Thrifting Finds Around Town

Once or twice a week I try to stop by the local thrift shops, Goodwill or Salvation Army Store. There are always treasures to be had! I even find some great buys on the Marketplace on Facebook. Can’t wait for the garage sales to start again in the Spring. The garage sales are my all time favorite venue to shop.

Here’s what I found this week……..and the bonus here is that on Tuesdays or Wednesdays I can get the Senior Discount. Oh Joy! Every little bit helps. Most of these items will find their way to our booth at the Lakewood Antiques Market.

Vintage Plant Stand

This yellow vintage plant stand was found at the Salvation Army Thrift Shop and is so adorable. Looks like it was originally a dark green color and then was spray painted a medium yellow shade. Which I absolutely love. It’s so perfect for showing off your plant collection. Will price at $45.

Cheers Trivet

Next up is this fun clear lucite trivet purchased at Goodwill. It is embellished with all different ways to say “Cheers” or “Celebrate” in several different languages. From German, Gaelic to French. This is one of my favorite finds and is sitting on my kitchen counter for now. Love it!

Dragonfly Canvas

My awesome find on the Marketplace is this beautiful Dragonfly Canvas, which measures 24 x 24 inches. I will be bringing this beauty up to the February show at Lakewood. It will retail for $85.00.

Everyone loves bird and butterfly prints. And these are gorgeous in person and will definitely be gracing our booth. Buyer will be able to purchase them for $90 each.

These lovely Butterfly Clips were found at a cute little gift shop on Hwy 20 in Cumming GA. I couldn’t part with them. So they are clipped to a lantern on my desk in my home office. They make me smile every time I look at them.

Money Plant & Jezebel

My Bombay Kitty, Jezebel, approves of the artificial money plant I found. I’ll be taking this to Lakewood this month and I think it will add the right amount of warmth to my booth. It will be priced at $25.

That’s all the treasures for this week! Be sure and stop by and see our new booth at the Lakewood Antiques Market in Cumming GA. The next show is Friday, February 19th – Sunday, February 21st. We moved to a new location within the building and are now located in Hall H which is right by the cafe. Booths 511 & 513.

Thanks for stopping by our blog! We’d love to hear from you on your latest treasure hunt and finds!


Vintage Bling, Camellias and Holiday Decor

Wanted to share with you some of my holiday favorites from this year. Thru some treasure hunting I found these charming ornaments at the Lakewood 400 Christmas Gift Show. We also have a booth there, so I always take a few minutes to stop by some of the other booths to see what kind of wonderful items they have brought in to sell. These ornaments were made by using antique wood folding measuring sticks. My Dad had one of these measuring sticks when I was growing up. I used to love to watch him unfold and fold it back up. These ornaments remind me so much of him.

During another antique mall stop I found this charming little wooden church. I think it was all the gold glitter on the roof that attracted me to it. It also lights up, so that makes is really cute at night. I found it at The Painted Tree Marketplace in Buford. They had all kinds of cute gift ideas. I just love my little church and it sits in our family room by our TV.

One of the best parts of living in the Atlanta area is all of the blooming perennials in the Wintertime. We have a camellia in our back yard that my Mom gave us as a housewarming gift back in 1997. It has the most beautiful light pink and white blooms. And it blooms December thru March each year. The plant is now three stories high and has hundreds of blooms on it. I like to pick the blooms and float them in water in a brandy sniffer. They look so pretty and will last about a week in the water.

Hope you all had a very enjoyable holiday with your families. And stay tuned for more posting from me in the New Year. I recently retired, as we sold our store property and are now exclusively selling at Lakewood 400 Antiques Market in Cumming, Ga. So stop by and see us in Hall F.

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Happy New Year!



I’m cleaning out my stock of books at the shop and thought I’d share them with my readers. Any readers out there? Reading is my all-time favorite hobby.

Here are the two books that are up for grabs:

Head over to our store Facebook page (House and Garden Boutique) and leave a comment on the giveaway post on why you should win, and tag two friends and you’ll be entered to win!

Good Luck!

Compelling and Riveting Plot

Dani Pettrey’s – The Crushing Depths Book
Just finished this powerful and riveting crime drama novel, The Crushing Depths by Dani Pettrey! Couldn’t wait to read the whole book…….what a great read! Main characters Rissi and Mason will lead you through the world of investigation and compelling teamwork. Through plot twists and turns, the Coast Guard investigative team is under fire and at the same time researching shocking crime aboard the Dauntless oil rig. The book is intertwined with past trauma and has deep relationship love building throughout the plot. You won’t want to put this book down. Highly recommend it!

A great read for all the mystery and suspense fans! What are you reading right now? Would love to have you share with our readers.

Just a Summer Day………

This time of year in Atlanta you will find all kinds of floral treasures to enjoy. At our small gift shop in the burbs of Atlanta we are blessed with many varieties of blooming plants and trees. Here are just a few photos I took this week: coreopsis, sun patiens, lemongrass, Miss Huff lantana, tiger lilies & liatris.

Our magnolia tree is in full bloom and the blossoms are magnificient! Look at the size of this one!

And our gladiola’s are now in full bloom. They are planted out in front of our business, in our iron bed, so the customers can enjoy them from the road…….

Our herb garden is coming along nicely as well. Here is a photo of the garlic plant that was planted by the previous owner. It continues to grow and bloom each year. And the bees just love it!

And of course my lavender is always a favorite all around and it’s in full bloom now…………..

What’s growing in your garden this Summer……..feel free to comment & share with us! Thanks for stopping by!

Mid-Winter What Nots……..

Well, here we are mid February and more than halfway thru our Winter here in the South. It’s been warm up until the month of February. We’ve already had one snowstorm this month and are waiting for another one to hit this Thursday. Hopefully it won’t be too bad here in the Atlanta area. But I just had to share some photos from our last storm. I’m like a kid…..I still love it when it snows out!

We had another great month at The Lakewood Antique’s Market this past weekend. People were out shopping by the droves. We were excited to be a part of the event and just love being a dealer there too. This was our second month and it was very fun and festive! My favorite bird painting sold too! We were all in a Valentine mood last weekend at the show!

Thanks for stopping by! Do you have a favorite antique market that you like to shop at on the weekend? Would love to hear about it!

Butterflies from Heaven…….

We always plant Lantana in our gardens at home and at our business, so we attract all the beautiful butterflies. Even the hummingbirds love the Lantana. Here’s a couple of photos of the flower blooms and the butterflies enjoying them……

The end of this Summer has been quite toasty here in the South. So that calls for doing some inside projects. I scored this antique chair during our neighborhood garage sale back in the Spring. It was actually placed at the curb with a “Free” sign on it! So I decided that I could do a little face lift on it. With some left over front door paint I had at the business, here is the result of a little TLC………

Hope you are enjoying your Summer! What have you been up to during this heat wave?