2.28.2013

Thrift Store Score and Summer Dreaming

While I was waiting for my son to finish his workout at the gym the other day, I meandered through the Salvation Army thrift store which I pop into occasionally to check out their furniture {despite the fact that we just got back from vacation and I am on a self-imposed spending freeze}.  And what do I spy?  

A herald of the summer.  A sign of warmer days to come, in the form of this Drink Dispenser Urn from Pier 1
$49.99 in the store.

$9.99 at SA!
Brand new, with tags, and even a gift receipt inside!  I hemmed and hawed because of said spending freeze, and it's not like I NEED this item, but I just could not leave it there.  I could probably return it to the store and recoup my investment and then some, but no way Jose!!!

Since we spiffed up our deck last fall, and particularly since we returned home to snowy weather after our trip, I've been daydreaming about outdoor spaces.  I have a whole board on Pinterest dedicated to this very subject.  I live for the warmer weather and I love having friends and family over.

I am already planning a little DIY action for entertaining on our deck inspired by these photos:
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Can you see how I just couldn't leave my thrift store find behind?

While I've been pining away for a glass drink dispenser of my very own, they can be ridiculously expensive, like this one from Pottery Barn that hails for $79.   It was as if the one at Salvation Army was just waiting for me.  Like a puppy in a pet store looking at you with sad eyes.  I had to take it home with me.

So what to use a beverage dispenser for, you might ask??  Can you imagine a pretty sangria in here, like this one that I made last Easter?

Or a hefty batch of pineapple infused vodka for a Stoli Doli station at your next party?  I have already bookmarked Sharon's Sparkling Cranberry Punch over at Elizabeth & Co. for next Christmas.  This non-alcoholic Party Punch from Chef In Training has only three ingredients and is a crowd pleaser for kids and adults, or try this fruity Summer Punch from The Sweet Things Queen that sounds delicious with or without alcohol.

If you realize you can't live without a glass beverage dispenser too, but can't find a fabulously cheap one at your local thrift store, here are a few affordable and cute options for you, all under $30.
1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

If you have a beverage dispenser already, has it changed your life??  No?  Okay then, do you have any fun drink recipes to share with me for my new acquisition?  

Party at my house this summer - you're all invited!
xo,

15 comments:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

great score!!! is it summer yet?

Cathy Wall said...

Yup, that was just too good to pass up! I just made sangria for a get together last week-end, love that stuff. I also pinned a list of 7 sangria recipes herehttp://pinterest.com/cathyw/sounds-yummy/

Calypso In The Country said...

Great deal - and such a nice one! I have been eyeing those up for awhile so maybe I will splurge and get one. After all, I have so many drink recipes to try this summer...
-Shelley

Dana Frieling said...

Awesome find! I'm surprised you don't own one of these already. Your pretty drinks will thank you for this purchase. ;)

Nantucket Daffodil said...

I have wanted one too Lisa! This is perfect! Our friends make the best Stoli Doli...I LOVE sangria though...or lemonade for kids parties....and that top image...has made me start dreaming as well!

pam {simple details} said...

Great score! I need a new one, mine leaks, my friend just bought one and hers leaks too, so not to rain on your parade, but you might check before we come over! :)

My Crafty Home Life said...

I'll be there! Love that, and can't wait to see it on your deck....won't be long. Isn't it great now that the days are getting longer?

Anonymous said...

FYI! I purchased two of the Beehive Drink Dispenser's you have featured. They both look great however they pour very slowly.

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

OF COURSE you had to buy it! What a great find! I have one too and love pulling it out for a crowd. Most often I have lemon water in mine but I've also made Arnold Palmer tea in it. Yummy!

Jenny said...

Your hands were tied - you had no choice but to buy it. If only I lived closer, I could come over and admire it while you served me some sangria. ;-)

Adelina Priddis said...

I love how rounded it is. I've been wanting nice drink dispenser for awhile. Maybe this summer!

Mandi@TidbitsfromtheTremaynes said...

Score!! wish I could borrow that tomorrow after my son's baptism. Darn.

Kelly @ View Along the Way said...

I want to find one of these for liquid laundry detergent! I am convinced it will change my life.

Frosted Glass said...

I wish to find and purchase one of these lovely jars, particularly that one with faucet.

Barbara said...

I have one of these and pull it out for holidays and parties, whenever I have enough people over to justify it really.

One Charming Party has a recipe for Party Lemonade that I've made a few times and everyone loves it!