Things to Do with an Empty Frame

February 11, 2013

For more posts like these, please visit my new blog, Creating This Life. When I’m browsing for secondhand items – whether it’s at an estate sale, a thrift store, or a yard sale – I gravitate toward certain things. Like dishes. And clear glass. And silver. And I’m also learning to never pass up an interesting […]

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Thrifty Sonoma Fashion: An Interview with Adrienne Shubin

October 23, 2012

I don’t remember when or how I discovered Adrienne Shubin’s blog, The Rich Life (on a budget), but I’ve been a fan for a while now. Adrienne lives in the beautiful Sonoma wine country of northern California with her fire chief husband, three great step-kids, and four pups. Besides blogging, she volunteers with the elderly […]

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Operation Houseplant: Succulents

October 10, 2012

Operation living houseplant continues. The few fake plants that remain fall into one of these two categories: Fake Trees Both the fake ficus I bought back in the 90s and the better looking (but still fake) potted, lighted tree I bought at HomeGoods a few years ago. I keep these around because my kids’ schools […]

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Hello Monday: More Clear Glass in the Bathroom

October 8, 2012

Happy Monday! Today I’m enjoying two of my favorite things: thrift shopping and clear glass. This jar for the cotton balls and the glass and silver tray it sits on were both estate sale finds. And this little glass q-tip holder started out as a mercury glass candle votive. Note to self: mercury glass coating […]

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Silver Polishing Shortcut: Sprucing up an Estate Sale Find

September 7, 2012

For more posts like these, please visit my new blog, Creating This Life. The garage is one of my favorite places to shop at estate sales. You find the usual assortment of rakes and lawn mowers and tools, but there’s usually other cool stuff out there too. Case in point: this $10 silver urn/trophy cup/champagne bucket/vase […]

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A Father’s Day Table Using Thrift Finds

June 19, 2012

I combined several of my recent thrift finds to create the most laid-back Father’s Day table ever. I earmarked these oval restaurant plates and napkins for Father’s Day as soon as I saw them. I thought the plates would look best on rectangle placemats to mimic their long, narrow shape, but I didn’t have any placemats […]

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Adventures in Thrifting: Spring Edition

June 10, 2012

It’s hard to decide what I like best about thrifting. The savings? Check. The thrill of the hunt? Definitely. Finding unique items? I’m hooked. The green element? Gives me the warm fuzzies. The characters you see shopping? Always entertaining. The truth is, it’s all fun to me. Here’s what I’ve brought home from my recent thrifting […]

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When Buying Used Isn’t Frugal: A Personal Finance Blogger Fail

October 5, 2011

Last week I attended the Financial Blogger Conference in Chicago (or Schaumburg to be more specific). After it was over, I gave myself the gift of an extra day and a half in the Windy City, because I love that place. On Sunday afternoon, I hit up IKEA and then took a Sunday drive down […]

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