so cute. What and adorable trio you make.
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  19. You always find the best stuff! And I’m glad you had such a great time with your mom and sisters.

    I can’t wait to hear more about your thrifting finds. And I’m very excited about your new adventure/venture, too. (Tee-hee, tee-hee!)

    Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.
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  20. Great finds! How sweet that your mom will enjoy that organ!
    I am one of 4 girls too, one sister died at 26. Three of us were together last week for my sister’s little grandson’s funeral, very sad.
    I wish we were shopping instead.
    I think I need a trip to Ikea, it’s an hour away, but it has been ages!

  21. You’ve done it again! Besides getting a few gems, you got to see your mom so happy. What a wonderful gift your sister gave her! Just moving it must have been the biggest challenge. So glad you tagged along with your sweet husband!
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  22. What a sweet post, Shirley! Your mom is the cutest. 🙂 Love all your thrift store scores — fun, fun, fun. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
    xo Heidi
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  23. How nice you could spend time with family. I have the same Ikea tray and love it. I kind of want to get another one to paint a fun color and use in the summer. Maybe the next time I am close to an Ikea I can pick it up.
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  24. Pam Standley says

    I’ll tell you, Shirley, you always seem to be in the right place and the right time. What beautiful finds, and wow, I can’t believe that organ for Mom! She really looks happy with it. That was really sweet of you and Carol to get that for her. I can see her having many, many pleasant hours playing again. I loved your story and all of the pics. They always make me happy. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Shirley, what a great time it sounds like you had. Your mom is adorable and seems great to be around. You scored some great items. I love Hitchcock chairs. I have one that my mother had that she bought when I was a little girl. I cherish that chair and the memories. Your mom looks so happy with the organ.

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  26. You are so blessed to still have your mother with you. You, your sisters, and your mother please continue to visit and have fun, make memories and love each other. My mother passed away eight years ago and I still miss her so much. God bless you and your family.

  27. Hi Shirley,

    What fun seeing these pictures of you with your mom and sister. Your mom is definitely a cutie! 🙂 You got some fantastic bargains — my favorite by far is the Hitchcock chair (awesome). I’m going to have to start hitting the thrift stores more often; I never seem to find bargains like that.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and have a great day!

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  28. What a great trip, amazing finds and such a great Mom … I love her spirit and obvious fun personality! She will love the organ, I’m sure! And, okay … what is the new adventure?
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  29. So nice to meet your mom! What a nice story and what fabulous finds!!!

    Thanks for sharing your family xox
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  30. Your mom could not be more adorable!! What a treasure to have found the piano for her! I can’t even imagine the fun you must have all had shopping together ~ your Ikea tray is a great find, too!
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  31. Oh my gosh, I think I have fallen in love with your mother! She’s wonderful, Shirley!

    Love this post!
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  32. Wonderful post, Shirley. What great bargains you found and fun you had with your family. Your mom looks precious. So glad she’s still playing the organ. Can’t wait to hear about your new adventure…
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  33. Shirley, I’m so thrilled to “meet” your mother and sister! You can see the joy in your mom’s face, and she is just precious. So glad you had a great trip and got to spend time with your family!
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  34. What a day! You ladies are all so cute. I love that your Mom played the organ. I always loved it, and had one too, but never really leaned to play. You sure did score,LOVE the chair Shirley. Thanks for sharing your fun filled family day. Nothing like Mom and sister’s together.

  35. You have an amazing way of decorating… Love your home…

  36. Hi Shirley, Wow you girls look like fun! I love that your mom put the bow on her head. Makes me feel better about my silly antics. She is adorable and the three of you look fantastic. I am so glad you still have her in your life and that she is so spirited.

  37. You did great! That organ was a steal, and a Hitchcock chair for $17..oh my goodness!! Your mother is a cutie-pie., too. I don’t think I could ever master the organ…too much coordination between the hands and feet for this klutz!
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  38. OMG i can’t believe you got that organ for $100!! Your mom is so cute!!! Such a great trip you had, I’m so glad for you!!
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  39. Your mom is so cute – wish her a happy 88 double infinity for me!!
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