Showing posts with label flea markets. Show all posts
Showing posts with label flea markets. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Blue Chair

I mentioned Monday that I had a slight chair addiction, and Lord knows that I try to pass them by when I spot them. They sit innocently enough in antique stores and flea market stalls and I swear they give me a come-hither glance. I declare, I try my best to whisk right by them but alas find myself circling around again to get one more glance, putting out my hand this time to caress the fabric and wiggle the chair checking it's frame, sniffing to make sure there are no foul odors and finally allowing myself to sit. That's it, the sit  seals the deal.

I begin trying to figure out where in the world will I put this little dream of a chair? I'll figure that out later I tell myself. I can't possibly pass up a chair of this age, in this condition, and at this price. 

I loosen the tag upon the chair and clutch it in my palm, no one's getting my chair before I can get up to the cashier and seal this little deal. 

Anyone else a little overzealous at the flea market? Are you a chair hoarder collector like me? A different passion possibly? I promise, pinky promise, this is a no judgement zone, unload your burdens people.......... what can you not pass up?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

How To Survive And Thrive On One Income {Part Three}

Here comes part three of my five part series. If you missed parts one or two, just follow these links {Part One and Part Two} to catch up. And the next step is........

3.  Change How You Shop

 O.K. You made it through step one and step two, now what? Now your EVERY day has to look different. Did you enjoy shopping at Target just because? When your daughter needs an Easter dress, do you just run to Macy's and pull out your card? Life is going to be different now, harder sometimes, but oh so much better. 

Now, you need to find where all of the thrift stores are in your local area. So much of the stuff I find in resale stores, still has the tags on it? Say what? Yep , it's true. When we are out in the working world buying up a storm, things don't have as much value and we toss them way too soon. You've got to learn to plan ahead. If a special event's coming up in a couple of months, start shopping now, because in resale stores, one dress doesn't come in every size. It may take a bit of looking to find clothing where you've been used to just pulling it off the rack.

I was so surprised when I first started thrifting at the feeling of success I had. I knew how hard I had to work to find an item that was perfect in every way and I felt so accomplished and proud when I made the purchase. I'd surely never felt that after a purchase at Dillard's! Goodwill and your many local thrift stores have nearly everything you could need for your home and your clothing. Only if I find a super sale, do I buy new. Once you begin to hit your local thrift stores and you find some great furniture deals, you might even find out that you like to refinish or repaint items for your home- I sure did! 

There's a treasure trove in resale stores, flea markets and yard sales. You are also teaching your little one's how to be wise shoppers. What a valuable gift to pass on to them. We cannot always know what our financial circumstances will be, teaching our little one's to stretch their money is such a valuable skill. Now get out there in your city and let your new shopping adventures begin!

Don't miss Part Four of this series. This next one is a BIGGIE and your success of surviving on one income depends on you doing THIS very important step. It is often overlooked, but we are going to talk all about it in detail. See you all tomorrow......

Friday, May 9, 2014

A Front Porch Makeover

Mercy, it's been busy over here! Between the painting and gardening and well, LIFE, I'm exhausted. But it's a good exhausted. You know that kind right? The one that feels so good inside because you're doing stuff you love. Well you may remember our flea market finds a couple of posts back. I finally found, actually my dear husband found {he's just the bestest husband!}, a vintage tulip backed glider and chair set that I've wanted for sooooo long. Usually when I see them, they're out of my price range, but this one was a match.

It was in great shape really, because someone had re-painted it not too long back, and had taken very good care of them. Sadly, it was black, and this girl's got to have color! And I wanted classic RED! So, red it was! I swoon just looking at them now, and yes, I have already had my morning coffee sitting on that glider, TWICE.  

 My love for spray painting furniture has been re-kindled since my post on decorating for renters. And to let you in on a little secret, I do have a favorite spray paint. I've tried a few and this one's definitely my favorite. It goes on beautifully, and includes a primer. Anything that's going to eliminate a laborious step for me, sign me up! And, do you see that marvelous color on that paint can? That's for the other outdoor metal chairs that we found at the flea market. I'm trying to build some excitement here. Are you feeling it?


I hope that you are all enjoying this glorious weekend. See you next week.....

Thursday, May 8, 2014

A Product Review and A Package

If you haven't noticed yet, I like baking bread. It's just something so motherly about it. I cook and bake LOTS of stuff, but there's something about making bread that just takes me back in time and I feel all 1800'ish. And yes, I am a little weird. But, back to the bread. Well, I haven't been able to find my ideal bread slicer, until now. Even using a knife especially designated for bread slicing, I ended up with smooshed bread, and some anger issues, but that's another story. Here's what I'm using now. You can pick one up on Amazon. Here's why I'm liking it. When I cut into a still warm loaf of bread, no smooshing. Yep, you heard me right, no smooshing! Beautiful slices every time.

Also, I'd been pining over the goodies at this Etsy shop for awhile. So when I had a little extra spending money, my first stop was Etsy. I love ALL their products but I really had my eye on their napkins and kitchen towels, just dreamy! My package arrived yesterday, and they're everything I had hoped for. They really make kitchen time happier and brighter! I can't wait to use these cutie napkins real soon.

It's Thursday already, can you believe it? Don't forget to hit your local farmer's market like I posted about here or those flea markets that I posted about here. Happy almost weekend everyone!

Monday, May 5, 2014

A Thrifting We Will Go..........

One of my favorite things to do once the weather warms, is to hit the road in search of thrift stores and flea markets. This weekend was just perfect for an adventure. I'm not much on antique stores, because they are usually a little pricey, but thrift stores and flea markets are right up my alley. I found so many bright vintage items. I just love digging through racks and bins for treasures.

Word of caution: you have to learn early on to be very intentional in your shopping though. When I first started thrifting, I found great values on items that I didn't really need now, but they were such a steal that I bought them for "later". Bad habit to get into! A little while later I had a basement bulging at the seams! So, be very intentional when you see a treasure, have you ALWAYS wanted the item or is it just a bargain? Only purchase something if you have a space for it or it's been on your want list for a long while. I saw so many things that were both beautiful and a great deal, but I didn't purchase them. I've been wanting to add vintage metal furniture to our outdoor spaces, and this weekend I hit the jackpot! I love how retro it looks and stay tuned, these pieces are gonna get a big makeover!  I'll post pics when I get them all prettied up.  I just love these pieces, so many memories of my grannie's house. And the most fun? Figuring out how to get all this stuff into the van without having to leave at least one of the kids at the flea market ;)

You can even find super deals on potted plants too. I found all these beautiful plants to add to our gardens for a way better price than our local nursery.

Knowing that my kids can spot "diamonds in the rough" just makes me feel so doggone good. We had so much fun together and brought home some great goodies at a heck of a price.

So, maybe next weekend, you might try a family adventure. Happy thrifting! It's Monday again, have a beauty filled week everyone!
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