Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Thrifty Finds - Mid August 2013


It's no secret that I'm in the midst of a mess. It might be categorized as a mess of epic proportions...


About a year and a half ago, I decided to completely redo every room in my house. It's not a huge house - 3 bedrooms, 2 living areas, a fairly small kitchen, a nice formal dining room, a couple of small hallways, a utility room, one smallish bath and one 3/4 bath - around 1750 square feet.


I began in the "formal" living room - the one that stays neat most of the time. Then I moved into the "formal" dining room, which gets used anytime there's more than just me dining, even though the table seats ten.

I've dabbled here and there, painting furniture and small things, waiting for my son and his large, sofa-eating dog to find their own place. It happened in mid July. First, we had a garage sale to get rid of stuff none of us wanted. 


Next, I moved some of the stuff Hannah wanted into the front bedroom, as a sort of holding room until she gets it, and I get the other rooms put together. One will be a bedroom - maybe mine, maybe a guest room. The other will be an art room and office.



People, I had stuff in the garage, in the den, under the beds in two bedrooms, in a hall closet...and that's just the art room stuff. Presently, it is stacked in the room in a most chaotic manner. I have art supplies for painting, jewelry, collage and assemblage. I have Etsy things - ready to go and future projects. I have odd things like rusty coffee cans, yarn and ephemera. I have sewing supplies and fabric. 
And somewhere in all the boxes are my winter wardrobe and shoes. 

I have been emptying out furniture so I could move it from room to room. I have been emptying out closets. I have been sorting out more garage sale things for a September sale. 

Since I have way too much "stuff" for my 1750 sq. ft. home, I decided going to thrift stores regularly was a bad idea. I can no longer say, "Etsy..." 

But a couple of Saturdays ago, I just had to do a little thrift shopping, for old-time's sake.

The lovely metal trophy-like vase above was only .50c at one of my favorite places. See why I couldn't pass it by?


Same for this mercury glass vase - .50c! Ditto for each of the wood pieces below.




I'm collecting a random alphabet for a future grandchild's room. All the letters will be different sizes, fonts, etc. 
The bag of fall stuff was a dollar. Each piece would have cost that much at Dollar Tree, and there were 5 in the bag.
Of course, I'll paint them.



The last item I found at the thrift store was a bag of lace for a dollar. There's quite a bit there, wrapped around spools. 



So I spent $4 plus tax. And it felt so good!

Since July, I have painted the middle bedroom, but I still need to touch up a bit. 


I have moved furniture in, our and around in there at least twice, trying things on for size - literally. It's the smallest of the three bedrooms.

I have painted a green book case white, and begun assembling items for it. 

I have gathered items for the walls, but haven't yet hung them since I'm not 100 percent sure about the furniture that will be in the room. I'm living in it, trying my best to make it function well first. THEN I can do more of the "fun" stuff to decorate it and make it cozy.

Somehow, I imagined this process would take a week or two. It's been a month, and I am still in limbo. Thankfully, I have a long weekend this weekend to devote to getting things in order. 

I can't wait until I can post a finished room for you to see!
Until then, I might show you vignettes as they begin to happen, and pieces of furniture as it gets done. 

Fall is coming, even though we're expecting 100 degree temps here this weekend. I LOVE fall decorating, food, clothing, heck, I can't think of anything I DON'T love about fall! 

I DID go to Julie's garage sale, and I spent $13 on stuff there, but I'll show you that another time. Some of it was project stuff...

Confession is good for the soul. 

Word for the Day:
Why should a fool have money in his hand to buy wisdom when he has no sense?

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9 comments:

Wendy said...

Hi Revi, thanks so much for your lovely comments on my chair post. I've missed your last several posts because they aren't showing up on bloglovin'! I'll have to check back manually every so often, cause yours is one of my most favourite blogs.

BTW - I'm always so envious of the prices you get things for :) Everything around here is so much more expensive!

chateau chic said...

Wow, I'm exhausted reading about everything you've accomplished!! :-)
It sure does feel good to clean out, sort, giveaway, or throw out, doesn't it?
Mary Alice

lynn said...

your home will be fabulous for the holidays this year--(that's what i kept telling myself while we ripped out a wall yesterday:) have a great weekend!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Oh you and I ARE thinking in similar ways! I am trying to clean out and declutter everything and just re-do things...it IS a huge job! Your bedroom re-do is looking lovely!

Kelly said...

I completely understand having too much stuff and trying to figure out what to do with it all. Sometimes, I feel like I need more than one house so I can use it all! LOL! You did good with finding some cute things for such a bargain. Love the bed frame you showed.

Jeanne Baney said...

I just need new all the time! With all the redecorating going on at your house just rearranging will make the old seem new. At least you'll be looking at it with new eyes against new backgrounds. But, like you thrifting is a MUST almost as needed as breathing. I love what you found!! Fall is almost here!

Linda at French Hollow said...

Whew...I've only been tackling one room at a time! That's quite a project you've got going on!

Lauren Davison said...

love finding awesome treasures!!!
stopping by from the twigg studios party!
Lauren

TexNan said...

Great finds, Revi. You must have a good thrift shop. I consider a couple of ones near me to be exceptional but none are as good as the ones I left in the DFW area when I moved to the hill country.

Thanks for your comments on the posts I mentioned earlier. And congrats on getting your house back.!
Nan