Friday, February 26, 2016

Goodness! Gracious! Good Will Goodies!

Sweetwater Style has it's roots in thrift store shopping with panache!

pa·nache
noun
noun: panache
1.flamboyant confidence of style or manner.




flamboyance, confidence, self-assurance, style, flair, elan, dash, verve, zest, spirit, brio, ├ęclat, vivacity, gusto, liveliness, vitality, energy
I am not so sure about the flamboyance, but I would like to think that I approach thrift store shopping with gusto, confidence and zest!
I have decided to post "Goodness! Gracious! Good Will Goodies!"  every week or so.  The series will be all about how to get the most out of your trips to the thrift store.


Today's Good Will Goodies post is all about the VASE!



There are always great vases at the thrift store!

I could probably buy a wonderful vase on each and every trip!
In fact, Mr. S would probably say that I do buy a vase on every trip!
Just look at the possibilities here!

That shiny yellow one would look nice....
And the pretty gold one...hmmmm!
Oh and the little red pot would be a fun little planter!

The vase collection at Sweetwater has developed over time.
I have had to focus my purchases on a few very specific types.
I limit my purchases to a few favorite types.

I love vintage mid-century ceramics.

Haeger, McCoy and Redwing are brands to look for.  I am a sucker for this lovely off-white color.  The collection is great for the flower arrangements we do for events.  And the display is a statement on this shelf.  I can usually find these lovelies for less than $5.

Silver Plate 







The classic loving cup shape is a go to favorite.  I have two of these.  What a statement they make filled with a few of the same flowers.




This style looks great with a flowering plants as well.   This is a photo from a few years ago.  The poinsettias bloomed for a long time that year!















 Other silver shapes to look for are footed bowls, mint julep cups and ice buckets.  




French Flower Buckets




There always seem to be examples of these wonderful containers at the thrift store.

They can be found in a variety of sizes and finishes.

Fill a small one with an orchid or a larger one with a rustic flower arrangement.

You can drill a drainage hole in the bottom and use them for outdoor planters.









I think I will do a distressed paint technique on some of these for the front porch this summer!









Or....how fun would these colorful buckets look!  Just a quick spray painting job and you could really make a statement!












If you are planning a baby shower....get yourself to the thrift store!




Buy a few of these little ceramic containers for your centerpieces.  Fill them with flowers and scatter them around.

They are an inexpensive baby gift too!










There you have it....all about the VASE!
Stay tuned for the next edition of:

 HMMMMM....what should that be about?
Maybe I need to go shopping!
or NOT!

Have A Wonderful Day!


 I would love to hear what YOU have to say!

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3 comments:

debra V said...

We gravitate to similar places. I love a good thrift store. Thanks for giving me some good ideas. I'm busy making paper flowers and need vases to put them in .

Mary SweetwaterStyle said...

Thanks Debra! Hope you find the perfect vases for your new creations@

Kathleen said...

I have been looking for a loving cup. Unfortunately, thrift shops here in Southampton have ridiculous prices!