My Alpine Home


We have lived in our new home in Alpine, Utah for four years now. My current goal is to make a larger more open home (which works great with our extended family) have a bit of cottage charm and seem more cozy. I hope you will follow along and give me encouragement as well as advice as I embark upon this challenge.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Professional Shopper?

Hi my friends.  Just wondering?  Has anyone ever told you that you could be a professional shopper?

Not sure if there really is such a thing, but if anyone out there is hiring, I’m in!

The funniest thing happened to me yesterday.  Every time I think about it, a smile appears on my face.

I met up with my sister, Jeanne to look at lights, paint chips, etc.  After spending a couple of hours together we parted ways.  On my way to meet hubby to catch a movie  I decided that I would swing by our local D.I. (thrift store).

After snatching up some fun goodies I got in line to pay.  the woman behind me first spotted this sweet little table that I had in the top of my cart.  wondering if it really is a piano bench, but it seems a little high.

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She said, “that is such a neat table”.  I replied, “Isn’t it cute?  Especially after I give her a coat of paint.”  She then proceeded to look into my cart.  She replied, “Oh my, you should be a professional shopper.”  “You found all the best things”.  Like I said, not sure if there’s such a profession, but what a dream job that would be.  I’m sure if you asked my hubby he would say that I am already a professional shopper.  But for some uncanny reason I don’t get paid.

Now, I know that you are just dying to see ‘all the best things’!

The first thing I ran across were these sweet blue and white dishes.  They say Pier 1  made in Italy on the back.  Just a few,  (2 plates, 1 salad plate, and 1 bowl) but a cute addition to my  soon to be farmhouse (basement) kitchen.

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Then I checked out the collectibles.  Nothing there so I thought I was walking away with just those.  Heading up another isle I spied these white ironstone mugs.  Cute, cute with the blue & white!

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And look what jumped out at me from an end cap.  Sweet saucers.  I love mismatched dishes.  Also found this little wooden trivet and another old rolling pin to add to my collection. 

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Then I headed out to the area called, ‘the yard’.  Spied the sweet table.  How could I go home without it?

All in all it was a fun shopping day.  Professional or not! Hee-hee!

Oh, and I forgot to mention.  All those goodies only set me back $27.  That didn’t include the tray.  I already had that.  Thought if I was going to be a professional shopper that I had better be a professional stager. lol!

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Just remember, if you are ever in need of a professional shopper, I’m your gal!

hugs,

Jann

I will be sharing with:

Sunny Simple Life for Sunny Simple Sunday

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday

Smiling Sally for Blue Monday

Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Knick of Time Tuesday

44 comments:

Patricia Krank said...

So funny . . . just last week at our local Value Village the woman in line behind me looked in my cart and said, "Wow, you have a good eye". Maybe I'll start watching the want ads for professional shopper too! Thanks for sharing, Patti@OldThingsNew

Susie said...

Jann, Great finds. Yes you staged them just right. xoxo,Susie

Susan said...

Jann. You made some wonderful finds. I love the blue and white dishes.

Bernideen said...

YOU DID SO GOOD - I thought maybe that was an old vanity bench!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I can't wait to see the table painted. It has such cute legs. I get my fair share of goodies too. Part of it is being at the right place at the right time!

Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

Great finds! The table is darling and I'm loving the blue and white dishes.

Jeanette

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Great finds Jann! I can't wait to see how you transform that cute little table!

Penny Phillips said...

You DO have a great eye! I have been looking for some lovely blue dishes like the ones you found...I'll find them some day! Hugs, Penny

The Farmers Daughter said...

Yep, I do think you're a professional shopper! I think you got your diploma today. Fantastic finds! Those plates were sold at Pier One around 1995. A friend of mine bought a whole set one day when we were out shopping. I could kick myself that I didn't pick up a few. I did buy some blue and white that day, but not those. I think she still uses them. I love the mix and match style, too. But, you already know that, don't you?
Hugs and Blessings,
Dru

The Farmers Daughter said...

Yep, I do think you're a professional shopper! I think you got your diploma today. Fantastic finds! Those plates were sold at Pier One around 1995. A friend of mine bought a whole set one day when we were out shopping. I could kick myself that I didn't pick up a few. I did buy some blue and white that day, but not those. I think she still uses them. I love the mix and match style, too. But, you already know that, don't you?
Hugs and Blessings,
Dru

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Nice finds! Nice table - looking forward to seeing what you do with it. The legs are to thin to be a bench.
Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Mary Redo said...

I think you could definitely get the job done! I don't know why but our thrifts have nothing in them (worth bringing home) since before Christmas. Where are the goods?!

Mary

Jeanette Ann O'Donnell said...

Ha Ha, I think we all fit into that catagory, great finds too. You know me for blue and white,can't get enough. x

{oc cottage} said...

does sound like a dream job, doesn't it! ;}

m ^..^

Old Time Cindy said...

Jann!
As much as I would love to go shopping with you...we would be a mess...we both would be grabbing the same stuff! LOL! Professional shopper? I don't know much about them. I do know that you are one heck of a picker, though!
Farmhouse hugs,
Cindy

NanaDiana said...

There are professional shoppers. Matter of fact, I have seen a couple of blogs where the gals do just that- shop for stores for resale/redoing. Also, Applebees has professional shoppers that pick out the stuff to decorate their stores- Good luck-maybe you can find a job! Love all your finds,too. xo Diana

Sue @ A Colourful Canvas said...

Good thing I wasn't in line behind...I might have tried to distract you and abscond with your cart. {Totally kidding} Great finds! I have always, always loved blue and white.

Sue xo

Two Cottages And Tea said...

You found some wonderful treasures! Love those blue plates and white cups! Wish I could join you in your fun shopping! I've found way too many thrifty things here in Florida, good thing we will be coming back home in the RV! Have fun!
Nancy

Katherine Wolak said...

Yes you are! These are indeed fab finds and I LOVE the table!!! Love everything actually, that little trivet is to die for! :)

Hugs,

The "Home Girl" said...

Wow! You got some really great bargains!!! Love the blue and white toile plates! I'd also like to sign up to be a professional shopper one day! As long as I got to keep whatever I bought! haha!

cynthia lee designs said...

What great finds!! Love the blue and white dishes...so pretty!!Oh...how fun it would be to become a professional shopper.
hugs,
Cindy

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

You did get all the good things. I love the blue and white dishes! Can't wait to see your table all painted and pretty.
Karen

Maureen said...

Lots of people hate shopping and aren't good at it. Most of my decorating clients paid me to go shopping for them and a couple of them had me do their Christmas gift buying as well! You're a natural.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Whoo hoo!!!

What awesome treasures and big time on the cheap = YAY!!

The table is truly a real find for sure, wow, love it.

And no it isn't a piano bench, that I am pretty sure about.

HUGS!!

Kris said...

Good shopper indeed!! Great finds!!
xo Kris

Sharon said...

I was in our Goodwill the other day. I only had 20 minutes, but I wanted some plates to photograph food on for my blog when I have a recipe. I found some good things, but I was wishing I had someone with some vision along with me to see things that could be repurposed.

I have a set of blue and white salad dishes--all different. One of them is from the set you got.

I'mv visiting through Sunny Simple Life Sunday Link Up.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Jann,
You DO find all the best things!! Those dishes are lovely and that table is so cute. Can't wait to see it re- done!!

My Sister always tells Joe that HE is or should be a professional shopper!! LOL!! Joe loves to shop and if someone is looking for something, leave it to him to find it!! LOL!!

I don't think there are many out there that can say this about their hubby, huh??? LOL!!

Hugs,
Deb

Kelley Dibble said...

Awesome goodies, Pro' Jann!

Jemma said...

This is just a darling post! Great finds too!!
-Jemma

The Refeathered Roost said...

You are a pro at this! What great finds at a fantastic price. Love this post.
melinda

Sumaya at Evocative Vintage said...

You can shop for me anytime. You find the coolest stuff!:)

Love those dishes and ironstone cups!

xx
Sumaya

S said...

Love the blue and white - especially those white cups. I have started thrifting with a friend and I am slowly but surely getting better at spotting "the good stuff". Lucky for me, she's quick and now that she knows what I like - she seems to find as much for me as I do myself!

Fran. said...

Very cool thrifts Jann!! Yes there are professional shoppers who get paid!! I thought about it at one time myself. Alot of businsses or weathly people have you do it for them at Christmas time. I would love to buy but then you can't decorate the way you want to after you get it for them!! Darn it. LOL Can't wait to see your farmhouse craft space!! XOXO Love Fran.

Rose L said...

I have heard of professional shoppers. There are a few types. Some do shopping for those too busy themselves, usually for Christmas, anniversaries, birthdays and such. Then sometimes people want a shopper who is also a decorator to get things for their homes when they move or want to redecorate. They will give the shopper an idea of their tastes, colors, etc. and the shopper gets items and stages to see what the person who hired them likes of it all.
That would be fun but difficult.

Engkantandang Malikot said...

You did very well! :)
Visiting from Blue Monday. Here's my entry.

SmilingSally said...

Wouldn't that be a fun job? I wonder if professional shoppers get to keep the purchases.

Have a good Blue Monday, Jann.

Debra @ Homespun said...

great finds! :)

MyJourneyBack said...

What a shopping spree and all in one place. I love those times. I love all the blue and white. I can't wait to see your kitchen. I am going to follow you so I can keep up. You inspire.
Have a great week. Oh BTW I posted some blue it is crafty today!
Blessings,
Sherry

Jesh St Germain said...

LOVE the blue and white plates! You're right, it's a little high for a piano bench:)

ThrifterSisters said...

As soon as I read that the lady said you found all the best stuff, I was chomping at the bit to see what all you found. You didn't dissapoint!!

Love the mismatched dishes. What a great decorating idea!

Erica

Sandy said...

Jann,
Would you please email me at sanjos333@gmail.com I need to give your email to your partner in the swap!

Sandy 521 Lake Street

Nancy Reinke said...

You always find the greatest things, Jann. Love it all. And yes, you could be a "professional shopper" and a "stager" too. You have wonderful taste.

Cafe au lait said...

Love the blue dishes.

I played too. Mine are here and here.

Chubskulit Rose said...

I think you'll do great at it. I know that there are Secret Shoppers.

Trying to catch up with BLUE Monday.
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