My debit card has been doing quite the workout lately…must. stop. if. I. want. to. celebrate. christmas.
(sorry that was way longer than I anticipated and required way too many periods.)
You get the point though, right? And since I am sortof prouder than a peacock on some of my purchases (and they are great segways into the crafty posts I have up my sleeve) I thought it would be only proper to share what items made their way into my shopping buggy. And yes, here in the south, they call it a buggy. not a cart like the rest of the world. and yes, I called it a buggy to mock the rednecks within earshot and then one day it came out of my mouth like one of those nasty tastin’ burps. It’s stuck since then. dang catchy name for a shapping cart.
First up – my goodwill stuff:
I got two of these classy faux brass lamps at Goodwill for $7 dollars a piece. I know what you are thinking…and no, I didn’t even have to pay extra for those super chic floral pleated lampshades 🙂 I think the girl at checkout felt sorry for me because she didn’t even remove the lightbulb like normal. Just wait though…I did em over and they look super now.
Also in the Goodwill aisle, I picked up one of these little plastic urns. The bottom actually says “Edible Arrangements” 🙂 I am really excited about this because I think it’ll be perfect for my Halloween scheme this year with a little spraypaint.
For a little inspiration of halloween urns…here’s a Pottery Barn picture that really shows how to incorporate one in a classy and simple look. Urn, leaves, pumpkin…and wahla-insant fall inspired charm.
Next up – this small creamy colored pitcher. I love the lines of this thing…and for under $2, I can see it working as a small vase or a perfect touch to a breakfast tablesetting.
Now is one of the best deals yet…fifty eight cents for these kiddie keys. Will LOVES them. and in actuality, I wish my own keys were so bright and happy.
These eighty-eight cent flower shaped tealight holders are adorable…and I love the texture on the white petals and the fact that they are shaped like tulips. Not only are the great for adding that final touch to a mantlescape or tablesetting, but they are perfectly delicate looking and feminine without all that pomp & circumstance.
These frame may not look like much now…but really they are perfect for adding to a collection after a little makeover (more on that later!).
Ok…now that you got to see what we got for cheap at Goodwill…I want to share what we scored for FREE. A la trash picking. I ain’t above dumpster diving or rummaging through the trash pile or heck, ringin’ someone’s doorbell to ask if something on the curb is free. My mother taught me these skills. In highschool it was just plain embarrassing. I can recall yellin’ “hit the deck!” a time or two when mom squeeled the car to a halt and then went heels over head into a haul-off bin. But now…well, she better watch out because I am not above pushing her down as I run to beat her to the trashy treasures.
Knowing my heritage, it comes as no surprise that I hauled bootie over to my house to get Jeremy when I spied these bunkbeds hiding behind trashcans. He wasn’t too pleased when he realized that my screaming into the house was because of someone else’s garbage…and not because of a life-threatening emergency.
I tried to convince him that I would DIE if I didn’t pick these up pronto…he wasn’t having it. Needless to say, he was a dear for dropping everything to truck on over and pick them up. Aren’t they darling? And I think I can make them into two twin beds…you know for our future twin girls. It’ll be like the brunette version of Sweet Valley High 🙂
This past week I was giddy with excitement over finding the modern chairs ON CLEARANCE. Yes, I happy danced. And yes, it didn’t look good.
You see, I have been searching for the perfect modern chairs to add to our basement table. The table is this one:
Except we didn’t buy it for $200. We bought it on craigslist for $50. We figured that one day it would be great for putting in the basement as a place to play poker or enjoy a mini meal. But we never had chairs. So I went searching and found that dark wood colored chairs were fairly expensive. (we wanted dark wood because it would be something sleek that would play off our basement floors while still being versatile enough to throw into our den should we host a baby shower or a friend’s gettogether.) Here’s the results of my research:
Target was it. For less than $20 a chair, I knew that it would be the perfect match and I really liked the curves of the chair. Oh and for those of you not believing that price, well, I took a photo for proof:
Yes. I bought six. That means I got all six chairs for roughly $15 more than ONE of the Crate & Barrel chairs.
Okay…now I know you already know that I got a food processor from our messy house tour. And you already know that we bought it for making baby food. But what you don’t know is that I got it for about ten bones. TEN SKINS. DIEZ JORGES’! How the heck did we do that?
Well, it all began with a trip to Bed Bath & Beyond to check out the prices on cookware. You see, Jeremy & I have never gotten cookware. It was always too expensive. So we used the mismatched pots and pans that were handed down to us and collected cheaply. Even though the bottoms were scratched up and the teflon was probably poisoning our food, we didn’t mind. Afterall, we’re pork lovers…and if you are willing to eat pig then no little chemical can bother ya. Anyway…fast forward to Will’s birth and I was all like “We need new cookware so that we don’t kill Will when I make scrambled eggs”. Can you imagine the headlines? BOY IN CRITICAL CONDITION – TWO POUNDS OF TEFLON REMOVED FROM COLON. And my darling boyfriend sweetly agreed. So we saved our little pennies to get the Anolon set.
We chose the Anolon set because it was scratch-resistant, mid-priced and it was dishwasher safe (a must for us) and because we knew that we loved it after receiving one of the pots as a wedding gift. It really is my favorite pot. Mostly because of the straining lid…it makes me sooo happy. So after walking into the BB&B (armed with our expired coupons), we picked up the 10 piece set. Then we saw the sign…$75 gift card with purchase. AND FREE GIFT (it was that 11 inch sauteuse). Then we spied the ‘ultimate pan’ on sale for only $30 (marked down from $90) and had an additional $10 off coupon.
So after calculating our coupons and adding in the extras – we got $515 of stuff (counting the $75 gift card and not including tax) for $276 (including tax). Then we ran back to snag the food processor for $10 more.
All in all, it was a very good day to get new cookware and a new food processor all for a great price. Gotta love those BB&B coupons…I save mine (because the stores take expired ones) so that one day my sister can get everything off her wedding registry with mucho savings. AKA so that I can live vicariously through her 🙂
So what have you bought lately?
Or picked outta the trash?
Or saved on with coupons?