Treasure Box Wednesday: Souvenirs and Savings

I haven't been doing a ton of thrifting lately, largely because I haven't been doing a ton of anything lately. Recent days have found me getting over one of those headcolds which make one question the similarities between a stuffed-up sinus cavity and a clown car.

Yes, when your blog mistress goes AWOL, you know there's a darned good reason. Something is keeping her from enjoying the Power of the Thrift.

So I've consolidated a few weekends of minor thrifted goodies into this post. And as far as I can tell, these simple items fall into two categories. Savings and Souvenirs.

Like this floral tin bank from Germany I'd found at the Goodwill Outlet in North Versailles...
I've seen these types of tins as simple containers, but never a bank. And seeing as I will carry around so many pounds of change, my purse starts to cry "Uncle!" I thought the decorative bank might come in handy.

I also uncovered this nice one-stroke Shabby Chic style painting...
Between this and the bank, I think my total came to $2.12.

At the Goodwill in Monroeville a few weeks back, I found this interesting medieval-style plaque with a crest on it...
Or rather, my friend Scoobie spotted it and pointed it out. It looks like it's wood, but seems to be some kind of pottery. And I'm guessing it was a souvenir plaque from... Germany? England?

I'm uninformed for now-- must do research at some point and find out. :)

Lastly, one more item falls into the souvenir category... This cute little sparkly castle made of sand...
Growing up, the too-girly inner-princess in my had always drooled on these magical bits of statuary at various tourist destinations. But it had been an off-limits buy at the time.

So now, I pick up other folks' souvenirs when I uncover a castle I like. And the nice thing about these mini-chateaus... they are cheap! At under a dollar, you can't beat the property value.

And that closes the deal on this week's Treasure Box! Happy hunting!


Laura said...

Wow! You have some great finds there. My favourite is the plaque - so much detail. You obviously have great thrift stores near you.

Nancy said...

The plaque is my favorite but they are all wonderful.

meleah rebeccah said...

Such beautiful finds!!

And I know EXACTLY what you mean when you said, "question the similarities between a stuffed-up sinus cavity and a clown car."

Ugh. I'm dealing with a massive sinus infection and your description is spot-on-accurate!

kendra30752 said...

Hay hon,
Love your blog! I'm a cheapie too. lol. I'm following you & can't wait to read more! I'll check back soon for your latest. Great tips you have here.

-warmest wishes,

Revamped French Maison said...

Oh Jen, these are some of the coolest finds. Love your new piggy bank and it's glorious funky colors. That plaque is definitely a hit for me too.