Sunday, March 17, 2013

Tallahassee Trip & Treasures!

Hi all! I hope your weekend has been as amazing and special as mine! I just got home a couple of hours ago from Tallahassee (Florida's capital city). My daughter, Miranda moved up there a few years ago to attend FSU (Florida State University) and she loved the area so much, she stayed. Good thing for me is it's only a couple hours drive there, so I can go visit a few times each year! I hadn't been since before Christmas, so I was excited to have a chance to go! Stick around and I'll share my trip with you....:)

I left a little earlier than I needed to on Friday so I could make a stop by the Goodwill in Perry. I have been able to stop in once because it is closed on Sundays when I am driving back home. Anywho, I am glad I stopped since I found a few things there! Let me show you!

First up is a beautiful candle/plant stand. It is really large, probably around 10 inches tall and 5-6 inches across. I think it will make a pretty plant stand. I love it, even though it isn't a color I would normally go for. It's really pretty and was $3.99. I'm sure it cost much more than that new!

I also found this pretty hand-painted plate. It was made in Italy. It was marked down to $1. The color around the edge looks really pretty with the plant stand above! I think they will be pretty together in a spring vignette.

This isn't a very good picture, but I got these pretty Kenmark rose salad plates for $1. There are 4 of them, so .25 cent each! I will probably list them in my ETSY shop (which I hope to open this week on spring break). I can get much more than a quarter each according to Replacements! I was excited about this find!

Here's a close-up of the roses!

I also found this sweet little dish for $1. You might remember I am collecting white dishes!
This one has pretty detailing around the edges!

This was my best find though! I got 6 white dinner plates for $3.99! I was so excited to find these. I really want open shelving in my kitchen when I redo it, so I can display all my pretty white dishes!

Next stop on my road trip was by a little roadside store that sells pecans, different kinds of chocolate-covered pecans, pecan brittle, homemade jellies and jams, etc. I have never stopped there, but my mom and daughter have. I have had the pecans before, and let me tell you they are delish!
These are my favorites.....heavenly!!!

I also bought pecan brittle and dark chocolate covered pecans to share with my hubby and parents. I had to refrain from eating the whole bag of these on the way, so I could save room for my dinner! Speaking of, that's next up! Miranda and her boyfriend, John wanted to take me to a new favorite spot of theirs....Tallahassee Smokehouse. I know now why it is a favorite! 
Check out my dinner below!

Talk about yummy! It was called The Country Dipper....similar to a French Dip, but with strips of grilled steak and smothered in cheddar cheese. I wish I had another one now! You can see John's pork sandwich in the background...his was tasty too! Of course we all sampled each other's food...LOL! The atmosphere was nice and they had the sweetest mason jar lights hanging over the bar! Ok....enough about food! Next stop....the movie theater, where we saw an excellent movie, Oz, the Great & Powerful! It was very entertaining and I highly recommend you go see it if you haven't already!

After the movie, Miranda and I dropped John off and went back to her apartment where we proceeded to go to sleep! The next morning, we slept in a little and then headed out for a day of shopping! First of my favorite stores....Goodwill! This Goodwill was by far the most awesome one I have ever been in (over-priced, but awesome). I could not believe the amount of beautiful home decor and the way everything was organized by color. It was so neat and clean too! Like I said above though, it was over-priced on most things, but I did manage to find a few goodies! 
Here is a picture of Miranda and I that she put on Instagram! Horrible picture of me, but oh well!

The pretty coffee cups were one of Miranda's finds....they are really thick glass with the world map etched on them. They were put out by Nestle' in the early seventies. She also picked out a vintage Winnie the Pooh record (she loves Pooh....Randa Pooh is what her dad and I have called her for years). 
On to what I found.....

This white ironstone popcorn bowl was too cute to leave behind. I think it was $3 or $4.

These two large, shallow white bowls were .99 cents each and will be great pasta bowls!

This sweet little plant was $1.99. I had to have it...:) It will work well in lots of different vignettes!

Last was this little vase. It is a pretty aqua blue (although you can't tell in this pic) and was just .99 cents. It used to hold an edible arrangement according to the bottom of the vase!

After the Goodwill, we went to another new (to me) place for lunch....Peppers! I wanted Mexican food, so Miranda suggested this place...and I am so glad she did! It was excellent! We split an appetizer and entree, and couldn't finish either one because we were so stuffed! Look at this specialty queso with sauteed good! Our entree was a steak chimichanga and was also delish (I forgot to take a pic)!

After Peppers, we went to another movie.....and it was hilarious! A little crude, but still so funny! I love Melissa McCarthy and can't wait for her new movie with Sandra Bullock to come out! They are my 2 favorite actresses so I know I will love it!

From there, we went by World Market, Ulta (well, Miranda went to Ulta while I went to Michael's), and Marshall's! Here are my finds from these places. First up is the cookie jar I bought from World Market. It is the color of jadeite and I love it! I hope to incorporate this color in my kitchen redo! It was just $12.99. I also got a few things for my upcoming giveaway, so be sure to check back  and follow me if you want a chance to win! Anywho, I had a 10% off coupon so I got the cookie jar for an even better price! I saw lots of things at World Market that I would love to have, but this was the one thing I had to have! I will definitely be going back!

At Michael's I bought this sweet little mini birdcage for a couple dollars as well as a few more items for my giveaway!

My last purchase was at Marshall's where I bought this pretty enamel coated lemon juicer and a new dish for taking my lunch to work. I don't like to hear in plastic, so I am always on the lookout for good deals on these types of dishes. I loved the aqua blue of this large mug! I also found this awesome watch/clock themed wrapping paper up front near the registers. They always have the coolest wrapping paper! 
It was $2.99 I believe! I am sure I will come up with a cool project for this paper!


Well, if you are still with me....thank you! Just to finish my trip, Miranda and I went back to her place to fix a simple dinner and bake some cookies while we watched a Redbox rental....Playing for Keeps. It was really good! We got a good night's sleep, got up and got ready for church. I enjoyed attending her church with her for the first time! After church, John met us for lunch at the Village Inn before I headed home. It was a wonderful weekend and I am so thankful I had the opportunity to go. I always love spending time with Miranda (and John). John is such an awesome young man! He was off this past week for spring break and heads back to school tomorrow. He is in his second year of Med School at FSU and is not looking forward to going back to the countless hours of classes and studying that he has throughout the week! It will pay off one day though...:)
I am so happy you stopped by and thanks again if you stuck with me through my trip!
I'll leave you with a picture of the capital that I snapped Friday afternoon on my way into town!

Until next time.....


  1. You are having really good luck with the white dishes - that little tab-handled plate is super cute! I SO envy you a trip to Florida right now - LOL - we are having a hard time getting Spring to spring around here!! (Oh - and, I opened my Etsy shop too... I'm so anxious to see how we do!)

  2. luck has been too good! I need to stay out of the thrift stores for a! I saw you opened your shop....I commented on that post! I am really hoping to get mine open while I'm off this week! I have so much to do to make it happen....wish me luck! I hope we both do well with it! I am so excited!!!


  3. Good luck to you, I'm excited to begin the adventure! By the way, I found this website which you may already know about... seems to have a lot of Etsy tips and tricks: And, added you on Google+ ! :)

    1. Awesome! I have not seen it....can't wait to check it out! I'm excited too... and hope we both have fantastic luck! I'll put mine on as soon as I'm done!



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