Tuesday, July 30, 2013


I've blogged before about the meaning behind my blog name. And as much as I love the meaning that my strangely spelled name has, I still have a little difficulty with it. I'll sometimes glance at the personalized mugs and keychains at stores, knowing that my name won't be on one. It never has, and it never will.

But I don't care anymore. Because I found this!

That's right.

Cathey with an E's Gift House. What are the odds of a plate at a little thrift store having my strange spelling on it?

I'm embarrassed to say how excited finding this plate made me. I might have shoved people aside to grab it. (Even though no one else wanted it...) That little old lady shouldn't have gotten in my way.*

I finally have something personalized! Now I can die happy. Apparently it takes very little to make me happy.

*Just kidding - no little old ladies were harmed in the buying of this plate.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Thrifting Haul - Discount Day at the Estate Sales

There's nothing better than a good deal. Especially a "75% off everything" kind of deal. I absolutely love the last day of estate sales. Company-run ones are the best. They're so desperate to clear everything out before closing that the discounts are huge and they're practically shoving items into your arms. And I'm not one to complain!

My friend informed me of this particular estate sale after she saw a sign I had somehow missed. When I entered the house, I was kicking myself over not shopping on the first day of the sale. If the items I saw were the unwanted leftovers, the first choice items must have been amazing! Although they would have been full-price, and probably too expensive to make any sort of profit.

I did manage to uncover some great finds!

I loved these 2 plastic trays. The Mid-Century flowers are so cute, and I still can't believe no one snatched them up before I did. They have a couple little chips around the black edges, but are still in great shape.

These owl bookends were too adorable to pass up. They had a lot of surface scratches, but after rubbing walnuts all over them, they look great again. That's the best trick ever, by the way! My wood products all look amazing, but for some reason, my walnut bill is through the roof...

This retro yarn art is just awesome. It unfortunately doesn't go in my kitchen, but I'm going to be sad to see it go.

I loved these little Peter Rabbit dishes. Apparently my brother had a set 30 years ago as a baby. I didn't notice the thin crack on the edge of the bowl until I got home, but I can still use them for decoration.

This recipe box was hiding in a corner. It's the perfect size for recipe cards and I love the hand-painted design on the front.

But my favorite find was this cabinet. I couldn't believe people were passing it up. Could it have been the mud dauber's nest on the back? The brown stains spilling down the sides? Or the colony of spider egg sacs underneath?

I mean, really. It was disgusting looking. But after I got past that, I fell in love with the piece. It's really sturdy and the shutters on the front are so cute. It's a beautiful white with just enough natural distressing to give it some interest.

And sure, I've already worn through a Magic Eraser and my art hurts, but it's cleaning up great. You can see the nice, clean, white stripe in the middle of the dirty side above. It gave me hope that the entire thing will look that nice when I'm done. I'd probably make a nice profit on it, but I plan on keeping it for myself. I love it too much to let it go, and I really do need storage in my bedroom. Maybe if I keep saying that, I can convince myself!

My point is don't be afraid of dirt. There's nothing I love more than finding a diamond in the rough. Dirty items are usually priced really low, but everyone still passes them up. With a little elbow grease, you can uncover a treasure at an awesome price. My solid wood cabinet only set me back $3.75. Great deals out there, people! Don't pass them up!

If you're interested in purchasing any of the items mentioned about (except my cabinet. You can't take my cabinet.) send me an email. Or if you're in the DFW area, check out my booth at the Plano Antique Mall. I open August 1st. Just ask for vender 2459!

What are some of your recent finds? Be sure to share in the comments and link up at the sites below to discover more people's great hauls!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Thrifting Haul

I really need to remember to grab a basket as soon as I enter a thrift store. It never fails. I end up carrying an armful of stuff so high I can barely see over it, trying to make my way back to the baskets. When will I learn?

Apparently not today! But my armful of stuff included some pretty great finds.

I got chewed out by a Goodwill employee over this, but it was worth it. I guess it's against their rules to "dig in the bins" as he rudely told me. In my defense though, it was sitting on top; I didn't dig. It's a beauty of a bird cage and is probably over 3' tall. And to make it even better, it's an actual bird cage, not just for decor. Luckily for you, I took this picture after cleaning up all the gross stuff in the bottom.

My mom found this sweet owl for me. When she gave him to me, he was entirely black. I've still got some cleaning to do, but I love him already. I don't know if I'll be able to sell him. This is how hoarding begins, isn't it?

I found this little wood German calendar buried under a pile of picture frames. Thankfully it suffered no damage! I love the sweet little flowers painted on top. And everyone needs a German calendar, right? Ja!

Next to the wood calendar was this little brass one. It's a 40 year calendar made in the 1950s. You can spin the middle section to find out what day of the week any date was. It's pretty cool and I absolutely love little interesting things like this.

But my favorite find of the day was this one. It was leaning against the wall behind a bunch of framed posters. My initial thought was that it was just a quaint piece of art, but when I pulled it out, I discovered the hinged sides.

It's a pretty old sewing caddy. Or cabinet. Frankly, I have no clue what it's actually called. But it has spaces for spools of thread, bits of fabric, and more. I couldn't find any exact matches online, but I did find a few similar pieces on Etsy. I think it could be from the 1940s or earlier, but I'm not sure. After a wipe-down of the wood and a lint roller to remove the dust, it's in great vintage shape. It's so unique and I love it! It's going to be hard to see it go.

What are some great thrifting finds you have found lately? Be sure to share!

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