Monday, April 18, 2011

Thrifty Chick

So, I mentioned I have been checking out a lot of design blogs lately. I have always been interested in that sort of thing, and I didn't realize how many people are out there that are just as obsessed as I am! My favorite site so far is She is always talking about trips to her local thrift store and she gets really great stuff for craft projects. I decided to take my lunch one day last week and have an outing like this for myself.

I have been in our thrift store maybe one other time before to actually look around. I have dropped off things we were getting rid of a few times before, but never checked anything out. I didn't even look around at the clothes while I was there. I don't think there's anything wrong with the clothes there- it's just not my thing. The "knick-knack section" is where it's at! Especially if you're in the market for picture frames, this is the place to be! I purchased two myself while there. One was 25 cents and the other was 50 cents. Worth it? I think so.

(Sorry for the glare) 

I also bought this little candy dish. It reminds me of something that my great-grandmother would have had. I do have a couple of things from her house, so this fits right in. I love how this style is still in style today. It's neat to think about my kids and grandkids using my things later on.

(I did clean this up after I took the photo. It made a world of difference!)

My next item was one that I thought would probably freak Zach out. He doesn't want to think I'm already planning out a nursery or anything (which I'm not), and that's understandable. Don't want to rush anything now, do we? :) He was ok with it though. I spotted this lamp when I walked in the store, and I kept going back to it a few times. I hate it when I do that (and Zach does too). I almost always end up getting whatever it is that I keep going back to, but I still keep reasoning out the purchase in my head.

How cute is that?!

Since I've been looking at these blogs, I've caught on to the fact that most of the bloggers/designers look at things in a different way. Like, in looking at this lamp, I didn't just see a lamp with a white base and cute little shade that I may use years down the road in a little girl's room. I saw a good, sturdy lamp base (could be any color with a little paint) and a cutesy shade that I could easily replace- oh, and a bulb was included. All for $4.00. Sold!

I'm going to keep the lamp shade, for a little while anyway. It could always be thrown into the yard sale pile...which, by the way, is quickly growing. We currently have a spot in our guest room reserved for any and every thing going into our next yard sale. I'm hoping to have one in the next few months. We'll either participate in the Highway 11 yard sale and set up at a friend's house, or open up at our own house on a different date. Anyways, I hope to paint the lamp base soon. We'll see how that goes. I won't even elaborate on the fact that we have nowhere to put said lamp right now, so it may be in the closet for future use for a while. :)

After getting a quick bite that day, I stopped by Dollar General (another favorite of mine) and got some spray paint. I hope to have a spray paint day one Saturday, now that it's warmer outside. We'll see what I come up with. It's something to do and it's not work, so it will be fun.

Also, just want to throw a little suggestion out there. If you haven't played Words With Friends, you need to! A bunch of us choir people at church have really gotten into this game (especially at the times when we're supposed to be rehearsing). It's a lot more fun when you can find your friends on there and start a game with them. So far, I'm playing with our choir director (Dr. Roger), our pianist (Brad Fricks) and my favorite singer in the church (Susan Downey). It's a fun game, so try it out when you have the time. It's also on Facebook I believe.

Speaking of choir, I sang in my last trio yesterday with Jeannie Woods & Bob Johnston, our Sunday School teacher. Rehearsals have gone really well, and the performances were even better. I give all the credit to God, who first & foremost gave me my voice, and helped me through the songs each & every time. I pray for calmness every time I sing, and it always works out- ALWAYS. We are all singing in a night service on May 15th also, so keep that in mind when praying!

Hope everyone had an awesome weekend! I went shopping in Chattanooga with my sweetie and we ate at Outback for free (thanks to birthday gift cards), so ours was great! Yay for shopping weekends! :)

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