Bargain Shopping, Nativity Scenes, and Heat Waves

It is miserably hot here. For the past few days, the heat index has made the temp feel anywhere between 105-110. I have been going outside as little as possible. We did have a little rain this afternoon, but that seems like it just made it more steamy. We were thinking about going canoeing this weekend, but we have decided that it will probably just be too hot. I hit a couple of garage sales by 8:00 a.m., but it was just miserable. I don’t see how the folks holding the sales stood it. I decided to go to a thrift store in a neighboring town. I haven’t been there in a few months, and sometimes I can do well there. Of course, there have also been times that I’ve either found nothing or didn’t sell what I purchased. So I never really know. I also dropped by the thrift store here in town. Normally, I don’t find much there.

But when I was looking at some things on a table, the lady said that everything on that table was ten cents today. So I did end up purchasing some things that I probably wouldn’t have on a regular day. Since I am almost guaranteed a profit, I decided to go for it.


Today I actually found several things at both the stores and the sales. I am especially on the lookout for fall and holiday items right now. This nice autumn leaf platter still had the $7.99 Linens and Things price tag on the back.


I also found this cute little acorn nut/candy dish.


I think it would be really cute to serve nuts from this little squirrel and fall leaf dish.


The little turkey would be cute in a Thanksgiving centerpiece or vignette.


It would be perfect for holding treats.


These holiday sherbet dishes are in perfect shape. They would look great holding ambrosia or fruit salad. I think that this set of 8 will blend well with a variety of china patterns.


This little candy/cookie jar had a Hallmark sticker on the bottom.


I also found a few more platters. Last year my Christmas platters sold well, and I am really hoping that they will sell this year also, especially since I have already bought about twice as many as I bought last year! I think that I have established that I don’t take good photos of clear crystal. This platter has a Santa filling stockings.


The design on this platter is a Christmas tree, staircase, and children anticipating the arrival of Santa.


I just don’t know how to show you this wonderful detail. It is really a sweet little scene.


I love this small snowman platter.


This little snowflake platter and matching serving bowl is in perfect shape. This little set is one that can be very versatile with a lot of holiday settings.


A few other things that I found are items that I can sell now. I got a set of 6 small mugs. I like the white basket weave design.


This is a stoneware dish that can go in the oven.


This little bowl with its basket of apples will be cute to use for serving things in the fall.


I got excited when I saw this little juice cup with Welch’s on the bottom. I was hoping that it was a Swanky Swig.


I know the Swanky Swigs are usually taller, but I still had my hopes up. What I found out is that Welch’s made several of these cartoon character juice glasses about 20-25 years ago. While it is not a Swanky Swig, it is still collectible. Hey, for ten cents, I can take the chance!


This little light house is the last of my ten-cent purchases. I mentioned in an earlier post that I took home a few things from my booth that have not sold. My plan is to try to think of a different way to market them and to find some things that go with them between now and next summer that might help them to sell.

I was disappointed that the 12 piece setting that I had of this Coastal Lighthouse china did not sell. I am going to add to it whenever I can so that I’ll have a more interesting grouping when I decide to put it up for sale again.


This little figurine was my first item to purchase with that in mind. I know it may not work, but it’s not like I have anything to lose since the dishes didn’t sell in the first place.


OK, that about covers my purchases except for these. Are you thinking that purchasing a bunch of individual nativity figures is crazy? Yes, you see two Christ Childs and two Marys, among other things. Believe it or not, there is a method to my madness. I’ll try to keep my explanation brief, but you know how I am.


I am kind of picky about my Christmas décor and I don’t like a whole lot of “stuff” sitting around {except for the salt and pepper shakers , of course}. I have been hunting for the perfect Nativity for years. Finally, last year I found one on line that I really liked. It had a lighted crèche and all of the figures, so I ordered it. The crèche came in pretty quickly with the figures back ordered and not scheduled to arrive until after Christmas. I purchased a bare minimum of figures, maybe 3, from the Dollar Tree to use just for that year knowing that I would have the set by the next Christmas.


WRONG! I was notified shortly after Christmas that they were no longer in stock. So I now had a crèche with no people. A few weeks later, I was purchasing some items at a local store and just happened to look on their sale table. I found a couple of wise men and bought them. That is when I had the idea that I could just put a Nativity set together from individual pieces that I pick up here and there.


The only problem with this plan is that weeks, no months, might go by between purchases and I might not remember what I had already gotten. Also, since I wouldn’t have the crèche with me, I wouldn’t know which figures might go better with it than others.  Somewhere around Valentine’s Day, I found a few figures at the Goodwill store that I go in when I visit my son. I bought them, and last week when I was there, I purchased some more. That is when the simple solution finally occurred to me! Buy them all! They usually aren’t expensive; they aren’t hard to store; I can look at every one of them closely and compare them side by side when I’m ready to get out the crèche and see which ones I will like the best. Today the store that I was in had bunches and bunches of them. Since I usually never see more than a few at a store, if I even see them at all, I took a chance and purchased most of them. There were a few that I either didn’t like or knew that the size wouldn’t work that I passed up. Therefore, by holiday time, I should have a complete set and I can sell the rest at my booth. So far I have spent anywhere from 25 cents to $1 per figurine, and I really don’t care if I don’t make a profit. My plan is to resell the ones that I don’t use at a low enough price to A., get rid of them, and B., break even.

Or I can be like Annelle in Steel Magnolias.

She was very creative with decorating, if you remember:

“I went to the fire sale at the Baptist book store in Shreveport last month. They were selling mismatched manger scenes at incredibly low prices, and I cleaned them out of Baby Jesuses which Truvy’s husband helped me modify into ornaments.” – Annelle, Steel Magnolias.


I had really wonderful plans to end this post with a Thomas Kinkade tablescape that I did on my kitchen table after photographing and pricing all of my purchases.


After uploading the photos, I realized that this tablescape is almost identical to another one that I did a few months ago.

Is it old age? Lack of creativity?

The heat wave has gotten to my brain?

I’ll close by wishing you all happy bargain hunting, plus I’ve just thought of another use for the Baby Jesuses. They can be inspirations for prayer, like Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights:

Dear Lord Baby Jesus, lying there in your…your little ghost manger, lookin’ at your Baby Einstein developmental…videos, learnin’ ’bout shapes and colors…
Dear Lord Baby Jesus, we also like to thank you for my wife’s father Chip, we hope that you can use your baby Jesus powers to heal him and his horrible leg. It smells terrible and the dogs are always bothering with it.
Look, I like the Christmas Jesus best, and I’m sayin’ grace. When you say grace, you can say it to Grownup Jesus or Teenage Jesus or Bearded Jesus or whoever you want.

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at Sunny Simple Life, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill , Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Efforts and Assets at Hickory Trail, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters,Open House Party at No Minimalist Here Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , Tips and Tidbits at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design 

About Bev

I am a retired teacher who has only recently taken up tablescaping and blogging. For more information, see my About Bev link.
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7 Responses to Bargain Shopping, Nativity Scenes, and Heat Waves

  1. Vicky Hunt says:

    Wow Bev….you sure did find some great pieces for your shop. All the fall things should sell quickly since it is just around the corner. I am so looking forward to it as it has been hot here too…ugh! I don’t know why your lighthouse dishes didn’t sell, they are gorgeous. I can picture them in a beautiful tablescape. Maybe next year. Your Thomas Kincade table is stunning….I love the colors! I have an itch to watch Steel Magnolias now…love that movie! Have a blessed weekend and try to stay cool!

    Hugs, Vicky

  2. Too cute and you found some great buys!

    Have a good weekend!

  3. Bev you found a lot of items at a great price for you shop! Love your ‘collection’ of manger figures. It will be eclectic and interesting for sure. Thanks for linking to TTF.


  4. Diane says:

    Bev, I think we all basically re-create the same table all of the time, because we share the same taste with ourselves – lol!! You found some great items – hope your weather cools off soon!!

  5. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says:

    Oh my word, I think you totally hit the jackpot. I love all the fall dishes, and some wonderful things for Christmas too. Great picks. Thanks so much for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, marty

  6. Kim says:

    I am in love with the snowman cookie jar~ so, so cute! I also love that Tom and Jerry Welch’s cup! I had that as a kid!! Memories, oh my!

  7. Kathy says:

    So sorry that it has been hot! We’ve had unusually cool and wet weather here in the South -what a strange year! Love your bargain finds – reminiscent of fall and Christmas! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

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