The Nifty Thrifty: An Odd Egg

Hey everyone!

Another slow couple weeks of thrifting out here, but I picked up a few interesting finds this week to share.  Part of the reason I've been too busy to thrift is I've been working more, since I got a part-time job at Fig, the awesome store that carries my antlers and ornaments!  I kindof dream of owning a store like that, so I'm having a blast being a part of it, and I'm oddly excited to help the owner with the marketing side of things, like designing print ads and creating their website.  I've definitely been getting behind on blogging with everything else going on around here, but if you're ever wondering what we're up to (wow, self-important much? haha) I finally joined the 21st century and got an iPhone (my first smartphone, yay!), and I've been using my new little device to start posting on our long ignored Instagram every so often, so check that out here and follow us for some mini-blogging, or something like that.  Anyway, y'all are here for the thrifting and I'm just rambling about everything else, so let's get down to the good stuff:

Honestly, I have no idea what this thing is and if it has an actual purpose, but there's just something about it that makes me happy, so I had to pick it up from one of the thrift stores in Ventura.  It's a speckled egg-shaped container with a funny little brass knob on top and a fantastic painted gold interior.   With Easter coming up soon I feel like this will be a good seasonal addition to our Etsy shop, though I do kindof love it for some reason, so this guy might end up staying with us... we shall see.

We have found that estate sales are the best for picking up beautiful mature plants at good prices, and the pre-sale I attended in Ventura on Thursday was no exception.  This beautiful flowering succulent came in a nice white pot with a lovely metal plant stand, and you know how much we love a good plant stand!  I paid $15 for the whole thing, and I'm pretty happy about it; not sure if you can really get the size of the thing from this photo, but it's rather large.  I also picked up a huge hanging spider plant, which looks awesome on our patio, which I will hopefully photograph soon and share some nice changes we've been making.  

At the same sale I stumbled upon another brass footed planter to add to the two others we bought on Etsy recently!  The new one is on top of the stack, an it's exactly the same as the larger one we already had.  They had some glass marbles and a large candle in it (which is actually still in there, as you can see...), which I think is a rather good idea, so it'll stay like that until we find some new plants to put in there.  I love the feet on these things, they are so oddly realistic.  I was photographing some new antlers at the same time as these photos, so I threw one in there to add a little color.  I'm loving the new bright colors of wool roving I got for my birthday!

I don't know about you, but whenever I go to estate sales run by a company that has a mailing list I always add my email, and even though that means I have to sort through lots of emails for estate sales I'm not particularly interested in, sometimes something good pops up, like an invitation to a pre-sale on Thursday before the sale is open to the public on Friday!  Sold.

So what do you think of my purchases this week?  Do you buy plants at estate sales?  Do you sign up for estate sale company mailing lists?  Any good finds on your end this week?

These blogs also host great link-ups that we join, so make sure you check them out, too: Me and my ShadowSir Thrift-A-Lot, and new ones at We Call it Junkin and Thrifter Maker Fixer Farm!

Without further ado, a few easy rules for the Nifty Thrifty Link Up:
1. We would love it if you would follow our blog on Google Friend Connect (check the right sidebar), like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and leave a friendly comment :)
2. Only link up recent blog posts that showcase your thrifty finds from the week, including items from yard sales, estate sales, thrift stores, consignment stores, flea markets, and even the side of the road! Thrifty finds that you have restored or updated are fine, but please no unrelated DIY or craft projects (we like those, too, but lets keep this link-up focused on thrifty vintage!).
3. Remember to LINK BACK to this blog - alivingspace - so everyone can join in! 
4. Link straight to your individual post, not your whole blog.
5. No links to Etsy shops or other non-blog sites.

Thanks for joining in!


  1. Your plant and plant stand are lovely.
    Have a great week.

  2. I would sign up for every estate sale company if they let me go to pre-sales. That is awesome. You found some great stuff this week. I have never bought a plant at an estate sale but I would if I saw some I liked. Thanks for hosting!

  3. I'm finally back! I haven't done a finds-related post in so long! Love your finds this week, all so elegant. I've never seen plants for sale at an estate sale here in SC, maybe they just don't do that here? Have a good week - Dawn @ We Call It Junkin

  4. Your succulent and plant stand look fabulous! Great finds! Really beautifully photographed too. I looks forward to seeing more pics on Instagram.

  5. Your are getting very happily busy. Love the egg and planters. Thanks for hosting.

  6. Congrats on your new job!

    I'm following you on Instagram now, can't wait to see what you post there.

    That egg pot thing is lovely. Looks kind religious to me, not sure why though.

  7. What a gorgeous succulent. And to find it in such a cool, modern stand - wow. Nice score! PS: I love those footed brass planters, too!

  8. Those brass footed planters are lovely. This is my first time visiting your blog.

  9. You've just got an iphone and I've exchanged mine for an old nokia brick! Congratulations on your new job, best of luck with your new venture.The egg is fantastic:)

  10. Thank you so much for sharing this at History & Home this week. Take care - Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

  11. Oh I do love the felted antlers! SO unique and clever--really lovely to look at! My track record with house plants is bad as in I kill them all so I usually don't buy them but that succulent would've been hard to pass up!


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