Friday, July 30, 2010

Start the car!!!!

I knew I was in trouble when 
I barely made it in the front door 
of my favorite antique mall
and my arms were full.
I spent three hours . . . 
exploring, gazing, imagining, 
wondering, digging, reading, 
examining, laughing, thinking...
and then I spotted it. 
In the furthest southwest 
corner of the place, 
sat a dirty old box of dishes. 
Being the dish-a-holic I am, 
I began to dig ~ and sneeze. 
The first thing I saw 
was a covered casserole dish 
with it's very own price 
tag of $40 on it. 
Ugh. But then, on the floor,
right next to the box 
was a sign that read "$25 - all". 
?? ALL ??
4 dinner plates, 4 bowls, 
4 dessert plates, 
7 berry bowls, 
creamer and sugar, 
med. platter and 
covered casserole. 
Hmmmmm . . . 
"Haviland - Germany"  
Then ~ upon glancing around 
to see if there was anyone else 
who had discovered what I had 
discovered - I spot it! 
Hanging on the wall! 

40% off entire booth

OK- it's time.
OMG they were filthy!
I could only imagine the critters 
that were probably crawling 
around in that box. 
{{{ heebie}}}} {{{{jeebies }}}}}
No matter!
Up to the counter I go to ask
someone to carry it up for me.
They very nicely repacked it all,
made sure I had no uninvited
guests in my brand new car...
and as I drove away

Get them home, and straight 
into the dishwasher they go!

OMG! I love them.
Love them, love them!
They're pink! :)
Not one chip! NOT ONE!
They are perfect! Sigh.
I mean, you can't even buy
a place setting for 4 at 
Target for this amount!
Let alone Haviland China.
Needless to say I am 
And there's more!
The best part was - 
every single thing
was ON SALE! :)
Anywhere from 20% to 60% off.
Too cute!
Love this!
Can you say"Vintage velvet"?

Found these adorable
tea stained clothespins.
She has a blog! 
Sissy Dre
Go check her out.
Great stuff!
But . . . I kinda bought all of
her clothespins, so you'll
have to wait for her to make
some more. Sorry ;) (hehehe)

What a great day!
I couldn't wait to share it with all of you!
(Yes, I'm still working on my giveaway . . . trust me, it's getting better and better. Especially after today!)



Debby said...

Beautiful....I bet they looked good in that fancy new car, hah.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh My Gosh Karen...
What a bargain you found today. They are just beautiful. What a steal this was. I can just see you driving off in that brand NEW car with your dishes in tow, just singing away. Wooh Hooo...You have got me smiling, as I know how you LOVE a deal.

I wish I could have been there to shop right along. We had such a good time shopping this past year when you came to Phoenix. Us girls wiped those stores clean.

Have a beautiful weekend sweet friend. I can't wait to see what you find next.

Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

JACKPOT! Go buy a lottery ticket!


The French Bear said...

OMG you found my china...I lost it...a while back...last year.....okay, no I didn't.
What a score!!!! Love everything you found!
Margaret B

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Start the car for sure!! Do not be wahsing them in the dishwasher....they will lose their gold or whatever it is!!! girlfriend.....
you had a great day!!! you are supposed to wait for me!!!!

Donna @ The House on the Corner said...

Woo Hoo Girl!!! You made out like a bandit!!!

Debbi said...

SCORE!!! I love those kind of finds!
I was contacted by a guy in California who has a set of hand painted pink roses china from the late 50's--service for 12...scream...with all the serving pieces...scream...and wants me to make an offer because he has no idea how much they are worth....scream....

Dawn said...

Start the car???
I would have been running with it in my arms...what a beautiful set.
Yes I would call that a score. Oh I need to go out picking tomorrow.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Oh my...I could almost hyperventilate for you! You got really lucky!!! Way to go:)

shannon i olson said...

very nice dishes...what a great price! so much fun indeed, but hey..bugs can bring a lot of excitement too ya know!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Wow! Deal of the day! Don't you love it when you just fall into something like that?

Olive Cooper said...

I am getting excited reading about this china. No chips...even better.
That is my way to shop!


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Holy Moly, that is a lot of dishes for that price. They are absolutely gorgeous. I love them. What a great find. You crack me up with Start The Car, but for sure you needed to pay and run fast. Hugs, Marty

Shelia said...

Hi Karen! Oh, my goodness - you got a great deal on these gorgeous dishes! I can't believe the price you paid! I'm sweating just thinking about it! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Barbara said...

Awesome steal you scored there Karen and not a chip! Wow! I would've been screaming once I got outside. They are so beautiful.

Hugs XX

Janet Ghio said...

You hit the jackpot!! Love the dishes!

Scrapping With Sherry said...

You had a better day than me that for sure! What a deal. I love deals... garage sales... % off items... heaven oh I'm in heaven... Ok I'm back! Congrats on all your great finds today. I am going to head back out to the garage sales in the morning and hopefully I will find somethng as special as you! ~Sherry

debi said...

Love your beautiful new dishes! What a GREAT deal!
You found lots of fun things!

Brynwood Needleworks said...

You SCORED! Congratulations on your fabulous finds, my dear. Have a great weekend doing something you love.

Keetha Denise Broyles said...

That Haviland is GORGEOUS - - - and the price, even gorgeouser!!!

Of course, I am VERY partial to Haviland since my maiden name is Heavilin and we are, somewhere in a distant galaxy far far away, related!

Oh what a HOOT - - - my word veri is sithorg - - - isn't that some alien in a distant galaxy far far away???

Mary Ellen said...

Love your new dishes!!

I worked at the little Antique Store where I live today. A lady came in and we struck up a conversation. She had the most darling purse on her!! Well lo and behold if it wasn't your friend Joy Campbell!! We had a great time chatting and she said that you were going to come with her on this trip but decided not to. Darn it would have been fun to have met you!

Anyways meeting Joy made my day! She is coming back through on way home and I hope that maybe we will be able to get together for a bit of time!

Oh yes, trying to be a good blogger I even had my camera there that day (miracles of miracles) and will be getting a little post up of Joy in my lil ol booth no less!

bee blessed

Cindy said...

Now I know the Dr. told you to take it easy!! Out shopping...running thru the stores...walking fast to your car...girl that is not taking it easy!! On the other hand..It made you feel forgot about your pain...nobody noticed your sock because you were moving so fast...yep..I recommend you do it again Soon! Dr's

Great find..I just love those finds!!!

Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

Lisa said...

SCORE!!!!! You got the goodies this week. I LOVE spend hours in places like that!! I am so glad you are happy with your new treasures!
Hugs, Lisa

Sissy Dre said...

Hi Karen ~ Wow three hours ~ time FLYS when were in "seek & find" mode. I did the same thing today buy stopping by lots of garage sales in Upland, CA. Found tones of things I'm planning to transform into "shabby chic-ness" I love your excitement with all the wonderful and special things you picked up ~ I Love <3 when that happens ..... I'm so happy you enjoyed the "mini-clothes pin" ~ PS love your new car/great color <3 Much Love SissyDre

BucksCountyFolkArt said...

Haha! I love reading posts like this! I could feel your excitement!

Congrats on hitting a major score!


Theresa said...

Well, my friend... sounds like we both had a GREAT day! I LOVE the dishes and don't 'cha just love it when you get such a great deal! They are gorgeous!

You found even more good stuff and I can just see you skipping to the car with your bargains:)

Enjoy your day my friend! Love you bunches!

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

Wow! What a sale! Wish my mall had prices like that! ♥

Angela said...

You sure scored a super deal! I am so jealous! Enjoy them; the design is gorgeous!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

You really scored girlfriend!
They are stunning!
I still can't believe the tag and price you got!
I bet one piece is worth what you paid for the entire thing.
Sounds like an excellent shopping day!
When we were coming home from Colorado, I spotted a Brass Armadillo in Omaha. Dan and I went there and I had a blast! What a neat place, and I knew about it thanks to you!
You rock girlfriend!

donna said...

WHAT?!? I have a set but we won't talk about the cost. (grin) You are a lucky ducky! Please take me with you next time, k?

Anitra Cameron said...

Wow, wow, and WOW! You So totally scored. I am smiling all over for you!

PS Can I ask you a question while I'm here? Is there, like, a central place where we can find out if the Bloggerettes are doing some partying as a group? I keep wondering if there's a party going on and I'm missing out!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Karen, I am drooling in my socks. Just gorgeous!

Happy weekend, friend!

Hugs, Barb ♥

stefanie said...

oh!!!! you are truly a gifted, lucky shopper!! one time I was at a yard sale and there was a box of...I can't remember...because!!!! I moved some of the newspaper and the hugest, ugliest, coachroaches, ran!!! I almost threw up....I just got out of there, I didn't even care what was in there...and while I was driving I kept getting the chills thinking they were on me or in my car...good for you making them go thru it!!!

Mieke said...

Bet it's your new car that brings you luck! This china looks a lot like my mom's. I should go check it but I think it's also from bavaria and it also has little pink flowers. Did you really put these in the dishwasher? Don't do that if you want it to stay pretty!!!

BelleSouth said...

I agree with all of the above posts-fabulous, gorgeous, beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!! I think this is soooo terrific!!!

Now as a former antique business owner some caution-
DON'T put anything with gilt trim on it into the dishwasher! It will wear it off. Unless you don't mind that, of course!

Hope you don't mind the advice!

Heather said...

I love the dishes!!!!!! How beautiful they are!!!!!!!

Pam Ponder said...

they are beautiful..I never get that lucky!!

Doni said...

GIRLFRIEND! You made out like a BANDIT! Awesome you'll tell all your company about for the rest of your life as you serve them some elegant dinners on that GORGEOUS china! I'd have hollered all the way home too!!
Lovely finds!
Blessings, Doni

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

What gorgeous dishes! I'd have paid and beat it out of there too before someone changed their mind on the great price.

Lisa said...

It was meant to be.
PS I love your new car. Red is your signature color.:)

CHERI said...

You definitely scored BIG!!! We don't have great places like that to shop anywhere near me. In our area there tends to be more junk than good stuff. I need to come shopping with you!

bj said...

GREAT BALLS OF FIRE...this is too much. I am so proud of those beautiful dishes for you, I don't know what to do. OMGosh, they are beautiful and ....cheep cheep!

I am lovin all the things you are showing sure know how to shop, sister friend. And...I am wanting some of those cute clothes pins BAD!!

Now, what's next for the SISTAS ? I had so much fun with the RUSH project, I am watching for something else for us to do...:))

xo bj

Sandy Navarro said...

I just those "start the car" moments and after enlarging your receipt, I KNOW where you went, girlfriend! I was there yesterday and scored some vintage bling all on SALE too! We so have to get together soon!

stephanie said...

What a successful shopping day you had! The pattern on the dishes is simply lovely...

mya said...

Are you kidding me, that china was a steal. At that price, I would have bought it even if I did not like it. Lucky you. I am going to follow you next time you go shopping - you must have sensors.

Diane said...

Whew girlie,you made a haul!! I bought a covered casserole dish, no name on the bottom but it looks like a "hall" at the Goodwill a few weeks ago, and on Friday I got some Royal Dalton I know the feeling of joy at finding the great bargains and "stuff" fun!!! I have two blogs and hope to post my finds this week on my blog this week...I have a great recipe on there today, its my second blog and I neglect it terrible, but I am trying to change that...thanks for sharing your finds with us!!

Jan Vermillion-Thomason said...

I'm exhausted after exclaiming *to myself* about all of your wonderful findings.............the dishes - omg!! i cannot believe you got all of them for 16 dollars. THAT'S INSANE!!
have you googled the manufacturer to see if you can find out the pieces current value?

I forget how i got to your blog but i'm following you now! I look forward to the adventure:)

Rettabug said...

Oh man....all that wonderful loot and a new car, too???!!! Holy Cromoli!! Plus you're going to get to play with Ceekay, Jamie & Marty???!!! It doesn't get any better. I'm sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo jealous!!

Ann said...

A real bargain - and so pretty - such a find. As you say some days are diamonds.
Enjoy using them.

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Wow you got some good stuff girl!!!!
My fav would have to be the wooden bobbins!!!!! I love those!
I know you are busy getting ready to see your friends...or did they come already????
If I'm not too late, give Cee Kay a big hug from me please!!!! :))))