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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Come Thrift With Me...

Before reading further, please take a moment and sing the title of this post to the tune of the most overplayed song in Bachelor history. Yeah, you know the one.


Today was the 100th Day of School. That means there are roughly 80 days left in the school year, give or take. And that's pending the twelve feet of snow expected over the next week. Kidding. But we are supposed to get a snowstorm of sorts this weekend. If it carried through Monday, I wouldn't protest. Long weekends and short weeks are never a bad thing.

I would like to tell you all about our 100th Day festivities, but my the kids took that part of my brain with them when they left at 11:41am on the bus, leaving behind only a couple memories that included fruitloop necklaces, 100 Days trailmix, and crowns mades from sentence strips. That was all that came to mind after spending the morning fixated on orienting everything around the number 100 while making it fun and core-content oriented.

So, to detox, I opted to thrift. Becks and I hit up my two favorite local haunts where you have to go at least twice a week to happen upon treasure. Last week was fairly successful, so I didn't know if I could top it. But, alas, I did.

Here was my list:

And here are the goodies that now have a home:

End Table = $8

Coffee Table = $15

Wine Carafe = $2

Tiered Basket = $2

Deco Book = $3

Teak Bowl = $1

Deco Plate = $3

I am determined to come in way under budget for decorating our living room, including furniture. So, the $23 spent to buy the new coffee table and one side table is what the thrifty call a BARGAIN. That barely took a chip, or even a scratch, out of the budget. And when I sand those babies down, paint and shellack (fav word!) them, you'll think you've died and gone to Pottery Barn. Or at least Home Goods.

My other exciting find was the House Beautiful decorating book chock full of 750 decorating ideas. I'm going to need something to entertain myself when B unplugs the internet to paint around the outlet, you know.

And see that lovely plate back there in the background? The one I was planning to fill with veggies and dip for my girl's night this weekend? Well, about .2 seconds after snapping that picture, this happend:

Doh! I was so mad! It was my own fault. That's what I get for taking pictures for blog's sake.

So, while I still don't have decorative mirrors or uniquely shaped lamp bases, I did find some great stuff. Have you done any thrifting lately?


Sugar and Spice said...

I am a consignment store queen. LOVE it! I am heading to a B-I-G consignment event next week and hope to come back with Em's entire yearly wardrobe. See, I love smocked dresses and just absolutely refuse to pay 60-100 bucks for them at the boutiques. I love all your finds. Maybe you could fix the plate with some super glue?

Chelsea said...

oh em gee, i love thrifting. Finding something good (like your tables and wine carafe) at a second hand store is SO much more exciting than seeing 26 of them on a shelf at Target!!

I found a pair of perfectly beat up Frye boots at my local antique mall a few months ago for (wait for it....) $12. Twelve dollars! Frye boots! I wouldn't even let the salesman sit them on the counter for me while I shopped, those babies weren't leaving my sight!

East Coast Chic {Natalie} said...

I was hoping to go thrifting (if that's a word) this weekend for some bedside tables but we're supposed to get a HUGE snow storm (so over snow). I am hitting up Goodwill on my lunch break today which I'm pumped for! Keep your fingers crossed I find something :)

Nat said...

I totally just comment from my other Google account- oops!!
AWESOME job on the thrifting and as I said I'll be hitting up goodwill today!

Unknown said...

Thats awesome. Where did you find these??

KateB said...

Abby- where do you do your Thirft Shopping?? Those are GREAT finds!