Three Bucks

I’m wondering about YOUR best three dollar purchase? A cup of coffee can cost $3 these days, you know. So, what’s YOURS? What is your most favorite thing you’ve gotten for three hundred pennies?

Who, me? Well, the other day I’m at a thrift store.

And I see something that I simply must have.

“How much is IT?”

“Three bucks,” the clerk answered.


I gathered IT in my arms and carried IT around the store.

As I walked around looking at other items, people stopped me to comment on my find. They laughed and they smiled. They’d touch IT.

IT is rather incredible.

No, IT wasn’t these socks. Or these shoes. But they make me smile too.

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Here’s what IT is.

Yes, that’s right. IT is Kermit! Can you believe that? I mean, how in the world did Kermit wind up in a thrift store priced at three bucks?

Kermit is having a spot of tea with me.

I took him on a road trip to Georgia with me. My car was at the gas pump as I ran inside to use the restroom and grab a YooHoo. When I came back outside, a couple was at my car, laughing and taking photos of Kermit in my passenger’s seat.


After I met my family at the cabin, Kermit had other adventures. We’d leave the cabin to hike or whatever and when we’d get back, Kermit would be getting into trouble.

He tried to raid the freezer for the ice cream.

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This went on the entire trip. That Ker-mey.

He planned our hikes.

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He used up the G’s on our phones.

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Best three bucks I’ve ever spent.

When we got back home, I found him out on the tractor. He advised me to get a new tractor seat. Maybe I have a new farm-hand?

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Other than Kermit, there’s something else I have on my mind. My Old Milk House. I’m ready to get that old building looking better and need your help.

My budget? Very, very limited. A hundred bucks?

Here’s what it looks like now, from the road.

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Eventually, I want to re-do it all. It still has the old rusty milking equipment in the bottom level, but this top level is in pretty good condition. I’m wanting to add CHARM. QUAINTNESS. CUTENESS. PAZAZZ. To the outside. Anything to make it not look so bland from the road. It is gray metal, with a gray metal roof. SO HELP!

I guess to start with, I’ll get out there and weed-eat in the next few days. But then what?

I’ve got to run out to the pasture and take care of My Beloved Merlin. He is having a hoof problem in his right, rear hoof. The farrier came yesterday and showed me what to do. Let’s hope we can get him up and running soon, My Angel. All healing thoughts, prayers and vibrations appreciated.

Until next time, Friends, savor the flavor of life!

Lots of love, Rebekah, The City Farmgirl in the Country

  1. Hi Rebekah, Oh my. I love Kermit. I think he very cute. I love what you have done with him.
    The barn probably needs a barn Quilt. If you paint, or stencil. I’d try to paint the roof red. That would be an eye catcher. With your budget it may be hard unless you did it yourself. In any case , please be careful if you try yourself. Hugs, Juanita

  2. Robin in New Jersey says:

    Oh my goodness! Thank you for making me laugh today. What a fun idea!

  3. Diane Van Horn says:

    I think a big barn quilt would really help! Here is a little inspiration for you. I think that you and Kermit could do one for under $100 bucks. Maybe a quilt pattern that is regional or historic in your area. Make a big one and you won’t even notice the barn!

  4. Rebecca West says:

    The first thing I thought of was a “barn quilt”. I love seeing those on old barns and outbuildings. I even made one for my chicken house at my property that was sold last year and the new owners wanted to keep it.

  5. Adrienne says:

    Invite your neighbors to choose what they would like from the old milking equipment in exchange for painting the Old Milk House barn red with white trim. Put in some shelving (2x4s and 2x6s will do) for storage. That should fit your budget.

  6. Marcie says:

    WOW – you already have a great ‘start’ to something good with your ‘Old Milk House’. Leave the gray metal base color; looks like good sound siding and hope the roof is in good condition (no leaks) and you have power and a nice door on that sliding thingy. What about the floor, in good condition, I hope? Add some color to what you have, but I would be fearful about putting holes into the sides of a nice metal shed. Is the old rusty milking equipment worth anything? You might make some money off of that to re-invest in fixin’ up the shed. Folks will buy anything, even to make planters out of things. What are the dimensions of the shed? What do have in mind for it? Workshop would be a great idea or an office?

    Great possibilities here, Rebekah.

  7. I totally recommend a barn quilt or a very large wooden sign. Here’s my tutorial for painting a sign, I just wrote about it on Friday! 🙂

    – Dori, the Ranch Farmgirl –

  8. denise says:

    Kermit made me laugh out loud! loved your big purchase and glad he has found a forever home. I agree with the other ladies about painting a quilt block on the old milk house.

  9. Elaine says:

    Oh I absolutely love Kermit! I need to find a big one like this. You got lucky when you found him! I agree, maybe a stenciled quilt on the side and a red or yellow roof. Maybe even a See Rock City sign!

  10. Monica says:

    I loved Kermit! Great $3 I agree! Now for that great barn….weed around it….put some flower pots in front with some bright colored flowers and if you still have energy…paint a sign on it….either a quote or some product you love! Or a mural, chickens, etc…….

  11. Denise says:

    Super cool Kermit you scored Rebecca. I’d the black – I think – a cheery red to zing up the grey a bit. And then run a creeping vine up the side facing the road through lattice work. I think it’d be cheap to begin with and and some charm to it. Can’t wait to see what you end up doing with it 🙂
    Happy days

  12. Denise says:

    Sorry, I’ve left out some words. I meant I’d paint the black slidy thing in a cherry red paint and then run up some painted white lattice on the road side and grow a beautiful green creeping vine up the side and then just keep the grass down around it. I think it would look charming. The milking things that you won’t use can be either sold of given/traded with your lovely neighbors if they’d want any of it. Repurpose what you can too, of it. It’s always fun to use things in completely different ways 🙂

  13. Denise says:

    I forgot to answer your question o. The best three bucks I ever spent. It was from a thrift store too and it was a beautiful white summer billabong top. I love love love thrift shopping /). I’ve scored so many unusual-fun-fantastic things at thrift shops. Totally loving Kermit’s adventures. I look forward to reading many more 🙂

  14. Debbie says:

    You are such a nut! Loved this post and Kerm-y. I need to ponder the Milk Barn a bit… I’ll be back! Hugs,
    Deb ( the Beach Farmgirl )

  15. Nancy says:

    For next year… Plant seeds like Brightly coloured Hollyhocks. Lupines. Spikes of coloured flowers all along? I just googled tall flowers and there’s heaps of pretty that wouldn’t cost a lot of money but would add a lot of kapow to a nice grey milk shed… (I’d plant some spring bulbs too a few a year so as not to break the bank).

  16. Cyndi Parker says:

    Love Kermit, he is so cute. the best thing I bought was a water color picture of Flamingo’s. They were having 50% off store wide at this thrift store and got it for $3.00. It is an original painting by a Florida artist and come to find out it was worth around $300. Best deal I ever got.

  17. Trish @ QUILTeakes says:

    How about some great DIY signage for the outside of the milk barn! Got Milk?, Dairy Fresh Milk, lots of possibilities! Loved Kermit’s shenanigans! We donated our Kermit years ago, makes me wish we still had him! Always enjoy your writings here and the back page of MJF magazine! (when I get my new copy that’s the first page I read)

  18. Joan says:

    CUTE!!!! Kerm-y, that was great fun. Now for the barn – yes weed eat – love the color, would see what I could salvage from the old equipment to make into planters, not just for flowers but lettuce, herbs, some BRIGHTS for sure, especially reds,purples, blues, oranges and then change them out for Fall. A QUILT – yes I think that would be wonderful, a lot of work but worth it. Will look forward to seeing pic’s. God bless.

  19. Marlene says:

    Add a great big gigantic multicolored pinwheel that twirls in the wind on top of the roof. Make it out of cardboard sealed with clear spray paint. See if it whistles.

  20. Susana says:

    Kermit s cute….paint him on The barn with his friend’s.

  21. Susana says:

    Kermit s cute….paint him on The barn with his friend’s.
    Best. Thing I got. For three dollars at the thrift store was a metal basket…
    Saw the same things at. Hobby Lobby for $30.I live for thrift store treasures. I go every week. Twice this. Week

  22. Meredith Williams says:

    I love the idea of tha barn quilt, but as I am the proud owner of a Kermit The Frog just like yours( !) I suggest a barn quilt with a Kermit in the middle! I have had my Kermit since the Muppett Show was on TV – many moons ago- I love that you found one too! It ain’t easy being green!❤️

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