Monday, 29 June 2009

Something Blue?

While I was browsing in Value Village on Friday, I spotted three of these pretty blue and white transferware plates. I thought they were lovely and a pretty good price ($3.99 for 3), but I wasn't going to get them, because nothing in my house is blue. Then I thought "maybe I don't have any blue in my house because I never buy the blue things I like because I don't have any blue in my house?" (I'm not sure if that makes sense, but that was my train of thought). So I decided to go ahead and get them anyway. I've always liked the blue/white combination, ever since my days of reading Victoria magazine at age 15. The plates are made by English Ironstone like my little green plates are, but I'm sure they're not as old. The logo looks much more modern. Replacements.com calls this pattern number EIT41, and these ten-inch dinner plates are listed at $17.99 each. I also found some horribly stained and dirty white curtains at Value Village. There were two panels together, and I assumed that they were $9.99 for the pair. I thought that was still a little high, but decided to get them anyway, because I really liked the fabric. When I went to pay, the cashier told me that they were actually $9.99 each. I told her that I didn't think they were worth that much, since they were very yellowed and dirty, and had spots that looked like coffee stains all over them. I can get two white curtain panels at Walmart for around the same price. So, she called over a manager, who looked at them, and offered me 20% off. I said that I only wanted to pay $9.99 for the pair, so after she carefully looked at the stains and thought about it, she agreed! The cashier later told me that I was lucky, because the manager was just newly promoted, and I probably wouldn't have gotten any discount from another manager. Boy, I'm feeling bold these days! That's the second time in the past few weeks that I've asked for a discount and gotten it! I bleached the curtains as soon as I got home, and they are now pristine white! Bleach is my friend. These curtains are destined for JK's new big-girl bedroom. One will become the top of a white quilt or duvet-cover, and the other will either be made into accessories or curtains for her room, or find a purpose elsewhere in the house (It would make a lovely tablecloth). And the wall colour for JK's room will be blue (because KD says "No pink walls!"). I've picked my paint colour (French Silver by CIL), and bought twin-size sheets. Now if only KD would move the office to the basement so we can paint! See more Thrifty Treasures over at Rhoda's Southern Hospitality blog.

9 comments:

  1. Great bargaining and the plates are pretty

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  2. Now YOU are a girl after my own heart- asking for bargains!! I think you did well with your purchases. You can hang the plates on the wall, if you choose and there is always a multitude of things to do w/the curtains, including using them for the purpose that they were intended. LOL :-) Sue

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  3. Good for you, standing up and demanding a better price! I love thrift stores, but it kinda bugs me when they overprice things that were donated and are pure profit for them. Those blue and white plates are beauties. Is this the start of more blue for you?!

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  4. Your blue and white plates are just gorgeous. I didn't use to have anything blue either, but now I love it as an accessory. Your curtains are such a lovely fabric. I think it would make a lot of pretty things. Can't wait to see what you do with them. Hugs, Marty

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  5. What a great find. The curtains and the plate are both darling. Way to go!

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  6. Love those plates and way to go on the curtain deal! I totally don't understand how they price things at thrift stores...it boggles the mind!

    ~ Sarah

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  7. Bleach is my friend too!!! :)

    Love the blue and white plates. They are so pretty!

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  8. I adore your new plates..yes, I didn't have blue too long ago...LOL !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

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