Happy Friday! Today I’m working on putting my office closet back together. If you haven’t invested in closet organizers yet, I think they’re a must. When you take a look at how much stuff came out of that small-ish closet, I think you’ll be convinced!
After going through everything, I ended up with a large garbage bag of recycling, a small box of items I took to our local thrift shop and another bag of outdated fabric samples that I’m passing on to my cousin who makes quilts. Once the closet was empty, it revealed scuffs and dings and I decided it’s probably a good time to freshen up the paint. Weather pending (we’re getting a dump of snow right now), I’m heading into the city today to find some new storage solutions. I’m quite proud of myself for staying on task (but it’s hard not to when there are fabric samples, rug samples, boxes and a bunch of other stuff practically swallowing my desk!).
Earlier this week, I was finalizing flooring choices for a client in a neighboring town and the store happened to be right beside a thrift shop. I couldn’t help myself and popped in. I was thrilled when I noticed the deals of the day. First of all, their books were $3 for a shopping bag full and I managed to find quite a few books I’d like to read. I’m one of the few people (apparently under a rock) who hasn’t read Eat, Pray, Love and, although I’m only 50 pages in, I can see why it’s a popular read. Although I find paperbacks a bit more convenient, I like hard covers for their visual appeal. In our family room, I have a collection of hardcovers (jackets removed) on the book shelves and I love the punch of color they give. Being surrounded by books makes me happy!
In addition to the books, I also found a couple pieces of milk glass (or look alikes) and two small vases. Combined with the books, my total bill was a whopping $4.50.
Later in the week, I stopped in a local window treatment store to look at samples for a home I am currently working on. When I was done, I just had to check out what was new in the thrift shop next door, as I do almost every week (I also wanted to drop off the box of stuff from my office closet). My heart started racing when I saw a Bergere chair through the window, but of course it had a sold sign on it when I took a closer look. After looking around for a while, I found a few ‘Olde English Countryside’ pieces that I found intriguing for $2.25. I have seen these dishes on ebay and knew they were a steal. I haven’t decided what I’m doing with them, but I couldn’t pass up buying them (okay, I know this goes against my organizing principles). I’ll probably give them to my friend who adores this sort of thing (she also likes milk glass, but there’s no way I’m giving it up!). After all was said and done, my total thrifting amount for the week came to $6.75.
Where do you like to shop for great deals? Are you a thrift shop frequenter, a flea market gal or a garage sale diva? I’d love to hear about some of your best finds!
Have a fantastic weekend!