Jul 23, 2008

A Fab Score and a New Look!

My little girl Elle and I were about to head home after running a few errands yesterday when I asked her if we should pop into Value Village. Being the easy going girl she is she happily agreed so in we went. At our Value Village, the back wall is lined with plastic bags that contain mismatched job lots - all the 'smalls' they they don't want crowding the shelves. You have to be in a good mood to peruse these babies because

a) most are filled with junk - bad junk
b) there are hundreds of them

One caught my eye. I couldn't believe it, it contained a cut glass stopper (which I collect) and it just happened to be a fleur de lis. (which I love) The rest of the bag was filled with junk (big surprise) including two other stoppers which had plastic sleeves on the stopper part. Ugh. I have learned not to drag this kind of stuff home so what I do is go to the cash, take the desired item out of the bag, pay for it - a whopping $2.99 - and then hand them back the bag with the rejects and say "Here, I'd like to donate this back!"

I could see there was some kind of a marking on the bottom of the stopper but my eyes are not as good as they once were. My detective work would have to wait til I got home. There were also etched numbers on it and I thought that was a good sign.

Feeling like I had just robbed the store, I wanted to tun screaming "Start the car! Start the car!" like that crazy lady from Ikea.

Upon closer inspection at home I discovered that the marking said "Baccarat, France."
Oh Value Village, I love you so.

It's a triple threat:

A cut glass/crystal stopper - in a fleur de lis design - made in France by Baccarat.


As my husband would say, "It doesn't take much to make you happy, does it?"


O.k. Here's my exciting news...I have been collaborating with the uber-talented Cathy from Avalon Rose for a new look for my website. It was spur of the moment and rather serendipitous actually. The Hope Jar will make it's new debut today at 3 p.m. eastern! Because my shop has become more than just The Hope Jar, I wanted to change the look and feel of the site. Hope you will stop by and let me know what you think of it!


*The Beautiful Life* said...

Can't wait to see the "unveiling" at 4PM!! I'll set my alarm clock! :)

LiLi M. said...

I'll try to come back later, but having the kids at home (+ extra kid staying with us) I'm not sure about my schedule! Wishing you good luck with your new look anyway!

Jackie said...

Can't wait to see your new look! I love the "stopper story" - it was meant to be yours!!

RoxyKitty said...

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Kim's Treasures said...

What a great story and what a great find! Don't you love it when you find the unexpected!?!
Have a great day!

Tricia said...

Its gorgeous! What a find!

Leah C said...

Lucky you...that's a great find! Can't wait to see the new look for your shop:)

Shabbyfufu said...

How lucky was that Joy! Off to see your new website~XO~ Janet

*The Beautiful Life* said...

WHOO HOO!!!!!! The new site design is simply GORGEOUS! So elegant -- just like you and the things you sell!! Congratulations!

It all looks so beautiful and very easy to navigate -- well done!


Attic Rat said...

I had the same feeling as I left a junk store I found in Oklahoma. Wanted to drive off fast before the owner had second thoughts. LOL


Tracie~MPMaison said...

Hi Joy,
What a find! I would have been singing with glee as well getting my hands on that Baccarat piece!

I'm off to take a look at your new website design - Cathy's designs are beautiful.
My Petite Maison

Denise said...

You got lucky! Good eye! It is gorgeous. Can't wait to see your new look.......I know it will be gorgeous!

Denise said...

Love your new look!! Never mind in the last post...LOL! I'm a day late and a dollar short..

Janet said...

New site is *gorgeous*, gul-- just like you!

Rescued For You said...

I've loved perusing your blog! You'll see me often! What a nice score you stumbled upon!! How could you contain the squeals that I'm sure were boiling out??? haha

Robolady said...

I love the new look of your store. Very easy to navigate, simple and beautiful.

View my blog at:

Anonymous said...

What a fabulous find! And I *love* your new look on your website.

Lee W. said...

oh you lucky girl!

the wreath witch said...

are you my unknown long lost sister ??? I have done the same thing and my hubby has said that exact same thing when I was so happy with my treasured find. of course my coy reply to him was I'm thrilled over you. great find BTW.

Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

Joy ~

I just LOVE Value Village when I go back home. When I talk to my Mom and she says she went to "2v's" today, I know what she means! LOL! ~Stacy~

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Great find!!!! I love the new website look, absolutely wonderful, it really shows that Cathy is a true professional, and together the two of you made a gorgeous site.:)
xo Lidy

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