Fabulous Frugal Find — Vintage Hostess Cart

by Katy on September 19, 2011 · 4 comments

It’s time again for Fabulous Frugal Finds, (F.F.F.) where readers send in their rather fantastic secondhand finds to share with The Non-Consumer Advocate community.

Today I shine a spotlight on Linda, whose back porch just got a little cuter:

I recently completed a back porch addition to my house. The project took way longer than the original prediction and cost WAY more than the initial bid, (partly because I made some significant changes along the way.) Knowing I had blown my budget and wouldn’t have money to furnish it with I spent the three years that it was being constructed collecting second hand furnishings for it.

One of my favorites is a vintage hostess cart. I saw it at Goodwill on a Friday. I was attracted to it but the $30.00 price tag scared me away. Over the weekend I began to regret passing it by so Monday I went back to the store anxious to see if it was still available. Not only was it available but they were having a 30% off all furniture sale. SCORE!!!!

Since I’m using it outdoors I gave it a coat of clear Varathan to protect it from the elements. It is now part of my well beloved seating area right off of the master bedroom.

All the knick-knacks on it were also 2nd hand store finds.

Thank you very much to Linda for sharing her F.F.F. If you want to submit your stuff, please e-mail the story and a good quality photo to nonconsumer@comcast.net.

And please enjoy these previous Fabulous Frugal Find posts:

High End Designer Furniture

Hand Knotted Oriental Rug

Fancy Velvet Dresses

Pot Belly Stove

Free Girl’s Sleeping Bag

Patio Set

Priceless $1 Painting

Rejuvenation Light Shade

Glamour Edition

Roseville Vase

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”


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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Shannon Breen September 19, 2011 at 10:42 am

I LOVE those little carts! Great find.


Carolyn Carr September 19, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Hi Katy,
Our original 1920 kitchen has non-standard counter height & depth so a built-in dishwasher is a wild fantasy of mine. We do however, have a portable KitchenAid model circa 198o something which was purchased for $15 from a neighbor 12 years ago, rolled down the street to our home, and now has 2 new(er) racks from a different neighbor who remodeled her kitchen (with all new appliances). We joke about this dishwasher constantly, but damn, it washes dishes like a champ!


AnnW September 19, 2011 at 2:52 pm

This cart is a real find! It would be great as a bedside table. I will endeavor to find some FFF’s Getting them linked up will be another feat. Ann


Karin September 19, 2011 at 3:12 pm

What a fabulous find , Linda! Great idea to use it outside. Love the knick-knacks, too!


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