Saturday, May 10

Welcome To The 175th Masterpiece Monday and Thrifty Finds!

Hi Everyone!   I hope you're having a great Mother's Day weekend.   I decided to go to a flea market and thrift store this morning, which is one of my favorite ways to spend time on the weekend, without spending a lot of money. I found this adorable retro brass sailboat with a marble base.

I have a difficult time bargaining. It just isn't my forte. Everything I've learned is by watching how others do it. Some people bargain so effortlessly and I really admire it. First of all, I've learned that there is not any one way to bargain and each situation and person you bargain with is different.  I prefer to keep it short and sweet.  For the sail boat, I simply held up the boat and the vendor, who was several feet away from me, held up four fingers. I held up one finger (no not that finger, my index finger!) He held up two fingers. I held up one again. He shook his head no and I walked away. He flagged me down and said I could have it for a dollar! It doesn't always go that way, but sometimes it's just a game.  My Second find at the flea market was this cute wicker covered bottle.

I've been on the look out for wicker covered bottles. The ones I've found were always too pricey. When I saw this sitting on the table at the flea market, I was afraid that they were going to ask a lot for it.  I put on my best poker face and didn't show too much interest in it. I picked up a few other items and asked about prices and learned that this vendor was very reasonable. I asked about the wicker bottle and was told four dollars. It was a very good price. I knew I would pay that amount for it, but just out of curiosity,  I smiled and set it down and walked out of the space. Then I turned around with three dollar bills in my hand and asked if they would except three dollars for the bottle. I was told yes! The moral to that is, it never hurts to ask.

Unfortunately, you cannot bargain at thrift stores, but that's OK, Goodwill has half off each week on certain colored stickers.  I found these two coastal prints for 2.99 each. And they were half off! On the back it said they were originally sold by Pier One Imports.

I rearranged my gallery wall using them for a simpler look.

I also transformed my coffee table  lantern into a succulent terrarium and added shells and driftwood and sea colored pebbles.

{This weeks features}

DIY Polka Dot Doormat by Suburban Wife, City Life

Armoire Makeover by Ever Evolving Life 4-5

Ful Medames by Simply Fresh Dinners

Linking to these parties

Boogieboard Cottage

1. PLEASE. LINK. BACK. Please include a direct link back to my blog party.
2. Feel free to link up any of your masterpiece's whether they're crafts, recipes, decor, thrifty finds, etc. (Please no direct links to etsy or other sales sites.)
3. Please do not pin from the party, go to the original blog and pin from there

Have a blessed week,


  1. Your vignette are beautiful and I love the White and soft acqua everything has!
    Happy Mother's Day to you and your family!

  2. Its was weeds to ready-to-plant this week for me. Your new finds fit right into you home. Thanks for 175th Masterpiece Monday, a pleasure to join in.

  3. Good Morning Mary! You have some terrific finds this week. As always it is the thrill of the hunt. The retro brass boat and the coastal prints are my favs this week. I am very happy to link my thrifty find hummingbird plates and stemware this week. Thank you so much for hosting..... Candy

  4. I love all your new beachy touches you found... so fitting with the rest of your decor... thank you so much for the great party - hope you are enjoying your Mother's Day... Cathy

  5. You got some great finds.
    I also have a hard time bargaining I like your finger bargaining I'll have to remember it.

  6. Good morning, Mary, and thank you so much for featuring me today! It's such a sweet treat to be featured on your beautiful blog!
    You really got some great bargains. I love to haggle over prices and with the right vendor, it can be a lot of fun. Your décor is so warm and inviting, I'd never want to leave. Have a lovely day, Mary, and thanks again!

  7. I'm loving your party! Thanks hosting. Please come and show off tonight at 7 pm. We love having you!
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  8. Hi Mary,
    Thank you for hosting a fun party. What a find the costal prints are so pretty I would have bought those too.
    Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

  9. Thanks for hosting, Mary! Hope your week is grand. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  10. Hi! I'm visiting from The One Project at a Time party and I also participated in yours. :) I also wanted to let you know that your sailboat with the marble base is adorable. Great find!

  11. Love your finds, your cottage always looks fab, I'm a lover of shells as well. Thank you so much for hosting.

  12. Oh, I love your thrift finds! Those prints are wonderful and go so perfect over your couch! I barely ever barter at flea markets unless I really want something! I actually bartered at Goodwill recently. There was a fabulous vintage Mexican nativity set...14 pieces each marked $.99. I asked for a manager to see if I could get a better price if I bought them all, since they all went together. He gave me 1/2 off because they were a set!! I love thrifting!

  13. I would say you have it girl, the way to bargain shop at a flea market that is.
    You found some great items at great finger prices LOL

  14. hey mary.....i see where you've linked up to my Grey Dey Thursdey party? would you kindly add a link to my party on this link? thank you.

  15. I love your finds! Pinned! Thanks for being part of our party. I hope you will swing by on Monday at 7 pm and party with us. We love having you.
    Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

  16. Mary, those are such fabulous finds! Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features tomorrow at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House! Hope to see your prettiness again tomorrow at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  17. Mary, I just came over from the Dedicated House - love your finds, the prices, and your styling. This is my first visit to your blog, and I see a par-tay goin' on! I hope I can join one in the near future, even though I'm too late for this one! See you again, soon.
    Rita C at Panoply