Thrift shop Love.

I’m gonna (did) pop some tags… I have (had) twenty dollars in my pocket…I-I-I was huntin’, looking for a come up (found some), this is f#>king awesome.

Seriously, this song, and Pinterest, revolutionized the thrifting world – almost to the point I am convinced they are “jacking” up the prices at these local treasure shops. Oh, well, it makes for a really good song, and constant entertainment as it plays in my head the whole time I perusing the isles trying to steal granddaddy’s style. More like grand-momma’s style, but you catch my drift.

I am hugely into the shabby chic décor these days, something I used to purge as fast as I could in my childhood bedroom. My dad’s voice is ringing in my ear as he said repeatedly growing up, “that everything comes back in style.” I really had a hard time believing that bell bottom pants where going to once again grace the clothing racks of Wet Seal, when I was pegging my pants to get the bottom of my jeans as tight as they could go around my ankle. Now, thank the Lord that skinny jeans are in style. If they are ever not, I will single-handedly bring them back. I am just sayin’.

On Mother’s day, I went to the antique flea-market in Sacramento. I was amazed with how many vendors there were, and astonished at the high prices. I went there thinking I could find old wooden chairs, for like $10 bucks, and frames for a couple bucks (two things on my thrifting list). Not so much. Don’t get me wrong, there are still some great deals, but NOT thrift shop deals. I guess they need to make a profit. I get it…I just don’t like it.

Here are some of the amazing things I found, that I DID NOT buy…but would have liked to


Truly, I think had I not been on a budget, and didn’t drive a Corolla, I may have just taken these jems home. I do plan on making some of these on my own with treasures I find at local thrift stores.

I did manage to snag these amazing items at an awesome deal…


this one was a splurge at $40, but it is pretty awesome. It will have a new home in my kitchen, when I get around to re-doing my nook

joining the uber cool calendar thingy in my kitchen, will be this beauty

Sure, it is a little rough now, but I plan on turning it into a chalk board window…just you wait!

I also scored this frame (which I had the card already waiting for the perfect mate)
SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES $3 dollars…what, what…what.

I also got this apothecary jar for $3 dollars too. Another steal!


and lastly, a booze decanter (another new collection obsession) for hubby that I picked up for $5


The one on the right is the one I got at the antique flea, the other rounded one, I got at a garage sale for $3

Driving home that day, I saw this billboard, and got REALLY excited.

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So , this weekend, I went to the new Goodwill here in town. Apparently, they do not consider themselves “thrift”, but in my world, I do.

I found these gems…


I love the vintage charm of this, and it will be fabulous in the boy’s room. My intent is for little cars and trinkets, but right now, he just dumps it over and tries to open all the drawers. It doesn’t have wheels, and he can’t really push it around (they only things that interest him), so I think I will use it in the office for now, until he decides it is suitable.

I also got this owl…

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESain’t it a hoot? Really, I just love it and for $2.99 I had to have it. I won’t lie, I thought it was a little pricey, but worth it.
I am not sure where it will reside. Hubby wants it outside, Elle wants it in her room, and I like it in the living room. I was thinking of spray painting it too, but Now I kind of like the gold. Thoughts?

I also got a paper-cutter (true Martha style) for $2.99 and a brand new Converse dress for $5.99…not bad for a Sunday outing…

Or for twenty dollars!

Thrifting is simply awesome.

You should try it sometime. Really.

When life gives you lemons

When life gives you lemons, or in my case, when hubby hangs over a neighbors fence to steal you lemons… do the unexpected.

For me, this meant to use the lemons to decorate, for hubby, it meant to bake.

Either way, it got me thinking.

I like the unexpected when it comes to decor, but when it comes to every other aspect of my life, not so much. I am not really a roll with the punches kind-of-gal, but lately I have been experimenting more with the idea.

Recently my daughters video monitor stopped displaying video feed, and instead of going out and buying the 4th replacement, as expected, I just decided to do without one. This is HUGE. For those of you who know me well, and have read my “31 Days: Confessions of a Magazine Mom,” you know I am neurotic to the point of intervention when it comes to sleep surveillance (well, many things really). I actually thought I would keep the monitor on my daughter until she left for college (ahem). Luckily, I still have a shot at it for my son. His monitor, is still working.

In all honesty, I am trying. Trying to be more relaxed, less serious (this is a hard one), see the good in an otherwise bad situation, take chances, use my skills in ways that make me happy, and what I need to do most, stop being so bitter! Lemons will do that to a girl, and having two (ungrateful if you will) children, with little-to-no breaks from reality, will too.

Improving by Do-ing“, was a great start, but with any great challenge, there are set backs. These lemons reminded me of mine, and of my willingness to try new things, and embrace what I have been given.

I hope, they can do the same for you!