Friday, May 1, 2015

Frugal Friday in the Garden

 Just because you don't have a big budget doesn't mean you can't have fun in the garden.

Here are some great recent finds from yard /estate sales.


This is a little over 3 feet wide.   $2.


Like I need another pot...   It was just too pretty to pass up.    $4.


Love these trellises and garden hooks.  The small orange thing on the left is a little bird feeder.   $15. for everything


Both were a little bent.  Tim straightened them out in two minutes.   $8. for both


       ""Before - on the left.     "After" - on the right.  $2.


Found this at a neighbor's moving sale.  It leans a little, but Tim will fix it.   $5.


My new best friend


After shopping, we headed over to a neighboring suburb, Lake Oswego, for a cup of coffee.









And the highlight of our day was meeting Lola, a 9 year-old lab mix.  It just happened to be her birthday.



Happy dog.


I haven't put too big of a dent in the $75. budget for garden "accessories,"  and I think I have enough.

Happy me.


26 comments:

  1. Great finds for bargain prices! I love the turquoise pot, did you know it is a strawberry pot?

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  2. Yes, Judy - thanks. The woman who sold it to me said it was a strawberry pot. Not sure if I'll put strawberries or flowers in it. My husband will vote for strawberries.

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  3. I am totally in love with that loooong basket- wow what possiblities! thanks for the reminder to keep my eyes open for gems like these!

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  4. OMGoodness, Judy! We have good sales where I live BUT nothing like your wonderful finds...!!
    I put chicks & hens in my strawberry pots...they look awesome when they start to grow!

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  5. Mary, yes, there are so many gems out there, and it's SO much fun!

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  6. Thanks, Hilda. Hens and chicks is a great idea1

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  7. Chris, I love your finds! And I want to join Lola! I love waterfalls and fountains! :)

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  8. Wow, what a haul for the money. Great garden items. Makes me want to go yard sale shopping.

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  9. Chris, your relationship with your husband reminds me of Debbie's (another blog I follow) and it makes me so happy to read of your spending time together. That Lake Oswego area looks an amazing place to visit and I love your garden finds! Now...can't wait to see what you do in the yard!

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  10. Thanks, Linda. Lola knows how to have fun!! And I've seen adults in there, too.

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  11. Thanks, M.D. Yard sales are just starting up again this season, so the pickings are really good!!

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  12. Sherry, my husband is pretty mellow. He enjoys going along because he's on the lookout for stuff, too, and he figures the more I pick up at yard sales the less I'll spend at retail stores (which is true). Yard sales, estate sales, thrift store shopping - it's really popular around here. And people are into repurposing things in artsy ways. There are a couple of big salvage stores in Portland we'll be visiting in a couple of weeks.

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  13. funny that your new best friend is the spray paint.
    I have learned to love that stuff while wintering in Florida! Everyone spray paints Everything!!!!

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  14. Thanks, Mary. I learned about spray painting things from an HGTV show (Flea Market Finds). Those Floridians must have been watching the same show.

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  15. It's my all time favorite thing to do. A friend and I went to an estate sale last weekend. We came home with a broken and unusable (for now) art sculpture thing, some dragonfly napkin rings, a rhinestone purse, a toy fire engine, a gourd, a piece of torn fabric with a cool design, and more. Nothing we needed. Everything we wanted.

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  16. All right, Laurie!! I think your stuff is more interesting than mine. Hope to see it sometime.

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  17. Your creative mind will repurpose all these treasures into the perfect use.
    The last time I was in lake Oswego I think I had Peeps Coffee in the area you show... neat to see it.
    I think all your small batiks in the previous post are incredibly good.

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  18. Such wonderful finds, your garden is going to look gorgeous this summer!

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  19. Thank you, Julie. You've got a great memory. The coffee shop you speak of is a couple of doors away from St. Honore. They have some very loyal customers.

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  20. Chris, great ideas! Great finds! I'm going to start checking out the yard sales and estate sales around here. I could use some more pots and some stands.

    I had never heard of chicks and hens and for a minute, I wondered what in the heck Hilda was talking about:)

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  21. Candy, hens and chicks are these cute little succulent plants; the big one (the hen) sends off little babies (chicks) so they spread like crazy. They are really hard to kill. There are lots of photos of them on the internet. Some nice pics are found here (but they're really everywhere) http://www.twotwentyone.net/2014/05/growing-hens-and-chicks/

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  22. Wow! Awesome finds! The large strawberry pot can be used to plant basil and/or a mixture of differences herbs. Diana has done that in the past and looks awesome. Just a quick snip when you need. Love your shopping choices. Can you imagine how much you would be spending if you purchased all these items new $? Enjoy! ❤

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  23. Wow! Awesome finds! The large strawberry pot can be used to plant basil and/or a mixture of differences herbs. Diana has done that in the past and looks awesome. Just a quick snip when you need. Love your shopping choices. Can you imagine how much you would be spending if you purchased all these items new $? Enjoy! ❤

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  24. Wow! Awesome finds! The large strawberry pot can be used to plant basil and/or a mixture of differences herbs. Diana has done that in the past and looks awesome. Just a quick snip when you need. Love your shopping choices. Can you imagine how much you would be spending if you purchased all these items new $? Enjoy! ❤

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  25. Thanks for the tip about the basil, Jo. Yes, I learned how to be a good shopper from the master - YOU!

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