Monday, November 14, 2011

Cedar Rapids Iowa and my Thrift Share

Hey, I am finally back to my desk here in Las Vegas, and I will catch up with my blog visits soon....

I spent the past 3 days in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, my husband hometown, we were back for a family event and he also need to get some work done in the main office there, while he was at work on Friday, this is what I do.....


cute little farmer's daughter market.... I bought a pair of pillow case (yet to take picture)


since we did not stop by Chicago for our favorite chicago dogs at Portillo's, we had to stop by the Flying Wienie, and of course my favorite fried chicken in the world at Mahoney's Alburnett. Sorry no photo for this out-of-the-world fried chicken, I was already "the subject" in the restaurant, so I don't even dare to bring my camera out to get more attention. Alburnett is small little farm town, many of those farmers who go to Mahoney's have never seen an Asian in their life, I can't tell you how many people were just starring at me like as if I am E.T from outer space......


my favorite part of the trip is always my brother-in-law Steve's farm out at Lisbon, it was just so peaceful and quiet out there. My husband insisted that he needs a photo of me in that white pick-up.... ya, he wanted one on Steve's tractor 3 years ago, holding a farmer's fork.... maybe he thought a city gal would look funny.......

Now to the fun thing..... I went to a thrift store called STUFF and found these.....


aren't these lovely? they are like 0.49 cents per piece, I am going to Antropologie to get some saucers (probably going to cost like $10 per piece) to go with these beauties.... LOL!


I also found this mile glass compote for 0.99....



the minute I saw this, I knew what I am going to do with it.....


for now, it is sitting in my bathroom counter....


Ok, I am a total city girl, growing up in Singapore, lived in New York City before I moved to Las Vegas, thrift store shopping is totally new, I do not know much about antique and collectable, all I know is they are cheap, and fun......
 and for the first time, I am sharing my thrift finds at



I hope to do more thrift share in the future, so fun......


25 comments:

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Sorry you got treated that way in the restaurant :( loveeeeee the photos and such awesome finds! :):):):):):):):)

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Cute post!! I laughed a bit..I lived in CR 20 some years, raised my 2 sons there. Iowa is getting better about "Variety of People" !! They are intriqued by new things. Small town cafes..funny little places with awesome food. Walk in the door and EVERYONE looks no matter who you are. Most are friendly and happy to see others.
Hope on some of your visits you have visited the Amana Colonies..quite the fun. I moved back to Northern IA 14 yrs ago, remarried and moved to the farm and retired. We visit CR as my son and family (3 grandkids) live there. Hopefully make the trip for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Enjoy the week and thanks for the fun post.

Elborgi said...

thanks for the fotos- haop you had a nice time there! Flumarkets I know from Miami- love them!

Hugs
Elma

Heather Jacob said...

love all your pics thanks for sharing them .... I love the one of you in the white pick-up ... !!!!
looks like you had an awesome time ... fabulous !!! hugz x

Lynnda Hosni said...

Always love your photos... thanks for sharing!!!.... And you look so cute...in that pick up!!!...hugs..xoxo

Ros said...

Sounds like you had fun? ... How funny in the restaurant ... I hope it didn't bother you ... love your photos ... have a good day XXX

jacirascrap said...

Gostei de ve-la na pick up! Um sonho também para o meu marido...Ok...também sou garota da cidade grande,mas que mora em cidade pequena agora...Tive que modificar alguns gostos meus...por exemplo, sempre andei de tenis, aqui tenho que andar de sapato...

Sandy Ang said...

such lovely finds. happy shopping !

Audrey Pettit said...

Sounds like you had a lovely time on your trip! :) So glad you got to discover the joys of the thrift store. I just LOVE those! You founds some adorable treasures.

Linda R. said...

Sounds like you had fun! I don't know why but I just think they would have much better antique shop in back there than here.. You look pretty cute in that truck my friend..

Hugs, Linda

cnelson said...

Great finds! So FUN!!!

Pat said...

The farmer's market looks lovely and i love the cups you bought.
Funny that people are staring in this day and age :)
I've had my share of staring when i went in north africa.
Hugs xx

Lynette said...

I also love scratching around in thrift shops and flea markets...you found yourself some beauties there.

itsstilllife.com said...

congrats on sharing for the first time at the link party. Have fun going to thrift shops. Remember to collect and buy what you like. That is the key.
Karen G

Sylvia said...

How fun, Kirsty! I love thrift stores, but haven't been in a long time. My first one was in Pitcaple, Scotland. I bought an antique mirror for 3 pounds and I could not even buy a new one worth less for that. Love your green glass. Have a wonderful day!

Pauline said...

What fab finds Kirsty, your pictures are always so interesting! Love those sweet little glass cups!

Charlene said...

Sounds like a fantastic and funny time too!! Look at the great deals that you got WOW!!!

Helen Tilbury said...

Oooh looks like you had a fun time thrifting!! It's not something we do here either unfortunately as I would love to - and you picked up some really cute stuff :)

papertrails leaver said...

what fabulous finds! I am loving the green cups ou got! I had to laugh about finding matching saucers at Anth for much more. I love that store but not the prices. :-) Glad you had a great trip!

Patrice said...

What fun! I remember Lavoris!!!

Noelle said...

How COOL, I love those glass mugs in the green color! It's a small world, my stepdad grew up in Cedar Rapids. Sounds like you had fun visiting the country! I say, you saved so much money in IA, that a little Anthropologie shopping spree shouldn't be a big deal ;) Have a great day! :)

Emily Leiphart said...

LOL, I've had that 'you're E.T. look' when driving through the small towns, too. We have to laugh at it, right? I just love your flea market finds. What great deals. They are so gorgeous, too!

Dora said...

I wish I had the time and money, I visit you and want to make pictures with you,,,...you make the most stunnings pictures1

Ira said...

Looks like you had a great time, love your new finds!

SmilynStef said...

So fun to see you hanging out in my little corner of the world ... glad you had a fun trip.