If you've been following along on Facebook, you know that I finally made it to Florida a day later than planned because of a tool frozen to the wing of my original plane. Okay... how crazy is that! The weather was cold and raining here on Thursday and Friday - perfect for shopping!
I always love seeing my parents waiting for me at the bottom of the escalator at the Sarasota airport. It's not too often the all those arriving in winter coats are dressed appropriately for the weather here! It was 46 degrees when I arrived that day!
Of course, our first stop was at the Bargain Barn since it's right behind the airport. It was really crowded because of the weather outside but I still managed to find a few treasures.
I spent $3 this time on all these things... (I'll be sending the San Francisco books off to Jeremy and Becca!)
I love this record cover - how cute for a mini album cover! I had just bought the Spot It game for people for Christmas for $12.99 - here it was a quarter. I love the pink edge around this frame...
I had just seen a local restaurant on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives so we went there for lunch. Jose's Real Cuban was real good!
My mom and I were up early on Friday to go to the hotel to pick up the ladies who had come into town for my shopping trip. We were a small group (I heard that I picked a date with a lot of conflicts from people who wanted to join us) but we had a lot of fun!
We started out at the Bargain Barn, getting there when they opened and spending about three hours digging and hanging out. I gave the ladies all my tips for finding good stuff and we plunged in! We had a blast and found some awesome things!
Everybody got lots that they loved - I spent the most $9! Here's what I got for my money...
all this doll furniture for $1...
and a tiny little cup and elephant...
some pretty Christmas ornaments - I love the sueded vintage ornament and the birdhouse with the year we got married on it...
I think this ornament is handmade - it sure looks like a lot of work!
This snowman is kind of corny but I love his bottlebrush tree, so we'll see next Christmas if he's a keeper.
My favorite thing is this little plastic Nativity scene from Japan. I can't believe that it is in perfect condition after being thrown in a bin. Love!
Some little finds - love the tiny watercolor set!
No grandchildren yet but I'll be ready with this little photo album! Love the hankies and the crocheted trim.
I love the two purses that I got for one dollar each - this calfskin bag just needs a little leather conditioner. I love the jeweled clasp...
And my favorite thing of all - in fact I've carried it everyday since - it this pink wicker bag. I love that the inside pocket is neon pink and that it has the label inside.
Our next stop was Cobwebs in downtown Bradenton. I love this store - Nancy was so sweet to make refreshments for us and make us feel so welcome!
No, I didn't buy the hat - I think it's a good Holly Hobbie look though! We had so much fun being silly! We went on to the factory outlet mall for some "real" shopping and then back to the riverfront for dinner. Even though it was cold, the heaters kept us warm for our dinner outside.
We went home very tired but full of great memories and super treasures! Next up - part two of our adventure!
Thanks for following along! If you'd ever like to do a thrifting trip with me with a group of friends, you can contact me to put a trip together for you and guide you along the way.