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Monday, May 28, 2012

Too Many Treasures


Recently, I joined Value Village’s savings club. This entitled me to a 25% off coupon for my next purchase.

Today, I picked up my club card and my coupon, and did a little bit of browsing.

And, we all know that browsing leads to…well, buying.


I found an assortment of secondhand treasures, from baskets to table art.

I did use some restraint though. I put back a little soapstone owl, as much as I wanted her, because I already have a similar one.

Still, I am not quite sure where I am going to house all these treasures!


I got this little piece of pottery in the vase section for about 75 cents. It was made in Canada.

This lovely Inuit soapstone sculpture of mama and baby was also made in Canada, by Nipigon Studios.


This artsy wood vase was made in Jamaica.


I plan to use this “Canadiana Classics” wood tray to bring condiments and/or cutlery outside for dinners on the deck. Anybody have other ideas for it?

In keeping with the outdoor eating theme, I got this lovely little picnic basket. It just begs for a pretty gingham tablecloth and a nice bottle of wine, doesn’t it?

I also love this basket and its ceramic handles. It seems to me it would make a suitable serving tray. What do you think?

Anybody else have too many treasures? I think I already know the answer to that, but I would love to hear from you!

36 comments:

  1. Love the Inuit soapstone Sculpture ♡ :)

    Big Hug!

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    1. Thanks! I love the mother and baby image.

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  2. I love the soapstone piece, too! Beautiful. I have been on the lookout for a wicker picnic basket, preferably vintage. No luck so far, but I really like the one you found! Have a great week! ~Heather

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    1. Good luck with your search Heather! I like this little picnic basket very much. Hopefully I will put it to use!

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  3. Lovely finds! Im a super savers member too, only recently has the value village I go to started offering savings for card members; but I must say I've gotten some great deals. And yes, I have WAY too many treasures too!

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    1. Thanks for admitting you have too many treasures! Helps when I'm not alone. ;) Here's to more good deals!

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  4. great finds!
    the picnic basket is the best!!!

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    1. Thanks Ella! I can't wait to use it!

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  5. I am good about weeding out these days, but I'm not opposed to buying now, enjoying for awhile and then passing it on.

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    1. Good for you! I get too attached to these things. You are sharing the joy with others!

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  6. I love the soapstone piece! It's beautiful. I have a similar wood tray and I love it. I currently have it in my office space housing some craft supplies. :)

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    1. That's a great idea for the tray! Not that I do crafts. ;) But I might some day. :)

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  7. kudos to your cute picnic basket! i have been forever looking for one but nothing like yours has ever washed ashore here in my neck of the woods :) great finds!

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    1. Isn't that the way? I wasn't even looking for one!

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  8. Drooling over the wooden vase and the sopastone!!!

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    1. Now to find a place to put them! They are sitting on the desk beside me at the moment!

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  9. Fantastic as always! Adore that wood tray & the baskets. Oh, & that sculpture...& the vases. LOL. Yeah, I'm a little treasure full too~*

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    1. Thanks Tabetha! I'm afraid I am hooked on the hunt now!

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  10. That pottery vase is beautiful! I also love the baskets...fantastic finds! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi Sherry! I am happy to share them - it gives me an excuse to buy them! ;)

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  11. Those places are deadly because everything is so cheap.

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    1. Sometimes Value Village seems to overprice things. The 25% off discount helped!

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  12. My husband would love to answer that question. He thinks I have way too much stuff....but then again....lets talk about his carS!

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    1. I think my husband is on the same page as yours. Let's not ask them! ;)

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  13. I like the wooden vase! I'm going thrifting on Thursday. I'm so exited!!

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  14. This is something new and I really like it! Would you like to follow each other darling?:X

    FashionSpot.ro

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  15. Yes, you are not the only one with too many treasures! I've got space issues in a small house so it's imperative to exercise restraint, but it's never easy. Your finds are all excellent ones for sure.

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    1. So hard to exercise restraint! The only thing that works for me is avoiding the stores!

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  16. I love the wood tray and any basket is fabulous in my book. Cute picnic basket! It almost looks like a child's size-super cute!

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    1. I have a basket addiction. You will see some more in the next week!

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  17. All of your treasures are wonderful. I have cut way back on my thrift shopping, I too, will be running out of room to store my treasures.

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  18. I love your wooden tray! I would totally use it in my office to hold my office supplies and goodies. thanks for joining us at cap creations!

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    1. Also a great idea! Unfortunately I have run out of surfaces to put anything on in my office!

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