Yard Sale Goodies and Surprise, surprise, T came to visit....

My favorite day of the week is Saturday when I head on out for my tour of the neighborhoods looking for a tasty garage sale.  This past weekend there were many and I found some really cute things.   First off is this 'Tea Pot"... there are no markings on the underside but it's so sweet. $1.00

 It may not be an expensive piece but this oval serving dish marked Ironstone from England really caught my eye.  $1.50 was a good price don't ya think?
 Then I found a plastic shoe box filled with threads and sewing supplies, marked .50 cents.  
Who could pass this up?
Then once I got home I took a better look and found a covered tin full of assorted buttons inside along with so many different sewing items.  Thread, well if you sew you know each spool is around $1.99 each.
Love it!

Today I had a wonderful surprise.  
My Son Tom who is in the USCG and living up in Juneau made a quick trip to visit me.  It's been quite long time since seeing him as his job keeps him on the road for weeks at a time and he and his family live in Alaska.
But this week he told me before heading to Nome he had to make a side trip to Longbeach to teach a maritime safety class.  The surprise, he called me and asked me 'where I was'?  "Home", I said then the told me to come down... as he sprinted up the stairs.  
He will only be here for two days but made a side trip (4 thousand miles) to me in Clearwater while on his way from Juneau to Nome.. out of the way indeed!


Letting go of our kids is so hard and getting them home once in a while is even harder but when we do it's a dream come true.
To all of you parents with kids still at home, cherish the time because it go's so fast then poof,  one day they may make a career of the military and move 4 thousand miles away. 
(I'm so proud of him)
Along with his military career Tom is a budding photographer and I will be taking him out early tomorrow morning, before the sun comes up to a pier, near my house, to get the sunrise shots over  Tampa Bay and to capture a few photos of the Manatee that come out early to feed.  
You can see Toms photo blog Here
I'll be sure to post a few of his photos once I get them uploaded.  
A good day indeed! 

 I'm sharing this happy post with


Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Oh, what a wonderful surprise and it brought tears to my eyes. That was so sweet.

Sherry at The Rusty Pearl said...

I love this post and YOUR beautiful girl . YOUR sweet spirit shines thru girl .. and your handsome son looks so happy to see his mama.. I love this post and I would of soooooooooooo gone thrifting and garage saleing with you ................ HUGS and have a beautiful time with your son..

Charlotte said...

What a great surprise! My kids are so close I never get to miss them. Great deals from the yard sales. I'll be glad when they start up here.

dollygk said...

It was so great how the secret visit was kept from you and sooooo good to see Tom again!! He did his Mom proud...

debra @ homespun said...

that's the best surprise in the world ! :)

Michele said...

What fabulous thrifty finds!

And a visit from a loved one so far away- how divine.

Marigene said...

Gorgeous serving piece...enjoy the couple days with your son...that is better than anything you could buy!

Susan said...

Wow! Your yard sale finds were fabulous.

But that last "find" was the best----your handsome boy/man! come home. Awwwww, wish I could say the same but my boy's far away. boo hoo

You are SO RIGHT about cherishing children while they are still with you.

Once they are gone, they are gone and a mother's heart yearns for them forever.

Have FUN! Susan

The HOME GIRL said...

These are some great finds! I love that teapot and that gorgeous blue toile dish!!! I hope you have a wonderful time with your son! =D

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a wonderful surprise visit! My oldest lives on the opposite coast from me, so when she visits I am always so happy! Love you finds and I must say you got a HUGE bargain on that blue and white platter. I have some dishes in that pattern and love them!
hugs, Linda

Crafts a la Mode said...

I love tag sales so much also. I can hardly wait for them to begin here in Connecticut. We still have a good 18 inches of snow on the ground from that snow storm that dumped 34 inches of snow on us. It's kinda fun in the beginning but then I want it gone. Thanks for sharing your "finds". I'm so glad you came to my party! Let's stay in touch! Linda

Unknown said...

Saturdays are my favourite days too for garage sales. Looks like you found some lovely finds and what a great surprise with your sons visit!

Shabby Brocante, Karen said...

What great finds! I especially love the platter as these are everyday dishes I grew up with! My mom was an antique dealer and always used everything she collected. What a special visit! I am sure you were delighted!!

Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

Yay for you, and what a sweet son to make you a priority. Enjoy the moments. It is sad how fast our babies are whisked away. It's true that not even the teen years last forever. Hope you had fun at the pier!

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Sandy what a wonderful surprise. It's easy to see that this boy loves his mama! You found some fun things for great prices. I found some dishes from Englad last weekend also. Haven't posted about them yet. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Diann said...

Wonderful treasures! And so glad you got to spend some time with Tom! It has been a very busy week for me so, I am just now catching up from last week's party. Sorry to be so late! Thank you for sharing at TTF