Monday, April 23, 2012

Goodwill Find for the Patio

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. I've been enjoying the great weather we've been having and working around the house...outside. We've been busy planting and sprucing things up. I love this time of year, because in a couple of months, it will be too hot to really enjoy the patio past 10 AM. It's so nice to sit out in the morning and have a cup of tea, listen to the water splashing in the fountain, and hear the birds chirping.

Today, I just wanted to share one of my latest thrift finds. It will be a new addition to the patio. While perusing the goodies at the Goodwill thrift store, we stumbled upon this awesome resin planter. I loved the mottled coloration and the wonderful laurel leaf embellishment. I've seen these at garden centers with a retail price of $30-$40. I only paid...$4.99!!



Well, I decided not to use it as a planter...that's to be expected, right? LOL! While flipping through my Pottery Barn catalogs, my inspiration struck me! I've decided that I want to use it as a beverage cooler!!



My youngest daughter will be graduating from high school in June; and we will be entertaining lots of family and friends. What a cute way to serve beverages out on the patio!! The beauty is that as the ice melts, the water will drain right out into the flower bed!! Talk about multi-tasking!! LOL! So, don't overlook thrift stores for great garden finds; and you may even come up with new uses for old standards!

Well, that's it for today. I'm still tinkering outside and will have lots of pictures to come! Hope you're having an awesome day!!




67 comments:

  1. What a great find at a great price! Love using these types of things as coolers! Have a wonderful day. Visiting from NTT

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  2. A beautiful find with multiple uses! Love the color and the laurel motif on it. Congratulations to your daughter,wishing her all the best. Enjoy the weather:)Hugs,Poppy

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  3. What a great, neat idea! And it looks so elegant!

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  4. Love it! And great idea of having it drain into the flowers! :)

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  5. What an awesome find Shenita and I love how your using it!

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  6. Wow Shenita, great find at that price. Such a neat idea to use it as a cooler.

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  7. What a great find and I think it's perfect for a beverage cooler.

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  8. SCORE! Enjoy the weather Shenita. It is freezing here!

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  9. Great idea Shenita!!!...A gorgeous beverage server it is!!..."cool" find!

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  10. Perfect idea. I love it. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Smarty! I am jealous....looking out my window at snow :(

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  12. Well, How cute is that!?! What a find at that price. LOVE IT! xo Diana

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  13. What a great find! And you are so great at putting it all together! A great deal.Thanks for sharing Joann

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  14. What a great deal you found! Love it as a planter or drink cooler!

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  15. Hi Shenita...

    What a great treasure find, my friend! I love the pretty laurel garland embellishment! It sure does make for a beautiful beverage cooler!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari

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  16. What a great find and a great idea, Shenita!

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  17. How smart are you? Such a cute idea and a multi-tasker at that! Well done.

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  18. Envious! It's awesome. I don't seem to have much luck finding good stuff at Goodwill.

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  19. Score! That is an awesome find. Gotta love Goodwill!

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  20. I love it Shenita! It's beautiful and what a wonderful idea, using it as a beverage cooler. Perfect!

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  21. Beautiful Shenita. aia love your idea for a great use. You have such lovely things. Thanks for your ssweet visit. Enjoy your week.
    FABBY

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  22. Super idea! I like the idea of using an item normally expected for something else in a new way! I have some clear plastic buckets I could set in a planter for the same idea! You've inspired me!
    Happy Monday!

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  23. Shenita, What a great and gorgeous find at GW!... and it makes a perfect container for patio entertaining. Love it! and it waters the plants, too!
    Babs

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  24. What a great buy, Shenita! I need to go shopping with you. I went to a thrift store over the weekend and didn't find a thing!!

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  25. Hi Shenita, Don't you just love finding a treasure at GW? This is perfect for beverages. xo, Sherry

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  26. What a find! It's perfect as a beverage cooler.
    Visiting from CHS!

    ~Shanon

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  27. What a clever idea and a great find at the Goodwill. I love it when you come away with something so pretty and useful.

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  28. That is amazing that you found this at GW!!!! I love it and love how you are using it. GREAT score! XO, Pinky

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  29. Hello!
    I'm your newest Linky follower :)

    I LOVE your planter / beverage cooler and what a fabulous deal!! I would totally have grabbed it up as well, I LOVE shopping GW!

    Have a wonderful night and I would be thrilled to have you follow back!
    (hugs)
    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

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  30. Awesome $5 treasure you found at GW...love how you are using it!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  31. Shenita, what an awesome find and a great way of putting it to good use!
    I love your idea of using it as a beverage cooler. That is just too clever! And a very classy way to serve your guest some cool drinks. Love your post! Great inspiration!

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  32. I need to go shopping with you, you always stubble on the best finds and imagine the best uses for them, well done! LOVE IT! xo ~Liz

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  33. My goodness, what a great find! Love it! Visiting from the Cozy Home Party.

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  34. Great idea! My son is graduating in May, so I can relate to thinking about ways to entertain. That container looks so french. You got a great deal.

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  35. What a fabulous find. Where is all the good stuff when I'm at the thrift stores? Love the idea of using it as a cooler.

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  36. That is a marvelous idea....Love your creativity. Good luck with the Graduation. I am sure it will be delightful. Thanks for visiting Shenita...

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  37. What a great find!! wow, great idea to use it for drinks! I am going to look now, as we are having a couple of parties coming up...super great idea, so thanks!
    Nancy
    http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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  38. gosh that looks great , I think i will copy that idea and use my galvanized buckets for bottle of tea and drinks.
    I was just planning a girl party outside

    I remember those high school graduation parties

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  39. What a great idea and what a great find. I'll be looking for one of these while I'm thrift store shopping. Thanks for the idea. Come check out my blog if you have a minute. http://sister-number-5.blogspot.com

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  40. What a pretty planter / beverage cooler and I love the multi tasking!

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  41. Nice GW find! I think it's a great idea to give the planter a new purpose and a dual purpose! It really makes a pretty beverage holder! Thanks so much for sharing at the Rock N Share!

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  42. Your new planter is very pretty Shenita. You really did get that for a steal as the ones with the pretty designs like yours are always really expensive. I have never thought about using a planter as a cooler, but that's a great idea. Thanks for sharing it at Your Cozy Home Party this week. Sorry it's taken me a few days to stop by. It's been a very hectic few days. Hope you're having a wonderful week!

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  43. Love it and what a great idea as a cooler. It looks so elegant. Hugs, Marty

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  44. Great idea and what a steal! Glad you shared this at the party...Enjoy your day! Kristen

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  45. What a great find and an awesome idea! I need to remember this for summer parties. Enjoy your day, Gail

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  46. Great thrifting! The perfect beverage caddy for the garden

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  47. What a great idea! You will be able to use it for all sorts of things. Great find!

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  48. Love it- Thank you for linking to the Thursday Favorite Things hop I hope you have a weekend filled with happy! xo

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  49. Hi Shenita,
    That was a fabulous find, I never get such treasure at my GW. I love the way you are using it, so clever! Be sure to tell us all about the party, I know it's sure to be grand. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Ivy and Elephants.
    Big hugs,
    Patti

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  50. Great find - wish I had a thrift store that had things like that - We don't even have a GW store anywhere near us. The "Thrift Stores" that we do have are for profit - so the deals are not that great and the merchandise is not the best either - the people buy their merchadise at auctions and garage sales and then mark up the price. Not exactly the place to go to get a good deal I'm afraid. Oh well! I'll just live throught all my blogging friends (and be a little jealous!)
    Hugs -
    Carol

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  51. Shenita that is a great find! Thanx for joining THT!

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  52. I love this and the ideas are endless....:)

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  53. Only $4.99 ... incredible !! And, I love how you've used it ... perfect for your gorgeous patio !!

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  54. Wow..love it. What a wonderful deal you got. Good way to think outside the box!
    I almost missed this. My google reader isn't showing all the new posts of the blogs I follow.

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  55. You are a girl after my heart. :D Who wouldn't want to party with you? These affordable and out of the box ideas are just what I love to see on BeColorful. Thanks so much for linking up this week.
    pam

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  56. LOVE this idea! Thanks so much for sharing it at Inspiration Friday! :-)
    Vanessa

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  57. Shenita,
    Come by on Monday at NTT...you have been featured this week. Please feel free to grab my starfish featured button for your blog...you can find it under my header.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  58. What an awesome find! I love the details also :).

    Mrs. Delightful
    www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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  59. HI, Shenita

    What a great find. I just love how you think outside of the box. Awesome!

    Vanessa

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  60. Hi Shenita, What a fabulous find for the patio. I had no idea how large until I scrolled down and say the container full of beverages. I'd say you hit the jackpot with this find. Congratulations to the new graduate! Have a great celebration.

    ~Emily
    the French Hutch

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  61. I love this idea for keeping beverages cool. The planter is beautiful!
    ~CAS~

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  62. Awesome find....just became your newest follower and subscriber! Come on by my blog for a visit and maybe even subscribe if you like! Have a fantastic day!

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  63. What a great find, Shenita! I didn't realize just how big it was until I saw the beverages you put in it. That price is unheard of for a piece like that - resin or otherwise!

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