Thrifty Things Friday #48

Hi everyone!

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What a week! I had planned on this TTF to show you my “no spending week” since it was the last week of the month. But, to be honest, it really didn’t happen.

Why? It was a very stressful and emotional week. Not very good reasons to let go of spending but, I am human. We didn’t go crazy spending on things. Where we spent extra was eating out. I wish I was one of those people who, when stressed, like to cook up a storm or clean like crazy. But, I’m not.

Earlier this week when we were downtown Detroit, we stopped at the Salvation Army Store. I love this SA. The ones around me have gone so insane with their pricing that I don’t even bother to stop any more. But, this one is located in a very bad area and a very industrial area. Yet, it is the cleanest and best priced SA I have been to! It is also close to the main SA distribution center for Michigan. They also give you a $5.00 off coupon for your next visit. The people who worked there are so kind. Like I said, it is my favorite SA!

So, we stopped and shopped! I found all kinds of fun goodies and we even found a couple of great things for our business. Which we were surprised and thrilled about! I even bought a couple of items that were not the 50% off color sticker! Their prices were that decent.

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I thought I would share a couple of aluminum pieces I picked up. I love hammered or plain aluminum things. They are generally much less expensive than silver pieces but have a fun retro feel to them. They also don’t tarnish like silver so, there is a lot less upkeep to them. Using them around the house in different ways is a great look.

For about the last 3 years I have had a secret crush. Yes Troy, it’s true! My crush is…..

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Unique and different ice buckets! Don’t ask why this secret love affair started because I don’t know.

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I use them a lot. Not only for ice during summer get togethers but,
ice buckets are a great way to hold cold salads! They travel wonderfully. If you want, you could line the inside with foil or plastic wrap but, generally I don’t. It helps keep the potato salad cool and it has a lid, no bugs! so, when you see a fun ice bucket and it is a good price, think about using it for something other than ice. It was $2.50.

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As you can see, I haven’t cleaned these pieces up yet but, if you want to know how to clean aluminum, I wrote a post on the subject HERE.

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I loved this serving dish because it was square and ruffled. This will be perfect to have a garden salad in. I will put it in the fridge for awhile to get ice cold and then put the salad on it. the aluminum will keep the salad cool for a longer time. It was $.99 cents.

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And this simple aluminum cream and sugar set was a bargain. I have another aluminum set but, it was finished and polished to look like silver. This is the only raw aluminum set I have seen. It was .99 cents for the set.

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I apologize for not visiting all of you this week. I spent very little time online and was consumed in other areas of my life. So, to be fair, I am not going to do any features this week. Sorry about that.

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I also wanted to remind you that this Saturday is the first weekend of March already! and that means it is Thrifty Tablescape party Saturday! I had totally forgotten myself until earlier this week! Geez! I hope you will join me for the party!



Let's get this party started!

20 comments :

  1. I absolutely love your aluminum pieces. I have a vintage ice bucket in my booth that you would love! Thanks for hosting the party!

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    1. Sherry, there have been many times I wished I lived close enough to visit your shop!

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  2. Your aluminum items are very interesting, indeed. I love the ice bucket idea. take care.

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    1. Thank you! It is always fun to presenIt a dish in a different way.

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  3. I have several aluminum ice buckets..but..never thought to use them for salads and such... thanks for the idea!
    ~~HUGS~~

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    1. Your welcome and thanks for stopping by!

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  4. You know I love aluminum pieces. I have one ice bucket but you brought up a great use for it! That cream and sugar are so cool! I love them and haven't seen any like that! Great finds. I do know how stress can make us spend and I'm like you eating out since I'm not a crazy cook anyway. Still I'm sure you made reasonable choices like you always do. I'm so glad you mentioned Sat for thrifty tablescape, I too forgot. Feb just flew by! Hugs to all of you!
    Linda

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    1. Linda, I have a feeling between the two of us, we have quite a nice collection! LOL

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  5. Hi lovely lady.
    Thanks so much for hosting your sweet party. Im going to follow your new LINKY followers. I hope you come follow me also. Have a wonderful weekend coming up.
    I also hope you come see my new Tablescape.
    XXOO Diane

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    1. I will follow you back via linky Diane!

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  6. I love all of the thrift stores! But you are right. SA seems to keep raising prices. Thanks for hosting another party.

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  7. Great finds, Diann! Thanks for hosting!...hugs...Debbie

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  8. I have that very same ice bucket Diann. And I think I've had it ever since I got married back in the 70's!! It sure keeps the ice nice and cold.

    Jocelyn @
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

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  9. Aw..hope you have a better week, but that shopping therapy was great. You are an Aluminum collector after my own heart. If you check out my post I show a few of my 75+ pieces. You found quite a mix 30-40's ice bucket...40's dish...50's Beulien cream and sugar..I think. Our thrift stores are outrageous here too..I envy your SA.

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  10. Diann, love your wonderful aluminum pieces! The tray is gorgeous and the sugar and creamer are just beautiful. I am so excited about your suggested uses for the ice bucket. I found one when thrifting a while back and planned to resell it. Now I've changed my mind!

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  11. What fun pieces, and so pretty. I don't hardly ever see any of the aluminum pieces, such great finds. Thanks tons for hosting. Hugs, Marty

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  12. Wonderful aluminum pieces Diann. Thanks for hosting:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  13. Diann, Thank you for hosting every week. It's such fun. I love seeing all the treasures you come across.

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  14. LOL! I know what you mean, I wish I was one of those people who find it relaxing to get in the kitchen and cook up a storm. I'm usually the reverse!

    Love the pieces that you got!

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  15. I'm back! What a great tip on the ice bucket, thanks so much for sharing that! And thank you for hosting, I just linked up my thrifty link party. I hope things get better for you.

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Thank you for taking the time to comment! I love to hear your ideas. If you ask a question, I will answer it here in a comment back to you. Please check back! Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful day! Diann :)