Archive for the ‘Thrifting’ Category

When we moved into this place, three and a half years ago, we had significantly less kitchen storage space than our last home. So, finding alternatives to free up some of the cupboard space was necessary. We decided to get the pots up on the ceiling. We couldn’t actually put it above the oven/stovetop because we would have hit our heads on it, but there was a perfect spot for it above a counter within easy reach.
I decided to look at an architectural salvage place for ideas. We ended up with this small gate, which was an oxidized gray, pretty, but not what I was picturing in my head. We painted it and my husband went up in the attic to make sure we were hanging it in in the joists. I didn’t want this thing coming down on my head!

I found hooks online and the whole thing has served us extremely well and the overall cost was still cheaper than the pot racks I was seeing online.

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When we got home from our trip, I decided it was time to redo the bathroom. It was in need of some fresh white paint and some serious organizing.

Unfortunately, I am horrible at getting before shots. Here it is though after 12 days of work.

The towel and magazine bar is from Ikea (painted white) and it is resting on basic white hooks from Home Depot.

The toilet paper basket is from Cost Plus World Market. I’m liking this new system for toilet paper storage. It has freed up some space in the cupboard and now guests don’t have to guess where to look if we run out.

This mirror has actually been there since the day we moved in.The main, large mirror is to the left when you enter the bathroom, but its nice to have a little mirror over the sink too. This little green beaded mirror is from Anthropologie (several years ago).

This cabinet seems a little blah to me still, but if you could magically see a before picture of that medicine cabinet, you would be very happy that it looks like this now. This cabinet was here before we moved in so I am not responsible for the funny placement. I could have moved it down a bit, but I wasn’t motivated to do that at the time and I think its better to have it more out of the childrens’ reach. They are all climbers now.

This shelf (in the background of the photo below) was the large straw that drove me to actually get the bathroom done. My mom was getting rid of it before our trip and I grabbed it from her garage sale pile. My dad built it, so I know its sturdy. There wasn’t time to put it up before we left on our trip, so its been sitting there in my mind for a couple months.

The large apothecary jar belonged to my mother-in-law. It may have actually belonged to her paternal grandma if I am remembering correctly. I should probably double check on that.

I added the swan brackets to my dad’s shelf unit. They are another old Anthropologie find.

The motel sign is something I had originally picked up for our RV. I had it leaning up against the mirror as I worked in here and liked it so much in this room that I decided to use it in here instead.

These jewelry shadow boxes have actually been in that spot since before we moved in, so I guess this is kind of a before shot. They came with us when we moved here two and a half years ago. 

The green knobs on the black cabinet were a local craigslist find (by local, I mean, a couple blocks away) about a year ago. There were about 20 of them in a bag. I keep changing out knobs all over our house for these because I love them so. 

The black cabinet used to be periwinkle. I was tired of that the first time I saw it, but it wasn’t so hideous that it had to be changed immediately. Even if it had been though, I can’t say I wouldn’t have procrastinated until now anyway.

I added some little 4 inch furniture feet to make it look like a found dresser. A really shallow dresser. Maybe I will get a photo of that sometime.

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Well, this was an out of the ordinary weekend for me.  Most of the time, I have a hard time getting rid of things.  On Saturday, when we were cleaning out the garage, I was in a “let’s just get rid of it” mood.  I like to take advantage of this mindset, because it doesn’t come around very often.

We decided to just go for it and have a garage sale on a Sunday. We put a post on craigslist the night before and put up some signs this morning and that was it for advertising.  We’d decided to start at 8am before we realized that it was time for daylight savings.  Ug, we are not early risers and the thought of waking an hour earlier on a weekend, was a bit of a bummer. Between 8 and 9 in the morning we had quite a crowd in our driveway and sold a number of items, but then things slowed down and we only had a few customers the rest of the morning.  And then, of course, as soon as I had the thought to start putting things away, business picked up again. In the end we made a little more room in our garage and a couple hundred bucks. Not too shabby.

I did put a respectable pile of things out with a craigslist “curb alert” at the end of the day, but I will admit that some things did go back into the garage, much to the chagrin of my husband. After most everything was put away, I was glad that we had taken advantage of my willingness to purge, because the willingness was already starting to wane.  My husband said that someone from craigslist wanted to buy our stroller, but by this time my true nature had taken over once again and I began to panic.  I couldn’t let it go.

We have three strollers.  A single stroller that I love and use every day and two double strollers that I hate.  It would be great to have a double stroller that I at least like, but I think that would cost us close to a grand and I am not willing to spend that right now. I needed to give the stroller another chance.

In the end, I got rid of some things and I’m going to be proud of myself for that.  The neighbors are talking about having a joint sale in April, so maybe I can talk myself into doing this again in a month.

As a reward for my bravery (fyi: I know this is ridiculous), I’m thinking of ordering these turquoise bistro chairs for our courtyard with what we made at the sale. They are only $30 at Kmart, so I won’t be spending all of what we made and they don’t take up nearly as much room as what we had in that space before this weekend.  I’ve been wanting this type of chair for quite some time. And the courtyard is my next home project…so here we go!

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Ever since we went on vacation with some thrifty friends, I’ve been wanting to grab one of these Boppy travel swings for myself.  I got this one for $15, which is the same price my Craigslist-pro friend got hers for.  I was pretty darn proud of myself for that!

It folds up flat so its easy to throw in the car.  And the color scheme goes well in our place!

I don’t think these swings are available new anymore, but a similar one by Bright Starts is about $50, so I guess I saved about $35.

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Craigslist Bumbo

I found this Bumbo seat today on Craigslist in aqua (so perfect) for $20.  I probably could have held out for a better deal, but I wanted it today!

They are about $50 new, so that’s $30 saved.

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I found these green stands at a flea market a couple months ago for $15 (for the pair).  I originally intended for them to go up in the new office/guest apartment, but I loved them too much to commit them to that space.  It’s my husband’s office and I rarely go up there.  I really would like to see these more often. Everyday would be nice.  I like them that much. I just haven’t found the right place for them yet.

They are 26 inches high, which is about five inches too high to be used as side tables next to our sofa.  They also need something on the top, preferably transparent, so that we can set things on them.

Yesterday as I was picking up some shelves from a guy off craigslist, I grabbed two glass shelves that he was trying to get rid of because they looked close to the right size.  As you can see (you have to look close), they are a wee bit on the small side.  Depending on how and where I use them, I could still see this glass working out, but we will have to see.

Oh, I really love them. I need to find them a home!

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