Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A Surprise Find

Hi.  It’s me.  The 35 year old woman with the 79 year old back.  I’m vertical now, so I had to celebrate by going to a consignment shop.  A few months ago I had seen these in Pottery Barn catalog. (Sorry, couldn’t find a bigger picture.)  They were priced at $149.00.  Uh…wha?

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I thought they were neat, but I never thought much of them.   It’s not like I was madly in love with them or anything.  Then I saw these.

IMG_5060 Wanna know how much I paid for them?  $1.99 a piece.  That’s $3.98.  And don’t think I didn’t need a calculator to figure that out. 

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I’ve had this blank spot in my kitchen/eating area for years, and I’ve never been able to decide on what to put there.  Luckily, my frugalness decided for me.  I don’t figure I’ll find anything else I like nearly as much for only $3.98.

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Here’s the view from the living room.  I like how it ties the kitchen and eating area together, yet seems to blend in with the living area.  However, I don’t like how my husband looks like he’s plotting how he’s going to kill me.

97 comments:

Carrie said...

LOL! Your humor cracks me up...about your husband, not your decorating!

That is amazing! What a deal, and I like the ones you found better than Pottery Barn's! I love them over the door!

Deb said...

You are so funny...but, he does look a little mad about something, huh??? Did he have to hang the fork and spoon??? They look great...and what a bargain!! You go, girl...glad you're feeling some better!! Take care!!!

Courtney said...

Great job. Very creative!

kimert said...

Love those!!! They look great on that spot above the door, too.

The look on your husbands face and what you wrote had me cracking up!

Boo and Hooties Mom said...

What a great find!! I love them!

Jennie said...

maybe he is trying to figure out why you needed such big utensils... your right, would not have thought much from the catalog, ecspecially considering the price... what a great find....

Jen - Balancing Beauty and Bedlam said...

Whoot whoot...yea!! I love them as well and will gladly take them off your hand when your $3.98 frugalness wants them no more.
How can your husband not be as happy as we are about your find? :)

Tecia said...

Your husband face it too funny, Now, I gotta go looking in my garage for my spoon and fork.. My best friend came to visit me a few months ago and when she saw my spoon and fork hanging on the wall in my kitchen, She said, " you know thats ole fashion" she really picked on my decor, so I took it down..because I do remember my mom having the mega utensils up.. Thanks for sharing, see I knew they were still in style.

Magic Brush said...

I swear I sold those on a garage sale a few years back. I bought the same fork and spoon at a garage sale. Had them in my studio for a couple of years laying in my "need to paint them prettier" pile. It never happened. My husband put them on our garage sale. I'm sad now. Great find!

Christina said...

good find and great deal. I would love to know the kind of person who could/would pay $149.00 for a large spoon and fork--I just can't imagine. Victoria has a spoon she found at goodwill---she hasn't used it yet. Maybe I'll have to steal it away.

MaryCatherine said...

lol those are awesome! But yes, your husband looks considerably miffed.

Amanda said...

Wow--you always find the BEST deals! I am so JEALOUS! Love those!

Mrs. E said...

Is that what that look means? I get that all the time! : ) Great find!

To The Moon and Back said...

LOL! The look on his face is priceless. Oh and I love the ginormous utensils. Funny, my parents had a set of those in their kitchen over 30 years ago! I should have stored them away:)

Katy said...

If he's anything like my husband he's thinking "why the hell is she hanging up a fork and spoon on the wall when I could USE THOSE".

Men.

Nikki said...

LMAO at the comments AND your hubbie's face. Priceless!

The Momma said...

Oh, that face is familure. I get the same one from my husband when he's trying to figure out if I really spent 4.00 on something new or really spent 149.00 and just scratched the 1 and the 9 off the price tag. Wait what? Oh, you don't do that. Oh, me either. What weirdos.

:) Glad your back is better!

Vivienne said...

Not only can I NOT BELIEVE your got them for less than $4, but they are so much cuter than PB's!

As far as your hubs, well, I can understand. He looks comfy, hanging out on the couch in his sweatshirt... chillin' . When I'm in that mode I am usually not keen on photo ops. :-)

However, he should still be giddy about your barstools and your fab finds, over all. :-)

Nikki said...

I'm still amazed at the deals that you find!

Paige said...

Love them! So glad you found them for yourself. Glad you are feeling better!

Carmen said...

Those are awesome and totally old school! Your comments about your husband made me laugh.

A Knittin' Junkie! said...

You go girl! What a great deal. They look perfect up there over the door!

Amber B. said...

Sorry about your back. If it makes you feel better, I'm 31 and my back is horrible, too. I think the kids do it to us! Carrying around babies and carseats and diaper bags just ruins the back.

Great finds at the thrift store. Much better than PB prices!!

christy said...

lol! Your husband's exprssion is priceless!

Love the spoon & fork! A total bargain!

The Ice House said...

Those SO remind me of the mega-sized fork and spoon in my great grandmothers house when I was a kid. Funny how all this old become new again!

Staci said...

Love it! Totally cute in that spot.

I must ask.. is your sofa white? Do you have issue keeping it clean/ungrungy (is that a word??) Please stop by my blog and a couple of posts down I debate my desire to redo my living room including my wanting a white couch. (2 kids and dog... luckily the dog is white!) I'd love your opinion/advice. And if you can't already tell... I love your room!

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

LOVE those! And yes...hubby looks scary in that pic.

Evy said...

Those look very neat! I like how they go with your dark-colored accents in the dining area (chairs) and contrast with the rest (color-wise). A really neat find, indeed!

Paula said...

Love the new finds! And I'm glad to hear you are feeling better.

Rachel said...

Those are awesome!! They would also look totally Fabulous painted black and then distressed a little. Well that's what I would do.!! Congrats on the bargain you lucky girl!!

:)r.

DomesticDivasFancy said...

LOL! My hubby often gets that look too! I love that find, amazing what you can find to look like something from pottery barn these days. I LOVE GOODWILL!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Nice silverwarr (woodware?).

Funny hubs.

Kristen said...

No - your husband is thinking "She bought an oversized spoon and a fork and now she's blogging about it."
Dan asks me that all the time - "are you blogging about this?!?" Um, yes, I am. Great find on the giant utensils. Certainly not a portion control help, but on days when you get super hungry, just turn to the shovel. ;)

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

Love the super-find.
Scared o' your hubby. LOL

LindaSonia said...

Well, if you don't post again, we'll know what happened. LOLOLOLOL too funny LindaSonia

My name is PJ. said...

First of all, the utensils are better than the pottery barn set. Secondly, do you know where all the sharp implements in your house are? I think you husband may. Third - What is SITS? Fourth, I totally commiserate with you about the back pain. Feel better soon!

Linda said...

What a great find! I think your right he is plotting something....

Jennifer Juniper said...

Ahhh, the old fork and spoon...it used to be that every kitchen growing up had a set of these.

My aunt used to pull the spoon off the wall when her kids were bad and paddle them with it! I saw it once and the love affair with the giant fork and spoon abruptly ended right then and there.

Did you see the big fork and spoon episode of Everybody Loves Raymond? Classic.

I do agree that your husband looks like he is plotting something with that big fork.

Maybe he thinks you are having an affair with a giant that comes over for breakfast after he leaves for work. Better be nice :)

Mommy of M's said...

OH, I LOVE those! I've been looking everywhere for something like that since I saw them in Pottery Barn!

I'm so jealous!

KatieButler said...

The kitchen looks great!

Your caption on the photo with your husband gave me my first out-loud laugh of the day. ;)

Beth said...

I'm so jealous. I just did a post about a similar item but my fork and spoon aren't nearly as nice and I paid the same price.

Sarah said...

How funny....your hubby does look a little upset! Sounds like your doing better and what a great bargain. LOOKS GREAT!
Sarah

Christi said...

Cha-ching!!!

You struck gold on that one!

Maybe hubs is just jealous that he didn't find that awesome bargain!

Nah...

Jackie said...

I've seen those in the PB catalog too, and love them... except the price. They look great. I want a set also for above my kitchen window. Pier1 had some a few months back. Great find!

Thistle House Primitives said...

Someone else mentioned it....but you have got to see the "Everybody Loves Raymond" episode about his folks and the giant fork and spoon!! I had no idea those were back in fashion!! Great bargain!!

~Kristen~ said...

LOL at your husband!!! I agree with a few of the other commenters who mentioned they like the ones you found better than the PB version. They have a sense of nostalgia to them. I remember in the 70's and 80's growing up and seeing similar peices in kitchens! I love that!

Handmade Housewife... said...

Fabulous find...and I'm dying laughing at your husband's expression! That look gets thrown around in our house a lot. Usually when I'm talking about fabric, or hanging something, or my favorite "honey I need help with..." and then que the look. But I like your fork and spoon much better than Pottery Barn's. Wow, paired up with your chair deal you can't help but smile when you look at your kitchen :)

-Hayley

Susie from Bienvenue said...

My Mom had someof those years ago in our kitchen. I want to say they were gold and came from Home interior. Funny how things always seem to roll back around. One good thing is we always make it better looking. Love yours!

Katy said...

Wow, those are really cool. I love finding really neat things at great prices. They look great in there.
Hubby on the other hand, looks a bit on the angry side. (he he)

the undomesticated wife said...

Now that's a frugal price! Wow!

Reminds me of that episode of Everybody Loves Raymond..do you remember that one? Marie has a big fork and spoon in her kitchen.

jen said...

My Mom used to have a pair like that in a frame hanging in our "very seventies" kitchen. When she remodeled she took them down and I think they were sold at a yard sale about 15 years ago. I remember back then thinking they were ghastly - but I would love to have them now to hang in my kitchen. Funny how styles and tastes totally change through the years.

Mandi said...

LOVE them! THey look great there too. And yes, that is definitely a man planning how to destroy your camera for photographing him!

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

Good find--and a much better price than PB. I about fell over when I saw the price in their catalogue!

~ Sarah

Dee-Zigns Handcrafted Jewelry said...

LOVE the comment about your husband, cracked me up! I want to go shopping with you :). I left something on my blog for ya, take care of your back.

Rhea said...

Those are REALLY CUTE! LOL! Great Job! I also get those kind of looks from my hubby 1. when there is a camera in the room, and 2. whenever I purchase anything! LOL!

Jessica said...

LOL What a great find!
You crack me up!

Ashley said...

I love it! And $4 beats $149 any day of the week!! And it sure does look like your husband is enjoying them. Hehe!!

Naturally Jules said...

Oh my gawd! Those are even better looking than the pottery barn ones! What a great find!

Loving your blog & humor and glad to hear that your "back" to your verticalness!

Momma to Bug said...

Very good find!
I'm dying to know if you made your magnet board (hanging up in the background) and if so, how did you do it? I have a frame that I would like to repurpose into a magnet board and don't know what type of material to purchase. Any suggestions? Thanks!
-Desiree

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Chris, you're hilarious. I've seen that look myself many times. :)

Sheila said...

Growing up my mom had a green pair just like those in our dining room! Those along with the plastic grapes that I used to squeeze and stick to my tongue were my favorite decorations around the house. Way retro 70's:)

Shannon said...

Haha! He does look like he is up to something! :)

What a great find! Perfect spot for them.

Pajama Mama said...

yeah, it looks like you're husband doesn't think that's such an amazing deal-but it is! Very cool.
-kristen

Jill said...

Very fun, love them!
-Jill

Lil' Woman said...

They look great, your husband on the other hand looks like he's about to start breaking necks or something! :)

littlemarkiesmom said...

Wow those are super cool! Yeah your hubby doesn't llok too happy. LOL Great blog!

Jennifer said...

lol.. my husband looks at me like that all the time..

I saw those in the PB catalog too. I wanted a set.. I think they were popular in the 70's..

Leslie said...

Nice fork and spoon! And do I spy some barstools that were blogged about recently?

A Touch of Country said...

talk about looks that kill!

I love your new tools! Even better is the price!

Fabulous darling!

Keira said...

i know it's been mentioned but you really do have to see the Everybody Loves Raymond episode with the fork and spoon. "Don't let a suitcase full of cheese become your giant fork and spoon." Hi-larious.

I have a pair, too. Given to me right off the wall at my grandmother-in-laws trailer. yes, trailer, I kid you not. And now in Pottery Barn and looking lovely in your house. I'm putting mine up this weekend. :)
Great find!

Amber said...

$1.98 each!!?? That's a STEAL!! Love them. I always notice those in the Pottery Barn magazine too.

Glad you're feeling a little better!

Michelle, Queen of Everything said...

Ha, ha! My husband looks like this all the time, but swears he's not mad!

the vacuum lady said...

I remember those! We had them in my grandmother's kitchen. Lucky you!

TRICIA boutellefamilyzoo@yahoo.com said...

That's a fantastic find!
Somebody else's junk, right?

Yeah, and I get that look from my hubby when it involves the camera, my new "great find" and, oh yeah, especially PB. ;)

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Good things come to those who wait. I like yours better than PB.

Please stop by and enter my 200th post giveaway.

Jessica said...

Those are FABULOUS! I love your blog!! Not sure if I've posted on here before but have lurked for a while. I love that idea too, great find!

SoBella Creations said...

Great find!

Deb said...

Chris,

Love the big fork and spoon!

Did you create your blog button? I love it and want to create one for myself. I have photoshop but I can't figure out what to do.

Thanks for any advice you can give me.

Deb

Our Family said...

I love the decorating idea! However, I wanted to say I feel your pain when it comes to having a
79 yr. old back and only being 35! I am recovering from having a herniated disc removed as I type! Be careful! Love you blog!

Willow Decor: said...

I love your blog - I actually laughed out load about your husband plotting to kill you-
Too Funny!
xx-Gina

Bethany said...

You crack me up!
I saw those in the catalog too and I was scratching my head about the price.
Leave it to you to find a great deal!
Love it!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

So glad to hear your're up and around! LOVE the fork and spoon!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

I laughed so hard when I read the last line..."how he is planning to kill me." I love your humor...always have.
Kudos to you for saving $145.00, not to mention how Uber Cool those look above the door there. Also, if I didn't mention it before, LOVE LOVE the bar stool makeovers!
And so sorry to hear of your recent mishap. Were they able to tell you what happened? Just seems so odd. Especially since your weren't lifting anything.
Get better soon.
M.L.

The Graves' House said...

what a great find. you find the best stuff. my hubby seems to have that 'look' sometimes...wonder why?

Lisa said...

They look great. I never have been a fan of the giant fork and spoon. Have you seen the "Everybody Loves Raymond Episode"? I have to admit though. It looks fabulous in your kitchen. I love where you put them.

Farmgirl Paints said...

HA! I love the look your husband is giving you. That would be my man:) Great find, don't cha love that!!

Pink & Green Mama said...

Wow!! Those are great and tell your hubby you could toss a seriously big salad with them!!

knittingknirvana said...

Did you get the fork and the spoon from Marie's (Raymond's mom) kitchen on Everybody Loves Raymond? I bet it was on consignment after the show ended. It was, wasn't it? You can tell me.

Brenda said...

I saw those! How lovely!
Brenda
http://cozylittlehouse.blogspot.com

Mom Taxi Julie said...

The first thing I noticed in that last picture was the "if looks could kill" look lol.

dr said...
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dr said...

Sorry about that...

Those are super cool - I want them! LOL For some reason my link to my blog didn't link back...hmph!

Leonie said...

This is the first blog i have read that has proper made me laugh out loud - in regards to your comment about your husband,he does look a little scary there.
Love them, they look great in that spot too, plus that was a huge saving and they actually look better than the other one's.

Valencia said...

Run girl run....lol

Linda Crispell said...

I love my giant fork in my dining room! How did you score these for so little$$$??? Jealous!

Kimba said...

I did my own ginormous fork and spoon post today and linked to you, of course.

But do you realize that you managed to write this post without using the words "spoon", "fork" or "silverware"? Sheesh!

I knew that you had done this post but no matter what I searched on, I couldn't find it! I finally just scrolled through until I got to it. Major points for persistence. I was on a mission!

Kimba

Anonymous said...

Your Blog rocks!

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